May 27th 2023

Doldrums: On the Uncanny Domestic

@ Video Data Bank


On view through Wednesday, June 14th

Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to present the new VDB TV program ‘Doldrums: On the Uncanny Domestic,’ programmed by Elise Schierbeek.

As spring awakens, the program takes us to blue skies, sunny subdivisions, and back indoors to feel something beneath it all.

Taking a cue from the evocative title of Stephanie Barber’s ‘The Hunch that Caused the Winning Streak and Fought the Doldrums Mightily,’ this 70-minute program drifts through six works that rest on a sense of dread and eeriness within the home and suburban domesticity. Through varying modes, each work deals with a rupture of “the doldrums.” Often, this takes the form of revealed contradictions – a haunting within the comfortable, an instability within the ordered.

Works by Stephanie Barber, Cam Archer, Bob Snyder, Frédéric Moffet, Cecilia Condit, and Michael Robinson are included.

Elise has also written an accompanying essay that explores the relationship of the program to the concept of the uncanny and its psychoanalytical origins in ideas of home and video.

Read and watch at The program is free to stream online through June 14, 2023.

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