Rosa Barba has been invited to create a new site-specific artwork that will transform EMPAC’s architecture into an outdoor cinema. A large-scale projection covering the building’s 8th Street façade, the project will run throughout November following the annual change from daylight savings to Eastern Standard Time.
As the night draws in, Barba’s film will transform the landscape and architecture into a drive-in cinema, with the façade serving as screen. A collaborative project with Rensselaer’s Hirsch Observatory, the stars will form the source material for a new fictional narrative, to be broadcast over a local FM frequency.
Rosa Barba’s publications, sculptures, and installation work are rooted in the material of cinema. In 2010, she won the Nam June Paik Award for Coro Spezzato, The Future Lasts One Day (2009), based on a multi-choral performance in which each member of the choir is represented by an individual film projector displaying the sung text. She was a resident artist at Artpace in San Antonio in 2014, Chinati Foundation in Marfa in 2013, and the Dia Art Foundation in 2008. Her work has been presented in exhibitions worldwide, including Time As Perspective (2013) at the Bergen Kunsthall; Auto Kino! (2010) at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin; Making Worlds at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009; and Italics: Italian Art Between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008 (2008-9) at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.