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James Richards

In Conversation
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6PM

Artist in residence James Richards will be in conversation with curator Vic Brooks to discuss his approach to the production of artworks and collaborations within different curatorial frameworks. The event will include excerpts of his previous videos, sound installations and past exhibitions, as well as insight into the early stages of Richards’ new project, which will be developed during a series of production residencies at EMPAC in 2019 and premiered here in Spring 2020. 

Richards’ new commission takes as its starting point an essay that accompanied his exhibition Music for the Gift for the Welsh Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Produced in collaboration with Chris McCormack, the text moves back and forth between the first and third person and the experiential and the scientific, shifting registers to evoke the experience of the voice breaking during adolescence. Richards’ approaches the development of his artworks with a period of research and experimentation in order to grapple with material languages of image and sound production. At EMPAC, he will start by working with theatrical lighting in order to explore its affective, environmental, and performative potential in practice. 

James Richards’ artworks reveal connections between people, practices, and private, hidden, or suppressed histories through archival and online research. Working with a vast array of media materials, often generated during long-term exchanges with other artists, such as American media artist Steve Reinke and filmmaker Leslie Thornton, Richards produces sound and video installations that invite the audience into an intimate encounter with private worlds and queer communities. 

Main Image: James Richards, Installation view of Phrasing (2018). Courtesy the artist.

Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
James Richards
In Conversation
Thursday 4
6:00 PM
April 2019



EMPAC Spring 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with continuous support from the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.