Catherine Richards


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The work of Catherine Richards (1957 Canada), explores the body and the "I" as a place for new technology. Her installation (as well as research and publications) explore the borders between science and fiction. With "Spectral Bodies" (1991) Richards was the first to explore virtual reality in Canada. She created images of impossible physical movements. Richards is not only concerned with the technical aspects of the medium but also intrigued by the myth-forming and metaphors triggered by the "virtual reality virus".

In 1993 she designed "The Virtual Body", an interactive installation somewhere between a scientific instrument, an aesthetic object and a post-modern box of tricks. This box of tricks wipes away every experience of corporality. For the exhibition "Self-determination" she devised A Curiosity cabinet a copper-shielded room which leaves out all kinds of frequences.

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