The Strange is an in-development space offering forward-thinking creative people with computer-based practices the time, support, and isolation needed to focus and think expansively. Located in West Shokan, NY, Strange HQ is a mini compound nestled in the mountains between a spring-fed pond, a rushing river, and the forever-wild Catskill State Park Forest.

Through our Decelerator residency program, we enable creative practitioners working on ambitious, experimental, technically imaginative and possibly speculative projects to meditate on their work and make breakthroughs by way of researching, planning, and generally slowing down. The Strange also offers retreats for creative practitioners who would like to come spend some quiet time laptopping in the woods. Self-directed retreats can be arranged for solo practitioners, for collaborators, and for groups of up to 12 people—email us at [email protected] for availability.


The Strange is the project of Willa Köerner and her partner, Daniel Morgan.

Willa is a writer, editor, strategist, and mentor putting the internet to work for creative culture. She currently works for The Creative Independent, a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for practicing artists, and is a NEW INC mentor. In the past she directed editorial initiatives at Kickstarter, worked on digital content strategy for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was a founding member of Gray Area Art & Technology's Cultural Incubator, and freelanced for a wide range of cultural organizations and publications.

Daniel works to develop and sustain thoughtful web-adjacent technologies, writes about blockchain, and volunteers for various non-profits—including the leadership program Global Glimpse. He is currently the Education Lead for Tumult Inc, a small company that makes the interactive HTML5 animation app Hype.

We are excited for The Strange to evolve based on the needs of the artists and thinkers who come here, and hope the project inspires people to contemplate what's possible when the internet, nature, and our own imaginations come together.


Photo by past Decelerator resident Yumna Al-Arashi