Daniel Reeves Characteristics

Dan Reeves has worked in sculpture, film, video, and installations since 1970. His videos focus on personal, political, and spiritual themes, from socially condoned violence to the divine nature of existence. Since 1982 Reeves has concentrated on developing a video poetics and the exploration of personal transformation and responsibility in his work. Reeves' Buddhist convictions shape not only his content, but direct his commitment to "revitalizing the sacred in art," making work of universal significance and profound understanding of the human condition

--Video Databank Catalog

Daniel Reeves was born in Washington D.C. and studied film and anthropology. In 1979 he worked on his first video which was poetic and political. Influenced by Eastern philosophies, his research centers around three themes. One is his criticism of American Technological Culture about Vietnam. The second is his poetry illustration which came about in 1983 with his films about Indian texts and European study. The third theme is the reconciliation between man and nature.

A Mosaic for the Kali Yuga made in 1986 goes along with his first theme of Technological Culture. In 1990 he made Try to Live to See This, which goes along with his third theme of the reconciliation between man and nature. This film is a non-narrative epic shown on three screens, each representing a primitive element - water, fire, earth - corresponding to the cycles of life: birth, preservation and death.

--Anthony Susi, 2006

Website http://www.pardo.ch/1996/festival96/present/obsessreg.html

The movies that Daniel Reeves had produced over the years mainly have to do with his troubled times during the Vietnam War. One of his most famous movies that deal with his combat experiences in Vietnam is Smothering Dreams, for which he received three Emmy Awards. (Tribeca Film, 2009) As stated by Electronic Arts Intermix (2010), ÒSubsequent tapes refined this work's use of poetic text and structure, addressing inhumanity, dispossession and social upheaval with a highly lyrical sensibility, and from an outlook informed by Eastern philosophyÓ.

Reeves uses visionary meditation on secrecy and denial, video poetics exploring personal, political and metaphysical as some of his most recent structure techniques. (Tribeca Film, 2009) The genres that Reeves uses are documentary, and experiential, along with such subject matter as identity, ethnicity and sexuality, and personal stories such as soulful laminations of spiritual loss (Electronic Arts, 2010) society, and culture.


Tribeca Film, Initials. (2007, March 27). Daniel reeves collection. Retrieved from reframecollection.org/collectionLists/collectionList?Id=48

Electronic Arts, Initials. (200p, January 7). Electronic arts intermix. Retrieved from http://www.eai.org/artistBio.htm?id=375

--Chris Stunkel, 2010.

Daniel Reeves