Heather Raikes is an artist, designer and researcher specializing in virtual/mixed reality, immersive media, and dynamic interfaces between the body and technological systems.
Raikes holds a PhD from DXARTS, the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media; an MPS from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and an AB from Duke University. She completed postdoctoral research as an Advanced Research Associate with the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Plymouth, UK.
Heather Raikes has held art/technology research positions at the University of Washington, the University of California San Diego and Temple University. She also worked extensively in the early New York new media industry; was a founding partner of Silicon Alley interactive design collective Media Farm, and is a former modern dancer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.
Heather Raikes’ artwork and ideas have been presented throughout the world. Exhibitions and performances include HEREArt (New York), Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center (New York), Aaron Davis Hall (New York), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), On the Boards (Seattle), SIGGRAPH (Boston), The International Festival of Performance (Barcelona), Culturgest (Lisbon), E-Poetry (Paris), Imaginaria International Film Festival (Conversano, Italy), Inscriptions In the Sand (Famagusta, Cyprus), the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Francisco International Short Film Festival, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Recent international presentations include Di-Egy Fest 0.1 (Cairo, Egypt), Technoetic Telos (Kefalonia, Greece), Presence in the Mindfield (Lisbon, Portugal), ISEA (Istanbul, Turkey), iStream eText (Plymouth, UK), and The Digital Narrative (Vancouver, Canada). Her writings have been published in the International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT), Technoetic Arts, Body/Space/Technology, The American Communication Journal, PoeticaNet, New River Journal and in the book Technologically Expanded Dance.