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How to use the internet mindfully

A workshop at Pioneer Works’ Software for Artists Day
Facilitated by Willa Köerner of TCI and Leo Shaw of
June 15, 2019

More than ever, creative people find their attention pulled in many directions by digital and networked technologies. Keeping up with so many forms of online communication often feels mandatory in order to keep working. But, it can be both exhausting and dispiriting to build a creative practice—and a life—while “extremely online.”

Led by Willa Köerner of The Creative Independent and Leo Shaw of, and inspired by our essay series and publication about using the internet mindfully, this workshop will ask participants to take a radical look at their own use of the internet. Through a guided exercise, attendees will analyze their own habitual relationships with networked platforms, and will then use those insights to make a plan for reconfiguring their approaches to spending their time, attention, and emotional capital online. The workshop will conclude with a candid conversation about what it would take to reclaim the web as a space for creativity, intimacy, and intellectualism.