Loops.Expanded 2020 in PORTUGAL
@ National Museum of Contemporary Art – MNAC
October 7th, 2020 – February 14th, 2021
The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon receives from October 7th to February 14th, 2021 its local edition of Loops.Expanded – an international network of curators and programmers focused on the exhibiting and researching the loop format in video art and moving image.
The project continues and broadens up a project created in 2015 under the name Loops.Lisboa, at the time a national competition created by Duplacena, in close collaboration with MNAC; five editions of which were exhibited in the museum.
Now, the first edition of Loops.Expanded in Lisbon @ MNAC presents a selection of works from an International Open Call that received more than 250 entries by artists from 43 countries. Of the 18 works selected by the network of curators, 7 will be exhibited in Lisbon. Each of the 7 videos, by artists from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Italy and Palestine / Norway, will be shown for 3 weeks each in a 4 month cycle curated by Emília Tavares (MNAC), Irit Batsry and Alisson Avila (Loops.Expanded).
A parallel program consisting of interviews with the artists and a closing conference will be announced shortly.
The network, founded in 2019, expands the original initiative of Loops Lisboa started in 2015. Loops.Expanded founders are curators and organizations from the field of video art from five different countries: António da Câmara (Duplacena / Festival Temps d’Images, Lisbon – Portugal). Mario Gutiérrez Cru & Araceli López (PROYECTOR, Madrid – Spain); Sandra Lischi (Ondavideo, Pisa – Italy); Tom Van Vliet (WWVF, Amsterdam – Netherlands); Jaqueline Beltrame and Alisson Avila (Cine Esquema Novo collective (Porto Alegre – Brazil) and Irit Batsry and Alisson Avila (Loops.Lisboa / Festival Temps d’Images, Lisbon – Portugal).
Main Sponsor: Centro Colombo
Loops.Expanded 2020 in SPAIN
The first exhibition of Loops.Expanded will be in Madrid in the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR from 9 to 20th of September 2020.
More news to be announced soon.
Loops.Expanded International Open Call results
The Loops.Expanded curatorial team has the pleasure of sharing the results of its work on the 2020 International Open Call.
Just as we said when the submission phase has ended, the quality and diversity of the 257 submitted works is a testimony of the loop strengths and vitality. That’s the reason why we had a fascinating, but no easy (and slightly delayed) task. Fortunately enough, the submitted works enabled us to have a real, beautiful and convincing discussion about purposes and meanings.
So in this list, we are sharing the works for which we have a commitment to show. Each curatorial partner will select one or more works and, depending on local conditions, the form of the exhibition could include shows or screenings in museums, galleries, theatres or outdoors screenings, symposiums and/or masterclasses. As you can imagine, we were not able to find exhibition opportunities for all works that we appreciated: hopefully, we will have a second list of more confirmed exhibitions.
This network aims to not to function as a traditional jury that just selects or rejects, but rather as a curatorial group whose goal is to unite and exhibit a ‘treasure trove’ around the loop. The present list is the autonomous but convergent work of programmers representing moving image projects in five countries: Loops.Lisboa/Duplacena (Portugal), PROYECTOR (Madrid / Spain), Ondavideo (Pisa / Italy), WWVF (Amsterdam / The Netherlands) and Cine Esquema Novo (Porto Alegre / Brazil). Not to mention our valuable venue partners Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado (MNAC – Lisbon), Galería de Cristal / Palacio de Cibeles, Quinta del Sordo, Sala El Águila and Secuencia de Inútiles (Madrid), Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre), Arsenale Cineclub (Pisa) and more to be announced soon.
Thank you again to all the artists and collectives who have submitted their work to this new international and decentralized project, dedicated to exhibiting and researching the concept and the form of the loop in video art / moving image. We want to explore an interrelated and interdependent approach in a global video art landscape and empower different perspectives to a unique form: from pre-cinema to the present time of computational, sound and audiovisual “infinite loops”. And these are the works coming from the Loops.Expanded 2020 International Open Call:
DEHORS/AUDELA (Italy): Aporia 2019, 13:20
Miguel Escobar (Colombia): An Image of a Façade 2020, 12:40
Nacho Recio (Spain): Ant 2014, 15:00
W. Mark Sutherland (Canada): America a Videopoem 1988, 04:04
More news to be announced soon.
Loops.Expanded 2020 international open call: we’re thrilled about what we’ve got!
The quality and diversity of the 257 works submitted by artists and collectives from 43 countries and 4 continents (including self-determined ‘Transnational’ and ‘European’ ones) are already a testimony of the loop strengths and vitality. The works length range from a few seconds up to infinite loops and the intended exhibiting formats include outdoor projections, multiscreen installations, GIFs, gallery exhibitions and theatre screenings.
We’re looking forward to sharing our Annual Selection results at the end of June. The selected works will be invited to take part in different exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy and Brazil. Each curatorial partner will select one or more works and, depending on local conditions, the form of the exhibition could include shows or screenings in museums, galleries, theatres or outdoors screenings, symposiums and/or masterclasses.
Thank you to all the artists and collectives taking part in this international and decentralized network, dedicated to exhibiting and researching the concept and the form of the loop in video art / moving image. We want to explore an inter-related and interdependent approach in a global video art landscape and empower different perspectives to a unique form: from pre-cinema to the present time of computational, sound and audiovisual “infinite loops”. And all we can say by now is that this first annual sample makes this experiment truly encouraging. See you at the end of June