Are.na Blog

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

A Collection of Channels

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

Conversation

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 out of Sunset Park.

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 card, which played a crucial role in documenting, linking, and indexing information throughout the 20th century.

May 08, 2018
Graham Johnson

A Collection of Channels

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 Radner of Gossip's Web

A conversation with Elliot Rander and Laurel Schwulst on Radner’s digital “green pages” for artist websites.

April 19, 2018
Meg Miller and Laurel Schwulst

A Collection of Channels

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 03, 2018
Omayeli Arenyeka

A Collection of Channels

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.

March 21, 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

State of the Internet

Grant Wythoff

Researcher and academic Grant Wythoff joins us for the second installment of our roundtable on the state of the web.

February 27, 2018
Graham Johnson

A Collection of Channels

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 06, 2018
Graham Johnson

A Collection of Channels

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

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

November 21, 2017
Meg Miller

A Collection of Channels

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 09, 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 07, 2017
Meg Miller

A Collection of Channels

Real-Life Horrors

If you’re looking for horror, the real world is scary enough.

October 24, 2017
Are.na Team

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

Case Study

Towards A Library Without Walls

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

October 10, 2017
Karly Wildenhaus

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 03, 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

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.

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

A Collection of Channels

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

A Collection of Channels

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 01, 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 06, 2017
Charles Broskoski

A Collection of Channels

Google Search Aesthetics

This week's collection of channels highlights 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 06, 2017
Meg Miller

A Collection of Channels

Interface

This collection focuses on 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

The continuity of menial housework, the circuitousness of tidying up a city that will inevitably get dirty again, the everlasting quality of tasks that are done almost instinctually, begrudgingly but...

May 23, 2017
Meg Miller

Focus

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

Artists from the studio HAWRAF interview each another about transparency and inclusion.

May 16, 2017
Meg Miller

Focus

Margaret Lee, artist and member of Art Against Displacement

Artist Margaret Lee talks the origins and mission statement of the group Art Against Displacement.

May 09, 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 03, 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 his 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 for Calvin Klein Underwear, talks her research and design process.

April 04, 2017
Meg Miller

Dispatch

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.

December 15, 2016
Are.na Team

Are.na Influences

Arpanet - The Analyst

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

December 05, 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