Interactive Arts and Media

Annette Barbier

Title: Director of Graduate Programs

Phone: 312-369-8684


Office: 916 S. Wabash, Room 135



Annette Barbier uses new technologies to address issues of home, defined locally as domesticity and broadly as the ways in which we relate to our environment. Her work has moved from an emphasis on the personal to a consideration of the global, looking at ways in which home has come to be re-defined as populations shift, as our interdependence becomes increasingly clear, and as the natural world deteriorates.Her work has received national recognition in venues including Image Union, broadcast on WTTW Chicago, the Chicago International Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, Houston Film Festival, The Learning Channel, San Paolo Video Festival, as well as new media festivals and conferences such as IDMAA (best of show 2005, featured artist 2011), ISEA, and Ars Electronica. Her most recent work uses technologies such as motion capture, augmented reality and computer-controlled laser cutting and engraving on natural materials to heighten our awareness of our detrimental impact on the natural world.


MFA, School of the Art Institute

BA, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Courses Taught

Media Theory and Design

Sound and Motion

Public Art

Areas of Interest

New technologies and public art

Virtual and augmented environments

Natural and cultural history

Ecology and sustainable environment

Professional Work

ISEA (Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) 2012, artist talk

UFVA (University Film and Video Association) 2012, exhibition and presentation of work

ISEA 2008, “Representation, Visualization, Art and Science”, Singapore, 7/08

Cornell University, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art panel, archive artist’s talk 

Images of the Nanoscale: From Creation to Consumption. Science and Technology Studies Group, University of South Carolina NanoCenter, plenary presentation, 10/07

Awards and Honors

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, 2012

Artist Residency, Prairie Center of the Arts, 2012

Featured Artist, IDEAS exhibit at the International Digital Media Art Assn. conference, Savannah, GA., 2011

Propeller Fund grant for "Expose, Intervene, Occupy:  Re-interpreting Public Space", 2012