InFocus, Loop Barcelona and Institut Ramon Llull sponsor “Remote Viewing,” an International Exhibition of Acclaimed Video Art


Los Angeles (Nov. 10, 2009) — The Pacific Design Center, the premier venue for designer showrooms announces the debut of “Remote Viewing: The Best of Loop,” an expansive exhibition featuring some of the most cutting edge video art coming out of Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.  Co-sponsored by Loop Barcelona, Institut Ramon Llull, Spain, and InFocus® Corp., the show opens Nov. 19, 2009 (continues through Feb 4, 2010) and travels to the Centre d’Art Santa Monica in Barcelona in May 2010. 

Curated by Paul Young, the author of “Art Cinema,” (Taschen, November 2009), the show explores the current state of video art practices worldwide, whether born out of contemporary studio practices or filmmaking methodologies. Nearly 40 single-channel projected works are included as well as nearly 30 monitor pieces. Most were selected from five-years worth of presentations at the annual Loop video festival in Spain, and each is represented by a different contemporary art gallery such as MK galerie (Rotterdam), DNA (Berlin), Vera Cortes (Portugal), Senda Gallery (Spain), Angels Gallery (Spain), Peter Kilchmann (Switzerland), Galerie Michel Rein (France), Chelouche Gallery (Israel), Galleria Continua (Italy), and Mizuma Art Gallery (Japan).

Architect Matthew Gilio-Tenan designed seven black box spaces for two 4,000 sq ft spaces (one on the second floor and one of the fourth). Each presents approximately 8 videos/films in rotation throughout the day. The main room for example, uses a Cinemascope-sized screen to present a number of short films about cinema itself—its conventions, characters and formal properties. The program includes works by Nicolas Provost (the Netherlands), Maria Canas (Spain), J Tobias Anderson (Sweden), Bill Morrison (US), Shoja Azari (Iran) and more.

Another common theme explored in an adjacent gallery is that of body & landscape traditions (which includes works by Markus Schinwald [Austria], Marc Aschenbrenner [Germany], Yang Fudong [China]). Beyond that is a gallery devoted to relational aesthetics, the temporal and play (with projects by Aggtelek [Spain], Kiran Subbaiah [India], John Wood & Paul Harrison [UK], and Euan Macdonald [US]).

Political and social themes are tackled in another space (with videos by Regina Jose Galindo [Spain], Roth Stauffenberg (Germany), Jaime Pitarch [Spain]), while additional programs touch on formal and conceptual practices (Arturo Fuentes [Spain], Jin Kurashige [Japan] and Romeo Grunfelder [Germany]). Finally a number of artists explore humor and dada traditions with an appropriate amount of irreverence (David Shrigley and David Hubbard [UK], Susi Jirkuff [Austria], Guillaume Pinard [France]).

“The exhibition is designed to present a wide range of artistic practices currently being explored by international artists,” says Young. “Most of the work comes from larger studio practices, and much of it is highly polished and often wildly entertaining. Yet at the same time, it’s also very expressive of the times we’re living in, and much of it conveys a distinctly different point of view.” 

Some of that interest is in bringing video into the home or public space, where it can be enjoyed for years to come. Many of the monitor works, which have been added to compliment some of the thematic programs, as well as the projected wall works (by the likes of Jacco Olivier [Netherlands], Takehito Koganezawa [Japan] and Maider Fortune [France]) operate more like paintings, where a single image energizes an architectural space.

Thus, when taken as a whole, “Remote Viewing” will, at the very least, change your perception of what video art can be.