LOOP Studies is a think tank platform aimed at reflecting on the historical trajectory of and current trends in moving art practices. In gathering together international art professionals, the Studies result in a series of talks, professional meetings and workshops and constitute both a space for shared discussion and professional encounters.



Expanding on the main theme of the festival, this year’s edition of the Talks will focus on the still-debated relationship between artists’ films and cinema. Spanning those practices that have been variously identified as “expanded cinema”, “cinema of exhibition” or “gallery film”, the debates will address the encounter or conflation between the two industries and question whether or not they could coexits in the same ecosystem. The programme will shape according to three main lines of investigation:

  • Exhibiting Cinema, or the eternal debate on how to better display artists’ films and videos in the gallery space, relate with cinematic codes and implement new curatorial practices;
  • Modes of Film Practice, or the “cluster of historically bound institutions, practices and concepts that form a context within which cinematic media are used”* and that can be deployed to understand avant-garde and experimental filmmaking as well as artists’ films;
  • Artists in Transition, or a study of those creative practices that sit on the fence between video art and cinema.

Among the participating speakers will be Erika Balsom, Raymond Bellour, Sabine Breitwieser, Filipa César, David Claerbout, Jacqui Davies, Antje Ehmann, Gabriela Galcerán, Malcolm Le Grice, Anthony McCall, Ani Molnár, Gloria Moure, Anthony Reynolds, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Christine Van Assche

Tickets and Register: Tickets to the whole programme of Talks are 90 euros and can be purchased here. Please note, the session have limited availability.

Dates and venues
Wed. 1 June | Fundació Tapies, 6pm – 7:30pm (free access)
Thurs. 2 June | C/Pelai 28, 9:30am–1:00pm
Fri. 3 June | C/Pelai 28, 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Sat. 4 June | C/Pelai 28, 1:30pm–2:30pm

The sessions have limited availability. If you have registered but can no longer attend, please let us know in advance by sending an email to so that we can release your seat.
Download the complete programme here (pdf)

Labour in a Single Shot

Antje Ehmann

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Ways of Filmmaking

Malcolm Le Grice and Erika Balsom

Thursday 2 June 2016

Exhibiting Cinema

Gloria Moure, Caroline Bourgeois and Sabine Breitwieser

Thursday 2 June 2016

From the Art Gallery to the Cinema Space, and Back.

Gabriela Galcerán, Ani Molnár, Jacqui Davies and Anthony Reynolds

Friday 3 June 2016

Passages de l’image

Christine Van Assche, Raymond Bellour, David Claerbout and Erika Balsom

Friday 3 June 2016

Early and Late

Anthony McCall

Friday 3 June 2016

Harun Farocki Institut (HaFI)

Antje Ehmann, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Filipa César

Saturday 4 June 2016