Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.Japanese Proverb
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.
Most of Ryder’s art comes from a misunderstanding he is trying to come to grips with. Reading stuff helps, and talking through nebulous ideas and vague impressions can show them to be rubbish, or perhaps another perspective may arise out of a contradiction not considered until spoken aloud.
Do-it-yourself is a statement about rejection and personal empowerment. It is the space between necessity and politics that has the potential to grow unique humans.
The podcast is a workbench to play with thoughts based on readings and observations. In part to document ideas as an audio journal, the podcasts forces Ryder to organize his differed observations into something resembling coherent thought.
In 2019, during a residency, Ryder began a series of essays on the mental space from which a DIY amateur operates. Rebutting the often alleged thrift of DIY in favor of a mindset of rebellion and action the podcasts walk through the political implications of a community that builds without drifting into the psychosis of prepper culture.
“The Will to DIY”
A series of essays tracing a philosophical path for DIY.
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