Bryan is a fourth-year PhD student 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, with an emphasis on the aesthetics and performativity of digital archaeology.
His research focuses on a well-established romance between two cultures—art and science—and the ways that artists and scientists perform and mimic each other’s experimental abilities in their sensuous pursuit of new forms of knowledge.
"I have always been drawn to the ways that artists and scientists express affection for one another in their experiments," Bryan writes. "This empathy for a disciplinary opposite, whether intentional or not, often produces continuities that contribute to the circulation of new ideas and emotions, or even the spirit of an age."
Bryan's dissertation will address how artists and scientists experiment with reconfigurations of time, space, materiality, and feeling in the dramatized threshold of an experiment. His case studies include the scientific restoration of Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals and the reenactment of an eighteenth century sound event in rural France through present-day geographic information systems (GIS).
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.