Kyra Rehn

Artist-Researcher / Creative Strategist / Curator

Hi! I'm KYRA REHN ⟨KEER-a REN⟩, an artist‑researcher, creative strategist, and curator. My work focuses on computing and the arts, net‑based culture and history, media studies, experimental interactivity, and curatorial/archival platforms. I’m the cofounder of Soft Detours studio for design + research.

My writing and curatorial efforts explore alternative, inclusive, and feminist histories of art and technology. I curate exhibitions via Disk Surf, ANI GIF, and several other on- and off-line galleries. I'm also well known for WWWTXT (2012‑) where I rebroadcast conversation excerpts from the pre‑Y2K internet to reveal paths not taken while also foreshadowing contemporary issues.

I previously co-directed New Tropics, an artist-forward VR network (2015‑18). From 2004‑12, I was a researcher at UCSD (Center for Research in Computing and the Arts and San Diego Supercomputer Center) where I obtained a MFA in Visual Arts. My journey began in the early ‘90s when I operated Online Enemy (1990‑94), a modem-based cultural outpost for digital artpacks, demoscene software, and computer music.

My work has been shown at MOCA Los Angeles, Museum of the Moving Image, MCA, Ars Electronica, Rhizome, Electric Picnic, Art Basel Miami and has been featured in Hyperallergic, Bruce Sterling’s Beyond the Beyond, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, Boing Boing, and more.

I'm a survivor of a severe immune disorder and an advocate for physio/neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ peoples. I live in L.A. and love swimming in the ocean + taking long walks with no set destination.

xoxo,
—Kyra