LOOP Festival 2017

— Winding The Clock Back

Beryl Korot, 'Dachau', 1974. LOOP Festival 2017, MUHBA
18-27 May
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The desire to look back in time always seems to be associated with a certain nostalgia; a feeling of slight pleasure that stems from the recollection of memories. However, from a historical perspective, the act of calling up a bygone past discloses a precise intention that reaches beyond the simple feeling of longing: that of tracing a temporal development that is at once ontological, political and cultural.
Yet, in a fast-forward society that tends to evolve according to a frenetic pattern, looking back results in an essential “shrinking of time” – in the words of German sociologist Hartmut Rosa –, that in fact opposes the linear consequentiality of past, present and future tenses . As a result of this constant rush towards “the new” (exemplified by hectic technological progress and the annihilation of cultural knowledge), attempts to look back in time are immediately dismissed as obstacles. While individuals grow accustomed to desiring newer and more disposable futures, they grow oblivious to the past.

But how are things really supposed to move forward, if we are constantly estranged from ‘what is gone’ and consistently obsessed with ‘what is going to be next’? By translating these questions in the realm of artistic production, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary LOOP will wind the clock back and revisit the early days of video art. In accordance with the belief that a retrospective look not only is key to a well-rounded history, but also a means to shed light upon the present, the upcoming festival will then single out a series of proposals by pioneer practitioners that, challenging as they were at the moment of their creation, still maintain a critical interest today.
The selection will so emphasize the radical aspects of video as it entered the progress of art: its always contentious relationship to television, and the shifting appearance of its formats, on one hand (from a portable, cheap and easy to manage tool to its expansion in the likenesses of installation); its relationship to present time and its communitarian facet, on the other (respectively declined as documentary and live recordings of performance, or as radical and political manifestoes defining a counterculture).

Coming into play in the mid-‘60s, when portable recording devices were being launched in the US, video promptly entered the range of available artistic media. First promoted by the dominant industry of television, during the ‘70s and ‘80s it imposed itself as an independent tool in the constellation of the so-called “new media”. Subject to the rapid development of artistic forms, video underwent constant transformation: over a period of four decades it indeed not only adapted to the rapid shifts in technological production, but its manifold uses also testified to distinct social and political climates.

Brief as it may be compared to the history of other mediums, the trajectory and evolution of video both in Spain and abroad is of considerable interest. Beyond disclosing a wistful affection for the past, LOOP’s retrospective posture will reflect precise intentions that could be defined as: the will to rewind, to pause, to slow down in order to allow for a contemporary archaeology of the present; the desire to look back in order to revive past video works left behind by the medium’s rapid evolution; the possibility to interpret current production in the light of early works and, ultimately, to provide the platform’s longstanding engagement with the moving image with an even stronger background.


The development of the curatorial proposal stemmed from a joint collaboration between Eugeni Bonet and Antoni Mercader, both specializing in the study of new media and audiovisual art and co-authors of Entorno al video (1980), the first Spanish publication ever dedicated to the medium.


Carolina Ciuti
Festival Coordinator

LOOP Festival activities

Biblioteca Guinardó – Mercè Rodoreda

Carrer de les Camèlies, 76-80, 08024 Barcelona


Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Cinemes Verdi

Carrer de Verdi, 32, 08012 Barcelona

Cinemes Girona

Carrer de Girona, 175, 08037 Barcelona

Museu Picasso

Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

Museu d’Història de Catalunya

Palau de Mar, Plaça de Pau Vila, 3, 08003 Barcelona

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Cercle del Liceu

La Rambla, 65, 08002 Barcelona

Fundació Arranz Bravo

Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 42, 08901 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Taller Pubilla Kasas TPK

Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 44, 08901 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Centre d’Art Tecla Sala

Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 44, 08901 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Carrer d'Aragó, 255, 08007 Barcelona

Casa Elizalde

Carrer de València, 302, 08009 Barcelona

Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm

Carrer del Rosselló, 515, 08025 Barcelona

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona

Centre d’Art Maristany

Carrer d'Àngel Guimerà, 2, 08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012

Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya

Plaça Nova, 5, 08002 Barcelona

Fabra i Coats

Carrer Sant Adrià, 20, 08030 Barcelona

Fundació Joan Miró

Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Espai Volart-Fundació Vila Casas

Carrer d'Ausiàs Marc, 22, 08010 Barcelona

Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7, 08038 Barcelona

Escenari Joan Brossa

Carrer Flassaders, 40, 08003 Barcelona

Arts Santa Mònica

La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona

Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa

Carrer de Béjar, 53, 08014 Barcelona

Museu d’Història de Barcelona

Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

Galería Senda (Mezzanina)

Carrer de Trafalgar, 36, 08010 Barcelona, España


Carrer de Trafalgar, 36, 08010 Barcelona, España

àngels barcelona

Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 27, 08001 Barcelona, España

Galería Carles Taché

Carrer de Mèxic, 19, 08004 Barcelona, España

Galería Senda

Carrer de Trafalgar, 32, 08010 Barcelona, España

L&B Gallery

Carrer d'Àlaba, 58, 08005 Barcelona, España

Projectes SD

Passatge de Mercader, 8, 08008 Barcelona, España


Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 627, 08015 Barcelona, España

Sala Parés

Carrer de Petritxol, 5, 08002 Barcelona, España

Reial Cercle Artístic

Carrer dels Arcs, 5, 08002 Barcelona