Barbara Rosenthal

Four Buggy Videos (1976 - 2010) DVD, color / b&w, 12 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, cameraless, comedy, ethnic & multicultural , family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health , science & medicine, spiritual & mystical , structural

A set of four short shorts referencing supposedly insignificant creatures to explore Rosenthal's lifelong topic of human identity and values. In the first, her father speaks of a spider sharing his underground bomb shelter; in the second, insects and reptiles combine body parts; in the third, flies attempt to escape the bus she is riding form a repressive nation to a free one; and in the fourth, a colony of ants bury their dead in her children's toy. Her themes of irony and tragedy are apparent. Original music and photos by DJ RoBeat; appropriated music by Arlo Guthrie

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Barbara Rosenthal

TALK-TALK: Six Videos About Spoken Communication (1986-2004) color, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, comedy, dance, environment & nature , family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health

HOW MUCH DOES THE MONKEY REMEMBER (1988) : Ventriloquism performance: Improv by Rosenthal and The Monkey: Can you be able to say it, and yet not say it aloud, because even though you could say it, you have no idea what it means? SEMAPHORE POEMS (1986): The late poet Hannah Weiner reprises her performance. The poet, the birds and the video communicate separately as hard as they can, but what can we, or even they, understand at all? I CAN TALK BURP TALK (1988): Performer: Ola Creston, age 9. She can and she does. Single shot improv. WORDS COME OUT BACKWARDS (2004): "Last night I was up talking to myself, when the words appeared visimagically before my lips." NONSENSE CONVERSATION (1988): A Barbara Rosenthal short performance video, in which her own voice gives way to that of others speaking her words.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Ola Writes the Alphabet (1982 - DVD Remaster 2004) DVD, b&w, 16 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, children & youth, family, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , psychology & mental health , science & medicine, structural, technology

'Ola Writes the Alphabet' is a 'decisive moment' in both video and child development by a consummate artist of video vert. At her mother's prompting, Ola Creston, the artist's daughter at age 3, recalls some letters perfectly, but others only with great creative latitude, letting us see into the development of letter-forms in a young brain. An extremely straight-forward, observational presentation with no filmmaker-type interference, this DVD was originally shot in 1982 on black and white 1/2" open reel videotape. It is a boundary-crossing work that can find audiences among child and family psychologist, neurologists, linguists, educator, parents and children themselves, well beyond this artist's usual base within video history and the avant-garde.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Daddy: Spider Story (1976 - Digital Remaster 2012) DVD, b&w, 2 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, environment & nature , family, hand processed , history, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , psychology & mental health , spiritual & mystical

This video pioneer (appearing briefly) records her father, Leon Rosenthal, telling about a large spider in an underground bomb shelter with him when he was a radio switchboard operator in Hilo, Hawaii, during WWII. It is a single-take 2 minute piece that gives insight into the artist's lifelong explorations into the meaning of the being human, the search for identity, respect for life itself, and the personality as paramount.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Toil of Three Cities/Liebesmueh (2012) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal

Music: Charlie Morrow, DJ Robeat, Matthew Lee Knowles, Virgil Segal, Brandstifter. Language: English with some translated German. Shot in New York, London and Berlin, this experimental documentary performance narrative is a tongue-in-cheek video fable that tells the tale of an artist struck by the extreme, sustained physical exertion of ordinary workmen. She seeks meaning in her own life by searching for the reasons behind their seeming enjoyment of "backbreaking work for the pleasure of others." She decides to practice yoga to strengthen her own body and open her heart, but feels inadequate to the task, so she sets out on a quest to find a guru-worker to tell her why they work so hard. Feeling guilty that her own heart is not so pure, she tries to avoid detection and arrest, but that inevitably happens. While in prison she meets 12 hard-working prostitutes who do manage to open her heart, then 4 little girls show us what is and is not valued as labor in contemporary society. By the end, the construction worker's words of wisdom provide a surprising insight that can only exist in Rosenthal's absurdist universe, which, of course, tells much about our own. Includes evocative, powerful original jazz and experimental music by Charlie Morrow and four other composers, additional text, video, audio and performance by DJ RoBeat, Super-8 footage by Bill Creston, and images from Rosenthal's extensive library. Premiered at Directors Lounge Internationall Film Festival, Berlin, Feb. 2012. LIMITED EDITION OF 30 SIGNED/NUMBERED

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Barbara Rosenthal

Secret Codes (2010) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Audio: DJ RoBeat. A predominantly grayscale image and text video that gives way to a startling color still, "SECRET CODES / GEHEIME VERSCHLUSSELUNGEN / BEHALTENER SIMPOLN" uses Rosenthal's own hands, plus a collage of aberrant palms original created for her photograph-photostat multi-panel piece "Poodle Dog/Oz House/Aberrant Palms" in 1990, re-vivified here to investigate the nature of individuality, and its covalent relationships with language and culture. The relentless, compelling audio track is an electronic collage created by Berlin experimental musician, DJ RoBeat. (Premiered at Lettretage, Berlin, Feb. 2010) CULTURAL STATEMENT ABOUT "SECRET CODES": I have shown work in Berlin 2-4 times a year for five years. I go simply as an artist, I'm introduced as a "New York artist", and listed in the film programs as "American". But it is as a Jew that everyone questions me in private. This video is an attempt to address the great similarities between all human beings, and yet the very small things that make us different, and yet which seem to get all the attention.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Dog Recognition (2004) color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, philosophical

Audio segments by Russel. Languages: ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, CHINESE, AND GERMAN, all simple, as on-screen text. Note: versions are available in each of these languages separately, or in any combination of two or more of them. "DOG RECOGNITION" is a quick-paced, hysterical inquiry into the mind of a dog recognizing other dogs, himself as a dog, and the difference between himself and the other animals he happens upon. How does one recognize others like oneself? Premiered X-Fest, Remote Video Lounge, NYC, 2004.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Hot and Cold Shakeup (2010) DVD NTSC, color, 3 min. min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, philosophical

Seemingly simple and straightforward, as is characteristic of all Rosenthal's work, "HOT AND COLD SHAKEUP" was actually fabricated using one trick of videography, and one fakery of physics. Also characteristic of this life/art creator, is puns and idioms appear in some way, and that her inspiration sparks from real experience. This idea came in a flash while thinking about a love affair. So you get the idea, alternate titles included the following "I'm So Stuck On You I'm Not Normal." "He's No Great Shakes But He Gets Me Off." "I'm No Great Shakes But I Get Him Off." "No Great Shakes But We Get Off." "Can't Shake Him When He's Hot, Can't Shake Him When He's Cold." "Can't Shake Him When I'm Hot, Can't Shake Him When I'm Cold." As of March, 2012, this video has not yet premiered, although it has been shown in previews at eMediaLoft.org, NY. LIMITED EDITION OF 30 SIGNED/NUMBERED.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Car Coming (1990-2010) DVD NTSC, color, 1 min min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, science_medicine, technology

A 1-minute performance video in which a toy hotrod revs up, races through its shallow depth of field and crashes into the camera. Although one of her very simplest videos, "CAR COMING" is yet another example of Rosenthal's zany investigations into threat and safety, seriousness and play, time and space, size and scale, life and art. Never shown at the time it was first shot or for almost 20 years, this video finally premiered as a loop in a small Rosenthal installation at Fusion Art Museum in New York, in the September, 2009 exhibition "Art of the Crash" curated by Shalom Neuman.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Bird Rescue (1997-2010) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, philosophical

"BIRD RESCUE" is a stationary camera recording made during 10 minutes of one day in 1997, when, while talking in their loft at 727 Avenue of the Americas, NY, artists Barbara Rosenthal and Bill Creston reallize that a bird, possibly an escaped domesticated parakeet, has gotten trapped between the chicken-wire enforced privacy-glassed panes of their fire-escape windows, and they try to rescue it. This video is PART ONE, in which they free the bird from between the panes, only to have it fly into the loft itself. Coming soon: PART TWO, in which Bill gently catches the creature, it plays dead, and then happily surprises them by flying out the window. Never shown when it was made, nor for over a decade thereafter, this video was premiered as an installation-loop during Rosenthal's show of Flying Art at Morgenvogel, Berlin in 2010.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Dead Heat (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: philosophical, structural

"DEAD HEAT" gets its title from "dead heat" meaning "tied race". In this video, the screen is split into 4 horizontal layers in which moving subjects (bird, horse, myself, ship) start together, then repeatedly traverse it at their own speeds, intermittently lapping, but starting and ending simultaneously on first and last frames. We all start and end in the same way -- birth and death -- but our "speeds," our lives, within that span are very different. Like almost all Barbara Rosenthal's work, it is formed over time from several inspirations that she records when first noticed or created, then later composited or issued when their relationships, and meanings, become apparent. The four segments were individually recorded by various video technologies in 1987, 2005, 2006, and 2009. Premiered during Barbara Rosenthal's solo mini-retrospective "33 Existential Videos", curated by Klaus Eisenlohr for Directors Lounge at Z-Bar Screening Room, Berlin, 2009. Reviewed by Clare Carswell in Flash Art Interntional, Oct. 2009. CULTURAL STATEMENT ABOUT "DEAD HEAT": Since AIDS and Cancer have been picking off so many of my friends and relatives, I've noticed that although these issues are addressed in art politically, very little is really said in American art about death in a metaphoric way. This is an attempt to address that issue.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Rules (2010) DVD NTSC, b/w, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: philosophical

Audio segments by Brandstifter. Languages: ENGLISH and TRANSLATED GERMAN, both simple, as on-screen text. "RULES" is an text-animation in black and white, with startling, disturbing electronic sound cut in sync with rapidly moving statements that make us realize the many shades of meaning even simple words can have. While considering the parameters of a real-life relationship supposedly founded on the principles of freedom and liberty, the artist discovered many barriers, restrictions, limitations, guidelines, and pillars, which, if disturbed, might cause a great quake. Suddenly, while contemplating this phenomenon, and realizing that such was the nature of just about everything, this video was born. Premiered at Rosenthal's solo screening, "Existential Word Play", at Berlin Lettretage, Feb. 2010.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Two Physics Videos: "Space and Time" and "Some Balls Stick, Some Balls Fall" (1976-2010) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: philosophical, science_medicine

"TWO PHYSICS VIDEOS" is a compilation of two of Barbara Rosenthal's short-shorts in which the most outwardly obvious things we take for granted in the course of existence are presented to us in the simplest, most straightforward (and therefor absurdist) way possible. "SPACE AND TIME", shot in 1990, is a text and live-action performance video depicting xeroxed text from philosopher John Redford's book and model of Space and Time. The spacial configuration and timing of the videographed xerox itself, and the foley performance sound, humorously remind us that even the infinite is finite on the screen, but at least perhaps it is not futile to attempt a definition. Shot when "cut" and "paste" meant "cut" and "paste." (1min 5sec) "SOME BALLS STICK, SOME BALLS FALL" is probably the most deceptively simple performance video of all Rosenthal's 100+ deceptively simple performance videos. In it, the off-camera performer (Rosenthal, of course) throws wads of soaked newspapers at a blackboard, the resulting bangs and splatters depicting violence, anger, humor, news commentary, frustration and pure physics. Shot with a black and white 1/2 open reel analog Sony Portapak, the first video equipment Rosenthal ever owned, bought used from Lauren Ewing via Technisphere in 1976. Ambient audio.(2min 35sec 10fr). Neither "SPACE AND TIME", shot in 1990, nor "SOME BALLS STICK, SOME BALLS FALL", shot in 1976, were ever shown until their premier as an installation loop in "Attract/Repel: Art and Physics" at Central Booking Artspace, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Maddy Rosenberg Nov.-Dec. 2010. LIMITED EDITION OF 20, SIGNED AND NUMBERED

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Barbara Rosenthal

Fly Bus Into Finland (2007-2010) DVD NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, personal_diary_journal, philosophical

Languages: UNIMPORTANT OVERHEARD BACKGROUND CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH AND FINNISH AND OTHER LANGUAGES. I shot the "FLY BUS (OUT OF RUSSIA) INTO FINLAND"footage, which you see in toto, with just a few bad frames cut from the beginning, and the last segment stretched in time so you can watch it better, on the bus from St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki, Finland in 2007. I'd had a big show of cartoon prints and books, and animation videos in Moscow, and then gone to the small village about 5 hours north by train where Dostoyevsky summered called Starya Russa. I'd wanted to relax for a few days there, and then another few days at another small village 2 hours farther north before going on the Puppet Theater and Hostel in St. Petersburg. But I was expelled from Starra Russa, under threat of arrest, because my papers were not in order, forced to give up my train tickets, my luggage taken from me and handed to the driver, as I was pushed onto a bus by the hotel concieriege. In St. Petersburg, $250 of backshish replaced my papers, which then allowed me to making this trip out of the country altogether. The journey was exemplified, I thought as I traveled, by this little creature accompanying me: both feeling we couldn't escape fast enough on our way to the free world. Premiered as an installation-loop during Rosenthal's show of Flying Art at Morgenvogel, Berlin in 2010. LIMITED EDITION OF 30, SIGNED AND NUMBERED.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Words Come Out Backwards When Spoken To Screen Left (2004) DVD NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, philosophical

"WORDS COME OUT BACKWARDS WHEN SPOKEN TO SCREEN LEFT": One irregularly-shaped portrait still of Barbara Rosenthal shot by Bill Creston purses her lips to speak, and out comes a strange configuration of letters on the screen as we hear her voice recite them in ways much more familiar. How did she think up this project? She answers, "Last night I was awake talking to myself, when the words appeared visimagically before my lips, and kept coming out. If you were on my right and saw them also, they'd be backwards coming forwards as they were." This video is yet another example of how Rosenthal apprehends the same universe as appears before the eyes of us all, yet finds its way into her mind and out again as art to reassert and interpret itself in the most surprising ways! Premiered at Rosenthal's solo show "Existential Cartoons", L-Gallery, Moscow, in 2006.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Society (1990-2008) DVD NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: philosophical

"SOCIETY" is another example of a Barbara Rosenthal investigatory single fixed-camera short performance video inspired by an insight occurring from a real event in a real day. Here she sits at a desk with a lamp, a phone, and the Manhattan White Pages, reading all the entries under "Society", and thereby, through this list of how we group ourselves, with no commentary other than subtle vocal inflection, telling us so much about self, other selves, urban identity and humanity.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Helen Webster: Cancer and Self-Discovery (1981-2004) DVD NTSC, b/w, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: body, ethnic_multicultural, philosophical, science_medicine

"Few independents are courageous enough to let their subjects come across in the simple, direct way that was once video's hallmark. That's why it was so refreshing to discover "HELEN WEBSTER: CANCER AND SELF-DISCOVERY"], amid all the "televisionese" evident in this festival. Shot in black-and-white on half-inch portapak, Rosenthal has let a marvelously articulate woman speak to us without embarrassment, with considerable laughter and occasional perplexity, about what it is like to live 15 years with cancer--'half-bald, with one breast, and a bag strapped to one side of my abdomen.' With poems she's written and thoughts organized not to waste the viewer's time, Helen Webster is funny, moving and irresistible as she talks about sex, her fear of death, and thoughts about suicide." --Deirdre Boyle Sightlines. Award-winner when premiered at Global Village Documentary Festival, NYC, 1983.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Pregnancy Dreams (1975-2005) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, children_youth, family, personal_diary_journal, philosophical

In "PREGNANCY DREAMS" Barbara Rosenthal, nude and nine months pregnant, reads from her Journal dreams of filthy bathrooms, impeccably clothed men, and other parallels. Originally shot in Super-8 film by Bill Creston (seen nude in the mirror with his camera on this very hot August day) as tests of filmstocks for his recording of the birth and subsequent film "OLA: A FILM BY HER FATHER", "PREGNANCY DREAMS" was greeted by calls of outrage when premiered at BACA (The Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association) in 1979, but digitally remastered in 2005, it has gained an increasingly receptive audience through the years.

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Barbara Rosenthal

33 Existential Video Shorts (1976-2009) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 73 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, family, personal_diary_journal, philosophical, science_medicine

The 33 shorts in 72 minutes comprising "33 EXISTENTIAL VIDEO SHORTS" was compiled for Barbara Rosenthal's solo mini-retrospective in video at the Z-Bar Screening Room in Berlin by curator Klaus Eisenlohr for Directors Lounge Contemporary Art And Media, on June 25, 2009. Included in this screening, an on this DVD, is the world premiere of "Dead Heat" as well as some of her best-known and rarely shown shorts, in 3 sections: 1. SOLO PERFORMANCE VIDEOS: "Barbara Rosenthal Contemplates Suicide", "Words Come Out Backwards", "Whispering Confession", "I Have a New York Accent", "I've Got the World in the Palm of My Hand", "Breaking Glass", "Lying Diary/Provocation Cards", "Handwriting Analysis", "How Much Does the Monkey Count", "How Much Does the Monkey Remember", "Video Will", "Society", "News Wall", "Pregnancy Dreams"; 2. PLAYING WITH OTHERS: "Playing With Matches", "Shadow Boxes", "Mandates for Art", "News to Fit the Family", "Nonsense Conversation", "Rock-A-Bye Rock Lobster", "Colors and Auras"; 3. CONCEPTUAL VIDEOS WITH TEXT, NEWS AND GAMES ABOUT DIMENSION, DURATION, TIME, PHYSICS, LOCATION AND RELATIONSHIP: "Dog Recognition", "Quotation from Paul Gauguin/This is Not a Book", "The Screen Will Be Black and Silent", "Siddhartha", "World View", "Space and Time", "A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer", "Dead Heat", "American Denominations", "Vienna Photos", "Something from Oliver North". LIMITED EDITION OF 30, SIGNED AND NUMBERED

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Barbara Rosenthal

Existential Word Play (1982-2010) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 74 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: body, personal_diary_journal, philosophical, science_medicine, technology

Compiled for Barbara Rosenthal's solo screening in Berlin at Lettretage - Das junge Literaturhaus in Feb., 2010, "EXISTENTIAL WORD PLAY" is a series of 34 zany shorts which all use text, speech, nonsense and bizarre audio to play with the notion that communication may not be possible at all, no matter how hard we try... Includes remastered works since 1982, plus four premieres: "Feet Handoff," "Rules," and the most harrowing two, "Push Me" and "Secret Codes." Four include German, and one Yiddish. Features Ola Creston, Sena Clara Creston, Bill Creston and the late poet Hannah Weiner, plus audio segments by German experimental composers DJ RoBeat and Brandstifter. The full program, and this DVD, comprise the following shorts, in this order: "Lettering Too Big", "Secret Of Life", "Nancy and Sluggo", "A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer", "Boggle", "Paths To Follow", "Words Come Out Backwards", "Quotation from Paul Gauguin, "This Is A", "Dog Recognition", "Postcards", "Rules/Regeln", "Space and Time", "World View", "Names and Faces", "Siddhartha", "Black and Silent", "Whispering Confession", "Secret Codes", "Push Me", "Burp Talk", "Daily News", "News To Fit The Family", "I Have a New York Accent", "Lying Diary/Provocation Cards", "Semaphore Poems", "News Wall", "Nonsense Conversation", "Society", "How Much Does the Monkey Remember", "Feet Handoff", "Pregnancy Dreams", and "Handwriting Analysis."

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Barbara Rosenthal

American Denominations (1990-2013) DVD, color, 1.5 min

Religion? Currency? Real? Fake? Another example of this artist's sneaky wit! Previewed at "Anthology of Shorts: Video by Barbara Rosenthal" in the "Super-8 Lebt Festival," Spittleburg Theater, Austrian Film' CoOp (Guest), Vienna, Austria, November 1996. New 2013 DVD Re-edit first screened at the Boddinale Film Festival, Berlin, Feb. 2013.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Push Me (2011) DVD, color, 6.5 min

Over Rosenthal's stationary nude torso, single words scroll upwards in vertical columns at increasing speed, as she recites them in voice-over. A powerful experimental short about what people do to each other. Premiered Oct 2010 when Barbara Rosenthal represented the U.S. in Performance Art and Text-Based Art at Tina B: Prague Contemporary Art Festival.
"Like most of my work, this piece began in my Journal as an observation of an event. "Someone bumped into me hard today. I said 'Excuse me' to them. As usual." The next step also often happens: an insight. "Goddamn it! I always let myself get pushed around. I always apologize for being in the way. I never push back. I only just always wonder at it." And next, an idea came for the piece! I first envisioned it as pressure activated Button Pins, with my recoded voice saying "Push Me" when a viewer pushed one. It would be kind of fun, like a kid's street game. I had seen touch-on recording technology, so I searched online and found I could buy 2,000 "Doll Recorders" from China. But needing 20 at most, I thought of just sitting in a black leotard, or maybe nude, and having a CD play the audio, instead. More words occurred to me. Little by little, as Life pushed me around some more, the brutality of the piece evolved. Rocky relationships found their way into it, and my dramatic police arrest and incarceration on bogus charges (eventually dismissed). For three months, the words came on their own into my mind in the order you see them. I videoed my rehearsals for a live, naked performance, but then video became its medium. I always let my artwork tell me how to make it. --Barbara Rosenthal. Catalogue statement, Tina-B: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, 2010, at which this video premiered.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Push Me Pas de Deux (2011) DVD, , 7.5 min

Single words in English and German translation scroll upwards in vertical columns at increasing speed, as an American female and a German male recite in voice-over while their nude torsos advance horizontally in static positions across the screen. A powerful experimental short about what people do to each other. "Like most of my work, this piece began in my Journal as an observation of an event: 'Someone bumped into me hard today. I said excuse me to them. As usual.' The next step also often happens: an insight. 'Goddamn it! I always let myself get pushed around. I always apologize for being in the way. I never push back. I only just always wonder at it.' And next, an idea comes for a piece. Little by little, as Life pushed me around some more, the brutality of the work evolved. Rocky relationships found their way into it, as well as my dramatic police arrest and incarceration on bogus charges (eventually dismissed). For three months the words came on their own into my mind, and were listed in the Journal in the order you see them here to become this video."
CAST & CREW:
featuring Barbara Rosenthal (New York) and DJRoBeat (Berlin). Translation by Brandstifter.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Nonsense Conversation and Other Shorts (1976-2013) color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art

9 existential photo-poetry-performance shorts: Quotation from Paul Gauguin, 1988 (1min 30sec); A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer, 1984 (1 min); The Secret of Life, 1992-2013 (16sec); News to Fit the Family, 1988 (2min 27sec); Nonsense Conversation, 1988 (3min 8sec); BuzzClickSsshhTingle, 2010 (3min); Daddy: Spider Story, 1977 (2min); Surreal Photo Stories (excerpt): Figure From a Dream, 1976-2013 (1min 46sec); Toil Of Three Cities / Liebesmuh, 2012 (15min). This compilation premiered at MADA: Monash University Art Design and Architecture Artforum, Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 18, 2013.

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Barbara Rosenthal

I Have a New York Accent (1988-2009) DVD, , 1.5 min

A Barbara Rosenthal short performance video. Another example of Rosenthal's zany investigations into self, other selves, humanity, and urban identity. Voice-overs by random passersby reading Rosenthal's script during a lunch hour in Madison Square Park, NYC.

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Barbara Rosenthal

International Garbage (2010) DVD, color, min

Audial inventions by the young German sound artist Brandstifter accompany Barbara Rosenthal's compulsive 4-nation collection of collectors collecting. These cacophonous, kaleidoscopic bits work both as abstract composites and as separate little movies. And, knowing Rosenthal, there must be some meaning in here somewhere. What could that be? Look again into your rubbish: seek hidden priceless gems. This video (shot in Beijing, Paris, Moscow and New York) was released concurrently with "Dirty Book," a book of leavings from her studio and kitchen, another of Rosenthal's works that make art from the trash of life.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Barbara Rosenthal Contemplates Suicide (2005-2007) color, 13 min

Emerging from a long, uselessly medicated depression lasting nearly a decade during which the contemplation of suicide never left her mind, artist Barbara Rosenthal, always working at the intersection of Art and Life, now recites, with many irregularities and repeated takes, Hamlet's famous soliloquy. This particular version is the loop DVD which premiered at Art Attack: Pool Art Fair at the Chelsea Hotel, Sept. 27-29, 2007. It is the first four takes of the 50 takes of this recording, and was shown as part of her Bathroom Installation which included her logo images Bird Hands, Brain Scan TR-9002, and Red Rubber Name Stamp.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Handwriting Analysis (1989-2009) color, 4 min

HANDWRITING ANALYSIS, April 12, 1989. With volumes of her "Journal" and "Project Books" on her lap, Rosenthal flips pages and talks about a computer, at a County Fair, that analyzed her handwriting. An SEG (Special Effects Generator) overlays portions of the computer's read-out. One of several of the artist's videos that offers a glimpse inside her Journals, this one allows an extended look, including at some of the mash-notes sent to her by Teaching Assistants and Technical Assistants at the 3 colleges she was teaching at that year: Nassau College, SUNY Purchase, and Parsons School of Design. When this video was shown during her talk at The Center for Book Arts, March 28, 2014, her handwriting was analyzed by Roger Rubin, America's foremost graphologist, with similar results.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Quotation from Paul Gauguin (1988-2010) DVD, color, 1.5 min

For our contemplation of multiple meanings, Rosenthal's hands unroll a roll of paper on which is printed, one word at a time, this interesting quotation from the master. Premiered at The Kitchen, NYC, April, 1988.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Feet Handoff (2010) DVD, color, 8 min

In a single, unbroken 7-minute take from a stationary camera in a tight shot, Barbara Rosenthal trades a pencil back and forth between each of her toes, and then, pencil still between toes, writes her name on a yellow legal pad attached to a clipboard. The theme of hands and feet recurs often in this artist's work, and in "Feet Handoff" she intermixes them in yet another way. In this simple, straight-on, understated video, Rosenthal explores frustrating, although eventually successful, attempts to do something very basic, but using a part of ourselves unaccustomed to the task. As we watch it prevail, her foot appears more and more like a hand.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Space and Time (1990-2010) DVD, color, 1 min

SPACE AND TIME. A text and live-action performance video depicting xeroxed text from philosopher John Redford's book and model of Space and Time. The spacial configuration and timing of the videographed xerox itself, and the foley performance sound, humorously remind us that even the infinite is finite on the screen, but at least perhaps it is not futile to attempt a definition. Shot when "cut" and "paste" meant "cut" and "paste."

DVD NTSC Sale: $250 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

Postcards (2009-2010) DVD, color, 3 min

Three curious postcards. What is the writer's relationship to "Friends"? Does she mean us? Two scenes are isolated, one is densely packed. Two are from the city, one is not. All are remote. The text does not come easily. We think something is wrong, but we don't know what it is. The postcards might set our relationship right again, but the writer isn't sure. The appropriated Gypsy music is melancholy. We are made uneasy.
Typical of Barbara Rosenthal's videos, this piece evolved over time. It began as a series of 35mm slides shot while driving to Florida in 1988, and from the window of her top-floor loft on Avenue of the Americas, NYC. In 1990, a slide-adapter transferred three slides to VHS, and text was added with Amiga computer. In 1992, the 3-part piece served as one segment of the 3/4" composite video "Shadow Boxes, Etc." The original slides have been digitally scanned and enhanced, the font replaced, and timing tweaked during remastering.

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Barbara Rosenthal

Postcards & Other Shorts (1976-2013) DVD, color and b&w, 29 min

This DVD contains 21 quick-paced videos, Barbara Rosenthal made in various technologies from 1975-2013. The 1/2-hour compilation was premiered at the Boddinale Film Festival, Berlin, in February 2013, when she was invited to screen and discuss her work. It comprises: BURP TALK, THE SECRET OF LIFE, FINGERNAILS, SHADOW BOX, VIENNA PHOTOS, CAR COMING, BOGGLE, HANDS AND FEET, AMERICAN DENOMINATIONS, DOG RECOGNITION, POSTCARDS,THE HAIRCUT,PLAYING WITH MATCHES, ROCK-A-BYE ROCK LOBSTER, MEMPHIS PARTY DOLL, BREAKING GLASS, COLORS AND AURAS, HOT AND COLD SHAKEUP, RULES, BuzzClickSsshhTingle, SECRET CODES.

DVD NTSC Sale: $785 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

Two Humorous Architecture Videos (1990-2014) DVD, color, 17.5 min

As a dual video, this piece premiered in the "Building" curatorial at Central Booking, a NYC artspace on the Lower East Side / East Village, NYC, September, 2014.
MUSEUM BOARD: Directed by her older daughter, Ola Creston, age 10. who went on to act in legitimate theater and Hollywood films, Barbara Rosenthal and her younger daughter, Sena Clara Creston, age 8, who went on to become an electronic media artist, assemble scrap museum board cuttings from other Rosenthal projects, into a structure on the floor of their NY loft. Their cat and kitten participate in their own ways. This piece echoes several others in which Rosenthal finds creative use for scraps, including Bookmarks Exploded Library Project and Dirty Book, and several others using her children and animals, including News Corral and Nonsense Conversation. The original footage was shot in 1990 on VHS, then a single take was transferred to U-Matic in 2000, then the original was remastered in 2014.
NEWS CORRAL: With her usual silly-o-seriousness, Rosenthal attempts to corral her dog, Zeke, her old cat, Stripe, and her kitten, Tunafish, into her sculpture, News Corral, an open-form piling of Daily News on the floor of her loft at 727 Avenue of the Americas, NYC. The video is shot from her sleeping loft / office loft upper open space above the main floor, and the audio is her calling the "soo-eee" of animal-ranglers, and sounds of her pets as they comply or don't comply at their pleasure. The original footage was shot in 1990 on VHS, then a single take was transferred to U-Matic in 2000, then the original was remastered in 2014 as part of the "Building" curatorial at Central Booking, an artspace in New York, along with Rosenthal's 1985 video MUSEUM BOARD. The piece has yet to premiere at any video screening. Such delay is not atypical of this artist, who is known for making art as a primary function, whether or not, or when or if, it's ever shown. Asked about this, she says, "There will be plenty of time to show it after I'm dead, but only time now while alive to make it.

DVD NTSC Sale: $585 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

Museum Board (1990-2014) DVD, color, 9 min

Directed by her older daughter, Ola Creston, age 10. who went on to act in legitimate theater and Hollywood films, Barbara Rosenthal and her younger daughter, Sena Clara Creston, age 8, who went on to become an electronic media artist, assemble scrap museum board cuttings from other Rosenthal projects, into a structure on the floor of their NY loft. Their cat and kitten participate in their own ways. This piece echoes several others in which Rosenthal finds creative use for scraps, including Bookmarks Exploded Library Project and Dirty Book, and several others using her children and animals, including News Corral and Nonsense Conversation. The original footage was shot in 1990 on VHS, then a single take was transferred to U-Matic in 2000, then the original was remastered in 2014 as part of the "Building" curatorial at Central Booking, an artspace in New York, along with Rosenthal's News Corral in a double-issue DVD called Two Humorous Architectural Videos, which had been produced as such in 1990 in VHS, but not issued until 2014.

DVD NTSC Sale: $385 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

News Corral (1990-2014) DVD, color, 9 min

Directed by her older daughter, Ola Creston, age 10. who went on to act in legitimate theater and Hollywood films, Barbara Rosenthal and her younger daughter, Sena Clara Creston, age 8, who went on to become an electronic media artist, assemble scrap museum board cuttings from other Rosenthal projects, into a structure on the floor of their NY loft. Their cat and kitten participate in their own ways. This piece echoes several others in which Rosenthal finds creative use for scraps, including Bookmarks Exploded Library Project and Dirty Book, and several others using her children and animals, including News Corral and Nonsense Conversation. The original footage was shot in 1990 on VHS, then a single take was transferred to U-Matic in 2000, then the original was remastered in 2014 as part of the "Building" curatorial at Central Booking, an artspace in New York, along with Rosenthal's News Corral in a double-issue DVD called Two Humorous Architectural Videos, which had been produced as such in 1990 in VHS, but not issued until 2014.

DVD NTSC Sale: $385 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

"I'm Growing Up" Media-Morph Performance at Grace Exhibition Space, Bklyn, NY, April 16, 2013 Documentation Footage (2013) DVD, color, 11 min

This video is single-take, unbroken 10-minute documentary footage recorded by the artist's stationary iPod during her live performance. She is seen among the audience, then in projection, costume, and mask, as the portraits of herself a different ages morph to create different selves, accompanied by harmonica audio track on the morph projection by Mike Markham. An eerie and elegant use of technology, plus a rare glimpse into an actual underground performance art space.
Other notable performances by Barbara Rosenthal have been in front of White Box Gallery and Guggenheim Museum, NY, 2005; Wooloo New Life Festival, Berlin, 2008; SET Gallery, Brooklyn, 2009; Stonehendge, UK, 2010; Grand' Place, Brussels, 2010; Tribes Gallery, NY, 2012; and Espace Trocadero, Paris, Feb 2013.

DVD NTSC Sale: $195 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

Barbara Rosenthal Describes Her Eyebrows (with Mitch Corber) (2016) DVD NTSC, Color, 02:33;09 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, comedy, pesonal diary journal

In another of her absurdist identity conceptual-performance videos, Barbara Rosenthal is challenged by NY videographer/poet Mitch Corber during casual descriptive wordplay conversation in his studio, to describe her own eyebrows without looking in the mirror. Because there was an unnamed, anonymous individual sitting next to her during the shoot, Rosenthal edited the piece to exclude his image and other distractions, resulting in yet another of Rosenthal's unique uses of the video-screen surface.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $95.00

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