of Arts, University of California at Santa Barbara
Art Studio: Emphasis in Digital Imaging
“Telecast” Display contained multiple television sets linked
to a singular, nine-hour, unbroken video feed broadcasting an image of
me watching television. The spatial relationship is organized to suggest
that I am looking directly at the viewer who is, in turn, looking at me.
“Restroom Intercom” Two-way radios were installed in public
lavatories, creating a reciprocal communication link between men’s
and women’s restrooms, transmitting ambient sound and conversation.
“Commemorative Plates” A set of serialized hand-painted plates
are displayed to the audience and accompanied by an infomercial video
in which the cheap, valueless plates are presented as priceless keepsakes.
“Disc A Day” This project catalogues small increments of my
daily life in 15 second MPEG videos. I shot singular 15 second clips everyday
for five consecutive months onto individual floppy discs.
“Damage” Black and white film juxtaposing contrasting visual
and sound elements. Viewer observes locations in which violence has occurred
and is privy to it’s impact or aftermath, while listening to calming,
“Saturation” Brief video clip of a young man engrossed in
a computer screen interspersed with a rapid sequence of corporate advertising
and media images.
“Burst” A series of short black and white videos in which
each clip contains a nearly undetectable burst of alternate footage.
“Free Rides” This project involved driving an automobile through
Santa Barbara, California, displaying a sign reading “free rides”
and picking up passengers. I would then engage in conversation while driving
trusting passengers to any desired destination in an extremely unsafe,
reckless, and convoluted manner.
“Scavenger Hunt” The hunt entailed inventing a religious organization
and creating a false scavenger list containing several “already
obtained” items and two “still needed” items. I went
door-to-door asking for, and often receiving, the two remaining items:
home answering machine tapes and one-dollar bills.
Digital And Still Photography
“Survey 2002” A series of sepia tone photographs of suburban
homes exhibiting American flags.
“Belongings” A continuous, exhaustive digital archive of my
“Identification” This ongoing project features a range of official
“Black And White 35mm Series One” Surveillance photographs
of miscellaneous locations and objects. Viewer must determine and assign
relevance to surveyed images.
“Black And White 35mm Series Two” Photographs capturing the
perspective of an individual imagining or about to commit an act of violence.
The photographs document the moments immediately before and after the
"Our Valuables" ourvaluables.blogspot.com - An ongoing project featuring a range
of individuals, each holding their most valued possession.
"linkinglog" ryandangersims.com/art/linkinglog - A diary wherein each word links to a found image or website.
"The Invisiblog" the-invisiblog.blogspot.com - The world's first invisible blog.
“NeatO” Satirical collaborative project that entailed creating
a mock corporation and selling a non-existent product.
“In the Name of the Place” The first primetime public art project
in television history. Set pieces and props were placed in view of the
camera and broadcast internationally on the Melrose Place television program.
I worked with Constance Penley, chair of UC Santa Barbara's Department of Film Studies, as a film editor for the project.
1997 Northern Mexico
2001 Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
2005 Southern Mexico
2008 Belize, Guatemala
2009 Costa Rica