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Rhode Island School of Design
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D+M Visiting Artist Series: Ryder Ripps

Ryder Ripps is an artist and creative director who for the past 8 years, has been #breakingtheinternet. Called a “consummate Internet cool kid” by the New York Times, Ripps has a unique practice that has earned him the attention of museums and rappers alike. In 2009 he created Internet Archaeology – archiving and acknowledging artifacts of the consumer internet from when he began making things in 1998. In 2010 he foundeddump.fm, a social network for realtime communication with images – credited as being integral in fostering the current wave of netart. In 2011 he worked with V Magazine and was the force behind VFILES – a vibrant fashion platform. He is the only member of any boy band (HDBOYZ) to have rewritten Ginsberg’s Howl. In 2011 he founded creative agency OKFocus with Jules LaPlace, effectuating forward thinking work for clients such as Nike, MOCA, Kenzo, Soylent, Mike Will Made It, Red Bull, Phillips, Atlantic Records, Instagram, Been Trill and other famous brands and people. He has collaborated with MIA, Ryan Trecartin and Kanye West.