Hello, my name is Ryan Aasen. I'm an artist and educator broadly interested in the intersecting politics and histories of media technology, privacy, and class structure. I was an MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative fellow, a Northern Lights.mn Art(ists) on the Verge fellow, and my work has been exhibited internationally. I have an MS in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT, and a BFA in Integrated Media from St. Cloud State University. I live and work in New York City where I currently teach at Parsons School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology. (CV)

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selected projects ⬇
Espejo Negro / Black Mirror is a an essay film and book about the industrialization of light from photography to solar panels.
and the common law in its eternal youth grows to meet the demands of society looks at the history of privacy in the United States, and its relationship to wealth, media technologies, and sexuality.
lonewolf is an ongoing nonlinear exploration and documentation of contemporary anxieties around ideas of surveillance, terrorism, and nationalism, and their relationship to the commons.
NSA is a multimedia installation mapping the intersecting politics of surveillance, national security, and sexuality.
Closet Flag
Nationalize Star Wars
Butt Pirates is a semi-autobiographical essay about the effects of technology, geography, and class structure on sexual identities.
Privacy for the 99% (Surveillance for the Rest) is an ongoing research project on the relationship between privacy and class structure.
linknyc.info was a guerilla video installation for LinkNYC kiosks.
I Was There
Vigilant/What I Know is a video made from found photos of some of the people who helped build Facebook's facial recognition technology.
Homage to a Paper Degree was my undergraduate senior thesis project. A multi-media installation based around a series of performances, Homage to a Paper Degree explores the intersections of physical and digital spaces across distance, time, xenophobia, and truth.
Footprint uses consumer facial recognition technology in an attempt to find people and images deleted from social media.
Anonymous looks the politics of anonymity through the use of burner phones.
Proxy I/II