Rosa Barba’s Performance in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in association with IFFR: 1-4 February 2024

During the weekend of 1-4 February 2024, visual artist Rosa Barba will present two multidisciplinary performances at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen: VOICE ENGINE and Hear, There Where the Echoes Are. On the Depot’s spacious fifth floor, Barba will create an orchestral dialogue between film, voices, music and sculptures, alternating between choreographic exhibition and performance.


The monographic installation and performance by the artist follow her project Drawing Probable Conclusions, in which she has explored Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen film and video collection in conversation with the museum’s former curator of modern and contemporary art, Francesco Stocchi. The performances are also part of the Art Directions programme of Rotterdam’s International Film Festival.

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VOICE ENGINE & Hear, There Where the Echoes Are

VOICE ENGINE (2021-2024), a monumental performance work that explores the relationship between film, the body and the human voice, exemplifies Barba’s experimental approach to film and sound. Barba sets a choir performing Eric D. Clark’s composition among her films and sculptures, establishing a direct relationship between the singing and the projections.


In Hear, There Where the Echoes Are (2016-2024), Barba plays cello accompaniment to a series of projections that are driven by drummer Chad Taylor’s percussion. This collaboration began in 2016 at PS1 in New York and has since developed in venues around the world.


Both choreographic exhibition and performances will develop throughout the weekend and remain on view at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen until 3 March 2024. The public performances will take place on 1, 3 and 4. February.


Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba is a visual artist and filmmaker who works with film, sound, sculpture, performance and publication. She also creates installations and site-specific interventions to analyse how film can articulate space and determine the relationship between the work and the viewer. Her work is included in numerous international collections and she has exhibited all over the world, including several times at the Venice Biennale. Barba currently lives and works in Berlin.



Rosa Barba’s multidisciplinary performances at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen


Dates: 1, 3 and 4 February (public) and 2 February (private)

Times: 1 February 18:30-18:55 & 19:30-19:55. 3 & 4 February 13:00-13:50 and 14:30-15:20

Tickets: available via website

Where: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, fifth floor

In association with: International Film Festival Rotterdam (25 January – 4 February 2024)

Concept: Rosa Barba in conversation with Francesco Stocchi, former curator of modern and contemporary at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. VOICE ENGINE has been commissioned by International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2021, coproduced by Callies, Berlin and remounted by Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2023.

About Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The world-renowned art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has over the span of 170 years expanded to more than 151,000 artefacts, which includes some 63,000 paintings, photos, films, pre-industrial design and design objects, contemporary art installations and sculptures, as well as 88,000 prints and drawings.

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