John Richards

Monday, 6th Oct 2014


The Physical and Tangible Have a Different Value

Since 2003, John Richards has been exploring the idea of ‘Dirty Electronics’ that focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction.

In Dirty Electronics process and performance are inseparably bound. The ‘performance’ begins on the workbench devising instruments and is extended onto the stage through playing and exploring these instruments. A consequence of this approach has been the creation of design objects that challenge the relationship between artwork, musical instrument and product.

Notable designs have included commissions by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, and Sonar Festival, Barcelona; as well as hand-held synthesisers in collaboration with graphic designer Adrian Shaughnessy for Mute Records, and artist Jack Featherstone and production company Artist & Engineers.

Richards, as a musician, discusses his unlikely path into the realm of product design and how the creation of stand-alone sound objects within the context of the record industry has questioned musical ‘product’ and placed an onus on active participant rather than passive user.


Copenhagen Institute Of Interaction Design ApS
37 Toldbodgade
1253 Copenhagen

When: Monday, October 6th, 2014 – 5-6pm

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