"Disseminate and Hold" investigates manmade geographies and landscapes, and how these are often deeply enmeshed with political agendas and utopian visions. The film work introduces to the Minhocão (or “Big Worm”) – an elevated highway that runs through the heart of São Paulo. Built in the 1970s, with the intention of doubling traffic capacity into the centre of the city, the highway has always been synonymous with darker political undertones. The work considers not only the history of the Minhocão, but also its current existence, examining the complex relationships between the road and the surrounding buildings and inhabitants of São Paulo. Reflecting on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, the film suggests that these changes often only manifest themselves in a society’s subconscious.
 
Disseminate and Hold, 2016

16mm film transferred to digital, sound, 21:13 min



Images 1 - 4: Film still © Rosa Barba 
Image 5: Installation view at Secession, Vienna, 2017. Photo: Oliver Ottenschläger © Rosa Barba