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, LOOP Studies consists of a series of talks, professional meetings and workshops and constitutes a space for both shared discussion and professional encounters.
As an in-depth contribution to the “contemporary archaeology of video” prompted by the Festival, the LOOP Talks will provide a current reading of early video art. Eminent pioneering artists will be in dialogue with curators of peer and younger generations, so to establish formal and conceptual connections between the past and present and explore the influence of avant-garde artistic proposals on contemporary production.
Just like today’s artist films and videos often prompt reflection on modern technologies and modes of communication, in the sixties and seventies they reflected the desire on the part of their makers to radically redefine the experience imposed by television, and carry out a cultural and technological research through the potentiality of an accessible and communitarian medium.
Besides triggering the creation of brand-new technical equipment (such as artist-crafted synthesizers and processors), these early proposals took on various forms that ranged between conceptual and feminist performances recorded on analogue tape, experiments with video signals, the color and effects permitted by editing and post-production, and sharp documentaries on the counterculture deriving from the complex historical events taking place at the time.
The practitioners invited to personally revive the debate, and those evoked by expert curators in their presentations, will all be featured in the Festival’s selection, so to provide a well-rounded overview of the historical and artistic panorama taken into consideration. Five of them will showcase video installations or single channel projections in VIDEO REWIND, one of the program’s key proposals throughout the city, whilst Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik will be dedicated a monographic selection at Can Trinxet and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, respectively.
The participating speakers will be Don Foresta, Vincent Fremont, Menene Gras, Beryl Korot, Mary Lucier, Chip Lord, Neus Miró, Antoni Muntadas, Steve Seid, Kristin Scheving, Berta Sichel, Jin-suk Suh, Niels Van Tomme, Stenia and Woody Vasulska.
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The professional meetings are a series of closed door sessions, which have the objective to offer a space for professionals to connect, formulate new ideas, exchange knowledge and debate common interests affecting the artistic community.
LOOP’s Workshops present the opportunity to learn about the process of the production of video art by working directly with some of its most influential producers. The workshops, which cover a variety of subjects, are presented throughout the city in multiple languages.