Mr Rik Lander

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  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84553
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About me

I have over thirty years experience in creating multi-screen installations, interactive media and participatory drama. I am project lead on From Utility to Social Entity (FUSE), an interdisciplinary research project looking at how people tend to project emotions, desires and intents onto artificially intelligent entities, especially in a context where the bot has to pass judgement on the human, for example in a training setting. The LANA system trains healthcare professionals in the delivery of lifestyle and nutrition advice to newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients.

During the 1980s I was half of the Duvet Brothers creating scratch videos, which were characterised by found footage, Super-8 film and processed video. I made one of the UK’s first web dramas, magic-tree (2001). My participatory drama, The Memory Dealer (2010 - 2013) won a Royal Television Society Digital Innovation Award.

I am Echoborg (2016 - ) was short listed for an Innovation in Storytelling award at the Future of Storytelling summit in New York in 2018. It uses a chatbot as a central character in a live theatrical production. The outcome of the play depends on the conversations the audience have with the AI.

Area of expertise

Participatory narrative


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