LOOP BARCELONA 2015 - The Place for Video Art Lovers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
LOOP BARCELONA 2015 - The Place for Video Art Lovers

For years now artists have been working regularly and increasingly with the moving image. This kind of work has become one of the predominant forms in contemporary visual arts. Inside institutions, art centres and galleries, the place of video art has stopped being peripheral and become central. The corresponding audiences are growing, and in so doing public and private collections. The particularities of these works make clear the necessity of creating a specialized context, a professional gathering point or international forum.

LOOP BARCELONA 2015 - The Place for Video Art Lovers

For years now artists have been working regularly and increasingly with the moving image. This kind of work has become one of the predominant forms in contemporary visual arts. Inside institutions, art centres and galleries, the place of video art has stopped being peripheral and become central. The corresponding audiences are growing, and in so doing public and private collections. The particularities of these works make clear the necessity of creating a specialized context, a professional gathering point or international forum.

LOOP was born in 2003 as the first specialized fair in video art. The observation of this necessity and market niche led to the creation of a video art festival parallel to the LOOP fair, the LOOP Festival 2004. It is a collaborative event that brings together the city and the field. Institutions, diverse platforms of production and diffusion, together with local and international artists and professionals, participate and relate through activities. In addition, the need appeared of developing programmes dedicated to education and knowledge, the LOOP Studies 2012. 

Since 2003 other specialized fairs have appeared in the field, but LOOP has achieved the placing of Barcelona on the schedule and circuits of the main contemporary art events: it is the major date of video art, the point of encounter of professionals and an indicator of creative and discursive innovation in the field. Year after year it contributes to create a network of interests that favors the synergies between the diverse agents and improves the audiovisual market. LOOP is more than just a commercial fair: it is considered an experimental laboratory of thought about the current state of video and artist films, the place that images hold in contemporary culture and the situation of art. 

Nikhil Chopra and Munir Kabani, Fjaka. 2014. Presented by Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai), in Première at LOOP 2014. Photographs © Carlos Collado

LOOP 2015 IN NUMBERS

411 Artists show works and participate in educative projects and workshops

539 Works (Festival and Fair)

541 Local and international Agents implicated

85 Local Entities (museums, cultural institutions, galleries, art centers)

77 National and International entities that collaborate. 

MAIN SUBJECT LINES OF THE PRESENT EDITION

The discussions proposed in the last two editions of LOOP Barcelona (What about production -2012- and On Collaboration -2013), made us reflect on the need of the implication of audiences, the strategies of public distribution, and the ways in which they effect their reception, consumption and appropriation. The edition of 2014 also took a more curatorial approach on the scope of projects that integrate LOOP: an important part of the programme was curated and produced from the inside of the organization.

Dragos Alexandrescu, Exercising Failure, 2013. Presented by Gallery Taik Persons (Berlin). Photographs © Carlos Collado

The 2015 edition focuses on two main themes:

1. What about Collecting Video art? [Inspired by the need of critically rethinking the rolls of agents inside the artistic community]. The traditional, historic and aesthetic analysis of art commonly focuses on the processes of production, creation, mediation and reception. However, this perspective usually underestimates the role of collectors and the practice of collecting – a fundamental aspect in terms of the optimal production in the artistic ecosystem.

2. Beyond the Image: Sound [A critical reflection on the status of the moving image in the world of art]. The relationships between sound and the moving image are multiple and crucial. The sound affects directly the way the spectator perceives and experiments a work of art. It influences the character and narrative rhythm of a work and sometimes is more powerful than the images. LOOP seeks to explore the wide variety of relations that exist between sound and visual productions and question the limitations of artistic categories. 

Stefan Constantinescu, Six Big Fish, 2013. Presented by Galleri Flach (Stockholm). Photographs © Carlos Collado

Since the year 2003, the LOOP fair has tried to provide the space, the attitude and attention that these artistic practices require and has become since then an attractive anomaly among the traditional fairs.

In its 13th edition, from 4 to 6 June 2015, the fair takes the pulse of the panorama of new approaches in video art with a careful selection of new works by artists and worldwide releases, presented by their local, national and international galleries and invited by an international committee formed by video collectors and activists Isabelle Lemaître, Josée i Marc Gensollen, Haro Cumbusyan and Renee Drake, and chaired by Jean-Conrad Lemaître.

During the fair a jury of specialists will give the following prizes:

 Prize acquisition CATALONIA RAMBLES, for the best exhibited work. It consists of the acquisition of the piece by Screen Projects, and the loan of this to the MACBA Foundation.

 Prize LOOP Fair, to the best gallery proposal selected by the jury, which consists of the free participation of the gallery in the following LOOP edition. LISTEN WITH THE EYES AND LOOK WITH THE EARS For the first time, the fair will include a selection of galleries that present sound projects curated by Anne-Laure Chamboissier (specialist in sound art). It includes artists such as Iñaki Bonillas, Michele Spanghero and Susan Philipsz.

OPENING: 04/06, 19.30h

PROFESSIONAL DAY: 04/06, 12h -19.30h

GENERAL PUBLIC: 05-06/06, 16h – 21h PLACE: c/ Pelai 28, Barcelona (Hotel Catalonia Ramblas)

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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