Ryan Wade Ruehlen is an interdisciplinary artist predominately working in sound, performance, and installation. Originally from Hays, Kansas, he has exhibited his work internationally. He has shown work in a variety of D.I.Y. spaces, music venues and art spaces including the Denver Art Museum, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tank: Center For The Sonic Arts, The 2016 MediaLive Festival at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Squeaky Wheel Media in Buffalo, NY, AS220 in Providence, RI, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA, 2014 Currents International New Media Arts Festival in Santa Fe, NM, The Paseo Media Art Festival in Taos, NM, The 2020 Borealis Festival's Radio Space in Bergen, Norway, as well as the Biennial of the Americas-Denver. He has published multimedia textual work with Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Materialities of Literature - Impactum Journal, Lunamopolis Press and his textual/sound work is in numerous collections including The Tate in London and The Whitney Museum / New School in New York.
He drifts between roles as a performer, curator, sound designer, media archaeologist, educator, saxophonist / multi-instrumentalist, and currently co-operates Shadowtrash Tape Group, an audio-art cassette label in Arizona & Colorado. Many of his undertakings focus on collaborative efforts and prolonged projects. Operating under a forensic drive to expose specters and data hidden from plain view, he is guided by anarchic impulses and feral approaches to technology. He has received numerous awards including the 2017 Project Society of the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing Program research grant from the IRISS Grand Challenge Society and was a recipient, with the Flinching Eye Collective, of the 2014 Idea Fund Grant, a program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
He received a BFA in studio arts from Fort Hays State University in 2007, an MFA in studio arts at the University of Colorado in 2013 and his PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance at the University of Colorado in 2019. Ruehlen continues to do deep listening multi-modal research and event organizing, including VLF radio, unmanned aerial vehicles, and long range listening stations. He currently lives out in the Sonoran desert of Tucson, AZ, which occupies the traditional territory of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
ryanruehlen @ g m a i l . c o m