Archive for April 27, 2010

Dorkbot CBR May 2010 presentation by Kate Richards

Better late than never Dorkbot CBR kicks off for 2010 with a presentation by Kate Richards
Tuesday 4 May 7:30 pm Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Kate will be chatting to us via Skype from her studio in Sydney.

Kate Richards develops, creates and exhibits in the new media bandwidth. She has been working with interactive multimedia for 15 years and exhibits electronic art in Australia and internationally.

Kate is in development on a new astronomy project, ‘eclipse’, in association with the Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU and games developer Nocturnal. She is the multimedia artist on the performance project ‘Mr Dawes Pronounces Well’. In November 2010 Kate will be artist in residence with UK performance group Blast Theory. In September 09 Kate was artist in residence at Belfast’s Digital Art Studio and exhibited in the ‘OUTSIDE ISEA” exhibition, and in January 2010 she was resident at Bundanon Artist Retreat in rural NSW. ‘Wayfarer v 2 – Urban Agents’ premiered in Melbourne at the Victorian Arts Centre in November 2009. Kate’s recent multimedia art projects include ‘Foul Whisperings, Strange Matters’ in Second Life, ‘Bystander’ from the Life After Wartime suite with Ross Gibson (interactive installation, CDROMS, live performance and exhibition); the live event space ‘Wayfarer’ with Martyn Coutts; datamapping software ‘sub_scape’ with Sarah Waterson and Crying Man 4 with Lyndal Jones. An experienced and well respected collaborator, Kate also makes solo work and had a photographic exhibition ‘The Uncertainty Principle’ at the Australian Centre for Photography in October 2007.

As a multimedia concept designer and producer (SparkeMedia), Kate delivers both large and boutique scale projects, collaborating with content providers such as historians, curators, archeologists and corporate identity to develop, design and deliver a variety of multimedia formats. Her recent clients include the University of Technology Sydney with The Nobel Museum Stockholm; Landini Associates, architects; Jurlique International; Australian Network for Art and Technology; Historic Houses Trust NSW; Stalker Theatre Company; the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW); the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, and Otto Cserhalmi + Partners, and Jacob Allom and Wade; the Historic Houses Trust NSW, and artists Brad Miller and Barbara Campbell. Kate is currently Course Co-ordinator for the Master of Convergent Media degree at the University of Western Sydney.

Recent multimedia art projects
‘Foul Whisperings, Strange Matters’ Second Life 2008 ongoing
With Kerreen Ely-Harper and Angela Thomas
Funded by Australia Council Literature Board and the New Media Consortium
Foul Whisperings.. is a dynamic interactive way of investigating Shakespeare’s plays in a virtual world. Taking Macbeth off the page and into a realtime, networked environment, Foul Whisperings.. offers audiences new ways of understanding and experiencing classical literature. Stage 2 (Major Performing Arts Board grant) commences June 09.
Media: Second Life,

‘Wayfarer’ – a series of participatory art events 2007 ongoing
With Martyn Coutts
Funded by Australia Council Interarts, the Performance Space, Victorian Arts Centre
‘Wayfarer’ is a live event space for performers, audience and passersby. Part exploration, part competition, part surreal thriller – this project allows the audience and performers navigate new territories together. Wayfarer was a sell out at Sydney’s Performance Space@Carriage Works in Sept 2007 and v2 Urban Agents premiered in Melbourne in 2009.
Media: live performance; streamed video, audio; bluetooth, RFID. Custom software and custom hardware kit assembled from off the shelf components.
Exhibited: The Performance Space@ Carriage Works 2007, Arts Centre Melbourne

‘Bystander’ Multi channel interactive installation 2007
With Ross Gibson
Funded by Australian Research Council, the Nelson Meers Foundation, UTS
Bystander is comprised of five projection-screens and surround sound. All round the visitors, a spirit-world of images, texts and sound gets composed in response to their movement, mass and attentiveness. The result is a compelling, sensual and kinaesthetic affect, combining with the photographic and text material to create an intellectually intriguing metanarrative. To enter the space is to witness simultaneous fragments of multiple Sydney histories. Bystander is part of a suite of projects called Life After Wartime, created by Ross Gibson and Kate Richards. see
Media: steel frame, front projection screens, 5 video channels and 5:1 surround sound audio. Custom software system, written in C++; interactive audio in Max MSP.
Exhibited: The Performance Space@ Carriage Works 2007, The Justice and Police Museum 2009.

‘The Uncertainty Principle’ photographic exhibition 2007
This solo photographic show at Sydney’s ACP explores the metaphysical conundrum of ‘nature’ in a post nature age. Examining our shifting relationships to the natural world, ‘The Uncertainty Principle’ references Heisenberg’s early 20Cth axiom in a meditation on movement, perception and the annihilation of time/space.
Media: wall drawing, digital prints on voile
Exhibited: The Australian Centre for Photography Sydney

‘sub_scape’ datamapping software installations 2004 ongoing
with Sarah Waterson
‘sub_scape’ is a real-time generative system for manipulating data streams. The system samples, folds and re maps one data set onto another creating aesthetic complexes and evolving patterns, anomalies, turbulence and recursive effects.
Media: custom datamapping software with real time effects written in Max MSP and Jitter; texts, video and statistical data inputs; installation display.
Exhibited: ISEA2004 Helsinki, ‘Proof the act of seeing with one’s own eyes’ ACMI Melbourne, d<art Sydney, syncity ACP Sydney, WIFT Sydney.

Life After Wartime suite 1999 ongoing
with Ross Gibson
Life After Wartime is a suite of multimedia artworks by Kate Richards and Ross Gibson. Based on 3000 archival scene-of-crime images from Sydney and thousands of evocative texts by Gibson, each iteration within the suite uses various design and interaction techniques to engage its audience.
The suite comprises:
Crime Scene – 1999-2000 – Justice & Police Museum Sydney and touring
Darkness Loiters – 2000 – an interactive story engine, various exhibitions
Life After Wartime CD-ROM – 2003 – exhibited nationally and internationally, including South Africa, Brasil. For sale through the artists, funded by the Australian Film Commission
Life After Wartime live with The Necks – Adelaide Fringe Festival 2001 and Sydney Opera House 2003 – a live improvised event with world renowned jazz trio The Necks
Bystander – 2007 – a 5 channel interactive and immersive video installation at The Performance Space@CarriageWorks Sydney 2007
My role: collaborating artist and multimedia producer
Media: various outcomes form one database of images, texts and sounds

‘Crying Man 4’ 2004
with Lyndal Jones
This 3 channel video installation explores the complex issues of male emotionalism.
My role: collaborating artist
Media: three channels of front projection, sound
Exhibited: Artspace Sydney

April 27, 2010 at 5:09 am Leave a comment


April 2010

Posts by Month

Posts by Category