LOOP DISCOVER 2017
The LOOP DISCOVER Award 2017 has been awarded to Edouard Decam (France, 1978) with the work Volva (2016). Furthermore, the jury comprised by Berta Sichel, Tanya Barson, Enrique Ramírez, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, David Armengol and Carlos Durán. has also awarded an Honourable Mention to the work A Momentary Flight, 2017 , by Daniel Jacoby Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani (Germany 1965 / 1966)
LOOP DISCOVER award 2017:
Volva is the name that the German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Johannes Kepler gave to the Earth seen from space in his book Somnium, considered the first work of science fiction.
Observatories study a very distant past, suspended in an uncertain time, almost without paying attention to their surrounding territory. Centred on the astronomical observatory of Pic du Midi de Bigorre, in the Pyrenees, this 16 mm film reflects on the space-time relationship between architecture, science and landscape.
Following a solar chronology, the machines try to capture the surrounding environment as a series of waves that appear to be transmitted by the mountains and the distant landscapes. The absence of human forms, the sequence of mechanical movements and the controlled gaze of the telescopes lead to thinking of an artificially controlled, robotized place. The frames, combining inner and outer spaces, make the place confront a parallel, extended space-time, from where it seems to come from. A new territory is built between the Pic’s architecture and its surrounding landscape. The film is constructed as a possible displacement of this space, moving in several temporalities at the same time, past, present and future, and several places, in and out of the Earth. By linking different representations of reality, Volva explores and defines the role of image in the construction of the contemporary landscape.
Honourable Mention 2017:
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani
A Momentary Flight
In their work Fischer and El Sani focus on transitory spaces and vacuum situations in urban environments, collective memory and vision using various media, such as film, video, installation and photography. They reflect the rise and fall of modernity, the intense relationship between our contemporary society and utopian projects that have driven the evolution of our history, from the past to the future. Their work is a permanent pursuit of negotiation with the transition of time.
Evoking the Olympic marathon of Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila conquered first gold medal for the African continent, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and a symbol of the Africa that was freeing itself from colonialism, Fischer and El Sani have recontextualised, amidst Rome’s rationalist architecture, a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to their “freedom of movement”, also understood as the possibility of being welcomed in another country.
Nominees to the prize Discover 2017
Claudia Joskowicz, Edouard Decam, Elsa Brès, Gabrielle Le Bayon, Giuliana Racco, Hyeongsuk Kim
Mauricio Sáenz, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Rosana Antolí, Salomé Lamas, Forever Blowing Bubbles (Bernat Daviu i Joana Roda)