Annette Barbier is an artist whose work began in sculpture and moved through video to new technologies including computer animation, virtual reality, and net art. Her work addresses home, domesticity, and the ways in which identity is bound up with one's environment.
Barbier graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA. She dropped out of college to spend a year in France which was formative in making issues of home, culture and identity central to her work. Years later, a Fulbright lectureship in India with a 3 year old child confirmed the importance of travel in questioning one's conceptions about the world, and resulted in a travel diary tape. More recent work is growing from a profoundly moving trip to Vietnam in 2003.
Barbier is Director of the Center for Art and Technology and an Associate Professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches new media, computer animation, video installation, and experimental video. Selected video work is distributed by Video Data Bank
Barbier lives on the edge of a Cook County forest preserve with her artist husband Drew Browning. She takes inspiration from this close connection to the natural environment, frequently spotting coyote, hawks, waterfowl, songbirds, and deer.