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Rosa Barba, Near the Small Magellanic Cloud, 2018, laser-cut felt, spotlight, 98 3⁄8 × 70 7⁄8". Photo: Filippo Armellin.

Rosa Barba

Vistamarestudio

Rosa Barba, Near the Small Magellanic Cloud, 2018, laser-cut felt, spotlight, 98 3⁄8 × 70 7⁄8". Photo: Filippo Armellin.

In the fledgling gallery Vistamarestudio, Rosa Barba presented “Pensiero Spaziolungo” (Longspace Idea), a constellation of works that seemed heterogeneous at first glance but that all interrogated the conceptual and material elements of language and cinema by way of astronomy. In dialogue with the work of the American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868–1921), Barba employed neon, video, glass, canvas, felt, projectors, filmstrips, and screens, addressing themes that, while not new in her practice, here attained an intimacy that is perhaps without equal in her most recent production.

The vibrant heart of the show, Drawn by the Pulse, 2018, was a silent 35-mm-film installation, created in collaboration with the Harvard College Observatory, which made available to Barba thousands of original photographic plates from the early twentieth century. Studying such plates on a daily

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