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Ryan de Haan

Alumnus
The City in A Field, 2011
Post Cards From The Apocalypse, 2011
Strategies For A New Horizon, 2010
Step 2, 2010
37 & 37A, 2009
The City in A Field, 2011
Post Cards From The Apocalypse, 2011
Strategies For A New Horizon, 2010
Step 2, 2010
37 & 37A, 2009


  As I scribed I could see the magical threads connect this plane to that and in the end I was no longer erased but fused between the two worlds, the imaginary fictional account and this damned reality. The latter had been the only ground under my steps, the only thing I had relied on and acknowledged. I enjoyed the stories but only as a respite from reality, and one that I placed little of myself or the world around me within. I could not grasp, in the beginning, how those primitive people could see only experiences without time. I could not understand what they were trying to say to me, and as a whole, what my experiences were saying to me throughout the entire journey. Now looking back I am not sure I can even call it such. There is a naivety in calling it that. A journey would imply a beginning and an end. It would imply the graduation of time and person, a dialect of sorts with the new man I become in each passing second. It would give precedence to what hasn't happened yet while too quickly forgetting what has already been. I would often talk about the present and pretend great profoundness in doing so. All these conversations were still based in something else, as was I when I would partake in them. I am present within this story, not moving this way and that through time, not recollecting or hoping for something else, but existing from here to there, in fragments that can come together in any which way, that can be read and reread, and in their own space, as their own account, tell of something more than just the way it is. 


 My work always involves storytelling as it always involves presenting a situation contrary or different than what is actually happening. However, in such, I am not trying to expose the limits of reality or how it has gone wrong, instead I depend upon it in its current state. At the time of the project I need to have the created situation blend and flow with reality; having each work of the other and for the other to cause them to depend upon each other. I am a story teller because, my work, as I have discovered throughout my research, depends upon the audience, it depends upon another set of eyes, another imagination, to not only see it come to life but to give it a reason to exist in a social and cultural context. 

 

 

 






 

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