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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.

ACTIVE OCEAN STATIC SALT (2016)

This video was one of the works in UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland Ohio, January 29th - March 25th. UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE was a site-specific installation with Geologic Cognition Society which explored the salt deposit in the Great Lakes region by creating an immersive salt chamber (among other elements).

The video moves through three sequences of wave sets solidifying into stratified salt deposits, these thumbnails are from the first sequence.

The video moves through three sequences of wave sets solidifying into stratified salt deposits, these thumbnails are from the first sequence.

This video was looped and projected on a twenty foot wall as part of a multi-sensory experience that recreated the sensory conditions of the Silurian sea that covered the region over 300 million years ago. In three iterations this video moves from active ocean to static body of salt, much the same way that the salt deposit was formed through successive periods of evaporation and sedimentation.

UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE was made possible with generous support from the Ohio Arts Council through special project funding, and through sponsorship from Cargill Deicing Technology, Cleveland Mine.