The LOOP Festival (Barcelona): A Celebration Of The Moving Image

The benchmark international moving image festival LOOP Barcelona will be celebrating its 15th anniversary from May 18th to the 27th. This year’s festival takes a revisionist slant on video art broadening the list of activities, exhibitions, installations, screenings, awards, performances and new conferences. The festival’s primary focus is to take a a look back into great contemporary works from the early days of video for the purpose of interpreting current audiovisual production and its influence on NexGen moving image artists.

“From the 18th to the 27th, Barcelona will be breathing video”, says Carolina Ciuti, the LOOP Festival Coordinator.

The Carrer Pelai basement of the historic Avinguda de la Llum Cinema (pictured, 1943) confirmed as a venue for LOOP Barcelona this year.

In a first, LOOP Barcelona events will happen in venues throughout the city. The press conference hosted by Òscar Abril, Director of Cultural Sectors and Innovation at the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council), stressed that “the festival is breaking new ground by occupying a host of spaces and reaching numerous points in the city”.

David Hall, ‘TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces)’, 1971 Copyright © The Estate of David Hall, Courtesy of Deborah Hall

The festival’s focus is to reclaim video works through a look back at contemporary visual artists from the past such as Eugènia Balcells, David Hall, Beryl Korot, Chip Lord, Mary Lucier, Antoni Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Carles Pujol, Steina and Woody Vasulka, and Peter Weibel, as well as key figures in monographic works like Andy Warhol (with Silver Songs. The Music of Andy Warhol, a set of over sixty record covers from 1949 to 1987 showcasing the history of pop music in the second half of the 20th century and the artist’s most significant moments), Martha Rosler (acclaimed for her videos, photo-texts, performances, installations and art and culture critique), Tony Oursler (a pioneering multimedia artist), Antoni Miralda (renowned for his large-format installations embodying a non-conformist, festive, ornate and kitsch language conjoining art and life), and Robert Cahen (a famous video artist, photographer and composer). Together they will be offering a broad panorama of the myriad uses to which video has been put since its inception.

Can Trinxet_Andy Warhol, Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Copyright © 1966-2006 Ronald Nameth

This year also heralds the third edition of the Video Production Prize, promoted by the Xarxa de Centres d’Arts Visuals de Catalunya, Arts Santa Mònica and LOOP Barcelona. This year’s award winner is Social Body (Anatomy Lesson), by Joan Morey (Majorca, 1972). “This piece regards the body as an individual within society and as part of the performance”, explains its creator, Joan Morey.

The Exhibition of Experimental Videos, originally hosted at the Festival de la Mercè in 1984, focuses on new artistic practices derived from the advent of television and video recording and include the work of internationally acclaimed artists such as Joan Logue, Michel Jaffrennou and Patrick Bousquet.

Video Data Bank_Collage_Benglis_MACBA

Beyond the festival LOOP Barcelona is set to host LOOP Talks, a program of talks and conferences held in parallel with the LOOP Fair. LOOP Talks spotlights contemporary video archaeology within the framework of Videotaped.

Visit LOOP Barcelona for more details.

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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