Ryder is an artist, amateur wood-worker, occasional art reviewer and critic, and a very slow reader. He does not come to conclusions quickly, continually shifting and considering until he is thoroughly exhausted… and so is everyone else around him.
Do-it-yourself is a way of thinking that engages in the real world with intellect and risk. It is a form of self-empowerment and an irrational attempt at self-sufficiency.
It exists in the space between necessity and politics that has the potential to grow unique humans.
Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.Japanese Proverb
How did this Begin?
In 2019, during a residency in Japan, Ryder began a series of essays on the mental space from which a DIY amateur operates. Tied in with philosophy and behavioral studies, Ryder rebuts the often alleged thrift of DIY in favor of a unique mindset of rational rebellion and a desire for action. The texts and podcast map out ideas, philosophy, and the political implications of a community that builds without drifting into the psychosis of prepper culture.
And the Title?
Nietzsche has a manuscript called “The Will to Power” and Foucault has a series of essays called “The Will to Truth” and “The Will to Know.” In a sardonic attempt to take a step sideways “The Will to DIY” investigates a space of control, empowerment, and hyper-local truth; working to push back existential angst.
“The Will to DIY”
A series of essays tracing a philosophical path for DIY.
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