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LOOP Festival 2016

— (video)art and cinema, “Faraway, So Close!”

'Wonders' (still) Carles Congost (2016)
'Wonders' (still) Carles Congost (2016)
Dates
26 May — 10 June 2016
Agenda
Download the Festival’s agenda here. (pdf)
Locations
Map of LOOP Festival locations

Nowadays, there are many artists who experiment between the thin line that separates cinema and the moving image, contributing in this way to question the boundaries of each practice. At the beginning, this tendency seemed to reflect an interest of visual artists only, but it is instead a ‘contamination’ that appeals to filmmakers alike, who are seeking to expand their practice and venture in the creation of pieces for the gallery / exhibition space. That is why many artists and filmmakers prefer to refer to their works as artist films, “expanded cinema”, or “cinema of exhibition”. Museums are responding to these changes by increasingly incorporating moving image based productions in their collections, while new art institutions exclusively devoted to the research, exhibition and conservation of artist films and videos are emerging. The exhibition space gives a filmmaker the chance to experiment with times and formats beyond the limits traditionally imposed by the movie theatre: short or unlimited duration; multiscreen projections; or unusual exploration of certain technical means; etc. Thus, the inclusion of cinema in the museum / gallery space, represents a twofold possibility: one of openness of the practice, and one of criticism of the historical narratives and its means of representation.

As a platform attentive to the most urgent debates within the moving image industry, LOOP Barcelona 2016 wants to explore the hybrid zone between cinema and artist films and videos. Besides their obvious formal relationship, the existing differences between the two spheres can easily be detected by looking at their modes of presentation and circulation, which clearly diverge and thus affect the profile of their audiences: projection rooms vs. screens, window displays or ‘black-box-like’ exhibition spaces. To say it with Marshall McLuhan, if the conditions of cinema would respond to those of an “hot medium” (high-definition, high degree of details and information, less participation), the characteristics of artist films and videos would instead reflect those of a “cool” one (low-definition, less information, active involvement of an audience capable to interpret the media content). Perhaps it is the sum of these elements which likewise determines the profound differences regarding the aesthetic and the narrative of so close yet different practices that, needless to say, have also generated complete different markets.

LOOP Festival activities

Casa de Rusia en Barcelona

31 Josep Anselm Clavé Street, 08002

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/mare-nostrum-fragile-vita/

KBr Fundación MAPFRE

Avenida Litoral, 30, 08005

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/made-in-dublin/

Centre Cívic Convent de Sant Agustí

Carrer del Comerç, 36, 08003

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/111-bolloisla-de-blanca-arias/

Museo Frederic Marès

Plaza Sant Iu, 5, 08002, Barcelona

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/111-el-segundo-viaje/

MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/tony-cokes-music-text-politics/

Fabra i Coats – Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Carrer de Sant Adrià, 20, 08030

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/to-llengua-boca/

CASA SEAT

Passeig de Gràcia, 109, 08008

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/house-of-the-sun/

Filmoteca de Catalunya

Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1, 08001

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/and-if-seeing-was-fire/

Museu Picasso

Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

http://loop-barcelona.com/activity/crossing-visions/

TPK Art i Pensament Contemporani

Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 44, 08901 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/silent-cinema-or-a-never-ending-search-for-truth/

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Carrer d'Aragó, 255, 08007 Barcelona

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/aziz-hazara-the-restless-echo-of-tomorrow/

Casa Elizalde

Carrer de València, 302, 08009 Barcelona

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/anestesia-adrian-melis-y-javier-castro/

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona

http://loop-barcelona.com/activity/cada-respiro/

Centre d’Art Maristany

Carrer d'Àngel Guimerà, 2, 08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona

http://loop-barcelona.com/activity/blue-collar-workers-v0-2/

Fundació Joan Miró

Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/you-dont-hear-me/

Museu Can Framis

Carrer de Roc Boronat, 116 - 126 Barcelona

http://loop-barcelona.com/es/activity/la-liberte-raisonnee-de-cristina-lucas/
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