Russell Richards
Since 2003
Works in Newport United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Russell Richards MA BA HONS PGCE

russell.richards@solent.ac.uk

Professional Membership: BAFTA, HIDRAZONE.COM

Website: http://www.visuosonic.org

Russell Richards is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Media Arts and Society, Southampton Solent University. He is a digital artist working in installation, print, application and web production. He has written on digital aesthetics and interactivity: “An Aesthetic or Anaesthetic? Developing a Digital Aesthetics of Production”, Journal of Media Practice 5 (3) March 2005 and “Users, Interactivity and Generation” New Media and Society 8 (4). Richards’ digital artwork includes, a virtual installation ‘Memory is Made of This’; a music generator installation 'DiskO'; 'Covertor', a digital art creation application, 'Nebula' gas cloud generator and ‘Cascader’ a generative music installation.

Since November 2005, Richards has been working with Maurice Owen, a sonic artist. He has experimented with inter-relating sound produced by a variety of instruments and code-derived digital art triggered by frequency analysis. These workshops have developed into the concept of ‘KikiT’ Visuosonic Performance involving the data projection of images produced through the software. In July 2006 KikiT was premiered at a workshop at Southampton Solent University. This workshop was followed by two, well received, gigs in Sofia, Bulgaria.

KikiT then performed with Nicholas Batter, trumpeter, at Grange Du Faign Gallery, Jamoigne, Belgium in October 2006 again to good reviews. Since then Richards has performed with Owen at the International Jazz Festival in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK; the Musee D’Art Modern, Liege, Belgium together with the SB Brass Ensemble; the Technarte: Art and Technology Conference, Bibao, Spain; the Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM’07) Conference, Brisbane, Australia; the Interactive Futures Conference, Victoria, Canada and the Eye-Music Exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK. Performance/presentations took place in 2008 at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA 2008 Singapore July and Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) the British Computer Society London UK, July 08.

More recently, KikiT VisuoSonic were invited to be part of the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010. Linear video was mixed with interactive visuals in real-time to create “The 11th Tapestry” installation. This was a 'digital tapestry' projected along side 500-year-old tapestries in gallery 94 of the V&A. Review available here: http://poesy-praxis.com/tag/kikit-visuosonic/

In 2011, Russell has also created “Meshwork”, a music-derived linear animation was accepted by Trampoline, a UK-based digital arts platform. Under their “Urban Screens” initiative which will be bringing films to public locations around the world in 2012/2013. This also led to 'Meshwork' being accepted for the Public Art Screens database. Link here: http://bit.ly/VAP_Meshwork

'AI_AT', an artificial intelligence digital art installation was successfully submitted to the 'Digital Design Festival' part of the London Design Festival of 2012. Video available here: http://bit.ly/AI_AT

Areas of research interest include: Interactive audio-visuals, sound derived textile patterns, smart buildings, interactive performances, responsive environments, museum/gallery based installations, public art apparatuses and, most recently, music-derived linear animations.

Projects/Performances:

Sept 2012 'AI_AT', artificial intelligence digital art installation for the Digital Design Festival part of the London Design Festival 2012.

March 2012 KikiT VisuoSonic Presentation/Performance as part of Sarah Hand’s Photography Show “Notes from the Playground”, The Wall Gallery, University of Wales, Newport.

Jan 2012 “Meshwork” sound derived linear animation for Trampoline digital arts network: “Attention Structure” presented at the Phoenix Cinema, Leicester.

Oct 2011 “Synaesthesia: An Insider’s View” documentary short screened at the Frequency Festival, Lincoln.

Oct 2011 “Meshwork” sound derived linear animation for Trampoline digital arts network: “Attention Structure” for the Frequency Festival, Lincoln.

June 2011 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance for the Southampton Solent University Graduate Fashion Show, Southampton Solent University.

Dec 2010-Feb 2011 “Open See Some of Me” a KikiT VisuoSonic Installation, Open Exhbition, Quay Arts Gallery, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Nov 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance with Gilad Atzmon, The ArtsDepot, West Finchley, London as part of the London Jazz Festival 2010.

Oct 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance with Natalia Data, ‘Music in the City’ The Bargate, Southampton.

Sept 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance: ‘The 11th Tapestry’, Gallery 94, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Sep 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Installation: ‘The 11th Tapestry’, Gallery 94, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Sep 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance/Presentation at the TaPRA (Theatre & Performance Research Association) Conference, University of Glamorgan, at the ATRium, Cardiff.

May 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance for the Southampton Solent University, Graduate Fashion Show, Southampton City Docks.

May 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Presentation, Research and Enterprise Conference, Southampton Solent University, UK.

May 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance at the ‘New Technologies in the Theatre’ Symposium, Sheffield University.

Mar 2010 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance at the Xposed Jazz Club, University of Gloucestershire, Albert Road, Cheltenham.

Jun 2009 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance for the Southampton Solent University, Graduate Fashion Show, The Guildhall, Southampton.

May 2009 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance/Presentation, Bulgarian Technical University, Sofia.

April 2009KikiT VisuoSonic Workshop, The Infinity Photographic Studio, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Feb 2009KikiT VisuoSonic Workshop, Southampton Solent University

Nov 2008 KikiT VisuoSonic Workshop, Constructed Exhibition, Sainbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norfolk, UK.

Nov 2008 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Constructed Exhibition, Sainbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norfolk, UK.

Sept 2008KikiT VisuoSonic Performance/Presentation Fast Forward: Exploring the Visual-Sonic Interface, Birkbeck Cinema, Birkbeck University.

July 2008KikiT VisuoSonic Performance/Presentation, ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Singapore.

July 2008 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance/Presentation, EVA 2008, Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, The British Computer Society, London.

Mar 2008KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Sala D’Actes, Facultat de Belles Arts, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

Feb 2008KikiT VisuoSonic Workshop, Digital Music Department, Brighton University, UK.

Feb 2008 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Sallis Barrey Theatre, Brighton University, UK.

Dec 2007 KikiT VisuoSonic Workshop, Eye-Music: Kandinsky and All That Jazz Exhibition, Sainbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk, UK.

Dec 2007 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Eye-Music: Kandinsky and All That Jazz Exhibition, Sainbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk, UK.

Nov 2007 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Interactive Futures: The New Screen, The Open Space Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Sept 2007KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, 13th International Conference on
Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM07), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

July 2007 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Freequay Experimental, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK.

May 2007KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Technarte: Art and Technology Conference, Bibao, Spain.

April 2007KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Nassogne Community Centre, Belgium.

April 2007KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Musee D’Art Modern Liege Belgium.

April 2007 KikiT VisuoSonic Performance, Ventnor Baptist Church, Ventnor International Jazz Festival, Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Oct 2006‘Cascader’ Generative Music Installation: randomised Music and Colour Cascade with Jo Johnson. Grange Du Faign, Jamoigne, Belgium.

Oct 2006‘KikiT’ VisuoSonic Performance, Grange Du Faing Gallery, Jamoigne, Belgium.

Sep 2006‘KikiT’ VisuoSonic Performance, Bulgarian Technical University, Sofia.

Sep 2006‘KikiT’ VisuoSonic Conference Workshop Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia.

July 2006‘KikiT’ VisuoSonic Conference Workshop Southampton Solent University, UK.

June 2006 ‘Mass Production’ Live Triggered Computational Video for DTPA Conference, Doncaster, UK.

Jan 2006‘Mass Production’ Live Triggered Computational Video Mindplay Conference, London Metropolitan University, London, UK.

Dec 2005 ‘The Covertor as a Live Performance’ A Digital Art Installation for e-Performance and Plugins: A Mediatised Performance Conference, New South Wales University, Australia.

Sept 2005‘Cascader\_29’ Macromedia Director derived print, Snap to Grid, Los Angles Museum of Digital Art, Open Exhibition.

June 2005 ‘Nebula’ The Cyberspace Gallery, INSAPV conference, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, US.

Apr 2005‘AbstractPixel’ A Digital Artwork for the inauguration of Hidrazone an on-line research hub for digital arts. HEFCE Capability fund supported. Southampton Institute. www.hidrazone.com

Apr 2005‘Covertor’ A Digital Art Creation Application for the inauguration of Hidrazone an on-line research hub for digital arts. HEFCE Capability fund supported. Southampton Institute. www.hidrazone.com

Apr 2005‘Nebula’ self-generating gas clouds for the inauguration of Hidrazone an on-line research hub for digital arts. HEFCE Capability fund supported. Southampton Institute. www.hidrazone.com

Apr 2005‘XX’ image compositing application, Teaching and Learning Tool with Julian Konczak, Hidrazone web site: www.hidrazone.com

Jan 2005‘Nebula001’ generative shockwave, Rhizome Artbase. www.rhizome.org (consulted Jan. 2004)

Jan 2005 ‘Nebula Timelapse’ accepted for ArtExpo Film Festival, Bari, Italy.

Nov 2004‘Multispiral5’ Macromedia Director derived digital painting used for the front end of Ocean Pixel Digital Art Festival web site. www.oceanpixel.org (consulted Nov. 2004)

Oct 2004‘Synaesthesia: An Insider’s View. An Investigation by Jo Johnson and Russell Richards’, digital video sequence for Synaesthesia DVD, published by Threshold Studios, Nottingham.

Sept 2004‘Dub Spiral’ Macromedia Director derived print, Snap to Grid, Los Angles Museum of Digital Art, Open Exhibition.

July 2004 ‘Barcode’ Shockwave digital art for the inauguration of Hidrazone an on-line research hub for digital arts. HEFCE Capability fund supported. Southampton Institute. www.hidrazone.com

Feb 25th 04 ‘DiskO” Music Generator and ‘Draw’ random web generator at the Scan (Southern Coordinating Artists Network) launch event. Soul Cellar, Southampton.

Nov/Dec 03’Treecycling’ digital print. Recursive art work on the theme of the
Christmas tree. ‘The Christmas Tree Show’, Quay Arts Centre,
Newport, Isle of Wight.

Jul/Aug 03 ‘DiskO’ Music Generator digital installation for the Summer Open
Exhibition, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight.

May 2003‘Hypersketch’ Shockwave derived digital still for The Hype Gallery www.hypegallery.com (consulted Jan. 2004)

Feb/Mar 03 Digital Art works - Shockwave and Lightwave - Digital Arts
exhibition, Islington Museum, Upper Street London.

Oct 1999 ‘Memory is Made of This - A Virtual Installation’. Web based installation on the concept of memory at: http://millais.solent.ac.uk/virtual-installation

Jan 1997 ‘A Hypertext Box’, an Introduction to hypertext, Macromedia Director-derived kiosk exhibition in Mountbatten Library, Southampton Institute.

Papers:

Completed

June 2006 ‘Users, Interactivity and Generation’ New Media and Society Journal 8(4): 531 - 550.

Apr 2005‘The Concept of the Covertor’, a working practices paper for the inauguration of Hidrazone an on-line research hub for digital arts. HEFCE Capability fund supported. Southampton Institute. www.hidrazone.com

Mar 2005 ‘An Aesthetic or Anaesthetic: Developing a Digital Aesthetics of Production’ Journal of Media Practice, 5(3): 145-153.

Mar 2005‘Star Projection’ What if… Island Esplanades Commissions Portfolio, Island 2000 Trust.

Nov 2004 ‘Generative Art: Music Generation, Digital Art Production and Nebula’ Nebula on-line journal, 1.3: www.nobleworld.biz (consulted Nov. 2004)
May 12th 04 ‘Synergetic Complexity: The Bringing Together of Schools of Thought’ paper delivered at the FMAS (Faculty of Media, Arts and Society) Advanced Scholarship Day Conference, Southampton Institute.

July 2003 ‘The Origins of a Digital Aesthetic: Hogarth and his Legacy’ paper
for the Multimedia Histories Conference, Exeter University.

April 2001‘Adding a New Dimension to On-line Learning Support - The Creation of a 3D Intranet Environment for MA Interactive Production in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society’ Russell Richards and Mike Weaver. Journal of Media Practice Vol 1, 3