For me the greatness of Paul Ryan’s video images of water is that they are not pictures of water, they are pictures of chreods, those necessary, complex, and beautiful forms that appear everywhere in the world where stable change continually occurs. These are not landscape images, not sentimental, not appropriating. They are intensely engaged with the rules of multi-dimensional flow and are a model for the mutually affirmative resonance of water flows and human flows.

- Stephanie Strickland, Digital & Print Poet



Coastal Chreods (01:05)

Rocks and tides create an array of waterflow patterns. These flow patterns can be called ‘chreods’, a word meaning ‘necessary paths’. This series of twenty-one chreods along the coast of Maine was produced in 2005 by Paul Ryan. Ryan sees these chreods as ‘’notes’ scored by nature that can be rendered in video using his Earthscore Notation System. Silent. Avialable from EAI.

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Digital Whitewater (08:45)

This is a 9 minute video only version of the third movement of Bow Falls. This movement features the integration of digital camera articfacts into the whitewaters of Bow Falls. The full 26 minute version of Bow Falls is a video/audio collaborative interpretation of the waterfall in Banff, Canada by Paul Ryan and Annea Lockwood in accord with the Earthscore Notational System. Paul Ryan uses handheld camerawork, slow motion, reverse motion and negative color fields to compose four movements in video. Using only non-sync sound gathered at Bow Falls, audio artist Annea Lockwood creates a sound composition that both renders waterflow patterns and engages in a play of differences with the video images. Bow Falls was co-produced with the Banff Art Centre. Contact EAI for Bow Falls.

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Rifle Falls (05:00)

This study uses normal and reversed color fields in camera as well as slow motion and reverse editing to render this triple cascade of water in Rifle, Colorado. Silent. Produced in accord with the Earthscore Notational System.

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Rockweed Paintings - Series 2 (03:55)

This video composition celebrates how the ebb and flow of tidewaters move rockweed along the coast of Mount Desert Island in Maine. Reversal of the color field takes place in camera so you see the same color field as the artist sees. In the edit, the orientation of the image and the direction of the tape are both changed to avoid jump cuts and create transitions that enhance continuity of perception. The speed of the tape is altered in accord with the proportions of the golden mean to better render the internal rhythms of the movement. Full Tape, available form EAI, includes six series of rockweed images that run for 45 minutes. Silent. Most suitable for ambient viewing. Contact EAI

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Tapping on Water #3 (14:00)

This tape presents a wilderness waterfall set off by the urban sounds of tap dance. The objective is to interpret the structure of natural patterns for the video viewer. All choices in the production of the sample support this objective. 1) Recording in reverse color to avoid the cliches of established waterfall imagery and highlight motion. 2) Framing and scanning for underlying patterns. 3) Use of slow motion and reverse motion to reveal patterns. 4) After initial scan of site, sequencing of A/B roll edits down the waterfall from top-to-bottom in accord with the patterns of falling water as ‘edited’ by the rocks. 5) Directing the tap dancer and the sound mixer to accentuate the flow patterns of water. Just as satellites scan weather turbulence for patterns so this video scans waterfalls. The waterfall is in the Rocky Mountains, Tap Dancer, Brenda Bufalino. Sound mix, Zoe McDougall. Complete ‘Tapping on Water’ series at EAI.

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Silent Water Music - Rio Grande (14:00 )

is a soundless video meditation on water patterns in the Rio Grande. Water has no constant form but takes shape in response to the things it touches. In this video, the things include mud flats, sprigs of plants, dancing sunlight, sand, and stones. The shapes taken by the water are set off using a range of techniques such as recording with a negative color field in camera and varying the orientation and speed of the video in the editing room. Contact EAI.

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Remembering Water Children (07:00)

In his book Liquid Life, William la Fleur details how Japanese Buddhists honor miscarried, still born and abortioned children. These beings are thought of as 'water children' who,- after experimenting with taking human form in the womb,- return, or are returned, to the formless state of pure possibility. In Japan, people commemorate their water children in public places, often bringing toys and siblings. This series of seven water images commemorate water children in Western Culture;- unborn, unnamed and unknown. The images were recorded by Paul Ryan using a range of in-camera techniques for observing water such as negative color field. Amir Husak assisted with the video editing and designed and composed the sound. Video editing techniques include creating symmetric formats for water flow and altering the speed, direction and orientation of the water movement. Contact EAI for showings.

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