Littoral Art and Communicative Action
Littoral Art and Communicative Action traces the development of Bruce Barber’s work from the mid-1990s to the present. Through essays, artist’s statements, interviews and with a concluding “squat” intervention by Gregory Sholette, the book presents a theoretically sophisticated version of community art that focuses on the practices of gift giving and communicative action as means to foster progressive social and cultural transformation.
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Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.
Professor and Director, Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College Art and Design, University of Halifax, Canada
Bruce Barber is Professor and Director of the MFA Program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. He has exhibited and published extensively and internationally since the early 1970s. He is editor of Essays on [Performance] and Cultural Politicization (1983), Conceptual Art: The NSCAD Connection 1967-1973 (2001), Condé and Beveridge: Class Works (2008), and co-editor with Serge Guilbaut and John O’Brien of Voices of Fire: Art, Rage, Power and the State (1996). A two-volume set of his writings has been published as Performance, [Performance] and Performers (2007) and his most recent book is Trans/Actions: Art, Film and Death (2009). Retrospective catalogues of his artwork have been published as Reading Rooms (1992) and Bruce Barber: Works 1970-2008 (2010).
Marc James Léger is an artist and independent scholar living in Montreal. He holds an MA in Art History from Concordia University and a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. He has published numerous essays in critical cultural theory, including the first study of the aesthetic theories of Henri Lefebvre, published in Marxism and the History of Art (2006). He is editor of Bruce Barber’s collected essays and interviews, Performance, [Performance] and Performers (2007), as well as Culture and Contestation in the New Century (2011). He is author of Brave New Avant Garde (2012) and of The Neoliberal Undead (2013), both by Zero Books.
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