Becka Barker is an artist of settler ancestry who uses moving images, drawing, the English language, participatory performance, and collaboration in her work. Through these strategies, she explores intersections of geography, memory, and mediated communication.
A defining feature of her work is the use of hand-crafted processes, such as hand-processed analogue motion picture film and rotoscoped animation, as a media art methodology. She uses film and video frames as a starting point to develop an intimate relationship with visual increments as a way of considering relationships among knowledge, learning, and experience.
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 2008-2012.
Becka’s educational research interests find her at the intersections of discourses on studio-based learning, multiliteracies, 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 (with collaborator Gerard Choy, 2016), STLHE (2017), and SAS (panellist, 2018).
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)