Richard Brown

Richard Brown (UK)

Works Presented (1983–2008)


Richard Brown has a BSc in Computers & Cybernetics and an MA in Fine Art and works as a hybrid artist, inventor and entrepreneur creating interactive and mimetic experiences using a wide variety of media, including the digital, the analogue and the chemical. His works explores the perception of space, time and energy encompassing ideas from cybernetics, artificial life, interaction design, emergence, complexity and alchemy.

Between 1995 and 2001 Richard was a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art where he created and exhibited three major interactive works Alembic (ICA 1998), Biotica (Siggraph 2000) and the Neural Net Starfish (Millennium Dome 2000). Whist at the RCA Richard also published the book „Biotica: Art, Emergence and Artificial- Life“.
Richard has funded his work with awards and grants from Intel, The Arts Council, Sci-Art Wellcome Trust and in 2002 was awarded a twoyear fellowship grant from NESTA (the National Endowment of Science Technology and the Arts) to enable him to pursue an independent research career.

Between 2002 and 2003 Richard was based in Australia as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne University, and artist-in-residence at CEMA (Centre for Electronic Media Arts), Monash University. In 2004 Richard moved to Edinburgh and joined EPIS, the Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme to combine entrepreneurship, art and research. In 2005, with an award from Ideasmart, Richard developed and patented a unique gesture controlled lighting system.

In 2006 Richard was invited by Edinburgh Informatics to be their first Research Artist in Residence. In this role, he has developed projects combining art, informatics and communications research. The culmination of this research was an exhibition inspired by Gordon Pask, entitled “Maverick Machines” showing in Edinburgh in August 2007.

For further details of Richard’s work, please visit

Pask Present - Färbergasse 6, A-1010 Wien || Curated by Richard Brown, Stephen Gage and Ranulph Glanville.