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Bruce Barber

Bruce Barber is an interdisciplinary media artist, cultural historian and curator whose research and writing explores the representation of art, artists and art history in film and television and literature, performance art, public and littoral art. He is best known for his performance work, neo-conceptual reading and writing rooms, Squat projects and his theoretical writing and practice with littoral art, cultural intervention and other relational art practices.

Barber’s interdisciplinary artwork has been exhibited internationally at the Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, 49th Parallel Gallery, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whatcom Museum, Walter Phillips Gallery, London Regional Gallery, Auckland City Art Gallery, National Gallery of N.Z., Casula Powerhouse, Te Tuhi Gallery, Artspace, Sydney and Auckland and is represented in various private and public collections.

Barber is the editor of Essays on Performance and Cultural Politicization and of Conceptual Art: the NSCAD Connection 1967-1973. He is co-editor, with Serge Guilbaut and John O'Brian of Voices of Fire: Art Rage, Power, and the State. Editor of Condé +Beveridge: Class Works (2008); also author of Performance [Performance] and Performers: Essays and Conversations (2 volumes) edited by Marc James Léger (2008), and Trans/Actions: Art, Film and Death (2008), Littoral Art & Communicative Action edited by Marc James Léger (2013). His critical essays have appeared internationally in numerous anthologies, art journals, and magazines. Barber’s interdisciplinary art practice is documented in the publications Reading Rooms (1996) and Bruce Barber Work 1970 2008. (2010).

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Academic background

1973 BFA Auckland University
1975 MFA, First Class Honours in Sculpture and Art History Auckland University
1978 MFA in Intermedia NSCAD University
2005 PhD magna cum laude Media and Communications European Graduate School,
Leuk Stadt, Switzerland
Honorary Professor, Sydney College of Art, University of Sydney, Australia

Courses offered by Bruce Barber

Film History
Intermedia: Media Landscape
Intermedia: Language in to Art
Advanced Studio in Intermedia
Graduate level course offerings