Barbara Zeigler




University of British Columbia, Canada


Barbara Zeigler is an artist and associate professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and supervisor of the UBC Printmedia Research Centre. With printmedia as a primary focus, she also works in drawing, video, installation, and public art. Her work investigates social and political issues related to human and non-human life and the overlap of image and ideology in divergent forms of representation. Ongoing research confronts issues of ecological degradation in marine and freshwater habitats and how individual and collective identity are manifest through land use and abuse.

Zeigler's artworks have been widely exhibited internationally and also featured in publications such as the Printmaking at the Edge, Richard Noyce; The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection, Lynn Allen and Phyllis McGibbon: and Print Voice: Precarious Balance, Walter Jule, ed.

Barbara received her BFA and MFA from the University of Illinois (C-U) in the USA; studied in Munich, Germany at the Akademie der bildenden KÅnste and the UniversitÑt MÅnchen. She has also taught at the University of Illinois, and in Canada at the University of Alberta, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Queen's University.

Paper title

Marina Roy's Apartment


Apartment, a 58-minute 2009 animation by Marina Roy, addresses a timely posthumanist scenario confronting an array of social and political issues related to gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and human and non-human life. In her exploration of the intersection of image, ideology, and language, she examines how images and language produce meaning. She brings to light ideologies that continue to perpetuate the existing status quo and texts that may assist in affecting change. Roy's Apartment loosely references Georges Perec's 1978 novel Life: A User's Manual (La Vie mode d'emploi). In Perec's novel, he leads the reader through the rooms of a Parisian apartment building, employing the concept of a knight's tour on the grid of a chessboard. Similarly, Roy's animation is comprised of 100 vignettes that unfold in a labyrinth of interconnecting rooms and stories, but her apartment building in an indeterminate space. Notions of boundaries, transgression, and contamination are explored, as are concepts of liminality, abjection, trauma, and binary oppositions such as interior/exterior, nature/culture, rational/emotional, mind/body, man/woman, and civilized/savage. The interior and exterior spaces created are fluid. The viewer experiences laughter and discomfort often simultaneously, as plants and animals slowly engulf the deteriorating apartments and the residents succumb to a mysterious virus. Concepts of numerous theorists are referenced visually, and through the animation's sound track produced by Graham Meisner.


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm




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