Bruce Barber

Bruce Barber (born in New Zealand in 1950) is an artist, writer, curator, and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches at NSCAD University. He is best known for his early performance work, his Reading Rooms, Squat Projects and his writing and theory on Littoral Art. The video work shown on CIRCUIT includes performance documentation, reading room projects and Trace (time lapse) projects. His artwork has been shown at the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Walter Phillips Gallery, London Regional Gallery, and Artspace NZ in Auckland. 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. His critical essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. His art practice is documented in the publication Reading Rooms.

CIRCUIT Resources

Interview with Mark Williams (2020)

Selected Exhibitions

Assholes, Eidia House, Brooklyn, USA 

Party without Party, International Sokolovsko Festival of Ephemeral Art, Poland 
Bruce Barber: I swear, Te Tuhi, Auckland 

Personal Structures: Open Borders, Venice Biennale, Italy 
Taste the Future, RIMONIM ARt Gallery, Miami, USA
Task Action, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington 

Imaginary Audience Scale, ARTSPACE, Auckland 
Bruce Barber: Performance Scores, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington 

New to the Collection, The Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington 
Continental Drift, Conceptual Art in Canada: The 1960s and 70s, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Germany

Weak Force, Unified Field Theory, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada 

Swallow it Dog, Sydney Biennale Australia

Bruce Barber: Reading and Writing Rooms, Te Tuhi, Auckland 
Interactions Art 10th International Performance Art Festival Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland 

Mostly Harmless: a Performance Series, Govett Brewster, New Plymouth
Party without Party, RM Gallery, Auckland 

N.S Artist Against Militarism, Anna Leowens gallery, Halifax, Canada
A Different War: Vietnam in Art, Washington, Ohio, Boston & Californa, USA