Jean-Baptiste Barrière (FR) is a composer and multi media artist.
Jean-Baptiste Barrière studied music, art history, philosophy and mathematical logic. Parallel to composition, he made a career at IRCAM/Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, where he was first researcher starting 1981, then directed Musical Research, Education, and finally Production. In 1998, he left IRCAM to concentrate on his compositions.
The computer piece Chréode (1983) won the Prix de la Musique Numérique of the Concours International de Musique Electro-acoustique of Bourges in 1983 (published by Wergo). He also composed the music of 100 Objects to Represent the World, a show by Peter Greenaway presented at the Salzburg festival in 1997, which was performed all around the world.
Since 1996, Barrière has composed the music of several virtual reality pieces by Maurice Benayoun: Worldskin in 1997 which won the Ars Electronica Interactive Art Prize in 1998; the Tunnel Paris-New Delhi in 1998 presented in Cité des Sciences in Paris and in India, Crossing Talks in 1999 at the InterCommunication Center of NTT in Tokyo; in 2000 Art Impact at the Pompidou Center in Paris, and Labylogue with Jean-Pierre Balpe for the automatic generation of the text, in Brussels, Dakar and Lyon; SoSoSo in 2002, at the ZKM of Karlsruhe; Cosmopolis in 2005 in Shanghai and touring all over China.
Barrière also created the musical environment of Planet of Visions, a pavillion conceived by François Schuitten for the World Expo 2000 in Hannover. He has conceived and directed the realization of the CD-ROM Prisma, the musical universe of Kaija Saariaho, which won the Grand Prix Multimédia Charles Cros 2000, and he realizes regularly 'visual concerts' on her music, for instance for the opera L'Amour de loin, played in Berlin and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in March 2006.
Barrière has also realized Autoportrait in motion, a sound and image interactive installation, commission of the Contemporary Art museum of Zurich, premiered in 1998 and presented in various museums around the world. This piece is part of Reality Checks, a cycle that he is developing with Pierre-Jean Bouyer for the realization of images, consisting of installations, and performance pieces involving solo instrumentalists and live transformation of sound and image.
He has produced with choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta Les Fantômes du temps, a multimedia show for 11 dancers, 1 percussionist, and a live transformation of image and sound, which was premiered in Grenoble in 2002. He worked on Two Dreams of Maeterlinck after Bruegel, a multimedia show on texts by Maeterlinck based on paintings by Bruegel, which was premiered in Marseilles in 2007.