Judith Barry...Cairo Stories, 2011.
ACT at MIT

artistic research lunch hour

Judith Barry – The Space that Art Makes: ‘the voice’ and the question of agency

March 15

11:30am to 12:30pm

E15-207

The voice can be the bearer of truths, a force for advocacy, for activism, for the melding of solidarity and the construction of collectivity. It is not only a question of who has the right to speak, but who has the right to a listener. And who has the right to the listener’s attention. Which brings up the question of whose listener is the most important, as well as whose voices have the most possibility for agency.

Judith Barry is an artist/writer whose work crosses a number of disciplines: installation and project-based research, architecture/exhibition design, film/video, performance art/dance, sculpture, photography, and digital media.

She has exhibited at the Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennales (Art and Architecture), Carnegie International, Nagoya Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Sydney Biennale, Whitney Biennale, and Documenta, among others. Her awards include the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2000, “Best Pavilion” at the Cairo Biennale, 2001, and a Guggenheim Fellowship 2011.

Public Fantasy, a collection of Barryʼs essays, was published by the ICA, London (1991). Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), The Study for the Mirror and Garden, Granada, Spain (2003), and body without limits, Salamanca, Spain (2009). Her work is in collections around the world including New York City, Vienna, San Diego, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, and Miami.

She has taught in the USA, Asia, and Europe and was a Visiting Artist at ACT from 2002 to 2003. Currently, Judith is a professor in Lesley University’s College of Art and Design and the director of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts program.