Ryan Dewey’s work is a kind of socially-engaged ecological dreaming that takes shape as installation, performance, research, transformational workshops, and land art.
He has an MA in cognitive science from Case Western Reserve University where he wrote Hack the Experience: Tools for Artists from Cognitive Science (Punctum Books, in press) during two appointments as visiting researcher. He is the founder and principal of Geologic Cognition Society, an art collaborative focused on reconnecting people to nature by building experiences and site-specific installations that play with emotion and perception in effort to shape collective experience of place. His writing on emotional design and landscape design has appeared in international publications including KERB, MONU, and Archinect. His business-as-form/speculative design work been written about in Nicola Twilley’s Edible Geography & Warren Ellis’ newsletter, Orbital Operations. His spatial-emotional practice has been covered by the Psychonomic Society.
His object-based, performance, and installation work pops up in unexpected venues including the British Society for Geomorphology, the American Association of Geographers, the Annenberg School for Communication, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Kickstarter, and living history festivals, as well as more traditional art venues including SPACES, ACRE, and artist run-spaces across the country.