Ms Kate Richards

Ms Kate Richards

Senior Lecturer,
Communications (sohca)



  • MFA University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Digital Humanities Research Group (2014)
  • MARCS Research Institute UWS (2014)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Communications (sohca)


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Location: ED.G.82

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101423 Media Project Proposal, 2016
  • 101426 Convergent Media Internship, 2015
  • 101743 Mobile Media, 2015
  • 101745 Media Project Production, 2016
  • 101962 Researching Convergent Media, 2016
  • 102293 Academic or Practice-based Research, 2016


Chapters in Books

  • Thomas, A., Ely-Harper, K. and Richards, K. (2014), 'Virtual Macbeth : using virtual worlds to explore literary texts ', English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives, Peter Lang 9781433119071.
  • Richards, K. (2013), 'Unhomely', Reverse Projections, Broken Dimanche Press 9783943196214.

Journal Articles

  • Tran, E., Nguyen, Q., Richards, K., Leahy, A. and Simoff, S. (2014), 'GravityBubbleVis : an immersive and interactive visualization for live Internet activities', Australian Journal of Intelligent Information Processing Systems, vol 13, no 4 .

Conference Papers

  • Richards, K. (2013), 'Unhomely', International Symposium of Electronic Art, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Richards, K. and Waterson, S. (2009), 'eye>hand>body> Data Visualisation and the Body in New Media Works', ISEA2009: The 15th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Belfast, Ireland.


  • 2015, 'A Drone Opera'
  • 2014, 'Underworld'
  • 2013, 'Unhomely - a multi channel video installation'
  • 2010, 'Bump Projects: Bloodbath'
  • 2009, 'Wayfarer v2 - Urban Agents'
  • 2008, ''Foul Whisperings, Strang Matters - a virtual Macbeth' Second Life 2008'
  • 2007, '"Bystander' Multi channel interactive installation'
  • 2007, ''The Uncertainty Principle' photographic exhibition'
  • 2007, ''Beautiful Minds: the centennial exhibition of the Nobel prizes''
  • 2006, 'd/Art/06 Screen'
  • 2006, 'SYNCITY Remixing three generations of sample culture'
  • 2005, ''Crying Man 4''
  • 2005, 'sub_scapePROOF - group exhibition'
  • 2004, 'Sub_scapeBALTIC - group exhibitions'
  • 2003, 'Life after Wartime Live'

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Reverie', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Ama and Chan', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Spirit Patrol', Recorded Work
  • 2010, 'Travels in Beautiful Desolation', Recorded Work
  • 2009, 'Augment_me', Recorded Work
  • 2007, ''Wayfarer' - a live event space', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'subscapePROOF machinima', Recorded Work

Research: My current specific research is my PhD (at School of Arts and Media, UNSW due for completion autumn 2015) in which I am focusing on contemporary theories of affect and affordance to account for the fundamantal processes of audience experiences in media environments.

User centred and experience design in relation to media environments, products and campaigns.

Convergent media - methods in production and theory; current trends in mobile media including augmented media, locative media; database imaginaries.

Practice: I have a strong, proven areas of practice in Communication Arts and Media. I am an experienced multi-media producer who has worked with a variety of cultural sector and private sector clients, devising, developing and producing large and boutique scale projects, most latterly as lead producer on the development phase of the refurbishment of the First World War Galleries for the Australian War Memorial, 2014. In my producing capacity I also advise and consult with creatives on audience experiences in media arts ennvironments, most specifically working with theatre and dance directors as a new media dramaturge. In this capacity I have worked with Stalker Theatre Company (2013), Urban Theatre Projects (2011) and the School of Arts and Media, UNSW ARC research project 'New Media Dramaturgies' as a workshop leader in 2014. I am also an established media artist, working across interactive and immersive installation, software development, intergrated performance/media and locative media. See for more on this aspect of my research, which helps me keep at the cutting edge of communication media practice and research.

Recent Publications, Exhibitions and Conference Presentations


Richards, K.E. (2014) grove [installation 10m x 10m comprising computer programmed lights, crumbed rubber, rock salt]. Io Myers Theatre, UNSW. Sept-Oct 2014.

Richards, K. E. (2014). Underworld [kaleidoscope video, wooden box, metal objects]. Contempo, Art Gallery of NSW. Retrieved from

Richards, K. E. (2014). Presentation: Land fall - 4 things media artists should know when creating immersive, experiental environments for mobile audiences. In European Media Art Network. The Cube, Brisbane.

Richards, K.E. (2014). Presentation: Light, Affect and Immersion: Some thoughts on audience outcomes when working with Light. In Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne. August 2014.

Thomas, A., Ely-Harper, K. & Richards, K. (2014). Virtual Macbeth: Using Virtual Worlds to Explore Literary Texts. In: L. Unsworth & A. Thomas [Eds.] English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and authoring digital multimedia in the classroom. New York: Peter Lang

This information has been contributed by Ms Richards.

Current Projects

Title: Co-designing digitally enhanced cultural heritage experiences, audience and student engagement
  • National Trust
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Kylie Budge, Kate Richards, Rachel Hendery, Jonathon Allen and Noel Burgess
Years: 2019-11-20 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00026194

Previous Projects

Title: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority - The Virtual Rocks pilot
  • Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Western Researchers: Kate Richards
Years: 2016-05-23 - 2016-08-01
ID: P00024256
Title: Digital Engagement Strategy-WA Womens Hall of Fame
  • WA Womens Health and Family Services
Western Researchers: Kate Richards
Years: 2016-06-20 - 2016-07-29
ID: P00024377


Title: A Drone Opera
Description: Contemporary Opera - preview
Title: A Drone Opera
Description: Contemporary Opera - review
Title: A Drone Opera
Description: RealTime Review
Title: A Drone Opera
Description: Interview, ABC Radio National
Title: Reverie
Description: Single channel video created at SCANZ artist residency

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