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Ryan Smith

MA work

The Ritual of Mechanical Reproduction

A practice of appropriation and rituals using technologies through untraditional methods. The project looks at new ways of manipulating text and imagery by exploiting the role in which modern devices can play in art. The outcomes are then processed and decided through a set environment and system. Illegible texts are reconstructed into a sound piece, giving new interpretations to the words.


  • Ryan Smith
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2014

  • My work predominantly focuses on real-time interactions with every-day objects and technologies. By using a range of techniques and devices I attempt to blur the lines between physical and digital based practices.

    Previous works have included a community-based sound installation for a London council, as well as video projections and film screenings at various galleries and museums.

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Communication, University of Sunderland, 2011
  • Experience

  • Design Consultant for Lambeth Council, Brixton Society, 2013-14
  • Exhibitions

  • Synthetic Aesthetics, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014; Unsilent Movie, Samwon Paper Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2014; 1900's, Gallerie Chartier, New Haven, USA, 2014; Abstract Currents, Museum of Modern Art and Pop Rally, New York, USA, 2013; Urban Prototyping, Shoreditch Digital Festival, London, 2013; Acoustic Images, Royal College of Art, London, 2013
  • Awards

  • Funding for OSU: Open Sound Unit, 2014; Sir James Knott Scholarship, 2013