Linda Ryan (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, facilitator, and arts researcher. She is currently the Research Coordinator at LaPlaca Cohen and an incoming Artist-in-Residence in the BRIClab Video Art residency track. Her artistic work pulls from movement, video art, and immersive media to explore physical embodiment through digital means. Much of her artistic work deals with gaze and is oriented by, though not always explicitly about, her experiences as a visually impaired artist.
Her research experience is broad, but her current interests lie in what she has playfully dubbed “the somatics of the internet”; that is, how bodies show up (or don’t show up) in the way humans gather online. In cover letters and fancy meetings, she calls this creative placemaking for the digital world.
Linda holds a BA in dance from The George Washington University, where she studied under Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Maida Withers, Anthony Gongora, and Matt Reeves. She is a former artist-in-residence at PlySpace, Keshet Dance+ Center for the Arts, the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, and Nimbus Dance Company’s OFFLINE Thrive performance series. She served as co-chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee from 2020-2021, where she facilitated critical dialogue on cultural equity in the dance community. She has presented her work in dance/technology at the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) annual conference and the 7th International Conference on Movement in Computing (MOCO), and has taught dance/technology to children and adults across the country. From 2019 to 2022, she worked for the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, where she conducted medical research in biomechanics, injury epidemiology, and the psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on performing artists.