LOOP Festival 2019

— Even Outer Space

12 - 24 Nov
Map of LOOP Festival locations

In his 1965’s collection of twelve short stories titled Cosmicomics, the Italian writer Italo Calvino narrates the adventures of an always-extant and singular being named Qfwfq as he deals with disparate events in the history of the Universe. While departing from a scientific fact (e.g., the shape-shifting matter of space, the distance between galaxies, the effect of gravity on mobility…), Calvino creates a series of entertaining and fictional accounts that speak true to universal emotions and humans’ preoccupations, all recurring themes in his oeuvre: affection, conflict, love, doubt and understanding.

Anything other than simplistic narration, the Cosmicomics take speculative fiction on outer space as a starting point and treat it as a creative tool to better understand life on Earth. In its ever-mutating, yet sometimes clumsy personality, Qfwfq then comes to incarnate a fascinating character, with whom the reader easily empathises, and the whole collection a perfect metaphor for human existence.

Not the first example of the kind in literature (earlier contributions indeed can be found in Francis Godwin’s The Man in the Moon – 1620, Cyrano de Bergerac’s Voyages to the Moon and the Sun – 1657/1662, or Jules Verne’s Voyage to the Centre of the Earth – 1865), it testifies to art’s old fascination for science and the space as vehicles to the imagination and representation of other possible ‘worlds’ and utopian alternatives to our own.

Yet space is not only a place for imagination, or the subject of certain utopian ‘grand narratives’. The classical interplay between art and outer space, also resonating to the history of cinema and the visual arts, is indeed further justified by the belief that a creative approach to science can engender the formulation of new systems of thoughts, thus paving the way to social critique and a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

As stated by the late American novelist Ursula K. Le Guin in her acceptance speech at the 2014’s ceremony of the National Book Awards, writers, and artists at large, have indeed the invaluable opportunity to be “realists of a larger reality” and “to see through a fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies”, – somehow responding to those reductive counter-arguments that would read speculative fiction and the study of space as pointless distractions from more pressing issues on Earth.

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the next edition of LOOP will then present the work of contemporary artists and filmmakers that are contributing to shape cultural debate and critical thinking around outer space, looking at the furthest stars as an excuse to explore notions of territorialisation and colonisation, geopolitical conflicts, climate change, the progress in technology and the more philosophical relationship between micro and macro structures.


Carolina Ciuti, Artistic Director

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