Ryan Kuo lives and works in New York City. His works are process-based and diagrammatic and often invoke a person or people arguing. This is not to state an argument about a thing, but to be caught in a state of argument. He has used videogame engines, chatbots, web and graphic design, productivity software, and writing to produce circuitous and unresolved movements in which objects are lost and found in white escape routes.
His recent and upcoming projects include a memory engine presented as a self-playing biographical RPG, a hateful little thing whose body fills up white space out of both resentment and necessity; a computer terminal that enforces the Ninth Amendment of the Bill of Rights; an experimental comic book about farming automation, in collaboration with Most Ancient; and an artist’s book about aspirational workflows, File: A User’s Manual, modeled after software guides for power users.
His work has appeared at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), M+ (Hong Kong), Queens Museum (NYC), bitforms gallery (NYC), TRANSFER (LA), left gallery (Berlin), Stroom Den Haag (The Hague), Goethe-Institut China (Beijing), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Copperfield Gallery (London), Goldsmiths (London), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Cambridge), and MIT Media Lab (Cambridge), and has been published in Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, and Rhizome. He was a 2022 Knight Arts + Tech Fellow and a resident at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City), Pioneer Works (NYC), and the Queens Museum Studio Program (NYC).
He holds a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT.
He is not a programmer.