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A Finding Aid to the Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

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Series 5: Project Files, 1968-2008
6.5 linear feet
Boxes 11-17, 20, OV 21-22, 24, RD 26

This series includes documentation of projects Ryan carried out or participated in, including video productions, performances, conferences, art projects, and publications.
Many of the projects documented in this series reflect Ryan's explorations of the use of video to monitor and interpret two seemingly different subjects, environmental change and human behavior in relationships, explored through a routine invented by Ryan called triadic behavior, or threeing. Other projects document early explorations of the use of video, mainly "Video Wake for my Father," a performance for video that saw many iterations, including a private performance, a public performance, an edited video program, and a published script.
The series includes 47 videocassettes (U-Matic) out of the hundreds of video recordings created by Ryan. A printout of the database Ryan kept of his video recordings is available in series 5.3: Other Projects, under the heading "Video Preservation." Tape numbers listed in the container list for this series refer to numbers assigned in that database and on the tapes themselves.
See detailed descriptions below for more information about the content of the series.
5.1: Environmental Projects
5.2: Threeing Projects
5.3: Other Projects
Documentation is filed alphabetically under a project title where one exists. Projects for which only a proposal or outline exists are filed under the heading of proposals. Many of the projects and proposals represented in this series are related to one another and contain related documentation. Cross-references are supplied in the container listing to point researchers to related documentation.
See also series 6, Teaching Files, for documentation of educational programs developed as an outgrowth of the Earthscore Notational System; series 4, Organizational Records, for records relating to organizations that supported Ryan's video work; and series 3, Writings, for related theoretical writings closely related to the projects in this series.
Series is arranged as 3 subseries:

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