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Rik Lander
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Rik Lander started out as a video artists in the 1980's as half of the Duvet Brothers. The style of this work, Scratch video, greatly resembles what is now known as mash-up. From experimenting in form by literally hacking up the material he moved into non-linear story telling through new media.

After making an experimental interactive documentary on the subject of dimensions (there are 27 of them or something) with theoretical physicist David Peat, he made interactive internal communications for companies like Microsoft and Unilever.

He made magic-tree, one of the UK's first web dramas, which went online in 2001. He produced, directed and script edited Wannabes, the BBC's first interactive soap.

He has also directed many hours of television from low-rent entertainment like Eurotrash and the Word to high-brow arts documentaries like A History of British Art and the Turner Prize coverage for Channel 4 for four years.

He has a special interest in sustainable building practices and built the UK's first hybrid using earthship and straw bale construction techniques. This is used as a small blue screen studio in central Bristol that is available for production, rehearsal and events. Bristol Green House studio

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Review of two narrative games: Freeq and CodeRunner

When apps appeared I, like everyone else, was very excited that I could have a spirit level on my phone. In my first month I downloaded countless other similarly useful apps which now lie neglected on my iPhone. What I really wanted was to use this incredibly powerful device to have “narrative experiences.” These might be interactive novels, or pervasive games, or hybrid TV/art. I imagined there would be a wave of them and soon new forms of interactive entertainment would emerge. I’m still…


Posted on November 20, 2013 at 18:00

How to make the QR experience amazing.

I recently read that in 2011 only a third of the population know what a QR code is and only one in ten have ever used one. They were quoted as disappointingly low figures but I think they are quite high. …


Posted on September 18, 2011 at 14:30

Sensory storytelling - Food, smell and physical confinement as storytelling tools.

It’s not a new concept to think of food as theatre, with a three act structure and a sweet and happy ending, but I’m thinking about this because last night I was at a lovely pop-up restaurant by Collage. Some chefs, waitresses and catering professionals put on a three course meal, plus canapes, cocktails, art and music evening in my garden and studio. No narrative, but a great way to bring people together in an episodic structure. Quite inspiring. As was the recent …


Posted on July 4, 2011 at 14:30

Social Advertising - beyond better targeting

Search and social networks have transformed the possibilities of advertising. A billboard or TV spot attempts to reach the right people with a scatter gun approach. Google or Bing know all the things a user has searched for and the websites they frequent and social networks contain masses of data about each user. All this data allows advertisers to hit the right people more accurately. 


But the internet also offers more than just better targeting. It also offers the chance to…


Posted on February 18, 2011 at 11:21

RFID for art, theatre and gaming. Initial research.

The Oyster card is a wonder of the modern world and shop lifting is so much harder these days. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is all around us and some people, like the authors of  Spychips fear the implications for our privacy. You can even buy an RFID proof wallet to prevent the chips we all carry on credit and work ID cards being scanned by criminal skimmers. 

Leaving such technofear aside, I see it as…


Posted on February 2, 2011 at 15:00

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At 11:00 on January 6, 2012, Shaun Belcher said…

Many thanks for adding me Rik. I work in Multimedia at Trent and I and others in team interested in any potential link-ups with what you doing at Nottingham University.

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