One body of his work adds to the Internet’s perpetual swarm, the other freezes time to reflect on the deluge of images and information we consume. Artist, designer, philosopher and prankster, Ryder Ripps makes work both for and about our digital lives. His site design for M.I.A. and work with Ryan Trecartin for W are high profile, but collaborating with strangers and passersby online is what Ripps finds most rewarding. Dump.fm, his aesthetically influential brainchild, is a real-time site where people communicate with images, riffing with each other using pictures, conversing with visual content. He is currently developing Solid State Tomb, tombstones embedded with solid state drives holding the collected ephemera and memories of a life. These are then meant to be accessed and shared with future generations of family, also acting as a historical document for the greater culture. Upcoming collaborations include an Internet project with people too famous to name and an installation with Mark Essen and Thunderhorse Video at Eyebeam gallery.
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