SOMNIUM by Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba es una aclamada artista italiana afincada en Berlín, ganadora de un sinfín de premios y merecedora de otros tantos reconocimientos artísticos. Su obra ha sido expuesta en todo el mundo, pero fue una pieza, SOMNIUM (2011), presentada en el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Frabra i Coats (Barcelona) dentro de la exposición El Texto: Principios y SalidasII. Huidas. La ficción como rigor, la que sin duda llamó mi curiosa atención. Una pieza audiovisual llena de grisáceos -literalmente- matices que, con la objetividad característica de los documentales de National Geographic y la fantasía de una buena película futurista, mostraba un mundo lejano y frío, místico y fascinante. Un mundo que en realidad vivía -ya no- oculto en un puerto holandés.


Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here. Or anywhere. Never. Well… on Vimeo, but only a few -and not awesome- minutes. You won’t find the whole film anywhere without paying for it. So you’ll have to watch it in an art gallery or similar. Or you just can pay for it [here].

But if you are only a curious, not a video-art freak, you can taste it here. I think this is the most accurate summary of what Somnium is.





Rosa Barba produced a science fiction film based on interviews with local residents and individuals involved in the land suppletion project for Maasvlakte 2. Barba asked the interviewees to imagine what this new land could look like in the future. While we see images of the new land, the slufter: a storage reservoir for heavily contaminated sludge from the new Meuse river, the construction of the huge docksides, basalt blocks, empty containers and the mechanical movements of the transhipment process, we listen to a story apparently taking place in the future. The main character is a beekeeper who started with his first hive on the Maasvlakte, 30 years ago, and is now surrounded by silos for oil storage. Combined with archive pictures of the port, the images form a mechanical ballet of man and machine, set against a futuristic landscape.

Fabra i Coats:

Rosa Barba (Agrigento, Itàlia, 1972)
Els records i el futur no són necessàriament elements contradictoris. És que Alphaville de J.L. Godard no era el futur? Rosa Barba presenta un futur, presenta un planeta sencer: a Somnium (2011) trobem un planeta en perill per culpa de l’acció humana. I la història es repeteix, la geografia se’n veu afectada, cada partícula forma part de la coreografia del caos.


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