"The Hidden Conference" is a three-part series of filmic investigations in museum storages. All three films evoke the discussions one can imagine artworks in the museum storage spaces might have with one another. "The Hidden Conference" continues the investigation of cultural storage areas and archives, started with the curatorial project "A Curated Conference: On the Future of Collective Strength within an Archive" at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid: the stored art works become protagonists in a filmic narrative that unfolds before a handheld camera; their invisible nexuses and the condition of silent coexistence are enlivened besides scientific or chronological claims by the restless camerawork and the montage of textual fragments, filmic pictures and sound elements. The soundscape is an equal partner in supporting the fictionalization process.

"The Hidden Conference: A Fractured Play" (2011) has been shot in the archives of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, where the works are stored and situated in a high-rise building overlooking Rome.



The Hidden Conference: A Fractured Play, 2011

35mm film, color, optical sound, 5 min

Images 1, 2, 3: Film still © Rosa Barba 
Image 4: Installation view at Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2012 © Rosa Barba