Are.na Blog
Learn about how people use Are.na to do work and pursue personal projects through case studies, interviews, and highlights.
Notes on Blocks
On The Many Copies of the Orchid Pavilion Preface
A centuries-old obsession with a single artwork made in a single moment.
October 5, 2020
William Pan
Notes on Blocks
On Tables
Tables are both infrastructure for and signifiers of our social relations and interactions.
September 24, 2020
Clemens Jahn
Case Study
Onion and Rocks
On two webzine anthologies and publishing an “oral history of the internet.”
July 23, 2020
Laurel Schwulst
Hello World
Open call for Pitches for the Second Are.na Annual
Submissions for essays and interviews should take their root in an Are.na channel and fall loosely under the theme “tend.”
June 30, 2020
Meg Miller
Focus
Teaching the Internet in the time of COVID-19
On new approaches to time, attention, tools, and teaching amid a global pandemic.
June 24, 2020
Rosa McElheny and Simone Cutri
Focus
Code Societies, A Speculative Oral History: On Spirituality and Fellowship
Andreas Jonathan, Eliseo Rivera, and Tina Nguyen talk about relationships as technology and finding spirituality and fellowship apart from dogma.
March 9, 2020
Neta Bomani
Focus
Code Societies, A Speculative Oral History: The Cybernetics of Reproduction
Code Societies’ Melanie Hoff talks with doula and childbirth educator Elizabeth Perez on the subject of the cybernetics of race/ism and sex/ism
February 19, 2020
Neta Bomani
Case Study
When It Changed Part 1: Before the Billboard Ban
In the summer of 1968, Vermont was about to publish a statewide billboard ban, courtesy of environmentalist and eccentric Republican Theodor Riehle.
January 7, 2020
David Reinfurt
Case Study
When It Changed Part 2: The Continued Corporatization of the Web
Fifty years after Vermont's billboard ban, Facebook’s ad strategies prove a threat to American democracy. How did we get here?
January 7, 2020
Eric Li
Case Study
When It Changed Part 3: An Ambient Aftermath
What if software wasn’t designed to capture attention, but instead to promote presence?
January 7, 2020
David Reinfurt and Eric Li
Scene Report
The First Computer Mouse Conference
Dedicated to an object that’s ubiquitous yet already nostalgic, the conference held equal space for history, futurity, and somewhere-else’s.
November 21, 2019
Shea Fitzpatrick
Case Study
Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy
Designing for better channels of intimacy is as important for privacy protection as security protocols
November 12, 2019
Caroline Sinders and Hyphen-Labs
Hello World
Building together
We're committing to being supported entirely by the community we serve.
May 23, 2019
Charles Broskoski
Conversation
Unlearning hierarchy at the Free School of Architecture
How a self-organized summer school is reorienting design education
April 25, 2019
Elisha Cohen, Lili Carr, Karina Andreeva and Tessa Forde
Scene Report
Workshop Debrief: How to Use the Internet Mindfully
Lessons from our workshop with The Creative Independent on building a healthy relationship with the web
April 4, 2019
Leo Shaw
Case Study
The Internet’s Back-to-the-Land Movement
In the 1970s, an analysis of Earth’s finite resources coincided with hundreds of thousands of Americans going off-grid. As we begin to see the limits to online growth, what’s the digital equivalent?
February 7, 2019
Becca Abbe
Dispatch
On Flying, Talismanic Tarmacs, and Soul Delay
An unchronological search for the soul through time.
January 24, 2019
Meg Miller
Dispatch
On Forest Knowledge and Living, Growing Thoughts
A walk through Are.na reveals the tangled assemblages connecting human and non-human life
January 17, 2019
Leo Shaw
Focus
Toph Tucker and Jasmine Lee on Why Restaurant Websites Are Good and We’re All Going to Miss Them
And how labor often gets left out of the discussion around nostalgia for the old web.
January 10, 2019
Meg Miller and Laurel Schwulst
Hello World
Thinking Together
Announcing the new version of Are.na groups
January 8, 2019
Are.na team
Dispatch
Knots, Knits, and Tangles
From survival guides to string stories to quipu, every knot is a set of instructions crystallized.
December 12, 2018
Leo Shaw
Scene Report
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.
December 4, 2018
Ha Duong, Julia Panek, and Lucy Chinen
Scene Report
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.
November 27, 2018
Cory Arcangel
Focus
Andrew Beccone of Reanimation Library
An interview with Andrew Beccone on the generative potential of libraries and facilitation as art.
November 15, 2018
Meg Miller
Hello World
How do you use the internet mindfully?
An introduction to our book with The Creative Independent
November 7, 2018
Leo Shaw
Dispatch
Through the Years
A collection of notable years, frozen in digital amber
November 1, 2018
Leo Shaw
Dispatch
Notations & Scores
A collection of channels on systems of notation in performance and visual art
October 24, 2018
Leo Shaw
State of the Internet
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.
October 17, 2018
Shiraz Gallab
Case Study
A Parade at the End of the World
Nate Pyper on the parade as an 'other' space of sociality, perpetually in motion
October 11, 2018
Nate Pyper
Case Study
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
September 25, 2018
Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Dispatch
Before Emoji
A collection of channels on the origins of digital pictograms
September 20, 2018
Leo Shaw
Dispatch
Learning In and Out of School
DISPATCH Learning In and Out of School A collection of resources on learning, pedagogy, and cooperative education.
September 13, 2018
Leo Shaw
Case Study
The Global Village Coffeehouse Aesthetic
Woodcuts, tribal imagery, suns, curvy figures, aroma swirls, and earth tones: Evan Collins defines the look of the 90s
September 6, 2018
Evan Collins
Dispatch
The Spaces between Species
A collection of channels feeling out our relationships with non-human beings
August 30, 2018
Leo Shaw
Scene Report
Decentralized Web Summit 2018
On the ground at the second Internet Archive summit for preserving the open web
August 13, 2018
Jon-Kyle Mohr
Conversation
Cortney Cassidy of 'Homes'
A collection of screenshots from Instagram Stories documenting the interiors of people's homes.
July 31, 2018
Meg Miller and Laurel Schwulst
Case Study
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.
July 26, 2018
Brewster Kahle
Focus
Ida C. Benedetto: “What Is An Archive For?”
Expanding on Benedetto's talk at SYPartners on archival practice and knowledge management.
July 19, 2018
Leo Shaw
Dispatch
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...
July 10, 2018
Graham Johnson
Case Study
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
June 26, 2018
Willa Köerner
Case Study
Molly Lehmann and Jeremy Klemundt of Showdown
On putting together their annual cooking competition house party in Queens, NY
June 19, 2018
Meg Miller, Laurel Schwulst, and Becca Abbe
Case Study
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
June 12, 2018
Claire L. Evans
Case Study
Queer Technologies
Artworks exploring the nexus of queerness, the body, and technology
May 31, 2018
Shea Fitzpatrick
Conversation
Natalia Panzer of Refresh Gallery
Refresh is a home gallery run by Natalia Panzer in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
May 22, 2018
Meg Miller and Laurel Schwulst
Focus
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
May 15, 2018
Meg Miller
Are.na Influences
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
May 8, 2018
Graham Johnson
Dispatch
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?
April 24, 2018
Graham Johnson
Conversation
Elliott Cost of Gossip's Web
A conversation with Elliott Cost and Laurel Schwulst on Radner's digital "green pages" for artist websites
April 19, 2018
Meg Miller and Laurel Schwulst
Dispatch
New Sentimentality
Tracking the weird and wild worlds of modern loneliness, affective politics, and digitally mediated sentimentality
April 10, 2018
Shea Fitzpatrick
Case Study
Alternate Digital Realities
Rounding up a list of browser extensions that present visions of a better Internet and world.
April 3, 2018
Omayeli Arenyeka
Dispatch
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.
March 27, 2018
Graham Johnson
Hello World
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
March 20, 2018
Are.na Team
State of the Internet
Jenny L. Davis
Editor and sociologist Jenny L. Davis joins us for the third installment of our roundtable on the state of the web.
March 20, 2018
Graham Johnson
Focus
Keaton Ventura and Mike Spreter of Film Fun
Keaton Venture and Mike Spreter of Film Fun talk movies and pop culture.
March 15, 2018
Meg Miller
Dispatch
The Aesthetic
This week's collection rounds up channels that build around a unifying visual aesthetic or 'vibe.'
February 20, 2018
Graham Johnson
State of the Internet
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.
February 6, 2018
Graham Johnson
Dispatch
Visions of the Future
This week's collection rounds up channels with distinct visions for the future.
January 30, 2018
Graham Johnson
Case Study
Kei Kreutler, designer and developer
Researcher and designer Kei Kreutler talks satellite observation, augmented reality, and her new project Patternist.
January 22, 2018
Will Freudenheim
Case Study
Cybernetics Conference
Recapping the Cybernetics Conference, held November 15-18 at Prime Produce, NYC.
January 19, 2018
Sarah Hamerman & David Hecht
Hello World
To 2018
Let’s use the agency we have to build an Internet that better serves us all.
December 21, 2017
Are.na Team
Case Study
Visible Speech
Visible Speech is an alphabet designed by Alexander Melville Bell, one of several 19th C attempts to produce a universal language.
December 12, 2017
Meg Miller
Focus
Paul Soulellis of Library of the Printed Web
Paul Soulellis talks archival practices, artist publications, and his current studio Counterpractice.
November 21, 2017
Meg Miller
Dispatch
Posture and Gesture
This week's collection focuses on movement, gesture, and the body, from art practices to competitive sports.
November 14, 2017
Will Freudenheim
Hello World
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.
November 9, 2017
Are.na Team
Focus
Sara Cwynar, Artist
Sara Cwynar is a Canadian artist living in Brooklyn who previously worked as a designer for The New York Times Magazine.
November 7, 2017
Meg Miller
Dispatch
Real-Life Horrors
If you’re looking for horror, the real world is scary enough.
October 24, 2017
Are.na Team
Case Study
Towards A Library Without Walls
What might a platform like Are.na mean for librarianship?
October 20, 2017
Karly Wildenhaus
Case Study
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.
October 17, 2017
Shea Fitzpatrick
Focus
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.
October 3, 2017
Meg Miller
Hello World
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.
September 25, 2017
Are.na Team
Case Study
The Wildness Knows the Score
On the policing of pets, the intersection of parallel lines, and artists as sentinel species.
September 19, 2017
Laurel Schwulst
Case Study
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.
September 12, 2017
Asher Penn
Dispatch
Are.na Libraries
This week's collection focuses on public databases, resources for self-education, and research techniques.
August 29, 2017
Are.na Team
Focus
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.
August 22, 2017
Meg Miller
Dispatch
Participatory
Participatory channels are open for anyone to add to, creating an experimental environment that encourages play.
August 15, 2017
Anastasia Davydova Lewis
Case Study
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?
August 10, 2017
Mindy Seu
Are.na Influences
Visions of Connection
Revisiting three twentieth-century thinkers who imagined computing technologies as a way to expand and explore the interconnectedness of human knowledge.
August 1, 2017
Will Freudenheim
Case Study
Translating Permutation
Permutation in the work of Samuel Beckett and Robert Grenier.
July 25, 2017
Bryce Wilner
Focus
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.
July 18, 2017
Meg Miller
Case Study
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?
July 11, 2017
Sarah Hamerman
Hello World
Summer Update
We're making a space on the Internet where we can think clearly and collaborate openly with others on shared interests.
July 6, 2017
Charles Broskoski
Dispatch
Google Search Aesthetics
The mediating aesthetics of Google apps, from Street View to Image Search.
June 27, 2017
Will Freudenheim
Focus
Erik Wysocan and Benjamin Tiven of Library Stack
Founders Wysocan and Tiven talk through how Library Stack is creating a space for alternative publishing.
June 18, 2017
Meg Miller
Case Study
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.
June 13, 2017
Allyn Hughes
Focus
Lisa Cheng Smith, chief design officer at Areaware
Lisa Smith of Areaware makes the case for thoughtful product design.
June 6, 2017
Meg Miller
Dispatch
Interface
Channels related to the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other.
May 30, 2017
Are.na Team
Case Study
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.
May 23, 2017
Meg Miller
Focus
Carly Ayres, Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla, Partners of HAWRAF
Artists from the studio HAWRAF interview each other about transparency and inclusion.
May 16, 2017
Meg Miller
Focus
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.
May 9, 2017
Meg Miller
Case Study
Web surfing as Comedy
One of my first memories of being online is also one of my first memories of laughing.
May 3, 2017
Stephanie Kwak
Are.na Influences
Bohm Dialogue
Introducing David Bohm’s philosophy of dialogue, a methodology for examining and refining thought in a group setting.
April 25, 2017
Charles Broskoski
Focus
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.
April 18, 2017
Meg Miller
Case Study
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.
April 11, 2017
Francis Tseng
Focus
Kat Su, Designer at Calvin Klein
Kat Su, designer at Calvin Klein Underwear, talks about her research and design process
April 4, 2017
Meg Miller
Dispatch
A Whole New World
Channels related to geography, spatial studies, and mapping.
December 15, 2016
Are.na Team
Are.na Influences
Arpanet - The Analyst
This post is the first in a series of extrapolations on what inspired and influences us at Are.na.
December 5, 2016
Chris Sherron
Hello World
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.
November 17, 2016
Are.na Team
Case Study
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.
November 16, 2016
Lukas WP & Édouard U