Judith Barry. Body Without Limits

Judith Barry. Body Without Limits
Temporary exhibition
08/02/2010
- 25/04/2010
Floor: 
2
Judith Barry. Body Without Limits
Temporary exhibition
08/02/2010
- 25/04/2010
Floor: 
2
Body: 

Judith Barry (b. 1954) is internationally recognized as a pioneer of installation and video work. This exhibition showcases the artist’s relationship to architecture, conceptual art and popular culture with a particular emphasis on her media installations. The concepts, techniques and forms that Judith Barry has been employing in her work since the late 1970s are a proto-history of what many contemporary artists are using in their work today. Barry explores the potential of technology spatially within the design of her installations as well as within photography and the moving image. Her immersive environments, often using projection, are based on experiments incorporating performance, theatre, film, digital graphics, interactivity, architecture and sculpture.

Since her first performances in the 1970s, Judith Barry has used video and film projections to produce unique habitable visual environments that are activated by the presence of the viewer. Each of her projects presents new ways for the spectator to engage conceptually and visually within the space of the moving image.

Emerging from literary and film theory and her experience in dance and performance, she has translated many of these ideas directly into specific physical relations that place the viewer in a dialogue with the content of her installations. To accomplish this she constructs a variety of 'subject positions' for the viewer, often using the techniques of cinema and especially montage. These positions function like point-of-view perspectives and allow the viewer to both cohere the meaning of the work by inhabiting the space of the installation and simultaneously to ascribe a multiplicity of meanings to the experience. It is precisely this variety of forms and the breadth of her investigations that make Judith Barry so crucial to many on-going discussions within contemporary artistic practices now.