The Way I See It

Ryan Kuo. The Way I See It, 2017
ACT at MIT

This is my basic experience of America. It has framed me incorrectly, and more importantly, has done so with a particular insistence. I think I’m responding to the absoluteness of the American frame.

Ryan Kuo

Artist and ACT alumnus Ryan Kuo (SMACT ’14) has recently been the subject of an Artist Profile in Rhizome, the preeminent venue for artists working with digital technologies and the internet, and is an affiliate in residence at the New Museum in New York.

Part of a series of interviews with artists who have developed a significant body of work that makes use of, or responds to, network culture and digital technologies, this feature consists of an extended interview with Kuo conducted by Celine Katzman, a writer and artist based in New York. In this written conversation, Kuo describes his working methodology and elaborates on the conceptual parameters underpinning a group of his recent projects.

One of these is Kuo’s essay “In Submission,” published this year in Art Journal Open, an online project from the College Art Association, the principal professional association in the United States for practitioners and scholars of art, art history, and art criticism. Commissioned by art historian Gloria Sutton, the then-editor of Art Journal Open and current ACT Research Affiliate, the essay  “begins a three-part series that addresses the broader ways in which publishing content online requires submitting to the politics inherent to its design protocol.”  Following the essay are Tables of Content, a web-based artwork constructed from HTML tables, and “Building a Table,” which contextualizes Kuo’s examination of containers, white space, and whiteness. In the Rhizome interview, Kuo also talks extensively about his recent projects Family Maker (2017), an in-progress software application that conveys family dynamics using the ubiquitous macOS interface, and File (2016-ongoing), a hypertext process work commissioned by the writer Nora N. Khan for the Berlin-based Left Gallery, which digitally distributes the work.

Ryan Kuo works and lives between Cambridge and New York. He recently completed a fellowship supported by an NEA Art Works Grant at Residency Unlimited in New York, which culminated with Collapse of Vision, a group exhibition at Equity Gallery in the Lower East Side. Kuo presented The Way I See It (2017), an autonomous game application featuring 3D models of IKEA furniture and an immersive soundtrack.

Starting in February 2018, Kuo will enter the Queens Museum Studio Program in New York City. To learn more about Kuo’s work, please visit his website.