BERG Contemporary at LOOP Barcelona 2020

Sigurður Guðjónsson, Lightroom, 2019, HD video, stereo sound, 9:27 min.

First launched in 2003, LOOP Barcelona is a fair dedicated to artists’ film, video and performances. Since its start it offers a careful selection of video-related content from innovative perspectives. It develops projects with an international community of artists, curators, gallery owners, collectors, and heads of institutions, with the aim of exploring the possibilities for video and film in the discourse of contemporary art.

This year (17-26 November), in view of the current circumstances, the fair presents a hybrid edition with an online platform, hosting 29 galleries from 17 countries. One of the participating galleries is BERG Contemporary showcasing works by video artist Sigurður Guðjónsson. Sigurður exploits the potential of time-based media to produce pieces that rhythmically engage the viewer in a synaesthetic experience, linking vision and hearing in ways that seem to extend one’s perceptual field. Sigurður Guðjónsson will be Iceland’s next representative at the Venice Biennale 2022.

An excerpt from Lightroom, 2019, by Sigurður Guðjónsson. HD video, stereo sound, 9:27 min. Presented by BERG Contemporary, Reykjavik.

Sigurður Guðjónsson takes us into the core of technology in the video Lightroom (2018). We are situated in an enchanting space, lit up by an old slide projector, that has been documented with a high definition camera. The mechanical movement and progress of something that is usually not visible is made perceptible through visual experience and the interaction of image and sound. The work refers indirectly to other artworks by Sigurður where he explores the core activity of things.
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Handled by the artist, old and outdated devices undergo a transformation and he gives them a new and abstract life. In the process he extracts the poetic beauty of the technology behind an object´s activity, revealing a mechanism where the old meets the new.

LOOP Barcelona will also maintain its physical format with the presentation of LOOP Salon, which brings together a selection of works from the fair at the Museu d’Història de Catalunya. Curated by the fair’s director Aurélien Le Genissel, the exhibition untitled Tales from an Old World reflects on the meaning of approaching narratives and images that today seem taken from another time, the one before the pandemic.

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