barry whittaker
Since 2007

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BIO
As a multi-media artist, designer, and musician, Barry Whittaker investigates the absurdities and misunderstandings of daily life. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo, Whittaker works independently and in collaboration in order to question the various forms and tools of contemporary communication. He received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the past few years Whittaker has taught in the U.S., France, and Japan, as well as having exhibited artwork internationally.
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EVENT

Throwing Things at the Sky


Dates:
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:00 - Thu Aug 07, 2014

Location:
Tokyo, Japan

Artist: Barry Whittaker

Cumulating his residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Barry Whittaker (American artist active in Toledo, Ohio) will be presenting a series of video, print, and game-based works in this exhibition.

With abundant opportunities for miscommunication in everyday experience, where excessive digital communication throws messages in and out of space, Whittaker has been able to feed these experiences into his newest generative works and soundscapes.

[From the Artist]
I like to image communication in its most fractured and disrupted forms. Our inaccuracies travel across space and time. We're only aware of our communication tools because of their failings and shortcomings. I believe that artwork should inspire dialog between individuals or between a work and its audience. With this in mind, I experiment with technology and the structure of communication both as subjects and as processes.


EVENT

Mother Brain: An Exhibition by SaBa


Dates:
Thu Jul 18, 2013 00:00 - Sun Jul 21, 2013

Location:
Nagoya, Japan

An exhibition of interactive installations by SaBa (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker)

Mother Brain, 2013:

Drawing inspiration from open source culture and community farming movements, SaBa (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker) have created "Mother Brain," a game which is driven by locally produced vegetables. As the vegetables gradually change over time, so will the game—a landscape transformed into a garden of glitches.

Bunrakuraku, 2012:

Bunrakuraku explores the intersection of technology, participation, and puppetry. Taking inspiration from international styles of puppet theater, ranging from Japanese Bunraku to Punch and Judy, this work explores the intersection of audience and puppeteer―with a few extra limbs included. Bunrakuraku places viewers into a virtual puppet theater space. Limbs appear and disappear, each controlled by a different audience member. In this space, an individual’s movements and actions are combined to form a single multi-limbed puppet. Here, people are encouraged to playfully engage with multiple collaborators.

SaBa is a series of collaborative projects created by Sam Sheffield & Barry Whittaker. Currently based in Baltimore, MD and Toledo, OH, Sam & Barry develop interactive work inspired by a variety of media ranging from Japanese television and history to internet memes and game theory.



EVENT

Bunrakuraku


Dates:
Fri Aug 03, 2012 18:00 - Sun Aug 05, 2012

Location:
Osaka, Japan

Bunrakuraku is a new interactive project from SaBa, exploring the intersection of technology, participation, and puppetry. Taking inspiration from international styles of puppet theater, ranging from Japanese Bunraku to Punch and Judy, this work explores the intersection of audience and puppeteer―with a few extra limbs included. Bunrakuraku connects audiences from separate locations into a virtual, puppet theater space. Limbs appear and disappear, each controlled by a different audience member. In this space, an individual’s movements and actions are combined to form a single multi-limbed puppet. Here, people are encouraged to playfully engage with an unseen collaborator.

SaBa is a series of collaborative projects created by Sam Sheffield & Barry Whittaker. Currently based in Baltimore, MD and Toledo, OH, Sam & Barry develop interactive work inspired by a variety of media ranging from Japanese television and history to internet memes and game theory.