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Optica: the Gijon International Festival of Video Art, is one of the first festivals of its kind in Spain, and at the same time is among the cultural events in Asturias which attracts the most media attention.

The Festival, organized by the art collective Interferencias, offers a forum for interchange and promotion that encourages an encounter with visual experimentation at an international level. To experiment means to go in search of the unknown. Video art breaks established precepts, conferring prominence on the essence of film: light, sound and movement, in some cases resulting in pure abstraction. That's why it's one of the most natural and genuine forms of audio-visual culture, to the degree that it demands a subjective perception of space-time, through the technology of the electronic image.

We seek to provoke reactions in the spectator's personal world-view, to stir up his private apprehensions. We aim to explore reality, but via a deconstruction of its constituting elements. We want to discover how we create our memories; how not only fantasy but pre-established patterns come to form part of the articulation of space and architecture; how we domesticate life by resorting to codes.

To set out on the path leading to video art means exploring the byways of observation. An observation which through the years has been transmuted, revealing to us its complicity with history and its discursive potential transformed into cultural image.

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Optica Festival 2007
The Gijon Festival of Video Art, Optica Award
Kuratoren: Jose Ramon Gonzalez, Lar Peterson

Agricola de Cologne, Valentina Besegher, Shahram Entekhabi, Werther Germondari, Ge-Suk Yeo, Terence Gower, RP Kahl, Carolyn Kane, Mai Yamashita & Naoto Kobayashi, Erik Olofsen, Laurent Pernot, Günter Puller, Ebba Rohweder, Clarivel Ruiz, Patricia Shrigley, Laura Solari, Bosse Sudenburg, Clarissa Thieme, Konstantinos Vaviloussakis, Tanja Vujinovic, Pierce Warnecke ...