Richard Wright is a visual artist working in animation, moving image and computational media including many early pioneering digital animated films and interactive installations. He holds a PhD in the aesthetics of digital cinema and has published nearly forty papers, articles and book chapters.
Key works include the animate! commissioned “Heliocentrum” (1995) - an animation about Louis XIV described by writer Hari Kunzru as “…both fun and an amazingly effective way of showing how a sovereign manipulated power” and "LMX Spiral", a conceptual music video about the eighties. “The Bank of Time” was a “vanitas” screensaver which was nominated for a BAFTA award in 2001. His last live action film was “Foreplay” (2004), described as “a porn film without the sex”. His online project “How to Talk to Images” consisted of "The Internet Speaks" and "The Mimeticon" – an artwork about the visual history of writing.
From 2004 to 2009 he collaborated with Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji, initially as the artists group Mongrel and then as Harwood, Wright, Yokokoji. With them he set up their “social telephony” programme, the MediaShed “free-media” space in Southend-on-Sea and the “Cross Talk” eco-media project. Their last project “Tantalum Memorial” won the transmediale 09 award.
From 2015-16 he was artist-in-residence at the British Library and created a portrait of the early C19th librarian Thomas Watts that also functions as a live visual catalogue (www.elasticSystem.net).