Rosa Barba Radiant Exposures—Facts Run on Light Beams These Days, 2022
16 mm film (color, optical sound)
Duration: 6 min
The new 16mm film Radiant Exposures—Facts Run on Light Beams These Days (the latter part of the title quotes from Donna Haraway) returns to Rosa Barba’s long-standing motif of the desert and its exploration of modern archives as a manifestation of human’s desire for progress. As in previous films, Radiant Exposures—Facts Run on Light Beams These Days appears to portray a site out of time and space—ethereal, timeless and unearthly.
The predominant motif of the film is the human-made landscape with large expanses of rectangular panels reflecting the sun light. These reflective panels are in fact concentrating sunlight, creating and collecting energy. The presence of the sun is made palpable by the shimmering light and the and the blurring of the imagery.