Region 0 collects single-channel videos that represent the current trends in the area of audiovisual creation, showing the result of the multiple conceptual and procedural approaches of its creators within a wide sample that accommodates the very diverse forms of expression within the video art.
About 300 pieces of video art have been screened to reach this selection, combining an open call and a direct curating process. The process of visualization of the works was carried out via Internet, facilitating in this way the participation of the artists in the festival, a total of 147 creators of Latin America and Spain, some of them residing in the United States.
The festival, which celebrates its first edition, gives visibility to the different perspectives of the creators, who reflect on a complex and dynamic sociocultural environment in which historical, perceptual, conceptual, economic and technological factors converge.
In some cases, this vision is translated into works such as Deriva on the Artistic Practice (2008) of Estíbaliz Sábada, in which the artist uses the world of art itself to manifest repetitive social patterns in a professional field that is assumed to be transgressor. Verónica Ruth Frías and Cyro García work on this idea in Tonto el Que lo Lea (2010), an action based on the interaction between gallerists, artists, critics and the public. Will it Blend? (2010) by Raúl Gómez Valverde, relates viral marketing strategies with philosophy and critical theory to question these mechanisms from the very creation.
Similarly Diana Larrea in her video performance Geofagia or the Diet of the Artist (2008) uses artistic background to refer to the professional situation that the creators live. This concern is brought to the audiovisual in a very different way in Transacción (2008), by Patricio Ponce and in If I Return to This Life I Would Like to Do It Like an American Dentist (2011) by Manuel Molina Martagón.
In other cases, such as This Leak (2011) by Félix Fernández and Juanma Carrillo, the market strategies themselves are part of the work, which becomes a hybrid that works both as a music video and as an art piece. Transforming (2009) by Carolina Conejero uses this same idea in its most experimental aspect.
Works like Andi Rivas, Crash! From Suso33, TypeSeries by Lucas Borras, Next by Brais García and Compression to Three Hundred Fifty-one Times The Time of the Hundred Best Videoclips According to MTV (2010) by Marcos Calvari incorporate languages linked to media and cultural phenomena in a subversive turn.
The landscape, both urban and rural, stars in the work of Yaco Neches and Iván Cortázar from the point of view of the trip. Lois Patiño and Gianfranco Foschino associate him with the perception of time, Albert Merino, José Vicente Navarro López, Alex Reynolds and Mar Caldas with the visual, while Gwenn Joyaux, Marco Casado, Mario Sarramián and Antonio Savinelli depart from this same reality to arrive at Results that are closer to the imaginary.
In Contract for Landscape nº2 (2010) Vicente Blanco approaches the landscape since its evolution in territorial terms. Other artists who choose to establish a historical dialogue are Txuspo Poyo, who in Delay Glass (2007) technologically restores the unfinished work of Marcel Duchamp El Gran Vidrio and Verónica Ruth Frías, who in his piece Give Me Your Blood, Thanks (2010) reproduces An exchange of knowledge with the mythical Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
From the street and sober reality of Nicky Enright to the abstraction of Lucia Warck-Meister presents an idea of the boundary between two universes, going through the individual plane in works such as Medialengua (2010) by Carlos Aguasaco, Porotito Granado (2010) by Jorge Catoni, Mohai (2010) of Momu & No Es, LA, K love Sergio Roger, Identity of Mireia Feliu Fabra, Affirmations to attract the love of Esther Achaerandio, the Book of the Fragile World (2007) Laura F. Gibellini and In The Longest Way (2011) by Alejandro Ramírez Ariza.In all of them appear personal conflicts or marginal characters that are debated between two opposite poles, arriving in some cases to the parodia in form of absurd.
On Saturday, March 26, the closing day of the Festival Region 0, the artists Laia Cabrera, Erica Glyn and Isabelle Duverger will surround with sound and projections the space of the King Juan Carlos I Center of the University of New York.