The first edition of the Movistar Loom Festival comes to Barcelona on Saturday, May 19, in the modernista building that houses Poblenou's Utopia126. Winner of the Festival Artsy 2017, this event was developed by Loom Collective, a multicultural and interdisciplinary platform and collective created to promote the artistic scene in Barcelona including communication sectors, event organising, artistic direction, graphic design, fashion and audiovisual production. Inspired by the concepts of Utopia and Dystopia, the members of the Loom Collective collaborate with national and international artists to explore social, political and artistic themes as a reflection of the present. They employ an innovative format that takes you on an immersive journey through the ten different spaces in the venue.
The line-up includes emerging artists such as Coucou Chloé and Shygirl, the Chilean-German Claus Vega who's set up in Barcelona, experimental sets of Resonant Roads and Sun Color, Barcelona post-punk band Heather, and a DJ set from Paris dancehall royalty Teki Latex. The performances are accompanied by a mapping that transforms the whole room, from the collective SlideMedia; another collective, Transpecies Society, featuring cyborgs Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas and Manel Muñoz, puts on a performance presenting a new sense to humans; Christian Obregón gets you revved up from a conventional reality via a semiotic game of a kaleidoscopic nature; a mapping and drone installation by Andrei Warren shows future problems between current technologies and the nature of animals; Catalan interactive theatre collective VVAA debut of a new performance piece; Cristian Rizzuti (in collaboration with IAAC Barcelona and Kunaljit Chadha) presents a live laser show; underground collective El Palomar and the artist Register Registrated deal with current issues of identity and gender in their works; interactive installations from The Plastic Republic, Hyphen Labs, Nolvenn Le Goff, Julio Cesar Palacio, and Sudio deal with current issues such as consumption, feminism, freedom and the role of the audience and the artist; and SlideMedia presents a large-format audiovisual piece.