A Collection of Channels is a series highlighting channels we’re paying attention to on Are.na.
Channels dedicated to the bleeding edge of the here and now are inescapable on Are.na, where everything from cyberpunk and systems interfaces to prosthetics technology and world’s end apocalyptica are explored. In their aggregate, these channels help express the cultural outlook of the current moment—an outlook otherwise difficult to pin down, document, and archive.
Andrew van Hyfte's ”Frontier of Human Connection” gathers material that depicts the emerging patterns of social interaction, with images ranging from Afrofuturist evocations and bright, primary colors to smog-filled skies and monolithic digital interfaces.
In “Future Interface,” Gemma Copeland documents the ways that film directors, set designers, game makers, and photographers have imagined the interface of tomorrow—Minority Report's gloved screen manipulations; the hibernation beds of Prometheus—pairing them alongside real concept videos from the present day.
Lydia White's “Retro Futurism” invokes a past in which technology still held its utopian possibility in the public eye, an era when dramatic predictions about infrastructure, architecture, and travel seemed eminent instead of merely hyperbolic. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, "autonomous communities, collective modes of living, space exploration, and emerging new media were open frontiers for optimistic exploration," White writes.