Robert Barry is a freelance writer and composer based in London. He is the author of ‘The Music of the Future’ (Repeater Books)

Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square (still detail; 1967–68), Bruce Nauman. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York; © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2020

From the ridiculous to the sublime – Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern, reviewed

This career-spanning survey presents an artist whose work consistently teeters between the absurd and the poetic

2 Dec 2020
Installation view, Oliver Beer, 'Oma', Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London (12 September–24 October 2020).

Sounds of silence – an interview with Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer’s sound installations reveal a music that was already quietly present

20 Oct 2020
Alfredo Jaar photographed next to his installation ‘The Sound of Silence’ (2006) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in October 2017. Photo by Jonty Wilde

Photo realism – an interview with Alfredo Jaar

The Chilean-born artist talks about his ambivalent attitude towards photography and his utopian feelings about art

26 Jul 2020
Mirror Improvisation (2005), Joan Jonas.

Dragging out the HDMI cable – how to watch video art at home

Moving-image work seems particularly suited to our increasingly online existences

1 Apr 2020
Stills from The Bad Feel Loop (2019), Benedict Drew.

Benedict Drew’s new film gives form to the anxiety of modern life

Currently on view at the Science Gallery London, The Bad Feel Loops is a nervous, nerve-wracking piece of work

3 Oct 2019
Precarity (2017) (still), John Akomfrah, Courtesy Lisson Gallery; © Smoking Dogs Films

A haunting resurrection of the man who invented jazz

New Orleans bandleader Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden cuts an enigmatic figure in John Akomfrah’s elegiac film

16 Jul 2019
Installation view of ‘Yuko Mohri: Voluta’, at Camden Arts Centre, 2018, Photo: Damian Griffiths. Courtesy Camden Arts Centre

Yuko Mohri unwinds at Camden Arts Centre

The artist’s new sound installation involving solenoids, sensors and tropical fish is surprisingly decorative

7 Aug 2018
Measure for Measure 7 (2016), Bridget Riley

‘A visceral assault on the senses’

Bridget Riley’s monumental abstract paintings are as mysterious as they are mesmerising

26 Jan 2018
Illustration: The Lindström Effect

Is sound art getting a fair hearing in museums?

Sound art often seems like video art’s poor relation in museums, but is its struggle for status starting to pay off?

25 Sep 2017
Solitude (2017), Terry Adkins. Installation view, Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Photo: Luke A. Walker

Terry Adkins and the art of sound

The artist’s haunting sound sculptures and paintings address the absent figures who inspired them

23 May 2017
Capgirat, (detail) 2005, Antoni Tàpies, © Comissió Tàpies/VEGAP Courtesy Timothy Taylor

The tender brutishness of Antoni Tàpies

The Catalan artist’s large, earthy paintings at Timothy Taylor have unexpectedly intimate and spiritual concerns

2 Mar 2017