Art for the Human Event: The Anthropocene and Media(S)cene

“Hot Planet, Cool Media,” mixed-media painting by Barry Vacker and Liza Samuel; 3 panels, 6 feet x 10 feet. Developed as part of the “Media(S)cene” exhibit for the 2019 Media Ecology Association Conference. Hosted at the University of Toronto (June 27–29). Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.

The Human “Event”

Explore, Expand, Explode

Panorama of part of the “Media(S)cene” installation, located in the atrium of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto, site of the 2019 Media Ecology Conference. Pictured: Barry Vacker. Julia Hildebrand was unable to attend. Photo: Gail Bower, 2019, used with permission.
Some of the visitors to the Media(S)cene installation. Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.
“Message of Electric Light,” graphic design by Barry Vacker and Sara Falco, 2019; two panels, 3 feet x 10 feet. Images owned by Barry Vacker.

Electric Light: Media for the Human Event

Consistent with our belief that art must not be limited to the gallery or museum, a version of the “Message of Electric Light” served as the backdrop for the speakers at the Philadelphia Climate Strike; Photos: Barry Vacker, 2019.

Implosion: Total Media Environment

“Space Station Anthropocene (LA at Night),” mixed-media painting by Barry Vacker and Liza Samuel; acrylic with pumice. 3 panels, 6 feet x 10 feet. Developed for the Media Ecology Association Conference, University of Toronto (June 27–29 2019). Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.
Close-up of “Space Station Anthropocene (LA at Night);” image taken from International Space Station, NASA. Image printed on stretched canvas painted black (acrylic and pumice). Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.
Painted with a putty knife, the goal was to convey electrified energy and movement. Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.

The Heart of the Anthropocene — ”Hot Media”

“Hot and Cool Media,” two panels, printed and stretched canvas. 4 feet x 5 feet. Concept: Julia Hildebrand and Barry Vacker. Graphic design: Vacker, Hildebrand, and Sara Falco, 2019. Photo: Gaill Bower, 2019, used with permission.

“Cool Media” — Eyes of the Human Species

“Hot and Cool Media,” two panels, printed and stretched canvas. 4’ x 5’. Concept: Julia Hildebrand and Barry Vacker. Graphic design: Vacker, Hildebrand, and Sara Falco, 2019. Photo by Gail Bower, 2019, used with permission.
“Hot Planet, Cool Media,” mixed-media painting by Barry Vacker and Liza Samuel; acrylic with pumice; 3 panels, 6 feet x 10 feet. Developed for the Media Ecology Association Conference, University of Toronto (June 27–29 2019). Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.

Cool Media on a Hot Planet

Paint texture on “Hot Planet, Cool Media.” Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.
Rope Over Abyss (Nietzsche’s Telescope),” five panels, mixed-media and acrylic with pumice. 6 feet x 18 feet. Concept: Barry Vacker and Julia M. Hildebrand. Painting: Barry Vacker and Liza Samuel. June 2019. Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.

Layers of Media: “Big Strata”

Close up of the Hubble Space Telescope in “Rope Over Abyss (Nietzsche’s Telescope).” Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.
“Hello From the Children of Planet Earth,” Mixed media with acrylic and pumice on stretched canvas; Hubble Deep Field image. 4 feet x 5’ feet. Full-size replica of the NASA Voyager Golden Record. Concept by Julia Hildebrand and Barry Vacker, canvas by Barry Vacker and Liza Samuel. June 2019. Photo: Barry Vacker, 2019.

“Hello From the Children of Planet Earth”

The Golden Record on Voyager. NASA, 1977, image in the public domain.

Theorist of big spaces and big ideas. Writer and mixed-media artist. Existentialist w/o the angst. PhD: Univ of Texas at Austin.

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