Candace Reckinger

    Adjunct Faculty



    Candace Reckinger is an artist-director specializing in hybrid media and visual music using a mix of animation and photography. Her work ventures beyond the boundaries of conventional narrative exploring the border between the figurative and the abstract, the mythic and experiential, and the tension between movement and stillness. Her inspiration emerges from myth, landscape and music.

    In the mid 80s-90s, with her husband Mike Patterson, she co-directed music videos for MTV that pioneered a mixed media approach often featuring animation. Together they created the animation for the pop culture icon Take on Me by Norwegian band A-ha, followed by a string of hits including Suzanne Vega’s Luka, which won an MTV moon man for Best Female Video, Sting’s Be Still My Beating Heart , awarded Women in FIlm’s Best Music Video, and Opposites Attract, featuring Paul Abdul and MC Skat Kat, which won the Grammy. In 2006, seven Patterson+Reckinger videos were added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

    In 2011, Candace collaborated with Mike Patterson and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to create an live performance, animated 5-screen visualization of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for the opening festivities of The New World Center in Miami, the world’s first multi-media symphonic concert hall which was designed by Frank Gehry.

    She produced and co-directed Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live I and II in 2011 and 2013. which transformed large architectural spaces into virtual worlds using animated projections, inflatables, live music and lighting. Audiences were immersed in a physical experience as they explored sound visualizations, performances and interactive installations. The events gathered internationally renowned visual music artists work from the US, Europe and Japan in a curated gallery exhibition.

    Candace currently is collaborating with composers to create immersive projected visuals for live music performance.