Selections from the San Francisco Video Festival
“This work by the Canadian group General Idea uses media to create a complex visual portrait of the artist in the eighties. The program is hosted by the three members of General Idea - AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal - in a setting of an unusual bar, the Colour Bar Cocktail Lounge, in which the walls and floor have been replaced by electronically generated colour. In this video environment, they are watching television, but the show they are watching is a story that they themselves have constructed, about a woman artist and the dilemmas she encounters in her very modern life.” --De Appel
• Written and Directed by General Idea. Produced in Amsterdam at Cinevideo Group Holland by De Appel. (1979, 30 mins, color)
The Amarillo Tapes
This latest collaborative video work by artists Doug Hall, Jody Proctor and Chip Lord is the result of their joint artist-in-residency at the Amarillo television station owned by Texas businessman and art co-conspirator Stanley Marsh 3. Marsh invited Hall, Proctor and Lord to study and participate in the gathering and production of local news for his ABC affiliate station KVII. Their goal as artists was to dissect what makes news in a small mid-western television market and to interact with working practitioners in a mass-media format. The results of their residency with the pro-news team form both a moving account as well as a humorous view of TV's primary function - to inform. The tape also underscores the function of personality in the subjective reporting process that we have all come to tolerate.
• Directed and Edited by Doug Hall, Chip Lord, and Jody Proctor. (1980, 28 mins, color)
Call It Sleep World Premiere!
This first video work by Isaac Cronin and Terrel Seltzer takes the form of a video essay directed at the definition of an ideological sub-class. The fourth part of a projected five-part work entitled The Cadre, Call It Sleep uses a disjunctive narrative structure to describe the cadre character and the formation of the cadre's defining traits. A visually elegant work, the tape works well as a self-contained statement of the relationship of style to ideology as well as a rather pointed yet humorous indictment of a prevailing form of intellectual dishonesty.
• Directed by Terrel Seltzer. Written by Isaac Cronin. Camera by Kathleen Beeler. Edited by Seltzer and Cronin. (1980, 11 mins, color)