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The San Francisco International Video Festival

The San Francisco International Video Festival

The San Francisco International Video Festival’s third incarnation—like its first two—was characterized by a dizzying variety of viewing venues, a secondary emphasis on video within the context of performance and installation art, numerous film-festival-style tributes, and the decidedly political bent of many of the works screened. Three videotapes received their public premieres—Doug Hall’s The Speech, Tony Labat’s Ñ, and Tony Oursler’s Son of Oil; each directly targets matters of social and political consequence.

Doug Hall’s best-known works are his mid-’70s collaborations with the T.R. Uthco and Ant Farm collectives. Such stunningly orchestrated, made-to-be-documented events as Media Burn, in which a souped-up Cadillac was driven through a wall of flaming television sets, attest to Hall’s longstanding fascination with media presentation as anthropological rite. In The Speech Hall, on

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