Richard has a specialist interest in exploring the interactions between human and nonhuman agencies, as they are expressed in digital art and literature, and considers what these reveal concerning the creation and communication of knowledge across digital activities, artefacts, and infrastructures more generally. This research is embedded within Richard’s artistic practice, developing digital art objects that meditate on questions relating to the entanglements of agency and meaning in an age of proliferating machine communication.
As an undergraduate, Richard studied BA English with Media at University College Falmouth, graduating in 2010 with First Class honours. He pursued subsequently a Master’s in English at the University of Exeter, specialising in Criticism and Theory, and graduated from this with Distinction in 2011.
It was during his Master’s that Richard began exploring the varying relations between computing technology, creative expression, and nonhuman agency as these manifest within the context of ‘digital’ or ‘electronic’ works of literature – making this the subject of his final dissertation. In 2012 Richard was awarded an AHRC doctoral studentship in Science, Technology, and Culture to develop his research on this topic for his PhD thesis, “Textual Entanglements: A Performative Approach towards Digital Literature”, supervised by Prof. Regenia Gagnier (Exeter), Prof. Laura Salisbury (Exeter), and Dr. Matt Hayler (Birmingham). In April 2016 Richard passed his viva voce, examined by Prof. N. Katherine Hayles (Duke) and Prof. Gabriella Giannachi (Exeter).
After completing his PhD, Richard lectured on the BSc Interactive Media degree at the University of York, convening and delivering modules across all three years of the taught programme, including “Gaming: Industry and Culture”, “Interactive Media and Society”, and “Digital Culture, Aesthetics, and Storytelling”, as well as supervising both individual and group student projects.
For his delivery on the Interactive Media degree, Richard was nominated in 2018 for both the York Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award and the YUSU Excellence Awards under the category of ‘Teacher of the Year’.
In 2018 Richard was appointed as a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Roehampton, working to develop and deliver the first iteration of the brand new BA Digital Media degree programme.