Virginia BARRATT

BIO

Virginia Barratt is a writer experimental poet performer and academic. Since 1992 Virginia has been an active participant and collaborator in the Australian and International ARI sector. In 2015, she began a doctoral candidature with the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

Art Practice Keywords:

Digital Media, Video Art, Installation Art, Poet

 

Artist Role Keywords:

Visual Artist

Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:

Qld Artworkers Union, John Mills National, Jewel Palace, InterFace

 

Collections

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Various Private Collections

CV

Please Note:

Between 1991 And 1997 I Worked Full Time With The Cyberfeminist Art Collective Vns Matrix. I Have Not Included These Works In My Personal Resume. A Full Resume Of The Work Of Vns Matrix Is Available Upon Request. The Collective Was Producing Work, Exhibiting, Presenting Lectures And Publishing Internationally Between 1991-1996.

 

The Work Of Vns Matrix Was Foundational To The Cyberfeminist Movement And Continues To Be Relevant Today For Feminist Scholars And Scholars Of Technology And Society, Culture, Politics And Philosophy.

 

“These works are important not only in and of themselves but also as markers for the tidal shifts in thinking about women and technological spaces. As iconic texts of the cyberfeminist moment of the 1990s, these … works help establish not only the context of that decade – one that sought desperately not to be defined – but also go some way towards recovering an understanding of that genre and that term. Now as the use of the prefix ‘cyber’ has declined in humanities disciplines in favour of ‘digital,’ we see a complementary return to the word “cyberfeminism,” as evinced in Radhika Gajjala’s and Yeon Ju Oh’s 2012 edited collection titled Cyberfeminism 2.0 “1

 

1 Barnett, Tully. “Monstrous Agents: Cyberfeminist Media and Activism” ADA, A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology 5 (July 2014). http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-barnett/

Tertiary Education and Qualifications

PhD Candidate, Writing and Society Centre, School of Humanities and

Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, 2015

  • Awarded APA scholarship

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Composite Thesis), Southern Cross University, Lismore, 2009-2013

BA Major in Media and Creative writing with electives in Cultural Studies

  • Graduated with first class honours
  • Awarded SASS scholarship

RYS 500 (yoga), ISHTA yoga teacher training, Belongil, NSW, 2007

Diploma of Perf. Arts, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE), 1977-1980 (incomplete)

 

 

Grants, Awards and Prizes

SASS Scholarship (Hons), School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, 2012

Best Local Film, Queer Fruits Film Festival, Lismore, 2011

Best Film, Perv Queerotic Film Festival, Sydney, 2011

Project Funding, New Media Board, Australia Council for CrosseXXXaminations exhibition, Artspace, Sydney, 1998

Development Funding (w/ Dr Zoe Sofia), Literature Board, Australia Council, for Double Agents manuscript, 1995

Development Funding (w/ Dr Zoe Sofia), Art Research and Development Fund, Australian

Network for Art and Technology for Double Agents manuscript, 1993 Project Funding, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Exhibition

Funding for group exhibition Mapping Difference

Artists Overseas Development Grant, Visual Arts and Crafts Board of the Australia Council toward overseas travel to America and Europe to research performance practice and to present performances in New York and London, 1990

Premier’s Arts Encouragement Awards, Qld Premier’s Arts Department to enable attendance at the First National Summer School in Computer Aided Art, Design and Manufacture, 1989

Selected Publications:

Blind refereed:

Barratt, Virginia. Forthcoming 2015. “SLICE,” Stein and Wilde. Ebook

Barratt, Virginia. Forthcoming 2015. “Monstering the Logos Eros,” in

Writing From Below.

Melboure: Contamination From Above. 2, no. 2 (2015)

Barratt, Virginia. Forthcoming 2015. “SkipToEnd,” in Writing From

Below. Melboure:

Contamination From Above. 2, no. 2 (2015)

Cultural Commentary:

Addison-Smith, Helen and Virginia Barratt. “How Vice Made Tabloid Journalism Cool.” Spook Magazine October (2014). http://www.spookmagazine.com/how-vicemedia-

madetabloidjournalism-cool/

Addison-Smith, Helen and Virginia Barratt. “Vice and the Suicide Emergency.” Overland

Literary Journal. July (2013) https://overland.org.au/2013/07/and-thesincerityemergency/

Anthologies:

Barratt, Virginia. 2015. “Driveby,” in Coastlines 5: An Anthology of Creative Writing, edited by Coastlines 5 Production Team. Lismore: School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University.

Barratt, Virginia. 2013. “She is a Boy,” in Mud map: Australian women’s

experimental writing, Special Issue, Text Journal Website series no. 1 (2013) edited by Moya Costello,

Barbara Brooks, Anna Gibbs and Rosslyn Prosser. ISSN: 1327-9556

http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue17/content.htm

Barratt, Virginia. “Luke.” in Banquet 2012, edited by Carson and Dettori,

23-29. Melbourne: Banquet Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-646-56879-9

Barratt, Virginia. “verbiage very thinly sliced and plated up real nice.” in

Banquet 2012, edited by Carson and Dettori, 23-55. Melbourne: Banquet Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-646-56879-9

Barratt, Virginia. “The Bleeding Sprawl of Her.” in Banquet 2012, edited

by Carson and Dettori, 115-117. Melbourne: Banquet Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-646-56879-9

Older Journal Articles and Art Writing:

Barratt, Virginia. “Black Holes,” Geekgirl Magazine July Issue (1996). No longer available online

Barratt, Virginia. “X,” Agenda 30/31 (1993). No longer in print, available

at the National Library of Australia. ISSN: 1033-1115

Barratt, Virginia. “Curator’s Statement,” Tekno Viscera. Fortitude Valley

Qld: Institute of Modern Art, 1993. ISBN-13: 9781875792030 ISBN-10: 1875792031

Barratt, Virginia. “Lyndal Jones,” Broadsheet 20, no. 2 (1991). ISSN: 0819-677X

Barratt, Virginia. “Heroines” & “Linda Lou’”, atists double page liftout,

Broadsheet 20, no. 3 (1991)

Barratt, Virginia. “Linda/Lou,” Otis rush : new writing, new art & reviews

#6. North Adelaide: Experimental Art Foundation, 1991: 102-104. ISSN: 0819-7288

Barratt, Virginia. “Untitled,” Otis rush : new writing, new art & reviews

#6. North Adelaide: Experimental Art Foundation, 1991: 100-101. ISSN: 0819- 7288

Barratt, Virginia. “Lyndal Jones: Prediction Piece 6: Pipe Dreaming

(Installation 2),” Eyeline 8 (March,1989). ISSN: 0818-8734

Writings for Performance, Commissoned Text:

SEEP, performance texts, TILT Symposium, Artspace, Sydney, Tess De Quincy Co

Form of Scent, performance texts, Performance Space, Sydney and

University of NSW, Sydney, Tess De Quincy Co

Various commissioned texts for artists books for Julie Barratt.

 

Selected Bibliography

Gibbs, Anna. “Mycelial Dreamings at Cementa 15,” Southerly Journal,

17 Apr (2015). http://southerlyjournal.com.au/2015/04/17/mycelial-dreamings-atcementa15/

Cleland, Kathy. “The Body Interrogated,” realtime 24 (1998). http://www.realtimearts.net/article/24/4176

Britton, Stephanie. “Image Bank: The Feminist Project,” Artlink 14, no. 1 (1994): 35-86

Broker, David. “Infiltrate,” Review of “Infiltrate” exhibition CACSA, Broadsheet 22, no. 1 (1993).

Flynn, Bernadette. “VNS Matrix and Virginia Barratt interviewed by Bernadette Flynn,”

Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 8, no.1 (1994): 419–432.

Hessey, Ruth. “Sound and Visionaries,” Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, November 7, 1992

Lumby, Catharine. “Uncertainly Thinking,” Review of “Blink” exhibition

CACSA, Artlink 12, no. 3 (1992)

Pears, Lisa. ‘Virginia Barratt: HYSTERIC’, Temper Magazine 1 (1992)

Radock, Stephanie. “Secular Mysteries,” Review of “Possessed” exhibition Bullring Jam Factory, Artlink 11, no. 4 (1991)

Keneally, Catherine. “The House of Fun,” Review of “Possessed” exhibition Bullring Jam Factory, Broadsheet 20 no. 4 (1991)

Litson, Jo. “Smart Arts, Movers and Shakers,” The Australian Magazine, October 6-7 1990

Steffenson, Jyanni. “The Body, Language and Not So, Poor Maryanne,” Review of “Body,

Use and Value” exhibition, Broadsheet 19, no. 2 (1989)

Szulakowska, Urszula. “Movement and Changing Multiplicities”,

Spectator Burns: Journal of Performance Art Theory 3 (1989): 29 – 38.

Szulakowska, Urszula. “Points of Intensity, Overcoding, Computers and Dance,” Praxis M no. 22 (1989)

Moses, David. “Work-To-Screen: Projecting Performance,” Eyeline 7 (1988)

Younger, Jay. “Interview with Virginia Barratt,” Eyeline 4 (1988)

Follent, Sarah. “Brisbane Review,” Art and Australia 25 no. 4 (1988)

Szulakowska, Urszula. ‘Virginia Barratt: The Lethal Stage,” Eyeline 3 (1987)

Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures

(Upcoming 2015) Barratt V and da Rimini F, headline speakers, The

Cyborg, Disruption Network Lab, Berlin, 30th May 2015

(Upcoming 2015) Barratt V and da Rimini F, headline speakers, The

CLICK Festival of Arts, Science and Technology Futures, Culture Yard, Helsingør, Denmark 14 – 17 May 2015

Panel Chair, “Sneaking up on the Thing Itself: Practical Approaches to Infinitude”, Aesthetics After Finitude, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art and Design, Sydney February 2015

Experimental Writing Panel, with Moya Costello and Anna Gibbs, Gold Coast Writers Festival, July 2014

Funding for New Media, lecture and clinic, Screenworks, Byron Bay, 2004

Barratt V & Martin F, “The Politics of Algorithms,” Paper presented at

UTE, Cultural Studies Association Australia Conference, University of Melbourne, 2002

Cyberfeminism and VNS MATRIX, guest lecture for Learning Technologies and the Academy, School of Humanities, Media and Cultural Studies, Southern Cross University 2002

Cyberfeminism, guest lecture, School of Humanities, University of Western Sydney, 2000

CrosseXXXaminations, Artist’s Talk, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 1998

Panellist, Queer Zone for the Visualities Artists Forum, Artspace, Sydney,

“Black Holes in Cyberspace,” Paper presented at Women on the Verge of New Technologies Conference, Perth 1997

“Remapping Cyberspace with a Feminist Bent,” Paper presented at the Women Writing: Views & Prospects 1975-1995 Conference, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1995

Barratt, V and Sofoulis, Z. “Women Remapping Technospace,” Paper presented at the 5th Interntional Symposium on Electronic Art, Groningen, 1994

Forum Speaker, “Occupied Zones,” Conference on Electronic Art, Performance Space, 1992

Panel Convenor, “Virtual Corporeality,” Adelaide Festival of the Arts, 1992

Forum Panellist, “Women, Technology and Cultural Power,” at In(ter)ventions Feminism and Performance Conference, Performance Space, Sydney, 1988

Forum Panellist, Work-To-Screen (Projecting Performance), Qld College of Art, 1988

Forum Panellist, “Performance Spaces: Funding and Survival,” Woop Woop National Performance Conference, Adelaide, 1987

Artist-in-Residence

Artspace, Sydney, 1998. For the project “CrosseXXXaminations,”, joint project with Beth Stryker. Director: Nicholas Tsoutas.

Selected Group Exhibitions

(Upcoming 2015) Barratt V and da Rimini F, installation, sound + video

works, wall works and zines, The CLICK Festival of Arts, Science and Technology Futures, Culture Yard, Helsingør, Denmark 14 – 17 May 2015

“Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive,” Curated by Bronia Iwanczak, 1 work, Affilliated Text, 33 Rosslyn Street, Sydney, March 2015

“The Hanky Project,” Curated by Julie Barratt, 1 work, Napier Gallery, Melbourne; Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton; Barratt Galleries, Alstonville, 2010-2011

“Didactic: Wall Writing,” Curated by Shelagh Morgan: Director, 1 work, NextArt, Southern Cross University Gallery, Lismore, 2011

“Gay+Lesbian Anti Violence Project Exhibition,” Phatspace, Sydney, 2001

“CrosseXXXaminations,” project, exhibition and performance, Artspace, Sydney, 1998. Director: Nicholas Tsoutas, supported by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council

“Mapping Difference”, First Draft West, Sydney, 1993

“Blink,” Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide 1991. Director: David O’Halloran

“Postiche,” Club Foote, Adelaide, 1991

“Possessed,” The Bullring Gallery, Jam Factory, Adelaide 1991

“Cy Mish Mash World,” Ealaine Gallery, Melbourne, 1990

“Body Use and Value,” Club Foote, Adelaide, 1990

“Bureau Group Exhibition,” Bureau Art Space, Brisbane, 1988

“AXIS-FILE: Sites of Disclosure,” Various public sites, New York; Arch Lane Public Art,

Brisbane; Qld Cultural Centre, Brisbane ,1988

“Belles Letters,” John Mills National, Brisbane, 1988

“Andrew Warhola Memorial Show,” Memorial Arch, Brisbane 1987 Performances and Readings

(Upcoming 2015) Barratt V and da Rimini F w Neha Spellfish, “the

oracle of drones”Transmétic”, Lewisham Arthouse, London, 22nd May 2015

Cryptocrystalline: Technomancy (divination) GOLD: Performative

reading, Cementa 15, Kandos, NSW 13th April 2015

“Dis(re)membering the Corpus”, poetry reading, Aesthetics After

Finitude, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art and Design, Sydney February 2015

“Wear the Wild Words,” a night of readings and wearable art, curated

by Dr. Moya Costello and Denise Rall, Lismore, 2013

Reading, Launch of “Text Journal Special Issue,” Berkelouw Books, Sydney, 2013

“ID runners at Artspace,” Live sound/video/computer mixing performance, Artspace, Sydney 2001

“@GetGen,” Performance Night, Artspace, Sydney, 1999

“Crossexxxaminations,” Artspace, Sydney, 1998

“Gothic Toxic,” Ms Wicked Melbourne, Prince of Wales Hotel, 1993

“Hysteric,” Surrealist Conference, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1993

“X,” Performance with Catherine Fargher, Performance Space, Sydney, 1992

“X/Invert,” Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1992

“Hysteric,” Experimenta Conference, Melbourne, 1992

“Rupture,” Performance/Video event, Club Foote, Adelaide, 1991

“Unbearable,” Heptad Heresies performance event, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 1991

“Fracture,” Gargoyle Mechanique Laboratory, New York and The Ark, London 1991

“Amerika, Amerika,” performer, music video clip, produced and directed by artist Tony Kastanos, 1990

“Breaking the Toy,” Performance/film event, Adelaide Festival Fringe, 1990

“Pleasure is Possible,” Solo Performance, Oblivion Performance Event, School of Arts, Brisbane1989

“Fire in the Heart,” Solo Performance, Work-to-Screen (Projecting Performance), Qld. College of Art, 1988

“Time’s Best Jewel” (with Adam Wolter), Work-to-Screen (Projecting

Performance), Qld. College of Art, 1988

“No Signal” (with Adam Wolter), Work-to-Screen (Projecting Performance), Qld. College of Art, 1988

“Portrait of the Artist Effecting a Cause,” (with Adam Boyd), Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1987

“Reading and writing and talking about…” (with Fiona Templeton), John Mills National, Brisbane; Memorial Arch, Brisbane, 1987

“Fine Fragments” with Clout Performance (produced and directed by

Tim Gruchy), Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Cement Box Theatre, Brisbane; Performance Space, Sydney, 1987

“Drowned History,” Solo Performance, Woop Woop National Performance Conference, Adelaide, 1987

“The Lethal Stage Triptych,” Solo Performance, Woop Woop National

Performance Conference, Adelaide; John Mills National, Brisbane, 1987

“Elegantly Composed,” Solo performance, Eyeline Magazine Launch, School of Arts, Brisbane, 1987

“Far Far Away,” (co-produced & directed with Michelle Andringa), Qld

Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane; Art(s) Now Symposium, Griffith University, Brisbane; Performance Event,

Community Arts Centre, Brisbane, 1987

“View to Spring (a visible fiction),” (co-produced & directed with

Michelle Andringa), Performance Week, That Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane, 1987

“Gun Crazy (ya gotta larf),” (co-produced & directed with Michelle

Andringa), Observatory Gallery, Brisbane, 1987

“Lonesome Coyotes,” (with Michelle Andringa), La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, 1984

“Fisch Klub” (with Michelle Andringa), La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, 1984

Curatorial Projects

“Monstrous_Gorgeous,” exhibition and performance season, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 19

Co-Curator (with VNS Matrix), “Future Languages,” forums, workshop,

artists talks, online installation, video screening, 1994 Adelaide Festival Artists Week, Adelaide March 1994

“The Great Australian Science Show,” Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne 1993

“Tekno Viscera,” Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1993

“IMA Performance Season One,” Institute of Modern Art, 1987

“Performance Season Two,” John Mills National, Brisbane, 1987

“Performance Season One,” John Mills National, Brisbane, 1987

Creative Partnerships

Partner: Queer Fruits Film Festival 2009-2012

Founding Partner, VNS Matrix: 1991-1997

Director: John Mills National Gallery 1986-1987

Selected Committees and Groups

Word of Mouth (Lesbian Visual Arts Collective), Coordinating Committee 1993 – 2000

Australian Network for Art and Technology, Honorary Lifetime Member 1992

Third International Symposium on Electronic Art (TISEA) 1991-1992

TISEA Performance Committee – chair

TISEA Coordinating Committee – committee member

International Directory of Electronic Art (France), Editorial Advisor, 1992

Computer Graphics;, The Origins (Netherlands), Editorial Committee,1992

Artists Week Committee, Adelaide Festival, 1992

Frames Festival of Film and Video, Film Selection Committee,1991

Second International Symposium on Electronic Art International

Program Committee,

Committee member, 1990

Artlink Magazine, Editorial Committee, 1989-1990

Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Foundation Member, 1985-1989

Treasurer 1985-1988; Committee member 1988-1989

 

 

Selected Employment History

 

2002 – 2005

Multimedia Arts, Lecturer Level A, Bachelor of Arts, Southern Cross

University, Lismore

Lecturing, Tutoring, Unit Materials, Marking, Supervision

 

2001 – 2009

Bucketmedia, Director

Multimedia development + production company

 

1998 –

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Data Services

Database, Web Design and Maintenance, Project Management.

 

2001 – 2002

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Merchandise Manager

 

1999-2001

School of Communication, Media + Design, University of Western

Sydney, Nepean

Computer Studies Tutor Level 6

Tutoring, Lab Teaching, Marking

 

1998 – Jan 1999

The ALSO Foundation, Melbourne

Event Production Manager

 

1994

Researcher + manuscript co-author

With Dr Zoe Sofoulis

Double Agents: women, art and technology (unpublished).

 

1993

Master of FIne Art External Assessor

Linda Dement – NSW University College of Fine Art

Moira Corby – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

 

1991-1996

The ALSO Foundation

Promotions Manager & Designer, Volunteer Coordinator

 

1989 – 1992

Executive Officer

Australian Network for Art & Technology, Adelaide

 

1991 – 1997

Founding Partner, Artist, Administrator

VNS MATRIX*, Women’s multimedia production collective

 

1989 – 1991

Assessor

Art Research & Development Fund, Australian Network for Art and

Technology

 

1986-1987

Director (with Adam Boyd)

John Mills National, Artist Run Space

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