Garden of Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga // 30th AUG // 22h00

LOOP was born in 2003 in Barcelona as the first fair exclusively devoted to video, in order to provide the space, attitude and attention required by these practices. LOOP has forged a strong community coming equally from the concomitant fields of contemporary art and cinema throughout its 12 editions. LOOP Fair program consists of a showcase of selected artists’ works presented by their galleries; a special area and meeting ground for platforms, distributors and magazines; and a professional forum of debate.
Each year, a reduced selection of artists’ films, in which premières are specially considered, is undertaken by the LOOP Committee, chaired by collector Jean-Conrad Lemaître and composed by collectors Isabelle Lemaître, Josée and Marc Gensollen, Haro Cumbusyan and Renée Drake. LOOP participation is exclusively based on the committee’s review of the artists’ work proposed.
Understanding that these works are time-based, each gallery exhibits one project in the rooms of the hotel where it takes place, thus creating a setting tightly-focused on the artists’ work. The reduced scale of the event generates a lively familiar atmosphere, which is moreover articulated by a highly-specialised Professional & Collector’s Program.
Since its first edition, LOOP Fair has established the LOOP Awards in order to distinguish the most outstanding works. An international jury of experts selects the awards. The work is then acquired by Screen Projects / LOOP and lent to MACBA’s Foundation –Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. Personalities such as Bartomeu Marí (MACBA), Mark Nash (Documenta 11), Manolo Borja-Villel (Museum Reina Sofia), Christine van Assche (Centre Georges-Pompidou) or Barbara London (MoMA) have contributed in selecting the awarded pieces.



Presented by: Conrado Uribe


// Zurich, 2012, 7´20” (LOOP 2012)
Equipped with one of Europe’s first digital video cameras, in 1996 Marcus Vila Richter conducted video interviews with the guests of the Café “Zurich” - a Barcelonese institution - a few days before its demolition. As the sound of the recordings had been lost, the material remained unused.
12 years later Reich and Richter interviewed pedestrians in Barcelona about the vanished Café “Zurich”. The contemporary audio commentary and the old video images are brought together in a specially developed process. This method of combining sound and image is a violent act of cutting and crushing, of dismembering and fragmenting the image plane.