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LOOP Festival is the international encounter for contemporary video art, artists’ videos and films and moving image based art. It takes place annually in Barcelona involving the major art venues of the city which join forces to display the current trends in video art and present them to the general public.
Since its inception in 2003, the Festival particularly focuses on the advancement of aspiring young artists, while also presenting established positions of video art. For many international artists, LOOP has been the first chance to present their work to an international public.
The Festival runs for ten days and presents a curated selection of works of video art through a comprehensive programme of exhibitions, screenings, parcours and city interventions that take place at various locations in Barcelona.
Collaboration has always been the key principle of LOOP Festival, becoming a collective city project that spreads over museums, art centres, movie theatres, art galleries, non-profit organizations, and selected venues that bring together a large network of local and international curators, collectors, artists, galleries, institutions directors, universities and audiences.
Annually, the festival focuses on the exploration of specific topics, offering an extensive insight into particular issues within the video art practices. From ways of production, to collaboration, going through the role of audiences, among many others, over the past editions of LOOP Festival a wide variety of themes have been brought into light to become subject of examination in order to broaden the scope of approaching contemporary video art.
LOOP Festival is a catalyst for synergies which stimulates the development of new projects constantly bearing in mind the investigation of new ways of approaching video art and moving image based practices and turning Barcelona into the hub for discovering new practices and bringing back historic works.