Solo and collective exhibitions, debates, interviews and more througout Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil and The Netherlands – always building and deconstructing the fundamental role of the Loop for moving images, art philosophy, and more. This is Loops Expanded, an international network of curators and partner organizations holding exhibitions in Portugal since 2015, and internationally since 2020.

With its 2023 – 2024 open call, Loops Expanded invites artists and collectives from anywhere, anytime to submit their works dedicated to the Loop form, be they single or multi-channel. 

We keep pushing for works that probe the idea, concept and multiple potentialities of the Loop, and not for works in which the Loop is used only technically for exhibition purposes. 

The network’s partners will choose a Loops Expanded selection from all submissions to the open call. Each partner will select and exhibit locally one or more works from the current and/or previous selections. Depending on local conditions, the form of the exhibition could include shows or screenings in museums, galleries, theatres or outdoors screenings.

What we are looking for

This is not about an itinerant exhibition, but rather an ongoing network ongoing experiment: we explore an interrelated and interdependent approach in a global video art landscape and empower different perspectives to a unique form.

But what does that mean? From pre-cinema and the mechanical movement of creating moving images, up to the present time of computational, sound and audiovisual “infinite loops”, and even the ephemerality of GIFs, loops are still everywhere and the possibilities are truly countless, creating a naturally fertile ground for artists.

Beyond formal rigour, but without ever excluding it, we understand the Loop as every video artwork capable of providing a cyclical and fluid experience even in transitory situations. Regardless of the trigger and/or device used, and whether from a minimal visual unit or a longer elliptical narrative, Loops Expanded wants to select and display works exploring a pulsar, a continuous flow, a perpetual movement, an idea in positive permanence.


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