John Barber (artist, scholar)

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This image is of John Barber, speaking in front of a green backdrop.
John Barber in June 2014.

John Barber is a digital artist and scholar based in Vancouver, Washington. He is predominantly focused on sound art.

Artistic career[edit]

Barber's sound art has been featured in a number of international festivals and exhibitions.

In 2010, Sounds of My Life featured at Lisbon's annual RadiaLx International Festival of Radio Art,[1] and event to which Barber's work returned in 2012 with Tell Me A Story.[2] In 2013, Between Sleep and Dreams was included in events across Canada, Estonia,[3] and Portugal.[4] In 2017, Barber's work was included in the Audiograft International Festival of Experimental Music and Sound hosted by Oxford Brookes University[5][6] and Brazil's Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletronica.[7]

In 2017, New Binary Press published Remembering the Dead: Northern Ireland,[8] which pays tribute to those killed during "the Troubles".


As a scholar of media art and digital storytelling, Barber has been published in a range of journals and academic volumes, including Digital Humanities Quarterly,[9] The Mobile Story,[10] and Transdisciplinary Digital Art.[11]

In 2001, he co-edited New worlds, new words: Exploring Pathways for Writing about and in Electronic Environments with Dene Grigar,[12] while he has also edited a book and completed an annotated bibliography on Richard Brautigan.[13][14]


  1. ^ "radialx2010". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  2. ^ Belousov, Nikita. "radialx 2012". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  3. ^ "Between Sleep and Dreams". Framework Radio. 2013. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  4. ^ "OSSO". Osso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  5. ^ "JUKEBOX". AUDIOGRAFT FESTIVAL. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  6. ^ "Sonic Miniatures". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  7. ^ "Barber > 11'22"". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  8. ^ "Remembering the Dead: Northern Ireland". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  9. ^ Barber, John F. (2016-01-01). "Sound and Digital Humanities: reflecting on a DHSI course". 10 (1).
  10. ^ "The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (Hardback) - Routledge". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  11. ^ Transdisciplinary Digital Art - Sound, Vision and the New Screen | Randy Adams | Springer.
  12. ^ Barber, John F; Grigar, Dene (2001-01-01). New worlds, new words: exploring pathways for writing about and in electronic environments. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press. ISBN 1572733330.
  13. ^ Barber, John F (2007-01-01). Richard Brautigan: essays on the writings and life. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 9780786425259.
  14. ^ Barber, John F (1991-01-01). Richard Brautigan: an annotated bibliography. London: McFarland. ISBN 0899505252.