George Barber

A pioneer of British video art, once described in Art Monthly as ‘the Henry Ford of independent video’, George Barber was a founding member of ZG Magazine and a leading figure in the Scratch Video phenomenon of the 1980s.

Moving away from Scratch in the early '90s, Barber created many lo-tech video pieces and was influential in defining the then emergent ‘slacker' aesthetic. Narrative is at the centre of much of his work, whether deconstructing it as in Scratch, or creating humorous and absurd situations to find existential meaning in the margins of modern life.

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