Identity and Virtuality: Media Artists Revisit 25 Years of Artistic Development

Nov. 9, 2001

Drew Browning and Annette Barbier will talk about their 25 years as media artists and the joys and sorrows of working with cutting edge technologies. Browning and Barbier will trace the development of their work through their videotapes and computer work, including Home, an on-line, navigable environment and CAVE virtual reality piece. The house as symbol of the psyche, identity and disability culture, family relationships, memory and continuity are some of the themes dealt with in their work.

Since 1974, Annette Barbier has been working in video which reflect a concern with definition of the essential self, with examining the influences which constitute the unique individual identity, and with the process of image-making (or taking) itself. Her most recent works have centered on woman. She has gone on to work in newer media, with similar thematic concerns. Barbier teaches at Northwestern University, where she is head of production and director of the Center for Art and Technology.

Drew Browning is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the School of Art and Design. Browning has been teaching electronic media and industrial design since 1976 and is the founder and director of the Design Visualization Laboratory. His career as an industrial designer has focused on design for persons with disability with a particular emphasis on enabling technologies. Browning's current research involves design work in virtual reality and hyper-media networked communications.