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Judith Barry joins MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Judith Barry has been appointed professor in Art, Culture and Technology in the Department of Architecture in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Barry will join the faculty on January 1, 2018.

An internationally recognized artist, Barry utilizes a research–based methodology to explore a wide range of topics. Both the form and the content of her work evolve as the research proceeds. She often makes use of installation, in various forms and including exhibition design, as a way to combine many of her disparate interests. These immersive environments are based on experiments incorporating architecture, sculpture, performance, theatre, film/video/new media, graphics, and interactivity.

“Judith’s career has remarkable breadth and depth,” said Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. “Her expansive, creative, and versatile intellect will be right at home here at MIT.”

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Since her first performances in the late 1970’s, Barry has produced unique, habitable, visual environments that are activated by the viewer. Each of her projects aims to provide new ways for engaging conceptually and visually within a space

Emerging from architecture, literary and film theory, and dance, Barry has translated these disciplines directly into specific physical relations that place the viewer in a dialogue with the content of her research.  She constructs a variety of ‘subject positions’ for the viewer to inhabit which 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.

Barry has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Carnegie International, Documenta, Nagoya Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Venice Biennale(s) of Art/Architecture, and the Whitney Biennale, among others. Her awards include the Frederick 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 Barry’s essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991). Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), The Study for the Mirror and Garden (2003) and Judith Barry: body without limits (2009).

Barry has taught and lectured extensively in the USA, Asia and Europe. Full-time teaching positions include ACT at MIT, Boston (2002-2003) and the Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany (2003–2004). Prior to joining MIT’s faculty, she served as professor and director of the MFA VA Program at the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Barry also writes and publishes on art topics. Her publications include "Judith Barry: Body without Limits" (2009), "The Study for the Mirror and Garden" (2003), and "Projections: mise en abyme" (1997). "Public Fantasy," a collection of Barry’s essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991).