At Tate Modern there was an exhibition of works by Rosa Barba. These mostly involved using 16mm film projectors as the sculptures themselves, rather than the means of showing a film. I liked the piece below where the two machines whirred away generating heat and light at one another, everyone talking and no-one listening. There was another installation in which a projector was suspended from the ceiling by multiple loops of the blank celluloid film it was actually projecting, so all the loops were on the move whilst supporting the heavy and expensive projector…quite a risky piece given my experience of film!
Western Round Table 2007
There was a sadness for me about this exhibtion and its use of projectors firing blanks. I so much prefer film to digital stuff, it is a totally different artistic medium. Artists did not stop using oil paints after acrylics were invented, they just used the medium appropriate to the painting. In the blurb accompanying this exhibition concerning Barba’s use of film projectors there were four uses of the word archaic, and the words relic and extinction also featured. How depressing.