Becka Barker is an artist of settler ancestry who uses moving images, drawing, language, and participatory performance as strategies for exploring geography and mediated communication on collective identity. A defining feature of her work is the use of hand-crafted processes as a media art methodology.
Becka’s work has been exhibited at venues such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Seoul’s EXiS (winner 2007, Best International Film), Images Festival (Toronto), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), KunstDoc Art Gallery (Seoul), Echo Park Film Centre (Los Angeles), Toronto Animated Images Society, WNDX (Winnipeg), and Struts Gallery (Sackville, NB). Her work has been supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and Halifax Regional Municipality. She has been regular part-time faculty at NSCAD University since 2005 and was visiting foreign faculty in the Film and Animation Department at SoonChunHyang University in South Korea from 2009-2012.
Becka’s educational research interests find her at the intersections of discourses on studio-based learning, multiliteracies, media art education, and language teaching pedagogy. She has shared her work at KOTESOL Pan-Asian Consortium (2010), TESL Canada (2012), CSEA/CAGE (2013), NSATA (2013, 2014), DCUTL (2016), AWELL (2014, 2016), UAAC (2016), and STLHE (2017).
in the news
Halifax Explosion Impact and Aftermath Featured in Films (The Chronicle Herald)
AFCOOP Marks 40 Years at HIFF (Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design's Becka Barker Discusses the Past, the Present, and the Future at NSCAD (Bonnie Boglioli, Animation Career Review)
Becka Barker's The Hundred-Eyed Satellite (Stephanie Johns, The Coast)
10 Things to See at Nocturne: Art at Night (Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald)
Barker's 'Evolution,' Tracey's 'Ninja' win Joy Awards (The Chronicle Herald)
The Evolution of the Evolution of Max (Ainslie Ross, NSCAD University News)