Disseminate and Hold

Rosa Barba’s work Disseminate and Hold investigates man-made geographies and landscapes, and how these are often deeply enmeshed with political agendas and utopian visions.

The film introduces us 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. In the work, the artist considers not just the history of the Minhocão, but also its current existence, examining the complex relationships between the road, the surrounding buildings and people of São Paulo. Barba reflects on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, and suggests that these changes often only manifest themselves in a society’s subconscious.

“My work represents the gesture of taking a controversial structure like the Minhocão built in difficult political times, and giving it back to the citizens, as an escape, a way out of the highway, with other stories, as an inhabitable surface,” says Barba. “This is maybe how it plays with 'uncertainty,' as a fixed structure can be made unstable through narratives in order to speculate with its potential and social body.”

Sound credits: Jan St. Werner with excerpts of Black Manual live: Jan St. Werner, Valdir Jovenal, Joninho Quebradeira, Leo Leandro, and Black Manual Remix: Format01

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Disseminate and Hold
Major Exhibitions/Festivals

Malmö Konsthall, 2017

Secession, Vienna, 2017

IFFR Rotterdam, 2017

Total Artist Royalty Percent
0.50
Closed Captioning Available
Yes
Digital Master
Yes
Dub Approved
Yes
Date Acquired
Transcript on File
Yes
In Distribution
Yes
VDB Comments

07/24/17 This title is avaliable for rental only. The option of educational sales will be revisted Summer 2018 — GWP 07/24/17

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Rosa Barba

country(ies)
Germany
Lanquage(s)
Portuguese, Brazil
subtitle(s)
English
Location Body


32nd Bienal de São Paulo
São Paulo, SP
Brazil


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Artist Royalty Payment Holder
Rosa Barba
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64947
org_path
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org_running_time
21:13
org_production_year
2016
org_premier_year
01/01/2016
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$0.00
Height
2in.
Length
7in.
SKU
DISSEMIN
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$0.00
Weight
0 lb.
Width
9in.
Aspect
Collection: 16:9
Catalog
Tags: video product
Tags
Landscape, Politics
Sound Type
Stereo
Original Format
16mm film
Collection
Single Titles
Color
Color