a beam of light coming out of an observatory.

The Color Out of Space and White Museum

Rosa Barba
Saturday's in March, 2015 at 8PM
EMPAC Façade

Rosa Barba’s two-part EMPAC commission was produced in collaboration with Rensselaer’s Hirsch Observatory and was presented on four consecutive Saturday evenings throughout March 2015. While transforming EMPAC’s 8th Street façade into an outdoor cinema that uses the solar system as source material for a speculative film, a site-specific artwork for the Hirsch Observatory connected the two buildings across campus.

The Color out of Space

A large-scale projection covering the building’s 8th Street façade was viewable from downtown Troy and beyond, and the accompanying sound composition was broadcast via audio stream and on Rensselaer campus radio station WRPI 91.5 FM. Using voices collaged by composer Jan St Werner from interviews, fictions, and readings by artists and astronomers from around the world, including Ingrid Wiener, Georgia Horn, Emma Hedditch, Barbara Hammer, Laetitia Sadier, Evan Calder Williams, Jimmy Robert, Jean-Pierre Luminet, Colin Attwood, Daphne Beal, Heidi Newberg, Matthew Newby, and Oswald Wiener, the piece hovered at the speculative intersection of astronomy and art.

White Museum

A concurrent 70mm film installation at the Hirsch Observatory projected out of the dome and into the sky. Located on the roof of the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, the observatory was built in 1942 to house a 12” equatorial reflector telescope that was designed and constructed at Rensselaer. Juxtaposed against the current 16” Boller & Chivens dome telescope from the 1960s, the film projector traces the reciprocal relationship of astronomy and cinema.

DIRECTIONS FROM EMPAC TO THE HIRSCH OBSERVATORY

From the EMPAC lobby, walk east approximately three minutes, following the paved sidewalk onto the Rensselaer campus. The south entrance to the Jonsson-Rowland science center will be on your left. An usher will escort you inside.

Rosa Barba’s publications, sculpture, 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). 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 (2008–09) at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Jan St Werner is a composer and musician based in Berlin, Germany. Aliases include Mouse on Mars (with Andi Toma), Microstoria (with Markus Popp), Von Südenfed (with Andi Toma and Mark E Smith), Lithops, Neuter River, Noisemashinetapes. He has produced numerous recordings both solo and collaboratively, including The Fiepblatter Catalogue on Thrill Jockey Records and the Mouse on Mars 21 AGAIN Project on Monkeytown Records. St Werner co-runs Sonig, an independent music label for experimental, electronic and non-genre-specific music. He has composed orchestral works for musikFabrik, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. St Werner’s work has recently been featured at the ICA, London; Radialsystem V, Berlin; Kunsthaus Muerz, Austria; Kunstverein Munich, and Cornerhouse Manchester.

Main Image: Rosa Barba White Museum at The Hirsch Observatory, 2014, 70mm film installation. Photo: Kris Qua.

Dates + Tickets

Film/Video
Time-Based Visual Art
Commission
The Color Out of Space and White Museum
Rosa Barbara
Saturday 7
March 2015
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Saturday 28
March 2015

Runtime: 35 minutes

 

March 7, 2015, 8PM

March 14, 2015, 8PM

March 21, 2015, 8PM

March 28, 2015, 8PM

 

Time-Based Visual Art
The White Museum
Rosa Barba
Saturday 7
March 2015
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Saturday 28
March 2015

Hirsch Observatory

March 7, 2015, 7:30PM

March 14, 2015, 7PM–8:30PM

March 21, 2015, 7PM–8:30PM

March 28, 2015, 7PM–8:30PM

Discipline
Visual Art
Program

Season

Curator
Production Credits

This new commission is produced in collaboration with undergraduate students Nicholas Palmieri, Jake Weiss, Thomas Hartmann, and Heidi Newberg, professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy at Rensselaer.

With many thanks to Ingrid Wiener, Georgia Horn, Emma Hedditch, Barbara Hammer, Laetitia Sadier, Evan Calder Williams, Jimmy Robert, Jean-Pierre Luminet, Colin Attwood, Daphne Beal, Heidi Newberg, Matthew Newby, and Oswald Wiener for their contributions and voices for The Color Out of Space.

Funding

EMPAC 2014–15 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.