About

After gaining my BA (Hons) in Fine Art  at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London and my PhD and Teaching Accreditation by Portfolio both  from the University of Kent at Canterbury, I joined the Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty at Portsmouth University in November 2006, where I lecture in the School of Media and Performing Arts on various aspects of Media Studies and Digital Culture . My specialist subjects are emergent media, cyber/digital culture, cybersexualities,  robots, deviant leisure, media networks, visual culture, art practice and the digital future. I am also interested in notions of creativity and interdisciplinarity, and exploring approaches as to how practice informs theory. I also continue to follow traditional Fine Art practice with ongoing paintings, drawings, installations and film making as well as continuing writing articles on research. My early Fine Art degree installation using Virtual Reality to explore sexuality in 1992 is cited as a notable example of its time by Professor Steve Dixon (2007) in Digital Performance: A History of New Media Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation. MA USA. MIT Press. I have lectured, published and broadcast world wide for the past 20 years on my interests.

trudy-7Photo: Russell Squires.

Published work.

Barber, T. (2010) Virtual identity and explorations of sexuality: ’Stephanie is Wired: who shall turn him on?’ in Pullen C and Cooper M (Eds) LGBT Identity and New Online Media. Routledge New York. Pp 231 – 243.

Barber, T. (2009) ‘Kinky Borgs and Sexy Robots: the fetish, fashion and discipline of Seven of Nine’. In Geraghty L. (Ed) Future Visions: Key Science Fiction and Fantasy Television Texts. Scarecrow Press.  Pp 133 – 148.

Barber, T. (2004) Deviation as Key to Innovation: Understanding a Culture of the Future. In the Foresight Journal. Vol. 6 No. 3. Pp 141-152. Emerald Publishing. Cambridge.  Winner of the ‘Award for Excellence: Outstanding Paper’ by the Literati Club, Emerald Publishing (2005).

Barber, T. (2004) A Pleasure Prophesy: Predictions for the Sex Tourist of the Future.  In Waskul D. (Ed).  Net/SeXXX: Sex Pornography and the Internet. Peter Lang. New York.  Pp 323 – 336.

Mackay, J.(2000) The Penguin Atlas Of Human Sexual Behaviour: Myriad Editions. USA:  Credited consultant for Atlas chapter on the Future of Sex.

Barber, T. (1999) Virtual Mentalities, Sexual Physicalities. Final chapter in Wood, D. (Ed) Body Probe: Mutating physical boundaries. Creation Books. London. Pp 186 – 189.

Conference Proceedings.

Barber, T. Cooke, H. and Woodroffe E. (2009) CDPT Mash-up 360. A Cauldron of Creativity: Outcomes from the University of Portsmouth Event. In Hemmungs-Wirtén  Eva and Ryman, Maria (Eds) Mashing-up Culture. The Rise of User-generated Content. Proceedings from the COUNTER workshop. Uppsala University Press. Pp 46 – 63.

Barber, T. (2004) ‘Intel Inside’ : exploring the innovative predilections of ‘Master R.’ Proceedings of the European Federation of Sexology Congress. Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Vol. 19 Supplement. Brunner Routledge. P61.

Papers/invited speaker

Sheffield University: AISB Symposium on Artificial Sexuality : For the Love of Artifice (extended version) (April 2016)

Virtual Futures Salon London: Panelist for ‘F***king Machines with Luke Robert Mason. (November 2015)

University of Portsmouth: Between Craft and Code CCI Symposium: Presentation: Digital Processes and Creative Intimacy. (April 2015)

University of Sunderland, London Campus : Onscenity: Sexual Cultures 2. Academia meets Activism. Paper presented: Artifice and the Future of Eroticism. (April 2015)

Goldsmith University London: AISB50 Conference symposium: Love and Sex with Robots. Paper presented: For The Love of Artifice. (April 2014)

Warwick University: Computer Fetishism and Sexual Futurology: exposing the impact  of arousal on technologies of cyberspace. Presentation for Virtual Futures 2.0: bringing back the cult cyber conferences. (June 2011)

Portsmouth City Museum: Sexy Cyborgs and Macho Moms: exploring women in contemporary science fiction: Part of the Alien Invasion exhibition (December 2010)

University of Sussex Research Seminar. Invited speaker for department of Media and Film. (December 2009)

Abandon Normal Devices.  Film and Digital Culture Festival Liverpool.  Invited speaker at Salon presentation and discussion. The singularity, sex and post human pleasure: Exploring the ‘normal’ in the desire of techno-fetishism. Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) Liverpool. (September 2009)

Uppsala University Sweden. Presented paper. CDPT Mash-up 360. A Cauldron of Creativity: Outcomes from the University of Portsmouth Event. Mashing-up Culture. The Rise of User-generated Content. A COUNTER Worskshop. (May 2009)

University of Brighton: Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network Annual Conference. Presented Paper ‘New’ media, modders, innovation and transgender: customising your sex online and offline.  (September 2008)

Royal Society of Medicine, London. Invited speaker for ‘Pleasures Symposium’ – requested title by organiser Dr. Kevan Wylie or The Porterbrook Clinic, Sheffield Hallam University and  World Association of Sexologists: ‘Can Cybersex ever be really pleasurable’? (February 2008)

Portsmouth Screen 07. Invited plenary speaker on New Media and online video streaming for the city festival of film and screen based media. (November 2007)

Media Arts and Design Bedford University. Invited speaker for research seminar series. (2007)

MRCS Conference, Ireland. Cybersex: Uses and Abuses on the Internet. Paper presentation: What can happen in Cyberspace? Dublin (2005).

Keynote address: Jyväskylä Polytechnic International Conference, Finland, theme: Sexuality in a Virtual World. – A threat or an opportunity in promoting sexual health? Invited as keynote speaker: ‘Taking the advantages, avoiding the threats: How to make the most of a virtual world.’  (2004).

Surrey University: Department of Sociology: Invited to present a ‘Future Sex Manifesto’ for: ‘Futures of Feminist Science and Technology Studies’. Seminar series (2004).

Chair: European Federation of Sexology: Chair for Internet session Theme: Sex and Computer Mediated Communications:  Integrating Computer Technology with Intimacy and Relationships for the 21st Century.  Conference in Brighton.  Also presented paper: ‘Intel Inside’: Exploring the Innovative Predilections of ‘Master R’ (2004).

ESRC: University of Hull Department of Sociology and Anthropology Lecture: Cybersex and Adult ‘Digiplay’: Introducing Novel Forms of Cyberculture (2004).

University of Essex. Chimera Institute for Socio-technical Innovation and Research: Seminar presentation in association with BT Exact:  Computer Fetishism and Sexual Futurology (2004).

University of Salford: Arts and New Media dept. Two and a half hour Lecture on Teledildonics (2004). ESRC: Manchester University ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) paper presentation: ‘Turning On’ to Leisure with Pleasure:  Exploring unusually innovative experiences of ‘adult digiplay’ (2004).

World Creative Forum, London Design Week:  Invited speaker on Panel. Exploring the impact of creativity on business and society (2003).

Ideas in Cyberspace Education (ICE): Paper presentation: ‘Reading’ cyberspace: the fetishising of information from an online environment? Edinburgh University Conference at Higham Hall, Penrith (2002).

The Porterbrook Lecture: Presentation on Cybersex and the Internet for the Porterbrook Clinic, Sheffield (2002).

The ‘Friends of St. Bride’ (graphic design and printing) first annual conference: Paper presentation: ‘Cybersex text’ . London (2002).

Chair: 6th. European Congress of Sexology: Presented paper and chaired symposia. Limassol Cyprus (2002).

British Association of Sex and Relationship Therapists (BASRT) Conference: 2 hour presentation ‘Cyberculture and cybersex: an Introduction’ Loughborough University (2002).

ESRC: Virtual Methods: Presented paper ‘ Embedded Fetishism and the Revelations of a Cyberdominatrix’ at the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (CRICT) Brunel University, London (2001).

London University: On-Line Education & Training: Presentation and discussion title: Cyberspace, telepresence and communication: a journey from Virtual Reality to the Internet. Department of Education, London University (2001).

Chair: 15th. World Congress Of Sexology: Presentation of research work and Symposium Chair. Paris (2001).

University of Kent at Canterbury:  Lecture for undergraduate students in Culture Studies. Title: Cybersex: An Introduction (2001).

Cybersalon at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA): Panel discussion on cybersex at London (2000).

BSA: ‘New Directions In Social Research’, Nottingham University: Presented paper for the postgraduate conference (2000).

Millennium Lectures: At various venues in Kent for winter/spring 2000 (Lecture title: From Canvas to Cyberspace).

Art and Technology Symposium: Gave lecture to Central Saint Martins College of Art undergraduates in their seminar week of cultural studies. London (1997).

World Wide Virtual Reality Conference : San Francisco Conference, ‘Silicon Valley’ U.S.A. Invited to give paper on cybersex: ‘Coming to terms with the sexual ghost in virtual space’ (1997).

Pleasures Unbound: Lecture: ‘Cybersex the New Creative Fetish’ at the Coventry Gallery London (1995).

Embodied Knowledge & Virtual Space: Conference. Presented paper at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1995)

Virtual Futures: Cyberevolution: Conference: Presented paper ‘Sexual Technicians and Computer Fetishists’ at the University of Warwick, Coventry (1995). http://virtualfutures.co.uk/archive/vf1995/

Art, Gender and Technology: Symposium in Toronto, Canada by Public Access. Gave seminar concerning Sexual Technicians, Computer Fetishists and Scientific Artists (1995).

McLuhan Institute: Live ISDN cyberconference link/interview(CU-CME) with the Institute from London to Toronto, Canada (1995).

I.C.A (Institute of Contemporary Arts): Symposium on the ‘Virtual Body’ in London. Presentation of work (1994).

Los Angeles International Art Fair: LA in California USA. Presentation of VR work (1993).

Erotica 1993: Erotic symposium in Bologna, Italy. Took part in panel with Frederico Fellini and presented seminar on ‘Future Sex’ (1993).

Other work:

I am also a traditional figurative artist – work can be seen here: http://trudybarberarts.blogspot.co.uk/

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