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LOOP Festival 2021

A Body’s Journal

LOOP FESTIVAL

Dates: November 9-21

If on the one hand the pandemic has provoked a progressive subtraction of the body from public space, on the other hand it has delegitimized all those places that favored the encounter and exchange between people. Similarly, while the strategy of social distancing has responded to the desire to ensure collective health, it has also ended up suppressing many of the freedoms of what we might call the “social body”. As the Catalan philosopher Marina Garcés explains, “confined sociability is nothing new”. What is unusual, however, is its global and generalized dimension. But the social and economic consequences of the crisis have manifested themselves with a certain classism, exposing those “categories of bodies” less protected by the institutions.

As the protagonist of this historical juncture, the body -in its double meaning of ‘set of organic systems that constitute a living (or non-living) being’ and as a ‘cultural, political and economic association between people’- will constitute the central axis of this year’s program. Under the format of delocalized exhibitions, screenings and performances, the Festival will explore the potential of the body from both a literal and symbolic point of view, bringing together a group of works ranging from the beginnings of video art to the present day.

Under the format of relocated exhibitions, screenings and performances, the Festival will explore the potential of the body from both a literal and symbolic point of view, bringing together a body of work ranging from the beginnings of video art to the present day.

A series of collaborations of international collections with city institutions such as Casa Vicens, Fundació Vila Casas, MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) and the National Museum of Catalonia.

The project 1+1+1…, born with the aim of highlighting the work of a series of artists and curators residing in Barcelona, will be presented in key centers of the city such as the Frederic Marès Museum, the Centro Excursionista de Cataluña, the Real Circulo Artístico, La Capella and the Picasso Museum.

Delocalized proposals such as the project ‘Cuerpos itinerantes’, designed in collaboration with EINA Ben and the residents of Hangar and La Escocesa, as well as other specific interventions will be presented in spaces such as Casa SEAT, the Filmoteca de Cataluña, the Enric Miralles Foundation, Teatre Eólia, Palau Güell and Zumzeig Cinema.

The MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) and the Antoni Tápies Foundation will host the Spanish premiere of the project Mascarilla 19 – Codes of Domestic Violence, produced by Beatrice Bulgari’s Fondazione In Between Art Film.

The Videocreation Award, promoted by the Network of Visual Arts Centers of Catalonia, Arts Santa Monica and LOOP will be presented at the Tecla Sala and the Filmoteca de Catalunya.

The part of the program generally known as City Screen will instead activate other spaces in the city, such as self-managed galleries or independent art spaces, offering a very diverse panorama of current video creation.

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