Are.na Blog

Learn about how people use Are.na to do work and pursue personal projects through case studies, interviews, and highlights.
Knots, Knits, and Tangles

Knots, Knits, and Tangles

From survival guides to string stories to quipu, every knot is a set of instructions crystallized.
Printing Are.na at Screen Spaces

Printing Are.na at Screen Spaces

Collecting, archiving, and printing a body of research for this week's multi-site exhibition on video culture in NYC.
The North Face

The North Face

Cory Arcangel on pragmatic Norwegian music festivals, our "always on" economy, and EDM stars as the ultimate just-in-time, carbon-guzzling cog.
Andrew Beccone of Reanimation Library

Andrew Beccone of Reanimation Library

An interview with Andrew Beccone on the generative potential of libraries and facilitation as art.
How do you use the internet mindfully?

How do you use the internet mindfully?

An introduction to our book with The Creative Independent
Through the Years

Through the Years

A collection of notable years, frozen in digital amber
Notations & Scores

Notations & Scores

A collection of channels on systems of notation in performance and visual art
The Primary Task of the Tokenizer

The Primary Task of the Tokenizer

Shiraz Gallab argues that tokenism is determined from an external condition, and it’s time we shift our gaze to the tokenizer rather than the token.
A Parade at the End of the World

A Parade at the End of the World

Nate Pyper on the parade as an 'other' space of sociality, perpetually in motion
Radical Digital Painting & Political Rock - 100% Næstekærligheds Tek Radio

Radical Digital Painting & Political Rock - 100% Næstekærligheds Tek Radio

A guest Are.na podcast, brought directly to your ears by artist Jeffrey Alan Scudder and the refugee organization and techno rock band GP&PLS
Before Emoji

Before Emoji

A collection of channels on the origins of digital pictograms
Learning In and Out of School

Learning In and Out of School

DISPATCH Learning In and Out of School A collection of resources on learning, pedagogy, and cooperative education.
The Global Village Coffeehouse Aesthetic

The Global Village Coffeehouse Aesthetic

Woodcuts, tribal imagery, suns, curvy figures, aroma swirls, and earth tones: Evan Collins defines the look of the 90s
The Spaces between Species

The Spaces between Species

A collection of channels feeling out our relationships with non-human beings
Decentralized Web Summit 2018

Decentralized Web Summit 2018

On the ground at the second Internet Archive summit for preserving the open web
Cortney Cassidy of 'Homes'

Cortney Cassidy of 'Homes'

A collection of screenshots from Instagram Stories documenting the interiors of people's homes.
Imagining the Internet: Explaining our Digital Transition

Imagining the Internet: Explaining our Digital Transition

The founder of the Internet Archive surveys the metaphors and images artists have used to understand the Internet and its short history.
Ida C. Benedetto: “What Is An Archive For?”

Ida C. Benedetto: “What Is An Archive For?”

Expanding on Benedetto's talk at SYPartners on archival practice and knowledge management.
Reading Lists

Reading Lists

Ways of seeing belong not just to individuals but to fields and subcultures. The best way to understand the state of a discipline can be to pay attention to what...
A Personal Philosophy of Shared Knowledge

A Personal Philosophy of Shared Knowledge

The Creative Independent's Willa Köerner writes about how to thoughtfully and responsibly illuminate private knowledge-building in a public space
Molly Lehmann and Jeremy Klemundt of Showdown

Molly Lehmann and Jeremy Klemundt of Showdown

On putting together their annual cooking competition house party in Queens, NY
Women in Hypertext: On Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall’s Forward Anywhere

Women in Hypertext: On Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall’s Forward Anywhere

At Xerox PARC in the 1990s, poet Judy Malloy and researcher Cathy Marshall began a collaborative hypertext project through correspondence
Queer Technologies

Queer Technologies

Artworks exploring the nexus of queerness, the body, and technology
Natalia Panzer of Refresh Gallery

Natalia Panzer of Refresh Gallery

Refresh is a home gallery run by Natalia Panzer in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Claire L. Evans, writer and musician

Claire L. Evans, writer and musician

Journalist and musician Claire L. Evans shares the stories of unsung women who shaped the development of the web
The Humble 3x5

The Humble 3x5

Graham Johnson revisits the 3x5 note card, which played a crucial role in documenting, indexing, and linking information in the twentieth century
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

How to know a place as large as L.A. County, five thousand square miles and population eleven million, if not through triangulation?
Elliot Radner of Gossip's Web

Elliot Radner of Gossip's Web

A conversation with Elliott Radner and Laurel Schwulst on Radner's digital "green pages" for artist websites
New Sentimentality

New Sentimentality

Tracking the weird and wild worlds of modern loneliness, affective politics, and digitally mediated sentimentality
Alternate Digital Realities

Alternate Digital Realities

Rounding up a list of browser extensions that present visions of a better Internet and world.
Commonplace Books

Commonplace Books

The commonplace book is a notebook style with roots in the Enlightenment, where thinkers could log the best quotes and insights from their readings.
We are now letting anyone invest in Are.na. Here's why.

We are now letting anyone invest in Are.na. Here's why.

Are.na is changing what an online community can be, and we want you to be a part of the process
Jenny L. Davis

Jenny L. Davis

Editor and sociologist Jenny L. Davis joins us for the third installment of our roundtable on the state of the web.
Keaton Ventura and Mike Spreter of Film Fun

Keaton Ventura and Mike Spreter of Film Fun

Keaton Venture and Mike Spreter of Film Fun talk movies and pop culture.
The Aesthetic

The Aesthetic

This week's collection rounds up channels that build around a unifying visual aesthetic or 'vibe.'
Drew Austin

Drew Austin

We kick off our new roundtable on the state of the web by talking to Drew Austin, blogger at Ribbonfarm and Kneeling Bus.
Visions of the Future

Visions of the Future

This week's collection rounds up channels with distinct visions for the future.
Kei Kreutler, designer and developer

Kei Kreutler, designer and developer

Researcher and designer Kei Kreutler talks satellite observation, augmented reality, and her new project Patternist.
Cybernetics Conference

Cybernetics Conference

Recapping the Cybernetics Conference, held November 15-18 at Prime Produce, NYC.
To 2018

To 2018

Let’s use the agency we have to build an Internet that better serves us all.
Visible Speech

Visible Speech

Visible Speech is an alphabet designed by Alexander Melville Bell, one of several 19th C attempts to produce a universal language.
Paul Soulellis of Library of the Printed Web

Paul Soulellis of Library of the Printed Web

Paul Soulellis talks archival practices, artist publications, and his current studio Counterpractice.
Posture and Gesture

Posture and Gesture

This week's collection focuses on movement, gesture, and the body, from art practices to competitive sports.
Announcing the winners of the 2017 Are.na Grants

Announcing the winners of the 2017 Are.na Grants

We're pleased to announce the recipients of our inaugural Are.na Grants program, a new initiative to support research, writing, and creative projects developed on Are.na.
Sara Cwynar, Artist

Sara Cwynar, Artist

Sara Cwynar is a Canadian artist living in Brooklyn who previously worked as a designer for The New York Times Magazine.
Real-Life Horrors

Real-Life Horrors

If you’re looking for horror, the real world is scary enough.
Towards A Library Without Walls

Towards A Library Without Walls

What might a platform like Are.na mean for librarianship?
Breaking the Sequence

Breaking the Sequence

Experimental comics are works that acknowledge the traditional framework of comics but, rather than adhere to it, tend to tilt, twist, and warp it into other things.
Rachel Rosenfelt, founder of The New Inquiry

Rachel Rosenfelt, founder of The New Inquiry

Rachel Rosenfelt is a co-publisher of The New Inquiry, the creative director for Verso Books, and a 2017-2018 member of NEW INC.
Announcing Are.na Grants

Announcing Are.na Grants

We're pleased to announce the Are.na Grants program, a new initiative to support research, writing, and creative projects developed on Are.na.
The Wildness Knows the Score

The Wildness Knows the Score

On the policing of pets, the intersection of parallel lines, and artists as sentinel species.
2001 – The Year Pop Broke

2001 – The Year Pop Broke

Two nights after the September 11 attacks, Gavin Brown’s West 15th Street art-bar Passerby re-opened to the public.
Are.na Libraries

Are.na Libraries

This week's collection focuses on public databases, resources for self-education, and research techniques.
Brandon Wilner and Willy Smart of Fake Music

Brandon Wilner and Willy Smart of Fake Music

Wilner and Smart discuss the subjectivity of authenticity and fakeness, and the efforts of their label Fake Music to preserve artificiality.
Participatory

Participatory

Participatory channels are open for anyone to add to, creating an experimental environment that encourages play.
The Poetry of Tools

The Poetry of Tools

Tools shape the way we behave. We point, swipe, skim, type, click, send. How can we reconsider the actions we perform in our daily interfaces?
Visions of Connection

Visions of Connection

Revisiting three twentieth-century thinkers who imagined computing technologies as a way to expand and explore the interconnectedness of human knowledge.
Translating Permutation

Translating Permutation

Permutation in the work of Samuel Beckett and Robert Grenier.
Taeyoon Choi, co-founder of School for Poetic Computation

Taeyoon Choi, co-founder of School for Poetic Computation

Taeyoon Choi talks the School for Poetic Computation, diversity in tech, and what it means for a practice to be poetic.
Gossip as Communication System

Gossip as Communication System

Gossip is a historically maligned form of communication, frequently cast as idle, feminized chatter in contrast to the masculine public sphere. Might that reputation speak to its power?
Summer Update

Summer Update

We're making a space on the Internet where we can think clearly and collaborate openly with others on shared interests.
Google Search Aesthetics

Google Search Aesthetics

The mediating aesthetics of Google apps, from Street View to Image Search.
Erik Wysocan and Benjamin Tiven of Library Stack

Erik Wysocan and Benjamin Tiven of Library Stack

Founders Wysocan and Tiven talk through how Library Stack is creating a space for alternative publishing.
Social Activism As Brand Strategy

Social Activism As Brand Strategy

More and more, companies are capitalizing on post-election liberal guilt—using the current political climate as a means to increase monetary gains.
Lisa Cheng Smith, chief design officer at Areaware

Lisa Cheng Smith, chief design officer at Areaware

Lisa Smith of Areaware makes the case for thoughtful product design.
Interface

Interface

Channels related to the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other.
Maintenance As Art

Maintenance As Art

‘Manifesto for Maintenance Art’ was and is a feminist rallying call, a proclamation of the necessity of domestic labor to the same society that sees it as worthless.
Carly Ayres, Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla, Partners of HAWRAF

Carly Ayres, Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla, Partners of HAWRAF

Artists from the studio HAWRAF interview each other about transparency and inclusion.
Margaret Lee, artist and member of Art Against Displacement

Margaret Lee, artist and member of Art Against Displacement

Artist Margaret Lee talks about the origins and mission statement of the Chinatown activist group Art Against Displacement.
Web surfing as Comedy

Web surfing as Comedy

One of my first memories of being online is also one of my first memories of laughing.
Bohm Dialogue

Bohm Dialogue

Introducing David Bohm’s philosophy of dialogue, a methodology for examining and refining thought in a group setting.
Thomas Traum, designer at Traum Inc.

Thomas Traum, designer at Traum Inc.

Thomas Traum is a visual artist and designer who works primarily in motion graphics and 3D illustration at is studio Traum Inc.
Propaganda of the Meme

Propaganda of the Meme

Memes are credited with an increasingly important role as political propaganda, solidifying in-group identity and disseminating ideas in forms that are disarming in their unexpectedness or humor.
Kat Su, Designer at Calvin Klein

Kat Su, Designer at Calvin Klein

Kat Su, designer at Calvin Klein Underwear, talks about her research and design process
A Whole New World

A Whole New World

Channels related to geography, spatial studies, and mapping.
Arpanet - The Analyst

Arpanet - The Analyst

This post is the first in a series of extrapolations on what inspired and influences us at Are.na.
Information Systems

Information Systems

In the 60's and 70's, many people had utopian ideas about what personal networked computers could do for culture and education. Not all of them turned out.
Learning Gardens – One Thousand Aesthetics Blooming

Learning Gardens – One Thousand Aesthetics Blooming

In the Summer of 2013, a few close friends and work colleagues in Austin got together one weekend and decided to start a tiny art school called Sunday School.