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I'M INTERESTED IN HELPING PEOPLE EXPERIENCE THE WORLD IN NEW WAYS. 

My upcoming book Hacking Experience: New Tools from Cognitive Science for Artists is in preparation for Punctum Books (NYC). It's a book that translates cognitive science into tools that radically enhance the way artists tell stories. I design experiences in the physical world as a form of myth making by harnessing attention and spatial rhetoric. I'm also principal designer for Geologic Cognition Society, a post-disciplinary research-driven design group. I've lived in ChicagoEngland, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and Hawai'i (among other places), Hawaii made the most sense to me. At the moment, I live in Ohio and I'm exploring the Great Lakes region for a few projects I'm wrapping up.

Find me on Twitter @RyanDewey, or get in touch here.

EXPLORING THE SALT MINES UNDER LAKE ERIE

In October I led a trip with Geologic Cognition Society into the salt mines almost 2000 feet under Lake Erie. This was in preparation for our exhibit at SPACES gallery in Cleveland Ohio which opened on January 29th. Details about the show are here.

This deposit is over 300 million years old from when the Great Lakes region and much of upper North America were covered in the shallows of a Silurian tropical sea. The coral reefs at the floor of this shallow sea fossilized and turned to limestone which formed a solid basin for the salt deposit to form over time as the waters evaporated. Time passed, glaciers came and went, and the salt deposit was covered with glacial till and rock. Here are some study shots I took of the salt deposit inside the mine. I used these during the production of the salt chamber that we installed in the vault at SPACES. Take a peek:

If you're in Cleveland between now and March 25th (2016), be sure to stop by SPACES, it's open to the public and is free to see the show. 

Inside the immersive salt chamber installed at SPACES gallery in Cleveland Ohio. Read about the exhibit in the gallery archive.

Inside the immersive salt chamber installed at SPACES gallery in Cleveland Ohio. Read about the exhibit in the gallery archive.