Events — 15 Feb 2019

Artists featured in this edition include Frances Stark, VALIE EXPORT, Vito Acconci, Joan Jonas and Jon Rafman.
Museumticket + €3
Teijin Auditorium
15 Feb, 7 pm until 9 pm
Main language

Desire has been a popular subject throughout the art historical canon, with treatments ranging from Manet’s Olympia to Carolee Schneeman’s self-made erotic film Fuses. As technologies such as dating apps shape how we pursue courtship and romance, our experience of desire is becoming increasingly screen-based.

The fourth edition of Video Club brings together moving image works from the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection that interrogate and destabilize conventional notions of desire.

Jon Rafman, Still Life (Betamale), 2013 (still)
Jon Rafman, Still Life (Betamale), 2013 (still)

The video works shown here consider public desire and fantasy, the corporate creation of desire and its individual implications, how forms of desire are gendered and can be undone, and the ways in which physical desires are translated into the digital realm.


Doors open - Dim sum & beer
Introduction by Jeanette Bisschops
Start screening

Dim sum and refreshments will be served. Following the approximately hour-long screening there will be a discussion with screening curator Jeanette Bisschops and a guest speakers Melanie Bühler and Bas Hendrikx. Open discussion with the audience is encouraged.


Video Club is a screening series highlighting the Stedelijk’s collection of time-based media. Through thematically organized selections of moving image works, Video Club presents films and videos spanning diverse eras, regions, and artistic movements. The rotating screening series puts time-based media into dialogue with other works on view in Stedelijk BASE, and draws attention to prominent issues and motifs that recur throughout the museum’s collection.

Video Club: Undoing Desire is curated by Jeanette Bisschops, Curatorial Assistant, Time-based Media.