The film was shot in the Texan desert and it
shows huge oil pumps constantly repeating all
the same mechanical movement. Beside their
meditative sculptural quality in the landscape,
it touches on strong social and political
issues with its references to exploitation of
natural resources. Rosa Barba has always
been fascinated by vast and arid landscapes,
particularly the desert for its seemingly
endless perspective. The point in time of
Time as Perspective is unclear and it could be
a futuristic vision or a historical document.
The drilling pumpjacks run in loops – the
symbol for progress and exploitation has
been reduced to their mechanical repetitive
rhythm. They move but never change, a
monotonous labor that invokes consistence.
No progression – just movement that
becomes monumental. The oil fields with
the thousands of pumpjacks are printing
invisible repetitive patterns into the earth
– or onto the film. Their “writing” remains
hidden as it seems to travel to another level.
But it makes us also think of the term “Peak
Oil” as the point in time when the maximum
rate of petroleum extraction is reached.