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Julia Rich

Teaching Artist, Media Lab

I am energized and inspired by artists whose work lies at the outer boundaries of what defines their medium. In my own work, I aspire to take the lessons of these innovators and apply them to interactive art that, through its liminal status between established disciplines, is able to more viscerally engage one’s imagination as well as blur the lines between audience and artist/performer. I often find that so much of what feels familiar to us about a given art form is really just habits of creative process and universally adopted tools/applications. Working with code and emerging technologies allows me to lay the groundwork of a process where I can fabricate my own creative tools rather than simply relying on what is readily available. Continually deepening my knowledge in code and tech is essential to fully realizing these goals of designing experiential art with unfamiliar qualities that is as immersive as it is difficult to categorize.