The short film "Waiting Grounds" (2007) depicts an abandoned site in the Mojave desert in Western United States. A relic from the Forties, when US Army used this place for bombing tests and military simulations, this military camp stands forgotten in the middle of the desert like the exoskeleton of some prehistoric creature. Abandoned for many years, the bunker is now covered with graffiti and almost eaten up by the sand and the erosion. The film work freezes the building in a moment of suspension, of a-temporality, which is underscored by the music and the sound of a broken organ composed by Jan St. Werner. The notes prolong the agony of the relic while at the same time emphasizing its hovering between construction and destruction, between immobility and a potential explosion.

 
 
Waiting Grounds, 2007

16mm film, color, 4 min 


Images 1, 2, 3: Film still © Rosa Barba 
Image 4: Installation view at Gio Marconi, 2009 © Rosa Barba