San Sebastian

The San Sebastian International Video Festival

In only its second year of operation, this festival has established itself as one of the most important events on the video circuit. In 1983 it featured over 100 works (including official and special presentations), exhibiting an impressive flexibility and range of selections and underlining the wealth of video production that is currently being confined to a distribution ghetto.

The word “video,” of course, denotes an emphasis on the visual, and much of the short history of the field has been given over to exploring the potential of the electronic image. The San Sebastian festival, however, featured a number of works which pointed to the current interest in aural and rhythmic possibilities as illustrated through the editing of voice, music, and image. Certain works were structured around the notion of the text as a concrete element of discourse. Three French-language tapes were particularly

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