In "The Contemplative or The Speculative" a felt drape with cutout text ist placed at short distance from the wall and highlighted by a spotlight placed out of centre, throwing a shadow field on the wall behind. The spotlight emphasises the materiality of the felt drape but makes the text at the same time illegible; the words can be read clearly only projected on the shadow behind. The drape is both screen and projector, defined by the presence or absence of light on its surface. The light brings together the two levels of the image.


The Contemplative or The Speculative, 2013

Cutout text on felt, spotlight
200 x 681 cm

Image 1:
Installation view at Giò Marconi, Milan, 2013 © Rosa Barba

Image 2:
Installation view at MUSAC, Léon, Spain, 2013 © Rosa Barba

Image 3:
Installation view at CAC Vilnius, 2014 © Rosa Barba