LABoral and Gijón International Film Festival create a new section which promotes activities linking film with visual arts

FICXLAB will include an exhibition as part of the Universo Vídeo cycle at the Centro de Arte, film screenings, debates and an open call to design the image of the section

Published: Oct 21, 2013
LABoral and Gijón International Film Festival create a new section which promotes activities linking film with visual arts

Nacho Carballo, Director of the Festival de Cine of Gijón; Benjamin Weil, Artistic Director of LABoral; Javier Suárez, President of the Conseyu de Mocedá of Xixón; and Alfredo Aracil, curator of Universo vídeo_el otro audiovisual español. Photo: LABoral

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and Gijón International Film Festival have signed a collaboration agreement with the purpose of designing and producing a series of film screenings and activities that link film with visual arts. This agreement involving the introduction of video art and experimental cinema in the context of a film festival like the one in Gijón aims to build a public that is interested in the less conventional expressions of moving image in the medium and long term.

The first release of this section will be launched at the festival’s upcoming edition –celebrating its 51st this year- and will be held from 15 to 23 November. With the name of FICXLAB, the section seeks to give visibility to types of images whose halfway position between visual arts and film make it difficult to find a niche in either commercial cinemas or in film-based forums which are more focused on a narrative, almost literary type.

The programme consists of various sessions, drawing together Spanish films produced in 2013 which have won awards in international festivals such as those at Locarno and Rotterdam, works by the English distributer LUX and others that fit in the experimental film tradition of the 60s and 70s.

In addition, as a competitive event LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and Gijón International Film Festival are presenting the exhibition Universo vídeo_el otro audiovisual español [Video Universe: The Other Spanish Audiovisual Scene] in the art centre’s Mediateca Expandida [Expanded Mediatheque] and at Sala Astragal in Gijón. Eight Spanish authors selected from the online PLAT archive compete for a two-week production residency at LABoral Centro de Arte during 2014.

As part of FICXLAB, and with the collaboration of Gijón Creativo [Gijón Creative], a competition has been launched to give a graphic identity to this new section through the creation of a logotype. The open call is targeted at artists and designers either born or resident in Asturias who belong to the Gijón Creativo platform or LABoral’s Asturian Artists’ Archive at the time of publication of these rules.  The proposals, which should be sent by e-mail in .jpg or .pdf format to the e-mail address gijoncreativo@gijon.es, must be submitted before 12 midnight on Thursday 24 October 2013.

A jury, formed by a representative of FICX, another from LABoral Centro de Arte in Gijón and a member from the City Council team linked to the development of the Gijón Creativo project will select the winner based on the originality and creativity of the design, the stated explanation behind the work and on how easily it can be applied to different communication elements. The jury will announce their decision on 25 November 2013 and the award will come with a prize of € 800 gross.

SESSIONS

20.11.2013

This double programme presents works by recognised authors in the field of experimental cinema. It seeks to bring closer to Gijón the major names of the genre, the key figures in understanding its evolution from the 1960s to the present day. The sessions will be presented by Paco Algarín, from the magazine Lumière, and Alfredo Aracil, the curator of Universo vídeo_el otro audiovisual español.

Session 1
Listening to the Space in My Room, Robert Beavers, 19'
Susan +Lisbeth, Ute Aurand, 10'
To be Here, Ute Aurand, 38'
Place: Centro Cultural Cajastur Colegiata San Juan Bautista, Gijón
Duration: 67'

Session 2
Song, Nathaniel Dorsky, 18'
Spring, Nathaniel Dorsky, 23'
Three Landscapes, Peter Hutton, 47'
Place: Centro Cultural Cajastur Colegiata San Juan Bautista, Gijón
Duration: 88'

21.11.2013

Programme dedicated to LUX, opening a new section which presents the work by certain international distributors and producers. Currently Lux is one of the major distributors of experimental cinema and video art. As well as acting as a platform for artists such as Otolith Group and Luke Fowler, who have been nominated for prestigious prizes, including the  Turner, LUX has developed its own style, a special way of working with memory, territory and experimental audiovisual tradition.

Films:
Over the Horizon, Emily Richardson, 2012, 20 minutes
The Creation as We Saw, Ben Rivers, 2012, 14 minutes
The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and Deluded, Luke Fowler, 2012, 61 minutos
Place: Plat0 de LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Time: 17 h.
Duration: 90 minutos

21.11.2013
Roundtable
Alberto Gracia, director of O quinto evanxeo de Gaspar Hauser, winner of the Fipresci del Festival de Rotterdam 2013; Víctor Berlín from Plat; Paco González from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), and Alfredo Aracil, curator of Universo vídeo_el otro audiovisual español, will come together for this debate in which they address the production and distribution of new Spanish film and the international context of experimental cinema.
Place: Chill-out at LABoral
Time. 19 h.

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