Barbara Sternberg

Canadian artist Barbara Sternberg has been making experimental films and video tapes and installations since the mid-seventies. Though differing stylistically from her films, for which she is better known, her videos deal with similar large themes: how we perceive reality, how we situate ourselves as humans in the world, how we live with the knowledge of death. Sternberg’s videos have been shown in galleries such as Owens Art gallery, Sackville, N.B., at Pleasure Dome and Ontario Cinematheque in Toronto, and recently her work has been featured at Exis Festival in Seoul, S. Korea and WNDX Festival in Winnipeg. She was a founding member of two artist-run centres: Pleasure Dome, Toronto and Struts gallery in Sackville.

Sternberg’s website has information on all her films and videos plus articles written by and about her. She lives and works in Toronto.

Artist Code: 558


The Work of Art

2014, 06:32 minutes, Colour, English


2014, 07:30 minutes, colour

Alaska foe

2013, 14:52 minutes, colour, English

Beginnings and Endings

2013, 05:20 minutes, colour, English

Reading Thomas Bernhard

2013, 21:43 minutes, colour, English


2011, 09:56 minutes, colour, English


2005, 30:00 minutes, colour, English

So What?

2004, 10:48 minutes, Colour, English

in the Garden

2004, 05:34 minutes, Colour

Glacial Slip

2003, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

Tabula Rasa

2003, 16:30 minutes, Colour, English


2003, 23:00 minutes, colour, English, Indonesian

(Rome) Skyling

2003, 24:00 minutes, colour

New York Counterpoint

2002, 28:00 minutes, colour


2002, 03:00 minutes, colour, English


2002, 38:00 minutes, colour, English

Illuminations: A Book Of Letters

2002, colour, English

4 Women

2001, 25:00 minutes, colour, English

For Virginia

2000, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

Off the 401

2000, 07:17 minutes, colour, English

Past / Future

1997, 13:51 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Barns, Brits, and Birthrights: Philip Hoffman's All Fall Down:...
by Scott Mackenzie. POV, Winter 2009, no. 76.
Must do: if you only do five things this week
by National Post. The National Post, Mar. 29, 2008.
i can see your history in the way you move: at present
by Karyn Sandlos. like a dream that vanishes the films of barbara sternberg, 2000. Toronto: The Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Pleasure Dome, 2000.
Images of Intermedia: 13th Annual Images Festival of Independeent...
by Laura U. Marks. Afterimage, July 2000, v. 28, no. 1.
On (Experimental) Film: How we sit and just watch it all
by Barbara Sternberg. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988.