Moving Image Itineraries. From LOOP to SCREEN (2003-2013) is an artists’ film and video exhibition that embraces a decade of existence of the platform Screen from Barcelona.
After launching LOOP (the first fair exclusively devoted to moving image art) and the SCREEN Festival (a reference event in the exhibition and discussion on moving image artistic practices which unfolds itself throughout the city of Barcelona), Screen fom Barcelona has consolidated itself as the space where to calibrate the state of audiovisual creation today.
LOOP was born in 2003, taking its name from one of the most characteristics strategies that video entails when it breaks through as a medium, as a device and as a language in the 60s. The construction of the image; the introduction of time, sound and speed in the work, as well as the experimenting with new technological possibilities, were hailed as distinctive marks during the first decades of the medium. Soon, what started as a tool additional to other practices evolved into becoming a category of art historiography as well as the art institution in itself, and altering both of them equally.
After a decade of working with the medium, the original idea has evolved accordingly to the creative changes that artists have developed. In front of the proliferation of the uses of video and its hybridization with other media (think about installation and how it has reconfigured not only the concept of sculpture but also the museum’s space; the communicating vessels and the creative confusion between artist cinema, experimental cinema, video art, etc.), the term video may appear somehow reductive to describe the richness and variety of these practices. We are now situated under the conceptual umbrella of moving image, which embraces a porous and dynamic conception of audiovisual production, impossible to homogenize under one aesthetical or technical point of view. And this is how we get to the SCREEN, understood in this new horizon as the minimum support necessary alongside the presence of an audience to make cinema and video happen. Be they made of fabric or complex mental structures, the screen reveals itself as the minimum common denominator and zero degree of this experience.
With these thoughts and reflections, we want to open this exhibition which gathers a selection of pieces from the LOOP and SCREEN context that contribute to briefly illustrate the diversity of practices and perspectives and which has been put together hand in hand with our collaborators.
Artists and works:
Qiu Anxiong / Land Temptation, 2009
Luidgi Beltrame / Cinelandia, 2010
Carlos Garaicoa / Yo no quiero ver más a mis vecinos, 2006
Douglas Gordon / Left is Right and Right is Wrong and Left is Wrong and Right is Right, 1999
Gary Hill / Coomentary, 1985-2008
William Kentridge / Tide table, 2003-2004
Susan Kleimberg / Tierra sin males, 2011
Cristina Lucas / La liberté raisonné, 2009
Gabriel Mascaró / Ebb & flow. O onda traz, o vento leva, 2012
Miralda / Twin Tastes & Tongues, 2012
Uriel Orlow / Holy Precursor, 2011
Jean Michel Othoniell / Il était beau comme la rencontre fortuite d’un parapluie et d’une machine à coudre, 1994
Mabel Palacín / Sur l’Autoroute, 1998 – 1999
Isabel Rocamora / Horizon of Exile, 2010
Benet Rossell i Antoni Miralda / Boum ! Boum ! En avant la musique!, 1974
Michael Snow / Condensation, A Cove Histor, 2008
Eve Sussman / How to tell the future to the past v.2, 2009
Peter Welz / Figure inscribing a circle, 2007
Sandy White & Ivan Örkény / On false Domesticity, 2007
MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural FENOSA.
A Coruña, Spain (21 February – 26 May 2013)