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TCotA Forum - Michele Barker


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

7 Mar 2014 12:30 pm

End Date

7 Mar 2014 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Michele BarkerDr Michele Barker works in the field of new media arts, exhibiting extensively both in Australia and overseas. Her work addresses issues of perception, subjectivity, genetics and neuroscience and she has contributed to the field of new media arts via her engagement as a research-oriented practitioner. Barker’s research has focused on the relationship between digital technologies, medical and scientific applications, and end-user responses.

The ‘art-science’ nexus is a very prominent aspect of new media practice and research, and she has been actively involved in this dialogue for over a decade.

Works include the CD-ROM, Præternatural, selected for exhibition in ‘Vidarte’, the Mexican Biennale of Electronic Art, 2002 and ‘Contact Zones’ a touring exhibition of CD-ROM art in 2001. The work is now in held in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University. 

In 2004, she held an Artist-in Residency at Eyebeam in New York where, in collaboration with Anna Munster, she developed the award winning multi-channel work, Struck. The work has toured extensively, including in the US, China and as a solo installation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Her ongoing collaborative research with Anna Munster involves multiple points of view for user-interaction using multi-channel projections and immersive environments specially addressing issues of the relationship of neuroscience to magic. Barker and Munster have developed the 3 channel HD interactive project "HokusPokus" that uses illusionistic and performative aspects of magical tricks to explore human perception, senses and movement.

Barker’s research has been presented at major international conferences including ‘Future Bodies’, Cologne, ‘Vidarte’ Mexico and ‘New Constellations: Art and Science’.

Michele is Senior Lecturer at the School of Media Arts, College of Fine Arts, UNSW.    

image credit: Michele Barker and Anna Munster, Struck


TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.

Tasmanian College of the Arts Forum (Hunter St)   

TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts
Fridays 12.30 - 1.30pm

Dechaineux Lecture Theatre
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St)
Centre for the Arts
University of Tasmania
Hunter Street Hobart 7000 AUSTRALIA