Mythic immersion.

Drawing upon decades of creative research in immersive storytelling, multisensory composition, mixed reality experience design, theater, dance, ritual, myth, metaphor, embodiment, and evolutionary aesthetics, Neopoetics brings a new kind of experience to virtual reality and beyond.


Heather Raikes specializes in virtual and mixed reality, and dynamic interfaces between the body and technological systems. For the past two decades, she has pioneered next-generation sensory experiences.

Heather leads xR creative development at 8ninths. Previously she held media art faculty positions at the University of Washington, the University of California San Diego and Temple University. She worked extensively in the early New York and San Francisco new media industries, and was a founding partner of Silicon Alley interactive design collective Media Farm. Heather is also former modern dancer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and founder of movement system Neoflow Yoga.

Heather Raikes’ creative work and ideas have been presented throughout the world. She holds a PhD from DXARTS, the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media; an MPS from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and an AB from Duke University. She completed postdoctoral research as an Advanced Research Associate with the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Plymouth, UK.