Video Signals: Aspects of Spanish Video Creation in Recent Years is an audiovisual series that features 40 works by more than 35 artists made between 1988 and 1995, designed to offer a view/review of recent Spanish video. The exhibition was not conceived as a ‘who’s who’ of video in Spain - i.e., the artists with the longest careers and biggest reputations - but rather as a type of critical anthology, to borrow from the world of literature. The selection is neither indiscriminate nor whimsical, the range neither wide nor narrow, but spacious enough to include some new contributions and ones that might have passed unnoticed on other circuits. However, no attempt has been made to cover specific genres or subgenres - such as the standard music video clip, video dance, art documentary and the occasional television productions with an experimental touch - even though the selection does include some pieces linked or contiguous with them. In any case, the selection is admittedly partial in every sense of the word.
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.
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)