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Ryan Griffis is an artist currently teaching new media art at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His writing has appeared in publications such as New Art Examiner, RePublic, ArtUS, Artlink, Rhizome and Furtherfield. He has curated exhibitions for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Turbulence.org, Greenmuseum.org and George Mason University on themes that include the politics of genetic technologies, energy consumption and artistic forays into agriculture. Under the name Temporary Travel Office, Ryan creates work and publications that attempt to use tourism as an opportunity for critical public encounters. These encounters include public tours of urban parking lots, speculative proposals for parks and hotels and, most recently, a series of experimental guidebooks. These works have been presented in various institutional forums, including the Bureau for Open Culture (Columbus College of Art & Design), AREA Chicago, The Center for Land Use Interpretation and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Recently, he and Sarah Ross began a distributed curatorial project about regional and non-urban geographies under the name Regional Relationships. Ryan was born and raised in Florida.
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