My name is Ryan Aasen. I'm an artist, photographer, and researcher currently at MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology. I was a 2015 Northern Art(ists) on the Verge fellow, and my work has been exhibited nationally, including shows at The Soap Factory and The Walker Art Center. I have a BFA in Integrated Media from St. Cloud State University.


As a photographer, I approach documentation with the knowledge that digital technology already autonomously catalogs my life, making easily available things Id rather not have seen. This includes late nights out and embarrassing teenage experiences, as well as things with more subtle implications, such as interests perceived by others as suspicious.

This cataloging has affected the way I present myself in (pseudo-)public spaces as I find myself both avoiding and encouraging photography based on its perceived later life. This has rendered the camera both an ally and an enemy, and my work plays with this duality as I actively implicate myself in the technology I criticize.

With this in mind, my work extends passed documentation, into interaction, through readily available, over-the-counter technologies. Cheap phones, free software, and pirated files all serve as material to interrogate positions of power, and accentuate subversion and transgression within social and political systems.

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