LOOP Festival 2016

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

'Wonders' (still) Carles Congost (2016)
26 May — 10 June 2016
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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.

Biblioteca Guinardó – Mercè Rodoreda

Carrer de les Camèlies, 76-80, 08024 Barcelona


Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Cinemes Verdi

Carrer de Verdi, 32, 08012 Barcelona

Cinemes Girona

Carrer de Girona, 175, 08037 Barcelona

Museu Picasso

Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

Museu d’Història de Catalunya

Palau de Mar, Plaça de Pau Vila, 3, 08003 Barcelona

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Cercle del Liceu

La Rambla, 65, 08002 Barcelona

Fundació Arranz Bravo

Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 42, 08901 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Taller Pubilla Kasas TPK

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

Centre d’Art Tecla Sala

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

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Carrer d'Aragó, 255, 08007 Barcelona

Casa Elizalde

Carrer de València, 302, 08009 Barcelona

Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm

Carrer del Rosselló, 515, 08025 Barcelona

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona

Centre d’Art Maristany

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

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012

Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya

Plaça Nova, 5, 08002 Barcelona

Fabra i Coats

Carrer Sant Adrià, 20, 08030 Barcelona

Fundació Joan Miró

Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Espai Volart-Fundació Vila Casas

Carrer d'Ausiàs Marc, 22, 08010 Barcelona

Blueproject Foundation

C. Princesa 57, 08003

Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7, 08038 Barcelona

Escenari Joan Brossa

Carrer Flassaders, 40, 08003 Barcelona

Arts Santa Mònica

La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona

Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa

Carrer de Béjar, 53, 08014 Barcelona

Museu d’Història de Barcelona

Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

Galería Senda (Mezzanina)

Carrer de Trafalgar, 36, 08010 Barcelona, España


Carrer de Trafalgar, 36, 08010 Barcelona, España

àngels barcelona

Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 27, 08001 Barcelona, España

Galería Carles Taché

Carrer de Mèxic, 19, 08004 Barcelona, España

Galería Senda

Carrer de Trafalgar, 32, 08010 Barcelona, España

L&B Gallery

Carrer d'Àlaba, 58, 08005 Barcelona, España

Projectes SD

Passatge de Mercader, 8, 08008 Barcelona, España

Galería RocioSantaCruz

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 627, 08015 Barcelona, España

Sala Parés

Carrer de Petritxol, 5, 08002 Barcelona, España

Reial Cercle Artístic

Carrer dels Arcs, 5, 08002 Barcelona