Stephen Barber’s books have been acclaimed as ‘brilliant, profound and provocative’ by The Times newspaper, and he has been called ‘a writer of real distinction’ and ‘the most dangerous man in Europe’ by The Independent newspaper. The Sunday Times newspaper hailed his books as ‘exhilarating and disquieting’.
He has been awarded many grants, awards and prizes for his work, by such international bodies as the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Program), the Henkel Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the DAAD Programme, the Leverhulme Trust, the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Japan Foundation, the Saison Foundation, the Daiwa Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among many others.
Stephen has a PhD from the University of London, awarded in 1990. Over the past twenty-eight years, he has been a professor and arts researcher at universities and art schools in many countries, such as the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, the Berlin University of the Arts, the IMEC Institute in Paris, and the University of Tokyo. From October 2012 to September 2015, he was an Invited Fellow at the Berlin Free University’s International Research Centre in Interweaving Performance Cultures. He is currently a Research Professor at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London.
From 1990 to 2019, he has published twenty-eight books (twenty-one non-fiction books and seven fiction books), along with two co-edited books, one co-authored book, and one book of translations. His published books are: Antonin Artaud: Blows and Bombs (1993: Faber & Faber UK, Farrar Straus & Giroux USA, Chicago University Press USA), Fragments of the European City (1995: Reaktion UK/USA), Weapons of Liberation (1996: Faber & Faber UK, Farrar Straus & Giroux USA), Edmund White: The Burning World (1999: Picador UK, St Martin’s Press USA), Artaud: The Screaming Body (1999: Chicago University Press USA/UK), Caligula: Divine Carnage (co-authored with Jeremy Reed: 2001, Solar UK/USA), Tokyo Vertigo (2001, new version 2011: Chicago University Press USA/UK), Extreme Europe (2001: Reaktion UK/USA), Projected Cities (2002: Reaktion UK/USA), Annihilation Zones (2002: Creation UK/USA), Genet: Pages Torn from the Book of Jean Genet (2004: Reaktion UK/USA), The Art of Destruction (2004: Solar UK/USA), The Vanishing Map (2006: Bloomsbury UK/USA), Hijikata: Revolt of the Body (2006: Chicago University Press USA/UK), Tokyo Sodom (2006: Creation UK/USA), Tokyo Slaughterhouse (2007: Creation UK/USA), Tokyo Supernova (2007: Creation UK/USA), London Eyes (co-edited with Gail Cunningham: 2007: Berghahn UK/USA), Artaud: Terminal Curses (2008: Chicago University Press USA/UK), The Tokyo Trilogy (compendium edition of the three Tokyo novels: 2008: Creation UK/USA), Cities of Oblivion (2009: FF Publishers USA/UK), Abandoned Images (2010: Reaktion UK/USA), The Walls of Berlin: Urban Surfaces, Art, Film (2011: Chicago University Press USA/UK), Muybridge: The Eye in Motion (2012: Chicago University Press USA/UK), England’s Darkness (2012: Sun Vision Press USA/UK), Pasolini: The Massacre Game (co-edited with Anna Battista: 2012: Sun Vision Press USA/UK), Artaud: The Anatomy of Cruelty (compendium edition of the three books on Artaud: 2013: Sun Vision Press USA), Performance Projections (2014: Reaktion UK/USA), Pierre Guyotat: Revolutions and Aberrations (2016: Vauxhall & Company UK), Berlin Bodies (2017: Reaktion UK/USA), Thatcher’s Tomb (2018: Infinity Land Press UK), Artaud 1937 Apocalypse (translations: 2018: Infinity Land Press UK), White Noise Ballrooms (2018: Diaphanes Germany/Switzerland/USA) and Film’s Ghosts: Tatsumi Hijikata’s Butoh and the Transmutation of 1960s Japan (2019: Diaphanes Germany/Switzerland/USA).
Stephen is now working on two new books, The Projectionists: Muybridge and the Future Projections of the Moving Image and The Heart of the Wasteland, both to be published in 2020-21.
His books have been translated into many languages, such as Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish.
He has also written many short texts for magazines, essay collections and arts publications, worldwide.
Stephen has travelled very widely for his work and has lived in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and London, among other cities. He currently lives in Berlin and in Glastonbury.