Spectres of Marx
Discussion with the Artist & Video Projection of Spectres of Marx
A projection viewing of the 10′ Video Time Lapse of a performance produced for the exhibition “Personal Structures: Crossing Borders” Palazzo Mora Venice curated by Rene Rietmeyer, Valeria Romagnini and Rachele De Stefano of the non-profit Dutch based Global Art Affairs Foundation. The work consists of a mural painting of Spectres of Marx, first produced several years ago for an exhibition in Gdansk, Poland and later reproduced in Barber’s two survey exhibitions in Auckland, New Zealand (te tuhi (the Mark) Gallery and Artspace, Sydney Australia 2008-2009). For the Italian context Barber added the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci as the fourth ‘spectre’ replacing the original Stalin silhouette of the quartet from the original logo. The work is accompanied by an 80 page catalogue with an essay by Marc James Leger.
Artist Bio: Bruce Barber is an interdisciplinary media artist, cultural historian and curator whose research and writing explores the representation of art, artists and art history in film, television, cartoons and comics. At NSCAD University he teaches courses in media arts and film history. He holds a BFA (1973), and MFA in Sculpture and Art History from Auckland University (1975); an MFA (Intermedia), NSCAD (1978), and PhD (2005), Media and Communications, European Graduate School Leuk Stadt, Switzerland. His interdisciplinary artwork has been exhibited internationally at the Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, 49thParallel Gallery, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Walter Phillips Gallery, London Regional Gallery, Auckland City Art Gallery, Artspace, Sydney and Auckland and is represented in various public and private collections. Barber is the editor of Essays on Performance and Cultural Politicization and of Conceptual Art: the NSCAD Connection 1967-1973. He is co-editor, with Serge Guilbaut and John O’Brian of Voices of Fire: Art Rage, Power, and the State. Editor of Condé +Beveridge: Class Works (2008); also author of Performance [Performance] and Performers: Essays and Conversations (2 volumes) edited by Marc James Léger (2008), and Trans/Actions: Art, Film and Death (2008), Littoral Art & Communicative Action edited by Marc James Léger (2013. His critical essays have appeared internationally in numerous anthologies, art journals and magazines. Barber’s interdisciplinary art practice is documented in the publications Reading Rooms and Bruce Barber Work 1970-2008. He is best known for his performance work, neo-conceptual reading and writing rooms, Squat projects and his theoretical writing and theory on littoral art, cultural intervention and other relational art practices.