Kyra Rehn is an artist-researcher-curator whose interest extends across both historical aspects and visions of the future for net-based art and culture.
She runs Soft Detours (est. 2010), a studio for design + research. Her most prominent work is WWWTXT which revisits the conversations of early online communities (1980–94) and reveal paths not taken while also foreshadowing contemporary issues.
Rehn along with Jeremy Douglass and Lev Manovich pioneered “cultural analytics”—the visualization and algorithmic understanding of pop culture and the humanities. That work continues in endeavors such as ZZZ.
And long before any of this, in 1986, she dialed the “Future Link.” That led to operating her very own digi-arts BBS and creating art, code, and music for the ANSi and demo scenes of the early 1990s. Ultimately, it set in motion a life-long journey.