Vdrome is a welcome initiative: while it does not constitute a remedy for the problem of art world’s restrictive distribution protocols concerning video pieces, it at least makes a selection of such videos available online, one at a time, for a limited time – but if a work is particularly important to you, you should be able to save the file. From 1 to 14 July, Vdrome is streaming The Otolith Group’s film The Radiant (2012), accompanied by a short introduction written by me.
This intro based on a substantial essay on artistic and activist responses to the nuclear regime from the mid-1940s to the present day, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, edited by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen. I assumed it would see the light of day around now, but recently Mikkel informed me that, due to the Nordic Journal’s uniquely whimsical production process, the issue has been delayed till hopefully-later-this-year. Knowing Mikkel and the list of contributors, it should be worth the wait.