DXARTS, University of Washington CAiiA, University of Plymouth
Dr. Heather Raikes is a physical/media artist and researcher.
Her artistic and research interests revolve around dynamic interfaces between the body and technology that merge sensate experiential embodiment with abstract computational form. She creates performance, video, installation, interactive media, and electronic text. Her artwork is fundamentally inspired by an interdisciplinary inquiry into contemporary mythos, informed by a convergence of perspectives from indigenous belief systems, science, engineering, humanities, and the arts.
Raikes recently completed her PhD at DXARTS, the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, and was awarded the Graduate Medal for the Arts. Her doctoral research was a multi-faceted engagement with digital performance encompassing augmented/mixed reality, stereoscopy, physical/digital embodiment, and immersive media composition.
Raikes' artwork has been presented throughout the world, and her writings have been published in several publications, including an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT). Raikes is a former modern dancer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and has held university positions at the University of Washington, the University of California San Diego, and Temple University. She holds an interdisciplinary arts AB from Duke University, and an MPS from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
In 2011-2012, Raikes will join the Planetary Collegium to conduct postdoctoral research as an Advanced Research Associate of CAiiA: the Center for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Plymouth, UK.