Left: Artist and collector Laurent Fiévet with Loop artistic…

written by Niche.LA Video Art June 22, 2015

Left: Artist and collector Laurent Fiévet with Loop artistic director Conrado Uribe and Loop cofounder Emilio Álvarez. Right: ProjecteSD founder Silvia Dauder. (All photos: Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva)

TWO EVENINGS before the vernissage of the thirteenth edition of the moving-image fair Loop, I strolled down the streets of sunny Barcelona toward the galleries for the soft launch to the week’s festivities. At ProjecteSD, crowds had gathered for the opening of “Close-Cropped Tales,” and I grabbed an Estrella beer and talked to gallery founder Silvia Dauder and curator Anne-Laure Chamboissier about the constraints of collecting and storing video art. “Imagine what it’s like for sound!” said Conrado Uribe, the artistic director of the citywide festival, also called Loop, that runs parallel to the fair. The collecting conversation haunted us everywhere we went. “And then there are the copyright issues,” said veteran collector Michael A. Meer as we waited for lunch the next day at Flax&Kale, a vegetarian restaurant hosting the warm-up lunch organized by the fair. “It is good that they pushed through the economic crisis, and although you could tell there was less money, the art was always great.” A guest pulled a face at the watermelon and goat cheese combo in front of her, but most collectors, artists, and art professionals polished off their pumpkin raviolis and tuna burgers and reunited over chia-seed pudding. Loop appears to be the rendezvous for video aficionados: “Europe is the most progressive place for collecting video,” said dealer Emilio Álvarez, who cofounded the fair in 2003 withCarlos Duran.

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