Representative of Temps d‘Images Lisboa’s ambitious line of programming, and an integral part of the effective diversity of viewpoints provided by this interdisciplinary festival of visual and performing arts, Loops.Lisboa presents this year three completely different approaches to the myriad meanings that surround the loop. Is this a philosophy? A belief? An inner / outer flow, composed of single / multiple parts? Or simply a language tool?
The three selected video loops, among the 236 submissions by Portuguese artists or artists residing in Portugal, present singular paths – but unified by an invisible thread, which traverses the paths of each work. The Falls by Nuno Cera, suggests an interpretation of landscape to establish an inner loop; 2017 Personaloop_01, by Tomaz Hipólito, creates a staged and edited performance to recreate the formality of the loop in real and virtual space; and Delphine Aprisionada, by Ricardo Pinto de Magalhães, creates a three- dimensional video-essay, distributed by layers of interpretation and literally simultaneous narratives.
The protagonists, at the service of the works intersected by this invisible idea, are also different. From the monolithic nature and its relation to form; the artist who performs and edits himself into the loop he created for himself; and the iconic feminist actress Delphine Seyrig, paradoxically struggling with imprisonment.
The works in this exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado (MNAC) were selected by a pre-selection jury composed of Irit Batsry, Alisson Avila and António Câmara Manuel. The Loops.Lisboa Award in the amount of € 2,000 will be announced in January by an award jury composed of Emília Tavares, Curator of Photography and New Media at the MNAC; Jesse James, Director of the Festival Walk & Talk Azores; and Jorge La Ferla, Curator and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.