The theme of this edition is much more than an issue, it is one of the biggest challenges we face as a species: how can we make the Earth a habitable place? How can we direct ourselves towards a sustainable future? This year, we establish aliances between ecology and video art so we can rethink from the artistic practice the new ecological challenges. We seek works that inform, inspire, denounce, propose, raise awareness, engage, hold accountable, confront... In short, works that help us imagine and bring forth a more sustainable future.
The LOOP Discover Award has been created with the aim to support and recognize the recent production of videos and films by international artists through a free open call to the artistic community. This LOOP Barcelona initiative is supported by Estrella Damm, who sponsors this prize, in line with its longtime support to the cultural sector. The exhibition featuring the finalist projects, included in the program of LOOP Barcelona every year, will be shown at the former Estrella Damm beer factory (Antigua Fábrica Estrella Damm), giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy the works in an exhibition format.
With the aim of fostering a space for the promotion of video art works, the LOOP Discover Award has also created an online video channel, in which selected works from the second stage of the competition will be available for viewing and voting. The most voted video will be part of the final exhibition along with the other 10 finalists, and included in other possible screenings.
The LOOP Discover Award encourages artists to participate and the public to enjoy the best international artistic creation. Entering this open call is free of charge and artists over 18, of any nationality or place of residency can apply, individually or as a group.
An international jury made up of acclaimed professionals in the contemporary art sector will single out 10 finalists, among whom will be the winner of the prize, worth €5,000. The awarded work will furthermore be considered to be included in the LOOP Collection, currently on loan to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA).
All the submitted works will undergo three selection stages conducted by expert members of the arts sector who will evaluate the works according to their relevance to the proposed theme, their artistic quality, the novelty of their approach and the artist’s career.
All the finalist works might be considered for future projects by LOOP, such as screenings in international fairs and festivals, itinerant exhibitions and other curated proposals. Furthermore, they will be promoted and given visibility through the LOOP network.
We are also excited to announce a new collaboration between LOOP Discover and RV Space, the virtual initiative created by the University of Sevilla and presented in Venice Biennale last year. This year, the finalist videos will be also presented there.