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Rosa Barba

Giò Marconi

A movie projector, a 16-mm film, and an automatic mechanism hidden inside a pedestal: These are the elements used by Rosa Barba, an Italian-born artist who lives in Berlin, for Machine Vision Seekers, 2004, one of the five powerful installations in her solo exhibition “Stating the Real Sublime.” The projector, positioned on a motor-activated support, oscillates in jerking movements. It points a beam of light at the wall, projecting a line of words onto a portion of the surface; a moment later, it turns rapidly and freezes again, making the projected words run from one wall to another. The machine is immobile for a few seconds while the text itself changes. These luminous words form part of a story broken down into a sequence of phrases, projected one after another. Thus each fragment assumes its own power and takes on a value independent from the text. Words like SUSPENSION, FEAR AND

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