Welcome, my name is ryanSmith.
I have been busy, making artistic installations for over 10 years. I'm a visual artist, musician, graphic designer, photographer, and a teacher. I've been taking photos since I was a child; been making noise since I was a baby. Over the years, I made videos, and some websites. When I am not in front of the computer making art, I'm outside, traveling... constantly on the move.
photo#1 : "Serenity & Anxiety" still frame from video, printed on transparency paper, 2004
photo#2 : from a live video, "Blurring the Borderline Between Our Waking Life and Our Dream Life", 2009
photo#3 : a detail of " soundNest ", an installation at Artscape, with Dialog+, 2013
photo#4 : a photo from Yellowstone National Park, "Mammoth Hot Springs", 2014
Justin & ryan are Baltimore based multimedia artists. "GamaLama" relates to a series of interactive, musical, installations. Together they've created installations at festivals in Maryland, Pennsylvania, & Delaware. The largest being soundNest, at Artscape (in collaboration with Dialog+ & Liz Swanson LLC).
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"The core vision of [the soundNest Projects] are driven by collaborative interactive installations and performances as a social practice. While our upbeat practice is constantly evolving into new venues, it is always about building the dialogue between individuals in order to build and heal our communities. Communication comes in many forms. Baltimore's experimental sound scene is full of extraordinary talent that is largely unknown by the general public. We provide a uniquely complex colorful interactive installation to work with the musicians. In addition, by providing hand made instruments, we bypass the classic separation between performers and the audience, by melding them into a unity of common purpose. "
Instrumental, mostly improvisational, sounds are created by handmade instruments, run through effects pedals; Xiphoid Process is Justin Miller & ryanSmith. Justin (a member of the Immortal Jellyfish) has been building instruments for years. Xiphoid Process create a wide spectrum of ambient tones, primal rhythms, bowed/droning notes, and harmonious noises. Outside of Xiphoid Process, ryan has been working on his solo, music project “ryanSmith Thoth”. Together Justin & ryan make installation art as GamalLama (Baltimore). They have both performed & exhibited at Artscape, among other local festivals.
At Mushroom City Art Festival, you can experience mushroom foraging, nature art trail walks, lectures, live music, all ages art workshops, interactive art installations and more!! Sculptures, paintings, film, and music inspired by this mysterious mycelial life form will be featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life. Mushroom City is also a space to build community aligned with and beside the wonders of our natural world.