Becka Barker, an interdisciplinary artist of settler ancestry, uses moving images, drawing, language, and participatory performance as strategies for exploring the influences of geography and mediated communication on identity. A defining feature of her work is the inclusion 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), Nocturne Art at Night (Halifax), Images Festival (Toronto), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), KunstDoc Art Gallery (Seoul), Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, eyelevel gallery (Halifax), and Echo Park Film Centre (Los Angeles). She has been regular part-time faculty at NSCAD University since 2005.
Becka has also been actively involved in educational research since earning her Master's of Education in 2010 from the Univeristy of Calgary. Her research interests find her at the intersections of multiliteracies, media art education, language teaching pedagogy, and studio-based learning in academic educational contexts. 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
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)