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Dolls, a film by Annika Larsson, is shown for the first time in Spain at the Pavilion Mies van der Rohe
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Guitar GragA video included in the exhibition 'Desplazamientos’
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Ice Skating in Central ParkFrom a video included in the exhibition 'Desplazamientos’
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Blanche-Neige LucieTaken from a video included in the exhibition 'Desplazamientos'
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I Wanna Be Your Favourite BeeFrom the exhibition 'Desplazamientos’
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Le film du JaponTaken from a video in the exhibition 'Desplazamientos’
Whether you’ve studied video art at university or, more likely, have just watched a few clips on YouTube, you might find it difficult to make it to the end of May without learning more about this relatively new artistic genre. The seventh annual LOOP Festival hits Barcelona from May 21st to 31st, exhibiting the work of over 800 artists at more than 100 city locations including museums, cultural centres, shops and other venues.
Structured around three core axes—Festival, Fair and Panels—LOOP brings together recent works by both highly-acclaimed video artists and up-and-coming creators, while also recovering some of the most emblematic pieces in the history of video. This year, the festival’s focus is on exploring the relationship between video art and other artistic disciplines such as dance, cinema, theatre, design, and music.
The 2009 Fair (which is just one portion of the main festival), takes place on May 28th, 29th and 30th in the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, where over 40 prestigious galleries will check in to exhibit video art works from around the world. Events are rounded off with the LOOP Panels programme of discussion which is designed to encourage reflection about the main issues that affect what is a relatively new discipline: creation, distribution, exhibition, conservation, production, and commercialisation. Featured speakers include Stuart Comer (Curator of Film at the Tate Modern, London), Patrizia Sandretto (director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l'Arte of Turin), and the artists Aernnout Mik and Harun Farocki.
Some of the highlights of the festival will be exhibits of a collaborative nature. A selection of the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, the largest collection of contemporary art in France, will be exhibited in the halls of the Fundación Godia. The exhibition, entitled ‘Desplazamientos’ is a project developed exclusively for LOOP by Pascale Cassagnau, head of digital arts at the French Culture Ministry.
The Palau de la Virreina, an exhibition hall on the Rambla, will host the premiere of Ingrid MySpace, a film by Eduard Cortés, whose full team, from the music distributors to the technicians, was recruited through the well-known social and music network. The presentation will part from the film to reflect on the new creative languages and innovative forms of communication brought about by the so-called Web 2.0. Another highlight of LOOP 2009 is the Spanish premiere of Double Take, the latest production of Johan Grimonprez at MACBA. Dolls by Annika Larsson, will also be released in Spain for the first time and can be seen at the Pavilion Mies van der Rohe.
LOOP 2009 will be a space for encounter and debate, a point of confluence and exchange of views, and a vehicle to cultivate video art’s roots in the landscape of contemporary creation. Whether you visit one location or 20 you will have aided LOOP in their objective of bringing video art to both video professionals and the general public interested in art and culture. Get ready for video art to be around every corner in the coming week. Never has getting in the loop been so easy.