Bob Pritchard

Residence: Burnaby, Canada

Bob Pritchard’s works often deal with life, death, and resurrection/rebirth. His pieces can be demanding and virtuosic, exploring the edges of performance and perception, and he has a particular interest in interactive and gestural performance. A recipient of numerous commissions, his works are performed and broadcast throughout North America and Europe. He teaches in the School of Music at UBC, and is a researcher with the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), and with the Media And Graphics Interdisciplinary Group (MAGIC). In 2004 he was awarded a SSHRC Research/Creation grant for developing gesture-controlled speech synthesis, in 2007 he and Sid Fels received a Canada Council/NSERC New Media Initiatives grant for the development of Digital Ventriloquized Actors (DIVAs), and in 2009 he and Keith Hamel received a SSHRC Research/Creation grant to develop an interactive, interdisciplinary performance environment. In 2007 his interactive piece Strength received a Unique Award of Merit from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, and his film Crisis is part of 17 Short Films About Breast Cancer, which was nominated for five Leos.

Date: March 24, 2008

Source: CEC / Concordia Archival Project (CAP)

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