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

Case Study:
Visible Speech

December 12, 2017
Visible Speech
“A sentence or paragraph is like a chord or harmonic sequence in music: its meaning may be more clearly understood by the attentive ear, even though it is read in silence, than be the attentive intellect.” —Ursula K. Le Guin in the introduction to Left Hand of Darkness …

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Paul Soulellis of Library of the Printed Web

November 21, 2017
Paul Soulellis of Library of the Printed Web
Paul Soulellis is a designer, artist, and educator who is probably best known for his Library of the Printed Web, an expanding archive of web-to-print artists’ publications. The first Printed Web publication came together in the summer of 2013 while Soulellis was at an artists’ residency in Iceland. At the …

A Collection of Channels:
Posture and Gesture

November 14, 2017
Posture and Gesture
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. This entry focuses on movement, gesture, and the body—from experiments with motion to instances of artistic gesture in competitive sport. …

Hello World:
Announcing the winners of the 2017 Are.na Grants

November 09, 2017
Announcing the winners of the 2017 Are.na Grants
We are pleased to announce four recipients in the inaugural Are.na Grants program, a new initiative to support research, writing, and other creative projects being developed and built on Are.na. We selected one winner for the individual and group categories and selected two winners for the API category. Each winner …

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Sara Cwynar, Artist

November 07, 2017
Sara Cwynar, Artist
Sara Cwynar is a Canadian artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Before she switched to photography and art-making full time, she worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times Magazine, an experience she credits with informing her mode of working today. Her process involves near-constant culling and paring …

A Collection of Channels:
Real-Life Horrors

October 24, 2017
Real-Life Horrors
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. Our latest installment assures us that if you’re looking for horror, the real world is scary enough. …

Case Study:
Breaking the Sequence

October 17, 2017
Breaking the Sequence
“Minimal, maximal, without characters, made of sensations, or of emptiness, mute, aesthetic, close to abstraction. You will discover toxic undergrowth, extinguished suburbs, melancholic sci-fi stories, fake magazine covers, modern love relationships, and visions of the near future.” — Lagon Revue No. 3: GOUFFRE …

Case Study:
Towards A Library Without Walls

October 10, 2017
Towards A Library Without Walls
A few weeks ago, fellow Are.na user Sam Hart posed the question in the Are.na Personals channel, “What might ‘librarianship’ mean for a platform like Are.na?” Embedded within this question is the inverse—what might a platform like Are.na mean for librarianship? …

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Rachel Rosenfelt, founder of The New Inquiry

October 03, 2017
Rachel Rosenfelt, founder of The New Inquiry
Rachel Rosenfelt is a co-publisher of The New Inquiry, the creative director for Verso Books, associate director of the department of Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at The New School, and a 2017-2018 member of NEW INC. She founded The New Inquiry in 2009, along with friends Mary Borkowski and …

Hello World:
Announcing Are.na Grants

September 25, 2017
Announcing Are.na Grants
Strictly speaking, Are.na is a framework for drawing connections between pieces of information. Thanks to the people that use and support us, it has become a richly layered and complex space for meaning-making, collaboration, and organizing thought. …

Case Study:
The Wildness Knows the Score

September 19, 2017
The Wildness Knows the Score
About a year and a half ago, a friend on Are.na suggested my channel Wild Animals vs. Manmade Materials would be better without the pets. …

Case Study:
2001- The Year Pop Broke

September 12, 2017
2001- The Year Pop Broke
The 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats starts with a plane crash. Boy band Du Jour, having found subliminal messages inserted into their recordings by their label, Mega Records, confront their manager who discards the group by crashing their private jet, parachuting to safety in the suburb of Riverdale. After …

A Collection of Channels:
Are.na Libraries

August 29, 2017
Are.na Libraries
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. Are.na Libraries focus on channels that act as resources for self-education, collecting readings, public databases and researching techniques. …

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Brandon Wilner and Willy Smart of Fake Music

August 22, 2017
Brandon Wilner and Willy Smart of Fake Music
Brandon Wilner and Willy Smart met in 2012 in New Harmony, Indiana, where they were both attending the Summer Forum residency. It was there that their first discussions of running a label that would release only “fake” music began. Over the years, it would go on to take a few …

A Collection of Channels:
Participatory

August 15, 2017
Participatory
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. Participatory channels are open for anyone to add to, creating an experimental environment that encourages play. …

Case Study:
The Poetry of Tools

August 10, 2017
The Poetry of Tools
“Digital poems are not necessarily ‘poems’ written by ‘poets;’ they are found in ads, conceptual art, interactive displays, performative projects, games, or apps. Poetic tools include algorithms, browsers, social media, and data… Digital poetry will be perceived as living, because it is living.” — David Jhave Johnston …

Are.na Influences:
Visions of Connection

August 01, 2017
Visions of Connection
Are.na Influences is a series in which we discuss some of the ideas that continue to provide inspiration to us while building this platform together. In this post, Will Freudenheim revisits three twentieth century thinkers who imagined computing technologies as a way to expand and explore the interconnectedness of human …

Case Study:
Translating Permutation

July 25, 2017
Translating Permutation
A black-stroked, white-filled table sits centered on the light-gray background of a browser window. Below the table in a slightly darker gray: two bevelled, rectangular buttons bearing the words “Back” and “Next.” Upon clicking the latter, sentence fragments, letters, lists, names, nouns, and numbers populate the table. All of the …

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Taeyoon Choi, co-founder of School for Poetic Computation

July 18, 2017
Taeyoon Choi, co-founder of School for Poetic Computation
I only became acquainted with Taeyoon Choi a few months ago, but after I heard his name once I began seeing it everywhere. In 2013, Choi co-founded the School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) with a group of three other artists and teachers. At the time of its launch, SFPC got …

Case Study:
Gossip as Communication System

July 11, 2017
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. But gossip’s bad reputation speaks to its power. Through its rapid spread and the instability of its content, gossip, as public secret, calls into question established social hierarchies and …

Hello World:
Summer Update

July 06, 2017
Summer Update
These days, it’s commonplace to hear complaints about what the Internet is doing to our brains. Without naming names, “I hate insert social media platform here” is a phrase that I hear on a regular basis. I’m sure you experience more or less the same thing. As to why we …

A Collection of Channels:
Google Search Aesthetics

June 27, 2017
Google Search Aesthetics
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. …

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Erik Wysocan and Benjamin Tiven of Library Stack

June 18, 2017
Erik Wysocan and Benjamin Tiven of Library Stack
Erik Wysocan and Benjamin Tiven are both artists and publishers in their own right. When they met at the start of 2015, they immediately began formulating an idea for a platform that supports the kinds of digital art publications they both participate in. That idea has since become Library Stack, …

Case Study:
Social Activism As Brand Strategy

June 13, 2017
Social Activism As Brand Strategy
In January, around the time of the Women’s March on Washington, my pilates studio wrote an Audre Lorde quote on the chalkboard near the door: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” At first it made me feel a kinship …

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Lisa Cheng Smith, chief design officer at Areaware

June 06, 2017
Lisa Cheng Smith, chief design officer at Areaware
If you haven’t heard of Areaware, it’s still very possible you’ve come across their work—the design objects they produce are found everywhere from museum stores and local boutiques to the pages of the New York Times. Each of their seasonal catalogs is full of original works from small studios and …

A Collection of Channels:
Interface

May 30, 2017
Interface
A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. Interface focuses on channels related to the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other. …

Case Study:
Maintenance As Art

May 23, 2017
Maintenance As Art
There is an unsung correlation between the perpetuity of upkeep and society’s reliance on it. The work that never ends is the work that keeps households, communities, the whole world economy afloat. The continuity of menial housework, the circuitousness of tidying up a city that will inevitably get dirty again, …

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

May 16, 2017
Carly Ayres, Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla, Partners of HAWRAF
The first time I talked to HAWRAF was in an interview in the days right after the election when things were a blur. Like all conversations during that time, ours started with some variation of “Everything feels doomed,” but we didn’t dwell on it much beyond that. Carly Ayres, Andrew …

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Margaret Lee, artist and member of Art Against Displacement

May 09, 2017
Margaret Lee, artist and member of Art Against Displacement
In almost every interview that exists online with Margaret Lee, the one thing that undoubtedly gets brought up is the number of different jobs she holds. A widely exhibited artist in her own right, with past shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and MoMA PS1, among many others, …

Case Study:
Web surfing as Comedy

May 03, 2017
Web surfing as Comedy
One of my first memories of being online is also one of my first memories of laughing. …

Are.na Influences:
Bohm Dialogue

April 25, 2017
Bohm Dialogue
Are.na Influences is a series in which we discuss some of the ideas that continue to provide inspiration to us while building this platform together. In this post I’m going to introduce David Bohm’s philosophy of dialogue, a methodology for examining and refining thought in a group setting. …

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Thomas Traum, designer at Traum Inc.

April 18, 2017
Thomas Traum, designer at Traum Inc.
Thomas Traum is a visual artist and designer who works primarily in motion graphics and 3D illustration at his studio Traum Inc. Thomas grew up in Germany before studying New Media at Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland. After school, he moved to London, where he still lives. …

Case Study:
Propaganda of the Meme

April 11, 2017
Propaganda of the Meme
Parallel to the 2016 United States election ran a conflict that mainstream media largely overlooked, until it surfaced in the form of criticism of the Pepe meme and its association with the increasingly brazen and visible “alt-right.” However, this was only a glimpse into the “Great Meme War”—organized on Reddit …

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Kat Su, Designer at Calvin Klein

April 04, 2017
Kat Su, Designer at Calvin Klein
Kat Su is a designer for Calvin Klein Underwear where she works mainly in women’s sleepwear, as well as with various other special projects. Most of her Are.na channels are evolving mood boards that she keeps to research new designs and collections; since her process for accumulating and categorizing images …

A Collection of Channels:
A Whole New World

December 15, 2016
A Whole New World
This post is the first in a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na. A Whole New World focuses on channels related to geography, spatial studies and mapping. …

Are.na Influences:
Arpanet - The Analyst

December 05, 2016
Arpanet - The Analyst
This post is the first in a series of extrapolations on what inspires and influences us at Are.na. Check out our Are.na Influences channel. …

Hello World:
Information Systems

November 17, 2016
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. Ted Nelson, a lead technologist and philosopher of the era wrote, “Knowledge, understanding and freedom can all be advanced by the promotion and deployment of computer display consoles (with …

Case Study:
Learning Gardens – One Thousand Aesthetics Blooming

November 16, 2016
Learning Gardens – One Thousand Aesthetics Blooming