Bryan is an artist and academic working at the intersection of performance, science, and material culture. He is a PhD candidate at Brown University, where he is affiliated with the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and Brown’s Program in Science and Technology Studies. Through Brown’s Open Graduate Education Program, Bryan is also completing a secondary masters degree in Cultural Anthropology.
His research focuses on the performative aspects of experimental facsimiles, replicas, and agent-based models in science and art. Through these assemblages, he identifies the vestiges of theatre history that make "the copy" more than a mere representation, but rather a forceful intervention into our epistemic, ontic, and aesthetic modes of experience.
His dissertation topic focuses on the theatricality of replicas and facsimiles in the present-day conservation of cultural heritage, where the scientific logic of an experimental system interacts with the aesthetic semblance of theatre. What happens, he asks, when digital replicas allow us to merge reality with fiction, the past with the present, and the one with the many? His case studies include the scientific restoration of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, the precision-manufactured facsimiles of Egyptian tombs by Factum Arte, and the burgeoning world of agent-based modeling in archaeology.
Bryan is trained in theatre and the fine arts, the history of science and society, and cultural anthropology. He has a professional background in directing experimental performance and designing exhibit experiences for museums. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from Brown University, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University.
Prior to returning to academia, Bryan worked at ESI Design in New York City. In 1997, he co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon based performance and media ensemble. He received three Portland Drama Critics Circle Awards for best direction and design of Liminal projects.
"Questa" is my Italian word of the day. A blend of "eccu" (behold) and "ista" (this)—to note the appearance of a thing as real, true, clear.
There is a night thief raiding the dig site in Tuscany. Any archaeological advice for catching or warding off poachers?