Are.na Blog
Learn about how people use Are.na to do work and pursue personal projects through case studies, interviews, and highlights.
Case Study
What Do People Do All Day?
On how things are made, who gets to make them, and how labor and time gets leveraged.
July 21, 2021
Michael Bell-Smith
Case Study
Limitlessness and Limitations: Defining Dark Matters
An assemblage of knowledge established within our mutual histories
July 13, 2021
American Artist and Zainab Aliyu
Case Study
Who Cares?
As long as computers are built to be in service of, the limits of their intelligence will always be the limits of their suzerain.
July 1, 2021
Emma Rae Bruml Norton
Hello World
Open call for Pitches for the 2022 Are.na Annual
Submissions should take their root in an Are.na channel and fall loosely under the theme “portal.”
June 24, 2021
Meg Miller
Case Study
Tenderness Shares A Root With Attention
How have tending and attention changed over time and across contexts, and what might that evolution teach us? 
June 15, 2021
Juliana Castro
Notes on Blocks
On Mental Maps
"By cataloguing media relative to my fears, desires, and stresses, I’m able to trace my evolving reality." 
May 25, 2021
Cedric Payne
Notes on Blocks
On Surface Duetting Space
An ongoing exploration on how surfaces interact with the spaces they inhabit.
May 18, 2021
Rohan Chaurasia
Notes on Blocks
On Fugue
Loops, cycles, knots, revolutions, and the development of a new game called Fugue.
May 11, 2021
Francis Tseng
Notes on Blocks
On Practice (In Theory)
“Some of the blocks are like bookmarks for lines of research that I want to delve more deeply into.”
May 5, 2021
Dodi King
Focus
Webs of Care
Ingrid Raphael talks with Rae Dand and Onelson Nicholas about how care is activated when our needs are met
April 20, 2021
Ingrid Raphael
Case Study
Place Holder
Ecology is a weird compass, and through attendance, we can learn to use it.
April 14, 2021
Austin Wade Smith
Case Study
Measuring the Internet as a Gesture of Tending (Towards)
“How are you? No really, how are you?”
April 2, 2021
Lai Yi Ohlsen
Focus
Khorasan Dreamscapes 
On Afghan diaspora communities, film representation, and the practice of collectively cataloguing knowledge as it expands
March 31, 2021
Rona Akbari and Weeda Azim
Notes on Blocks
On Engulfment and Escapism
Exploring the distinction between a life of occurrences versus a life lived and savored.
March 18, 2021
Emily Nabnian
Notes on Blocks
On Indexing
“By walking the same route around my apartment everyday, I was in a choreography of noticing and collecting.”
March 11, 2021
Ritu Ghiya
Case Study
On Memory Palaces & Visual Computation
And using an ancient mnemonic device as an organizational tactic for storing and archiving information online.
March 4, 2021
Taulant Sulko
Notes on Blocks
On Worldbuilding
Creating a future from the intersection of Blackness, rest, and technology in our past and present.
February 25, 2021
Kai Jenrette
Focus
Holding Hands
On meeting online, dating during a pandemic, and growing an internet garden together—an Are.na love story
February 17, 2021
Lily Nguyen and Fiona Carty
Case Study
A Place for Relating to Water
Examining the desire to recreate controllable environments that fit within our own scales and bounds.
January 19, 2021
Lucy Siyao Liu
Case Study
Southern Electronics and Grassroots Technologies 
Black people are the dependent variable in the progression of civilization, not a function of it.
December 22, 2020
R.C. Clarke
Hello World
Introducing the Second Are.na Annual
The Are.na Annual Too, themed “tend,” is now available.
December 16, 2020
Meg Miller
Focus
Tools for Cultural Production: Archiving Voice, Culture, and Community
Omar Mohammad, Shiraz Gallab, Florence Fu, and Darin Buzon on self-preservation
December 9, 2020
Omar Mohammad
Notes on Blocks
On Karen Blixen’s Flowers
The famous Danish author was also a talented, intuitive, somewhat unhinged arranger of flowers.
December 2, 2020
Meg Miller
Case Study
Hyperland, Intermedia, and the Web That Never Was
Before the Internet, hypermedia projects explored open frameworks for moving through a body of knowledge
October 27, 2020
Claire L. Evans
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 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
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
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
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
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
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