WHAT WE'RE UP TO
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.
WHO WE ARE
Willa is a writer, editor, digital strategist, and mentor putting the internet to work for creative culture. She's currently a freelance creative consultant, columnist for the Pioneer Works Broadcast, and NEW INC mentor. Previously, she developed strategic projects and practical resources for The Creative Independent, 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 of Daniel and Willa (and their pup, Frankie) by past Decelerator resident Yumna Al-Arashi