Rosa Barba. Instruments Inside Out

In her exhibition In a Perpetual Now, Rosa Barba filled the modernist spaces of the Neue Nationalgalerie with her films and projectors deployed on an architectonic structure modelled after Mies van der Rohe’s plans for his unrealized Brick Country House project (1924). Creating a maze of lines and surfaces around the gallery, this streamlined metal form set the stage for the artist’s activation of a polyphonic composition in which all the elements—films, objects, modified projectors, screens—ultimately interacted with each other. Titled Instruments Inside Out, the audio recording of the exhibition creates an archive of the works but also of the performance of the machines and their location in the space throughout the exhibition period. The soundtrack reenacts the framework of perception by offering another viewpoint on the composition as a whole. By defocusing the visitors’ attention away from the visible elements of the exhibition, Rosa Barba captures the diffuse effects of the propagation of sound and recomposes the play of associations between sounds, objects and voices.

Rosa Barba (b. 1972 in Agrigento / Italy, lives in Berlin), studied theater and film studies in Erlangen and attended the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as well as the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions (selection): Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2022); Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku / Finland (2020); Arter, Istanbul (2019, 2012); Kunsthalle Bremen (2018), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2017, 2010); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2016); MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Albertinum, Dresden (2015); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge/Mass. (2015); Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (2014); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León (2013); Kunsthaus Zurich (2012); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); Tate Modern, London (2010).

The record can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.


n.b.k. Records Vol. 2

Published by Marius Babias, curatedy by Sergio Edelsztein

Vinyl LP, 42:01 min, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne 2023


45.00 € / 30.00 € (Members)