RIK LANDER Narratives Installations Videos Day Job

Rik Lander is an international art thief. And a storyteller.
His day job is as part-time senior lecturer at the University of the West of England. He also works freelance as a dialogue designer for conversational AI systems.
In the past he was a writer and director in TV and did a short stint in advertising. He has also worked as a copy writer.

Rik Lander is an international art thief. And a storyteller.
His day job is as part-time senior lecturer at the University of the West of England. He also works freelance as a dialogue designer for conversational AI systems.
In the past he was a writer and director in TV and did a short stint in advertising. He has also worked as a copy writer.

Image from The Doyle Collection Heathrow poster campaign. Concept: Rik Lander, Photo: Mark Chandler, Processing: Steve Burrell, Production: Branded. Models: Matt Grass, Jasmine Jardo. 2012

Image from The Doyle Collection Heathrow poster campaign. Concept: Rik Lander, Photo: Mark Chandler, Processing: Steve Burrell, Production: Branded. Models: Matt Grass, Jasmine Jardo. 2012

 

LANA. Conversational AI system for training nurses in delivering lifestyle and nutrition advice. 2019-21

This is an example of the interactive and participatory systems I am now building. I lead a cross-disciplinary group of academics at the University of the West of England. Specialising in linguistics, psychology, computer science and health care we are researching the use of conversational AI in medical settings. The team is called FUSE (From Utility to Social Entity) and LANA (lifestyle and nutrition assistant) is our first project; a small investigation into how student nurses might respond to being trained by a conversational AI.

Watch a demo video here.

 

A brief work CV

2017 – 2019 freelance conversation designer for chatbots

I create the personality and words for chatbots. Commercially, I have been focusing on bots for training or assisting healthcare professionals. My main client is Elzware.

2013-2017 freelance Copy/Script Writer

In 2017 I have written commercials for Indian radio and the script for an insurance company that delivers a customised video to each viewer. In 2015-16, I wrote 50 scripts for Google's Youtube channel The Apps Show via the agency Quill.

2012 - 2013 - Creative Director at Branded

The Branded team was created as a production unit within the media agency MPG Media Contacts, renamed Havas Media in 2012. From a standing start in 2010 the team I was part of built this into a business turning over six figures. My role was creative director, either overseeing the creative elements of our productions or sometimes directing them myself. In this period, I directed commercials for cinema and TV and interactive videos that used the Facebook API.

1988 - 2009 freelance Writer / Director

I had a long period of directing TV programmes in several niches. I did light entertainment shows like The Word and Eurotrash. Travel shows like Lonely Planet and Pilot Guides. I did a long stint making arts documentaries including Channel 4’s annual coverage of the Turner Prize for 5 years and Andrew Graham Dixon’s A History of British Art.

From the mid-1990’s on I was involved in the making of a lot of interactive projects, starting in CD ROMs as internal communications for corporations like Unilever and Microsoft and on to bigger projects like the BBC’s first interactive soap, Wannabes (2006) which I directed and story-edited. I co-developed the format for Me In The Mix (BBCJam) which had an £800,000 budget. It was an online teaching tool offering 11-13 year olds the chance to play with the concept of citizenship.

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