John F. Barber, PhD
The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington, USA
I (John Barber) am a scholar and sound artist based in Vancouver, Washington, USA. I convene with The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. My scholarship, teaching, and creative endeavors focus on Digital Humanities and sound art as both research and creative practice.
My work in Digital Humanities is largely guided by the research question "How might digital technologies facilitate the collection, organization, and presentation of information and narrative structures?" One answer is digital archiving and curation. My interest in the temporality of writing led me to develop and curate Brautigan Bibliography and Archive (www.brautigan.net), the preeminent resource on the life and writings of American author Richard Brautigan. Two books, Richard Brautigan: An Annotated Bibliography (McFarland, 1990) and Richard Brautigan: Essays on the Writings and Life (McFarland, 2007), are offshoots of this work. I have contributed essays regarding Brautigan to The Honest Ulsterman, Postwar Literature 1945-1970: Research Guide to American Literature, Encyclopedia of Beat Literature, and various international literary journals. Learn more.
My interest in the temporality of sound guides a large part of my research, scholarship, and teaching. I produce sound art and other digital works as examples of my scholarship and creative expression inspired by that research. As a sound artist, I explore sound-based narratives. I am interested in radio art—or "transmission art," based on the interaction with the transmission technologies of radio—and sound art as they provide opportunities for sounds from various sources and cultures to create and sustain new narrative strategies and subvert historical media conventions. Learn more.
My creative radio and sound art work has been broadcast internationally, and featured in juried exhibitions in America, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and United Arab Emirates. Learn more.
I began my academic career exploring the use of computer technology to facilitate the teaching and learning of writing. New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways for Writing about and in Electronic Environments (2001, John Barber and Dene Grigar, eds. Hampton Press), focuses on the future of writing following its move into electronic spaces. I contributed chapters focusing on the use of mediated, electronic environments as sites for meaningful human interaction to Texts and Technology, The Online Writing Classroom, Electronic Networks, High Wired, and Studies in Technical Communication. My essays have been published in peer reviewed print journals like Readerly Writerly Text, Works and Days, Pre/Text, Leonardo Digital Reviews, Fine Art Forum, and Kairos.
My current focus is Digital Humanities (archiving and curating) and radio and sound art. I have contributed chapters to Doing Digital Humanities, Vol. 2, and Contexts, Forms, and Practices of Electronic Literature. My essays have appeared in MATLIT (Materialities of Literature), Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, and Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Please consult my current CV (below) for information about my scholarly and creative productivity in these areas.
On a personal note, I think of myself as dynamically involved in the process of becoming. I manage life efficiently, pay my bills on time, and am acclaimed for my ability to prepare extraordinary four-course meals using only yogurt and granola. I have navigated the Mississippi River, walked the Great Wall of China, and spoken with Captain America (of Easy Rider, not Marvel comics). Learn more.
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