Paul Ryan - 12-18-95 Air date Paul Ryan is an artist, author and teacher. Mr. Ryan's video art work has been presented in Japan, Turkey, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Equador, and throughout the United States, including at The Primitivism Show at The Museum of Modern Art and The American Century Show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His program for a Hall of Risk in lower Manhattan appeared in the Venice Biennale. His design for an Environmental Television Channel has been presented at a United Nations Conference.NASA published his Earthscore Notational System. Mr. Ryan authored Cybernetics of the Sacred and Video Mind, Earth Mind. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including IS Journal, Millennium, Leonardo, Terra Nova and Semiotica. He studied with both Marshall McLuhan and Gregory Bateson. Mr. Ryan s teaching experience includes New York University, SUNY New Paltz, and Parsons School of Design. Currently he is a Member of the Core Faculty in the Graduate Media Studies Program at The New School in New York City. The Three-Person Solution, book manuscript near completion. Creating Curriculum for Sustainability book manuscript near completion. Video: The Medium is the Message, collected essays, completed. Fire Water Father,(with Jim Ryan) Earth Group, NYC 1997. Video Mind, Earth Mind, Peter Lang Publishers, NYC, 1993. Cybernetics of the Sacred, Doubleday Anchor, NYC, 1974.
Paul Ryan, b. 1943, is a video artist, teacher, writer and theoretician working and living in New York, N.Y. Ryan's work focuses on triadic behavior as it relates to ecological sustainability codified by him into the Earthscore Notational System. His work appeared in the groundbreaking exhibition "TV as a Creative Medium" at Howard Wise Gallery in New York in 1969, and he was a member of the Raindance video collaborative as well as contributor to the seminal video journal Radical Software. (Hide Bio)
Paul Ryan papers, 1943-2008
29.4 linear feet
1 rolled doc.
Biographical material, correspondence, project files, writings, videos, photographs, works of art, and printed material regarding Paul Ryan's career as a video artist, writer, and theoretician.
Biographical material includes Ryan's birth certificate and school records. Personal correspondence is with family. Professional correspondence is with publishers and colleagues Howard Wise, Michael Shamberg, Gene Youngblood, Frank Gillette, Beryl Korot, Jody Sibert, Marga Bijvoet, Aldo Lira, Peter Berg, Michel Foucault and Claude Ponsot. Also included are letters from Gregory Bateson, Al Gore, Marshall McLuhan, Nam June Paik and Jaime Davidovich. Business files pertain to the Gaia Institute, Talking Wood magazine, Eco Channel design, and the Raindance collective, as well as records of the Earthscore Foundation and various contracts. Writings include working drafts of Video Wake for My Father by Ryan, drafts of published and unpublished writings by Ryan, spiral notebooks with annotations and programming for video projects, as well as poetry and creative writing.
Videos, mainly used in preparation for video art, include 47 U-Matic tapes relating to studies of triadic behavior and the Earthscore notational system. Photographs are of Ryan, his friends, family, colleagues, as well as video stills. Works of art include sketches, sketchbooks and drawings by Ryan. Also included are printed materials pertaining to human behavior and training, especially triadic relationships, and other printed material on video art including 4 issues of Radical Software magazine, an announcement for the exhibition TV as a Creative Medium, brochures, exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, materials relating to teaching, and posters for the Hall of Risk project.
How to Use this Collection
Drafts and completed work for Video Wake for my Father: Reproduction for the purposes of publication requires written permission from Paul Ryan, 924 West End Ave, Apt 42, New York, N.Y. 10025.
Paul's video art work has been presented in Japan, Turkey, France, Germany, Holland, Spain and throughout the United States, including at the Primitivism Show at The Museum of Modern Art and The American Century Show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Mr. Ryan authored Cybernetics of the Sacred and Video Mind, Earth Mind. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including IS Journal, Millennium, Leonardo, Terra Nova and Semiotica. NASA published his Earthscore Notation System. Mr. Ryan was part of the early video movement, founded and edited a bioregional magazine in North Jersey, and co-founded and directed the Gaia Institute at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. His design for an Environmental Television Channel has been presented at the United Nations. Mr. Ryan studied with both Marshall McLuhan and Gregory Bateson. His teaching experience includes New York University, SUNY New Paltz, The Savannah College of Art and Design and Parsons School of Design. Currently he is a Member of the Core Faculty in the Graduate Communication Program at the New School University.
N.B. Paul Ryan is available for lectures, workshops, consultations and commissions. Please contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Contact page of this website.
….a fresh synthesis of the artistic and the technological… no refutation of science and technology here: rather, a system is defined which embraces the multiple ways humans 'know,' in order to address the environmental crisis.
John Giancola, Associate Professor of Communications,
Tampa University Former Director of Video Program at New York State Council on the Arts
Interdisciplinary… intercultural… To see what Ryan does with anthropology is to realize what anthropology has become and what if failed to be… Most interesting [is] Ryan's persistent and developing critique of duality …in favor of an assortment of triadic structures…devised…to bring a self regulating openness to human conscious and community…when Ryan takes on duality, he takes on human community and consciousness itself, not an academic commentary.
Thomas De Zengotita, Anthropologist, New York University
Both the ecological possibilities of TV and the problems of fascistic domination of it have been grasped by Paul Ryan-artist and polymath-subtle, complex, relevant, Ryan proposes that we generate feed-back by television from the scientifically informed, thousand eyed demos, the people. This is something new under the sun…decentered, democratic system in which we all can contribute in unpredictable, self-correcting ways.
Bruce Wilshire, Professor of Philosophy, Ruters University
This thinking is remarkably consistent…informed by an intelligent creative use of the theories of Charles S. Peirce, Gregory Bateson, Rene Thom, Nelson Goodman…Ryan makes some original contributions himself in the conceptual realm…he is working in an American tradition of theorizing, exemplified in the work of Buckminster Fuller and John Cage…one of the most innovative explorers… addressing the operations of an electronic civilization on its own terns.
Gregory Ulmer, Professor of Literature, University of Florida
In 2008 The Archives of American Art acquired the papers of Paul Ryan (b. 1943), a pioneering video artist, writer, teacher and theoretician who works and lives in New York City. Ryan’s work appeared in the groundbreaking exhibition TV as a Creative Medium at the Howard Wise Gallery in New York in 1969, and he was a member of the Raindance media collective as well as contributor to its seminal video journal Radical Software. Much of Ryan’s theoretical work focuses on triadic behavior--the interrelation of three units or persons—codified by Ryan into the concept of “threeing” as well as the Earthscore Notational System which draws upon video to address issues of ecological sustainability. The Paul Ryan papers contain primary source materials on Ryan’s individual contributions as well as documentation on the video movement in New York during its germinal phase. The collection is an important addition to the Archives’ research holdings relating to the history of video first formed through the acquisition of the Howard Wise Gallery records in 1971 and augmented more recently through collections such as the Leo Castelli Gallery records and oral history interviews with artists such as Bill Viola, John Baldassari, and Vito Acconci.
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