My name is Rosa Barba and I am showing different film works or film-related works in this exhibition.
My main medium has always been film but I was always interested to go off from film and work very spatial with film and also to really abstract as much as possible.
The new work, Private Tableaux, was filmed in Liverpool where I was taking sound from the ventilation towers that are pumping the air under the tunnels of the Mercy river and I found there this kind of cave drawings that reminded me that like they look like cave drawings but actually it’s like engineer drawings made since the last 100 years. They are checking the stability of the ceiling of that tunnel and this huge collective drawing appeared now. So my film is kind of analysing the drawings and following the lines the same way I did with The Long Road.
I was researching for some time in the Californian desert. I was interested in how documents are left in landscapes and within the different works that I made there I found this abandoned race track and it was for me like finding some sort of language in the landscape that I wanted to analyse. I tried to see this race track like a drawing and I was drawing, making the same movement with my camera trying to make a drawing from the drawing.
Yes it’s maybe more the approach. It starts like a documentary approach to analyse the document that I’m interested in and then it ends up in a sculpture as well in a way but it’s much more cinematic.
I see all my pieces more as pieces that are still in process so I never really see them as finished works and so of course it has to stop at a certain point but it could go on afterwards again.
In the sculptural pieces the projector and the projected image have the same weight and it’s kind of raising the questions what is the project on? It can be swapped and it just becomes one space for me and now with this exhibition I’m starting a new chapter.