WHAT WE'RE UP TO
The Strange is an in-development space offering forward-thinking creative people with computer-based practices the time, resources, 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 program, we plan to 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 digesting. The Strange also offers self-directed Internet Retreats for artists, writers, designers, curators, and others who would like to come spend some quiet time laptopping in the woods. Internet Retreats can be arranged for solo practitioners, for collaborators, and even for larger groups—if you're curious about setting up your own Internet Retreat, send an inquiry.
WHO WE ARE
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 and curatorial initiatives at Kickstarter, worked on digital communications and 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 The Smithsonian, Electric Objects, and Art21, among other cultural organizations.
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 Taeyoon Choi, picturing teachers from The School for Poetic Computation in conversation with Willa and Daniel about the future of The Strange.