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Loop - The Video Art Fair

Loop - The Video Art Fair

Art Fair
loop 2006 by Raúl Martinez (20.5.2006)
  Last night the fourth edition of LOOP (the fair dedicated exclusively to the video) was inaugurated in Barcelona. Consolidated already as a cultural event and international meeting point for fans, professionals and collectors of video, LOOP aspires to surpass the 6,000 visitors of the last edition. This one time in May - the last editions took place in November - adds to the ample summery climate that at this point is enjoyed in the city.

Around 40 international galleries display so many videos of artists worldwide in the rooms of the centric hotel Pulitzer - until the 21st. Next to works of consecrated artists LOOP offers the opportunity to discover new positions, like the French Tania Mauraud (Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris), the Spanish Albarracín (Filomena Soares, Lisbon) or the North American Allan Sekula (Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica) - who continues his exploration on the new geography of the marine commerce, with a documentary work on a market of fish in Tokyo. They is to emphasize for example on the proposals of the young Israeli presented by Pack, Ofri Cnaami and also to its drawings or to the Spanish Arturo Fuentes in the space of Lluciá Homs.

As Carlos Durán (one of the directors of the fair) indicates, LOOP is a great platform for the diffusion of videos, specially that the galleries make the world-wide presentation of the last videos of their artists. It is to emphasize, in fact, that half of the galleries has brought unpublished works. Thus, the Catalan galleries Joan Prats and Dels Angels, display here the last works of Alexander Vidal and Jaime Pitarch, respectively, whereas M+R Fricke displays the work “Remember me”, of David Krippendorf, gorgeous collage made with fragments of horror films. Also the German Art Agents and DNA releases “The Milkmaid” of Marian Vassileva and “Sleepers” of Johanna Domke - hipnótico last work, in which the young German artist moves the camera through airport of Stansted, observing the travellers who, catched in this “nonplace” other people's to the outer time, sleep waiting for their low cost flights.

Like in previous years, the Barcelonian museums and galleries support with their programm the event. Thus, Caixaforum and Casa Asia present individual cycles of projections and conferences with Nam June Paik as a central subject. In the foundation, on the other hand, you can see an exhibition of Douglas Gordon, whereas in the Ateneu, are the works of the British artist Sarah Morris. Not far from there the CCCB, it presents a varied program, that includes from a Cuban cycle of videoarte, a selection of the best works displayed in the last festivales of Athens and Santiago of Chile, as well as “jukebox” with videos of international artists like Clemens von Wedemeyer, Ulrich Polster or Regina Galindo. A few Barcelonian galleries add exhibitions with video art as protagonist, - between them stands out the delirious work “King Kong the end of the world” of DNA Federico Solmi. Finally, spaces as the Cinema Casablanca and FNAC complete the enormous supply, with the projection of the last work of Matthew Barney, “Drawing Restraint and videos of the collection Community of Madrid respectively (works of Kaoru Katayama, Txuspo Poyo, etc.).

Before the proliferation of fairs and biennials anywhere in the world, LOOP presents an original alternative for the fans of videoart. As Jean-Conrad Lemaitre, a collector, points out “the video requires special conditions of visualization, needs certain privacy for the spectator. Similars to the hall house, where normally we see our single videos or in company of friends, the rooms of a hotel are comfortable spaces, and more adapted than a traditional fair for the projection of videos”. For the galleries, LOOP also constitutes an important point of contact. The organization primary target must be in favor for the contacts with collectors and commissioners, indicates Carlos Durán. This year, in fact, has been made an important effort through an ample program of collectors and important conferences and debates (with Christina van Asche - Pompidou-, Tony & Heather Modesta - American collectors and Mark Nash - among others). Let us hope that little by little, these contacts are translated in sales.
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