Dr Barbara Rauch is an artist practitioner and academic with a fulltime research position.
She is the holder of a 2-year AHRC research grant ‘The Personalised Surface within Fine Art Digital Printmaking’. As co-applicant and co-investigator she conducts several case studies with an emphasis on 3 - dimensional prints and screen-based works.
As acting director at SCIRIA Rauch leads on a research group ‘Virtual eMotion’. The group investigates emotions and in particular human facial expressions. The project is a continuation of an AHRC funded research project ‘Mapping Virtual Emotions: 3D-surface capturing of animated facial expressions in animals and humans’ that was completed in September 2007.
Rauch’s research is practice-based, her art practice is concerned with contemporary technology-assisted art. It combines consciousness studies with digital art theories and practices. Much of her work uses computers and data capture technologies.
Rauch holds a BA in Fine Art 1995, an MA in Digital Art from Middlesex University, CEA 1998 and a PhD from the University of the Arts London 2007. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Natural and Digital Virtual Realities – a practice-based exploration of dreaming and online virtual environments’ and is available through the British Library in London and as reference only at Camberwell College of Arts Library.
She currently is a visiting senior fellow at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, FIS, University of Toronto.