Universo vídeo_filMO, an approach on the moving image

Under the heading filMO, a selection of films premiered at LABoral’s pocket-sized film festival will be on show at LABoral until 10 March

Published: Feb 01, 2013
Universo vídeo_filMO, an approach on the moving image

Caption of 'Ritmo' by Julio Fernández Arpón. Photo: LABoral

To celebrate 50 years since the emergence of the medium, Universo vídeo [Video Universe] approaches current production and distribution of images to open a reflection on the central importance that these hold in the contemporary world.

Video is a device for recording the reality that shapes our way of seeing. Throughout its history video has developed a specific language, albeit mutant, which due to its nature as an image has been linked to cinema, photography, television, painting and also performance, having been used to record different performances during the sixties. What is, however, really unique about the medium is its capacity to expand the idea of linear time. Ultimately, this is a technology which allows the image to be simultaneously produced and reproduced. They are images which are consumed live at the service of communication in our global village.

For the last four years, LABoral Centro de Arte has held filMO, a pocket film festival made with mobile devices. Its purpose is twofold: to foster the ability to produce images, while at the same time, encourage a certain critical spirit.

Universo vídeo_filMO brings together a selection of works from the proposals submitted to this edition and the winning pieces of the last competition.

The premise for both editions has been to build bridges towards the tradition of the image, seeking to understand it as a continuum that would span from the first experiments with thephenakistoscope in the 19th century to the photographic plate camera and finally lead to the digital image of mobile telephones; or even, the Gijón International Film Festival, which was used as an improvised set in its most recent edition.

The presented pieces show the more conventional idea of narration on one hand, and have an experimental approach on the other. In other words, at one end, we have documentary and reality – the most recurrent perspective to tell stories whether fiction or non-fiction – and at the other, investigation into forms and ways to represent movement and time.

filMO 2012
Sociedade Liquidificada [Liquidfied society] by Bárbara de Azevedo
15 ideas, de Huggo Baiizán.http://vimeo.com/54597188Ritmo [Rhythm] by Julio Fernández Arpón
Ritmo, de Julio Fernández Arpón. 
Carrera de caracoles, de Lucía Costa.http://vimeo.com/54974090
Mieres by numbers: A tribute to Amir Naderi, de José A. Calzón y Paula Pulgar Alvés.http://vimeo.com/54922567
Descollage / Structural studies on the negation, de Mario Santamarina
http://vimeo.com/57030819 and http://vimeo.com/56989177

filMO 2011
Fly over Fear by Alex Agustí Moreno, jury prize in the Minute category.
Mujer escribiendo en el suelo [Woman writing on the floor] by Patos Calvos, jury prize in the Minute category
Pixelación laboral [Labor pixelation] by Chus Domínguez, jury prize in the Invited Guests category
Para Laika [For Laika] by Pablo García Canga, public prize in the Invited Guests section.
Swamp Angels Redemption (Part I) by luzartica, jury prize in the filMO Amateur category
La puerta al laberinto [Labyrinth door] by Ángel Méndez and Astor Castro, public prize in the filMO Amateur category.

Dates: 01.02.2013 – 10.03.2013
Production: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
In collaboration with: Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón
Venue: Mediateca Expandida

Upcoming Universo Vídeo cycles
15.03.2013 - 26.05.2013. Le Fresnoy I
07.062013 - 08.08.2013. Le Fresnoy II (approximate dates)
27.09.2013 - 19.01.2014. Usos y formas [Uses and Forms]

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