Judith Barry’s Something in Mind

Large-scale immersive installations

Judith Barry, Professor and Director of Art, Culture and Technology, is creating Something in Mind, a new work and the centerpiece of a solo exhibition. Something in Mind examines relationships between media types and audience habits. The work includes images of viewing spaces across time, including medieval monasteries, panoramas, virtual reality (VR), home video rentals and more, charting transformations in shared social spaces as they have evolved in relationship to audience habits.

Barry will present Something in Mind in MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) Artistic Research Luncheon series during the 2019–20 academic year, and she will integrate the exhibition research into a new ACT course in development.

Judith Barry is Director of the Program in Art, Culture and Technology and Professor of Architecture at MIT. 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, as a way to combine many of her disparate interests. These immersive environments are based on experiments incorporating architecture, sculpture, performance, theater, film/video/new media, graphics and interactivity.

Barry has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Carnegie International, Documenta, Nagoya Biennale, São Paulo 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).

More at the artist’s website: Judith Barry

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Portrait of Judith Barry in …Cairo stories, 2014. Photo: Grant Mudford, Courtesy Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
Portrait of Judith Barry in …Cairo stories, 2014. Photo: Grant Mudford, Courtesy Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

Selected Past Projects