About me:
My name is Ryan Aasen. I'm an artist, photographer, and researcher broadly interested in the intersecting politics and histories of media technology, privacy, and class structure. Lately I've been thinking about rural identities and queerness.

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 a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT, and a BFA in Integrated Media from St. Cloud State University.

Say hi: email me at ryan@ryanaasen.com, or on Instagram @ryan.aasen.
Selected projects:
  1. lonewolf (2016-ongoing) is a nonlinear exploration and documentation of contemporary anxieties around ideas of surveillance, terrorism, and nationalism, and their relationship to the commons.

  2. and the common law in its eternal youth grows to meet the demands of society (2020) is a multi-media project and book about the history of privacy in the United States, and its relationships to wealth, media technologies, and sexuality.

  3. linknyc.info (2017) was a guerilla video installation for LinkNYC kiosks.

  4. NSA (2015) is a multimedia installation looking at the intersecting politics of surveillance, national security, and sexuality.

  5. Vigilant/What I Know (2013) is a video made from found photos of some of the people who helped build Facebook's facial recognition technology.

  6. Homage to a Paper Degree (2013) 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.

  7. Footprint (2012) uses consumer facial recognition technology in an attempt to find people and images deleted from social media.

  8. Anonymous (2011) looks the politics of anonymity through the use of burner phones.

  9. Proxy I (2011)