"White Museum (Hirsch Observatory)" has been conceived and shown as part of a two-part EMPAC commission (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, Upstate New York, which was produced in collaboration with Rensselaer’s Hirsch Observatory, and presented on four consecutive Saturday evenings throughout March 2015. The 70mm film installation at the Hirsch Observatory, "White Museum", has projected out of the observatory's dome and into the sky. Located on the roof of the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, the observatory was built in 1942 to house a 12” equatorial reflector telescope that was designed and constructed at Rensselaer. Juxtaposed against the current 16” Boller & Chivens dome telescope from the 1960s, the film projector traces the reciprocal relationship of astronomy and cinema.
White Museum (Hirsch Observatory), 2010/2015 70mm film, projector Images: Installation view at Hirsch Observatory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, USA. Photo: Kris Qua © Rosa Barba