Steven J. Barnes PhD

biopoiesis_Siggraph6 Steven was initially trained as a visual artist, but then decided to pursue a personal obsession with the neurobiology of learning and memory.  He was subsequently trained as a Behavioural Neuroscientist (Biopsychologist), and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurophysiology (Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn).  His neuroscientific expertise lies in the areas of learning and memory, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, neuroplasticity, and metaplasticity.

After being satiated with neuroscience, he was drawn back to art.  Steven subsequently did a Postdoc in Interactive Arts and New Media (School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University).  He now splits his time between teaching Psychology at UBC (, contributing to a support group for individuals dealing with mental health issues (, and producing various sorts of artworks. Much of Steven’s current art practice centers around the production of new media and technology pieces that are meant to serve as stimulus for discussions about the way we think about and use technologies, rather than focusing on self-expression (see  He reserves his practice of painting and drawing for such self-expression and personal therapy; those works explore some of his most personal and persistent archetypes (

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