Video pioneer Annette Barbier (1950-2017)

The video community has lost one of its pioneers. Annette Barbier passed away last week. Her art and her impact were legendary since the 1970s, when she was among the first video artists at the Chicago Editing Center.

Annette mentored hundreds in her years at Northwestern University and Columbia College. She was one-of-a-kind and a Chicago icon. Our hearts go out to Drew and Celine. So many of us are shocked and deeply saddened.

Here’s a look at Annette’s “Bouncing Beach Ball Boogie,” a 1978 live image processing performance with Catherine DeJong and Paula Garrett-Ellis. It was state-of-the-art image processing and was shown on the second Image Union broadcast. It demonstrates the delightful whimsical side of an enduring multimedia artist.

Next weekend, Media Burn heads to Detroit with the National Mexican Museum of Art and Yollocalli Arts Reach for the 19th annual Allied Media Conference. The conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists.

Our presentation, Remixing Archival Videos, is part of the Disrupting Mainstream History Track. Together with NMMA, Yollo, and two youth filmmakers, we will talk about the ways in which we have collaborated to use archival content for teaching, learning, and to generate new art. More info on this project here:



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