13th edition LOOP videoarts festival Barcelona

Between May 28 and June 6, Barcelona is full of screens to display the works of over 400 video artists from around the world. Most of these works, as has told Emilio Alvarez, co-director of LOOP in the press presentation, have been created in 2015 with two mottos: 
 
- What about Collecting Video art? 
- Beyond the Image.
 
 

Video art, films, are already part of the usual discussion of collectors, critics and experts from the art world and LOOP is been located, along these 13 years, heading the trends, raising new questions and showing new scenarios and trends worldwide. As they say in their program, "this type of work (video art) has become one of the predominant media in contemporary visual arts. Both within institutions and art centers and galleries, the position of video art goes from being peripheral to central and relevant, the audiences grow, as well as public and private collections. " Therefore, for the 2015 edition, the festival features 23 experts to nurture the theoretical and educational part of the event with various lectures and talks.

 

1) Isabel Rocamora in an essay of Faith in Jerusalem, photography by Shira Kela, 2015.

2)  Los Desnudos, 2011 Clarise Hahn

 

LOOP was born as a specialized video art fair in 2003, grew as a festival in 2004 and, responding to the interest of the public and professionals, it expanded their activities to the education and knowledge creating LOOP Studies in 2012 ... And its success is corroborated by the figures: 411 artists show works and participate in educational projects / workshops, 539 works (Festival and Fair), 541 local and international stakeholders, 85 local entities (museums, cultural institutions, galleries, art spaces) and 77 national and international entities collaborating

LOOP Barcelona develops its artistic activities by different areas of the city, being an inclusive event and based on partnership. Samples include exhibitions as Video-Regime. Collectors audiovisual in the Liceu Circle; L'Inconscient Pictòric, reviewing video art collection of Sorigué Foundation in the MNAC; Writting Diffraction in the Virreina Centre de la Imatge, and "Senses of place" in the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona, ??and that the organization has defined as "a festival within the festival" where art work is related to sound, film and new media technology.

Cell, 2014 Bongsu Park

But, the programs and film forums are the most popular activities and the special billboard of the Film Archive of Catalonia or Zumzeig room, joins the "Cityscreen", the wider program within the fair that is displayed in 15 galleries and 35 art spaces. In this edition, LOOP presents the new Discovery Prize supports the production of films and videos by international artists. These days Barcelona becomes one of the world capitals of video art.

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.