18 February 2013

Rosa Barba at Turner Contemporary

Carl Andre might be luring the crowds to Turner Contemporary this winter but the concurrent exhibition of work by Rosa Barba is worth much more than a glance.  Barba presents film as sculpture, with visual equipment used to produce an absence of image.

Color Clocks: Verticals Lean Occasionally Consistently Away from Viewpoints, 2012

3 filmic sculptures, 3 x 35mm film, motors

Space-Length Thought, 2012
16mm film, projector, typewriter,
 installation view: Kunsthaus Zurich, 2012

On a grey day it was impossible to see the white space Barba is projecting on the sea outside the gallery, but this perhaps made the attempt to frame a small section of the limitless more moving.  Her film, Subconscious Society, similarly ties land and water, tracing the marks left by industrial heritage on the landscape around Margate and also Manchester, where a parallel exhibition runs at The Cornerhouse.

Subconscious Society, 2013 
film stills 35mm

all images © Rosa Barba