Video Signals: Aspects of Spanish Video Creation in Recent Years
Excmo. Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria; Festival Internacional de Vídeo de Canarias (October 17 - November 20, 1995); Institución Príncipe de Viana, Pamplona. Festival de Vídeo de Navarra (October 23 - November 15, 1995); Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca (December 19, 1995 - January 21, 1996); Centro Galego de Artes de imaxe. A Coruña (January 23 - February 24, 1996); IVAM Centre Julio González, Valencia (February 15 - March 15, 1996); Fundació Antoni Tápies, Barcelona (September 26 - October 27, 1996)
An attempt has been made to bring unity - either thematic or one motivated by other affinities and contrasts - to each programme, aiming to impose some kind of order on the diversity of products that are normally on offer with no distinguishing mark other than the most generic one possible (video, with or without suffixes) and which make up the varied selection. The aspects dealt with include: the recourse to electronic image technologies to create imaginary, symbolic or mysterious spaces; visions and commentaries referring to our own geographical, historical and cultural space; imaginary journeys in search of other realities, cultures and questions; the ‘right of reply’ to media messages and massages and the generation of anti-viruses and defences to oppose those or any other abuses of power; subjective and autobiographical introspection, a revaluation of the disparaged aesthetic of the home video and investigations into private or collective memory; contemporary representations and avatars of the body and its extinction, biotechnical and cybernetic creations and the final passage into ashes.