Kiesler Prize 2000

Laureate of the 2nd Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2000: JUDITH BARRY


Judith Barry was nominated by an international jury chaired by Peter Noever (Austria) and made up of Massimiliano Fuksas (Italy), Zaha Hadid (Great Britain), Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani (Switzerland), and Peter Weibel. The jury was especially concerned with coming up to Frederick Kiesler’s innovative and experimental attitude. By nominating Judith Barry, the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts has been opened to multi-disciplinary and exploratory endeavors transcending the boundaries between traditional disciplines.

In her multimedia installations, video productions, and theoretical writings, Judith Barry investigates the complex mutual influences between human beings, architecture, and the media. Architecture, as a mass medium, has an impact on social behavior. It reveals the relation to the world one lives in. With her work, Judith Barry aims at the interrelation between human vision, historical memory, and architectural perception. In this regard, her interest focuses especially on the use and construction of private and public spaces. She employs a variety of techniques: video and slide projection, computer graphics, surveillance techniques, and other forms of electronic communication constitute a field where the visual arts, architecture, and urbanism intersect.

Manifold conceptual threads connect Judith Barry’s theoretical and artistic endeavors with Frederick Kiesler’s work. A number of links are to be found concerning Kiesler’s visionary ‘correalistic’ theory, which is centered around an investigation of the continuous interrelation between people and their natural and technological surroundings. Judith Barry reinforces this tendency by transforming the spectator into a equally productive and interactive object of her work.

The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize 2000 will be presented by Dr. Michael Häupl, Mayor of the City of Vienna and Dr. Peter Marboe, Vienna Executive City Councellor for Cultural Affairs in the City Hall on November 23rd, 2000 at 5 p.m.


Kiesler Prize Jury 2000



Judith Barry was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1954. Her education includes training in architecture, art, literature, film theory and computer graphics. She studied at the University of California in Berkeley and received her artistic education (MA Communication Arts, Computer Graphics) at the New York Institute of Technology. She also writes critical essays and fiction and has contributed to a number of contemporary art publications. Judith Barry lives and works in New York.

Selected Solo Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings

2000: The terror and the possibilities in the things not seen, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1998: The terror and possibilities in the things not seen, Luis Serpa Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
1996: Au bout des lèvres, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
1992: Imagination, Dead Imagine, Model for Stage and Screen, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
The Work of the Forest, Fondation pour l’architecture, Brussels, Belgium
1991: Public Fantasy, 4 installations and the publication of “Public Fantasy”, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
1988: Loie Fuller: Dance of Colors, Nouvelles Scènes, Dijon, Biennale de la Danse, Lyon, (Performance with Brygida Ochaim)
1986: Echo, Projects 2, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1982: Ideology/Praxis, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings

2001: Offical USA representative to Cairo Biennale, Egypt
2000: Commission of New Work, Palacio de los Condes de Gaba, Granada, Spain
7th Biennale of Venice, International Exhibition in Architecture, Venice, Italy
INsite2OOO, San Diego, USA
Vision Machine, Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France
Around 1984, PS 1, New York, USA
1998: Voices, Witte de With, Rotterdam and MIRO Foundation, Barcelona
Body Mecanique, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus/Ohio, USA
1997: “Coleccion de arte contemporaneo”, Fundacion ‘la Caixa’, San Esteban, Spain
InSite ’97, San Diego/Tijuana, USA/Mexico
1996: Urban Evidence, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
1994: 22. Internationale Biennale von Sao Paulo, Brasil
Multiple Dimensions, Belem Cultural Center, Lissabon, Portugal
1993: Le Génie du Lieu, L’Usine Fromage, Rouen, Frankreich
Biennale of Nagoya, Nagoya Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
Seven Rooms, Seven Shows, PS 1- Long Island City, USA
Air Alexander, Kunst Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1991: Ars Memoriae Carnegiensis, The Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA
Imagination Dead, Imagine Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, Spain
1990: Depense: A Museum of Loss, TSWA Four Cities Project, Glasgow, Scotland
1989: Forest of Signs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
1988: Aperto, La XLIII Biennale da Venezia, Venice, Italy
Maelstrom: Max Laughs, Expanded Forms, Whitney Museum, New York, USA
1987: First and Third, Whitney Biennale, New York, USA
1983: Scenes and Conventions-Artists’ Architecture, ICA, London, UK
1982: Vision in Disbelief, 4th Biennale of Sydney, Australia

LINE (book award) (1978)
The New York Foundation for the Arts, emerging forms fellowship (1988, 1990, 1997)
The New York State Council on the Arts (1988)
Art Matters (1988, 1989)
The National Endowment for the Arts, artists fellowship (1989)
Wexner Center for the Arts Residency in Video (1996)