It has been ages since I've seen a copy, but there was an exhibition catalog about the loop in artist's films in 2001-2002. It had many short essays, some focused upon the exhibited artists, and others on the loop as a concept, but none really longer than 5 pages (however the catalog was in a Vogue-like page layout so the 5 pages may be close to 10 pages if placed into a book). Each of the editors contributed a text.

Here is the bibliography reference I have for it (and some of the details):

Biesenbach, Klaus , Jennifer Allen, and Daniel Birnbaum, eds. Loop : Alles Auf Anfang. Munich: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, 2001.

chiefly coloured ill. ; 31 cm.  Texts in German and English
Catalogue of an exhibition held at Kunsthalle der Hypo- Kulturstiftung, Munich, from Sept. 14 to Nov. 4, 2001 and at P.S.1/ MoMA, New York, from Dec. 9, 2001 to Jan. 27, 2002./ "Magazine 03/01, Special issue"--Editorial./ "Loop - back to the beginning [is] an exhibition featuring the diverse work of 20 international artists who explore a strategy of repeated gesture, the loop."--Foreword./ Features the works of Canadian artists Rodney Graham, Stan Douglas./ Includes bibliographical references.
Loop, back to the beginning.; Magazine 03/01.

Boris Groys has also examined the loop as a formal structure, he curated an exhibition at Apex Art in New York during the winter of 2008, there is still a web page up with a link to the exhibition brochure:

I think the found-footage videos he produced in conjunction with the exhibition were released by Hatje Cantz after the show moved to ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany : cmd=detail&titzif=00002337&lang=en

Damon Stanek

On Jan 12, 2013, at 5:01 PM, Jen Proctor wrote:

Hi everyone,

Can anyone point me to any good writing on the notion of the "loop" in cinema (that is, the repetition of a strip of film over and over)? Of course, one of the ways cinema got its start was in showcasing simple looped images, but I'm particularly interested in its role in avant-garde film, expanded cinema, video art, etc. Articles about repetition as a technique would be of interest too, though those are a bit easier to come by.


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