The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University will present the second annual Region O Latino Video Arts Festival of New York from Thursday, May 16, to Saturday, May 18, showcasing the work of 86 video artists from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, as well as Latinos living in New York.
In the audiovisual media, Region 0 is an informal term for “worldwide.” The Region O festival embraces the idea of audiovisual works’ transcending international frontiers. On each of the three days of the festival, screenings will start at 7:00 p.m. Three awards will be announced on the final night (Saturday), along with a closing party with music by DJ and artist Silvia Prada.The festival will be held at the King Juan Carlos I center, 53 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y.
In its second year, the Region O Latino Video Arts Festival of New York spotlights trends in the field of video art, highlighting the distinct conceptual and technical approaches of the participating creators. In this sense, the festival offers a cross-section of creative strategies such as deconstruction, recycling, contextualization, abstraction and irony. The result is an X-ray of the present that extends from the personal to the political, taking into account social, economic, historical, technological, and other factors, in the process exploring both the banal and the extraordinary, and rediscovering an imperfect world in which fragments of everyday life are intertwined with historical events or advertising and where literary quotations are sung to the rhythms of rock. Space, time and memory take on a unique shape in these original and cathartic audiovisual offerings that depart from standard protocols and immerse us in the mundane, studying it, stirring it, tapping it, shaking it and, ultimately, transforming it.
Three special mentions will be awarded by a jury composed of two internationally recognized professionals in the art world: Chus Martínez, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio, and Octavio Zaya, writer, curator, and editor, Curator of the Spanish Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013.
For more information on the programming, please click here, or call 212.998.3650. The festival events are free and open to the public.