The LOOP Talks are a series of roundtable discussions, one-to-one conversations and professional gatherings exploring artists’ film and video. By bringing together international art experts, these 2-day marathons look into analysing the modes of film practices both formally and conceptually, putting forth questions on how the moving image is produced, perceived and circulated within and outside the gallery space.
On the occasion of this year’s edition, the programme will expand the debate on the ethics and practices of collecting, departing from the idea that video, for its very own nature, requires attentive and committed companions. This way, the 2-day meeting will look into collecting as a form of cultural production and dig into the notion of custodianship. At the same time, the sessions will also present distinguished experiences of shared collecting and a new code of conduct for committed collectors. To wrap up the programme, an introduction on how the advent of new digital policies had a twofold effect on production and acquisitions and a ‘bonus-track-presentation’ of a cutting edge project to showcase video art in the public space.
The roster of speakers will feature the participation of Diego Bergamaschi (Co-founder, Seven Gravity Collection); Haro Cumbusyan (Social entrepreneur and collector based in Switzerland); Elvira Dyangani Ose (Director, MACBA-Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona); Sylvia Kouvali (Founding Director, RODEO, London / Piraeus); Josef O’Connor (artist and curator, Founding Director, CIRCA, London); Evrim Oralkan (Director, Co\lecteurs, New York); Piergiorgio Pepe (ethics practitioner and collector based between Athens and Paris); Joseph Del Pesco (International Director, KADIST, Paris and San Francisco); Gala Porras-Kim (artist, based in Los Angeles); Claudia Segura (Curator of the Collection, MACBA-Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona); Salma Tuqan (Deputy Director, Delfina Foundation, London).
Detailed information about each session will be published soon.
The talks unfold into a series of conversations, lectures and open discussions around moving image and beyond. Throughout the years, the programme shifted from having a strict focus on the medium specificity to encouraging an open and inclusive reflection on creative processes as well as the social, cultural and economic implication of art at large.
For this year’s edition, the Talks will draw specific attention to the artists featured in the Fair, with a series of presentations bringing them together with international curators and collectors. This way, the conversations will span from gender issues, the representation of the body, to the multiple ways of being in the world beyond human agency; at the same time, the programme will touch upon the early days of video art as well as the crossovers between moving image and performance.
The programme of the Talks will this year count on the participation of: Gary Hill (artist, Seattle, US), Gusztáv Hámos (artist, Berlin), Katja Pratschke (artist, Berlin), Soledad Gutiérrez (Chief Curator, TBA21-Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Madrid), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (artist, Rio de Janeiro), Isabelle & Jean Conrad Lemaitre (collector and LOOP Fair Committee, Paris), Guillaume de Saint-Seine (collector, Paris), Pascale Pronnier (Head of Exhibitions, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing) and Alain Fleischer (Director, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing), Fatma Bucak (artist, Istanbul and London), Melanie Manchot (artist, London) and Marcella Lista (Chief curator of New Media, Centre Pompidou, Paris), Jin Suk-Suh (Director, Ulsan Art Museum, Korea) and Menene Gras (Director of Culture and Exhibitions, Casa Asia, Barcelona).
We will upload more information about each session soon.