Mr Richard Squires

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Senior Lecturer

Biography

Richard Squires is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at Kingston University (MFA Slade, BA Middlesex University) with an active professional practice that comprises work in video, film, installation, animation, comics and live art. His work often foregrounds provocation, appropriation, the construction of narrative and the relationship between the artwork and the audience. He is the founder of Let Me Feel Your Finger First (LMFYFF), a comic art project based around a family of drawn characters that often reference cartoon stereotypes and fairytale archetypes.

His work is shown internationally in galleries, broadcast and at film festivals. Recent exhibitions and screenings include 'Alternative 23' at IMT Gallery, London (2014), 'Comics Unmasked: Art & Anarchy in the UK' at the British Library (2014) and 'Anomie, Ontology and the Slow Death of Authenticity' at the BFI (2013). Past projects include 'Programme', a hybrid documentary work about the Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris premiered at the Whitechapel, London in 2007; 'Francis' an Animate Projects commission for Channel 4 (2007) and 'The Uncle Hans-Peter Party' a live work, debuted at the ICA, London in 2009. Squires is currently working on 'Claude: The Hysterical Laughter of the Cartoon Villain' a Wellcome Trust-funded experimental documentary project investigating scientific notions of abnormal laughter, representations of hysterical male behaviour and their latent presence in the maniacal laughter of the comic villain.

His films are distributed by Light Cone, Paris. They have been featured on various DVD compilations including Grey Suit, Bloody Gays (Films de l'ange) and New Contemporaries: Moving Image 1968-2010 (Lux). His work has been published in journals including Art Review; Animation Practice, Process and Production; Performance Research and Chroma Journal.

Squires' projects have been funded by Arts Council England, Channel 4, Animate Projects, Film London, The Wellcome Trust and Radiator 002 Festival of New Technology Art.   

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Research expertise

Richard's research interests include creative approaches to the construction of narrative in moving image work; representations of otherness in comics, animation and film; representations of masculinity and gender; language and classification; the relationship between the audience and the artwork.

Selected recent published work:

2014 NEW CONTEMPORARIES: MOVING IMAGE 1968-2010 DVD (Lux)

2013 THE CHARACTEROLOGICAL PROBLEM comic strip for Art Review (Jan/Feb)

2012 ONTOLOGICALLY ANXIOUS ORGANISM: EPISODES 1-3 DVD (Filmarmalade)

2011 ANTHROPOPHAGY AND ANTHROPOMORPHISM: CONSTRUCTING POSTCOLONIAL CANNIBAL Animation Practice, Production & Process Journal, Volume 1 Issue 1

2010 ONTOLOGICALLY ANXIOUS ORGANISM comic strip Performance Research Journal Vol. 14, No.4
Whitechapel Gallery Children's Film Library DVD

Teaching areas & responsibilities

Filmmaking (specialising in post-production), compositing and graphic cinema, experimental animation practice, artists moving image.

Professional activity

  • 2015 - presentProduction co-ordinator (Kingston University), Stop Play Record
  • 2013Jury, Scratch International Animation Festival, Italy
  • 2012Jury, London International Animation Festival (LIAF)
  • 2012Jury, Scratch International Animation Festival, Italy
  • 2011 - 2015Reviewer, Wellcome Trust 'Engaging Science' Awards

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2000T1 2nd level Videotape Operational Technology John Lisney Associates, London
  • 1999T0 Basic Level Videotape Operational Technology John Lisney Associates, London
  • 1997MA Fine Art (Media) Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • 1993BA(Hons) Fine Art Middlesex University

Conferences & events

2015 Life Remade: The Politics and Aesthetics of Animation, Simulation & Rendering at Birkbeck University. Organised by Esther Leslie and Joel McKim, contributors included Anselm Franke, Suzanne Buchan and Thomas Elsaesser.

Selected recent exhibitions, events and screenings:

2015 IN BARRY BONDS I SEE THE FUTURE, IMT Gallery, London
ALTERNATIVE 23, Gallery North, Newcastle

2014 COMICS UNMASKED: ART & ANARCHY IN THE UK, British Library, London
ALTERNATIVE 23, IMT Gallery, London
Locomotion Artists Moving Image Festival, London

2013 FEUCHTWANGEN FRANCHISE, IMT Gallery, London (solo show)
FLATPACK Festival, Birmingham, UK

2012 ANOMIE, ONTOLOGY AND THE SLOW DEATH OF AUTHENTICITY, BFI Southbank, London
BIENAL DE LA IMAGEN EN MOVIMENTO, Buenos Aires, Argentina
LATITUDE Festival, Suffolk, UK

2011 BACKHANDER studio1.1 gallery, London (solo show)
in association with Animate Projects & Comica Festival

2009 – 2011 THE UNCLE HANS-PETER PARTY debuted at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London as part of Comica Festival and toured to Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire; Flatpack Festival, Birmingham and Sprint Festival, London

2010 ABANDON NORMAL DEVICES, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
START MAKING SENSE, Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE em Mídias Móveis em Salvador, Brazil

2009 CREAM Festival for Arts & Media Yokohama, Tokyo
ABANDON NORMAL DEVICES, FACT, Liverpool
Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF), South Korea

2008 HYSTERIA & FILM screening and discussion event with filmmaker Carol Morley, debuted at Freud Museum, London and toured to GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts, London and University of Warwick
FILM CIRCUS! Whitechapel, London
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
OLDENBURG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Germany
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UK
HAMBURG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Germany
LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
BORNSHORTS Denmark
SHOOT ME! FESTIVAL The Hague, Holland
RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES Berlin & Madrid
WHO THEY ARE & WHAT THEY DRAW BilBOlbul International Comic Festival, Bologna; National Cinema Museum, Turin and VI MAGIS Gradisca Film Studies Spring School

Grants, funding and awards

  • 2015'Engaging Science' Arts Award, Wellcome Trust
  • 2011Special Mention, Best Experimental Film Award, London Short Film Festival
  • 2010Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council England
  • 2008FLAMIN One-to-one mentee, Film London
  • 2007Jerwood Moving Image Awards, Jerwood Foundation
  • 2006Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council England
  • 2006Animate TV commission, Arts Council England & Channel 4 Television
  • 2003London Artists Film & Video Award (LAFVA), Film London
  • 2003Radiator 002 Digital Media Commission, Radiator New Media Festival
  • 2002London Arts Visual Artists Fund, London Arts

Research groups & programmes


Publications

Number of items: 8.

Conference or Workshop Item

Squires, Richard (2015) Let me feel your finger first : acting dumb & playing dead. In: Life Remade : The Politics and Aesthetics of Animation, Simulation and Rendering; 05-06 Jun 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Exhibition

Squires, Richard [Artist] (2015) Claude : the hysterical laughter of the cartoon villain. I'MTen. .

Squires, Richard [Artist] (2014) Alternative 23. Alternative 23. .

Squires, Richard [Producer] (2011) Backhander. .

Still/Graphic Work

Squires, Richard [Artist] (2013) The characterological problem. (comic strip). London, U.K. : Art Review Ltd. ISSN (print) 1745-9303

Moving Image/Broadcast

Meigh-Andrews, Christopher, Brown, Gabrielle, Littman, Steve, Urch, Marion, Danziger, Nick, Hawley, Steve, Duncan, Diane, Jones, Mike, MacMillan, Tim, Lahire, Sandra, Squires, Richard, Stutter, Keith, Goodwin, Dryden, Blanquet, Javier Flores, Bury, Don, Collins, Phil, Wardill, Emily, Iliffe, Ruth, Maier, Johannes, McGeorge, Eline, Satz, Aura, Astakhishvili, Tolia, Copeland, Mathieu, Layish, Isaac, Garty, Irit, Offeh, Harold, Blandy, David, Federlein, Laurin, Gilder, Sarah, Sailstorfer, Michael, Spiteri, John, Farrell, Eddie, Fox, Oriana, Kang-hyun, Ahn, Sadler, Ben, Stevens, JJ, Brar, Kiran Kaur, Davies, Kate, Li, Edwin, Price, Tom, Keil, Morag, Nelson, Jason, de Ville de Goyet, Alexia, Kotler, Rinat, Phillipson, Heather, Theobald, David, Ludwig, Susanne, Alfaro, Greta, Eagle, Sophie and Atkins, Ed (2014) New Contemporaries Moving Image 1968-2010. (Videorecording).

Performance/Live Event

Squires, Richard [Artist] (2016) Let Me Feel Your Finger First: Familienalbum.

Squires, Richard [Artist] (2009) The Uncle Hans-Peter party. 1 hour.

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Photographic View of audience participation in live performance of The Uncle Hans Peter Party, ICA, London, 2009
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View of Post Colonial Cannibal cooking pot featured in animation for Backhander exhibition, studio 1.1 gallery, London (2011)