A video festival about Brooklyn as a place and video as an art form
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Mission Statement


vBrooklyn is a video festival about Brooklyn as a place and video as an artform.

vBrooklyn documents the current, evolving state of Brooklyn through contemporary videoart. It creates a forum exploring Brooklyn as inspiration, and, with Brooklyn itself the subject of the festival, it hopes to create symbiosis between the borough and the resulting works.

In 2006 — vBrooklyn's first year — The festival focused on Brooklyn's geometrically-paced urban development, attempting to document the borough's cityscape before it irretrievably changes.

vBrooklyn 2007 maintains its focus on urban landscape but expands to include works about the people and experiences that make Brooklyn a uniquely strong, identifiable city within a city.


Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough and would be the United States’ fourth largest city if independent. It’s undergoing a period of intense physical and cultural transformation as development hits critical mass and more people move into the borough.

vBrooklyn wants to visually record Brooklyn’s skyline, architecture, activities and experiences before the current wave of development and population influx permanently change them. vBrooklyn's goal is video-artists building Brooklyn’s historic record through personal interpretation and factual documentation.

Brooklyn's urban landscape and the views of and from Brooklyn are noticeably different than several years ago. Residential and industrial neighborhoods have transformed as well, losing with them some of our borough’s history.

Brooklyn’s people continue the ongoing redefinition of Brooklyn by sustaining the generations-old ebb and flow of ethnicities, cultures and classes.

We have a unique opportunity to create a dynamic record in anticipation of the continuing and impending changes.


Video-art is a fitting medium for this exploration and documentation.

As with Brooklyn in 2007, video-art is undergoing a renaissance. More artists are turning to the medium, and the public is more aware of it as a living, respected form. Video-art has become integral to the quality of New York City’s culture in galleries, concerts, clubs and museums. Brooklyn’s many galleries and performance spaces have contributed to this rebirth. It’s fitting that video-art repay the support with a living history of Brooklyn.
Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2007
Polytechnic University
Brooklyn, NY

vBrooklyn 2008
vBrooklyn 2006

vBrooklyn is supported by:
Forward Motion Theater
Polytechnic University, Brooklyn
Integrated Digital Media Institute
one eleven interactive, inc.
Experimental Television Center NYSCA
mediaThe Foundation
Independence Community Foundation
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
The Experimental Television Center's Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and mediaThe Foundation.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.