Critical Writing Index

Vancouver Guide: An Overview

by Sara Diamond

Video Guide, Oct. 1984, v. 6, no. 5, p. 3

This article introduces and summarizes the focus of this special edition of the magazine, and pays particular attention to women working in the video medium. The summary references feminist documentary production in Quebec and Toronto, and various women's production groups formed in Vancouver. Ideas about why an increased enthusiasm by women for video art production grew is suggested. The availability of video occurred simultaneously with growth in the newest form of feminism. Women were concerned with gaining control over the image - particularly to counter the distorted image of women being portrayed through television advertising. Women's video art reinvented narrative structure and tended to use personalized imagery, memory and personal fantasy. In addition, a strong women's documentary tradition emerged.

ITEM 1984.147 – available for viewing in the Research Centre