Barbier, Annette, and Drew Browning
Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.
Browning and Barbier have collaborated, on and off, since the mid 1970's. Although they don't always work together, they have many skills and concerns in common, and living together magnifies and intensifies their shared ideas. They both grew out of an art context which was closing the door on structuralism and minimalism. Working in video at the time made them automatically iconoclasts: crusaders for a populist, political, anti-establishment stance in art, using a medium which most artists and art professionals saw only as "cheap film" if they saw it at all. They were dedicated to the proposition that cutting edge art was not content poured into the container of a medium, but rather an investigation of the new possibilities that a new medium offered. They have continued to probe the potential that new technologies make available, believing that original content arises from a dialogue between an artist and a medium. In addition, this dialogue need not need not be solely between the "Artist" and the medium; authorship can be extended to the viewer, making her a participant, through instruments like microphones and video cameras, and more recently computers, biofeedback devices, dna scans, etc.