Hello World

The central question the Arachne webzine takes up is the relationship of mythology to the internet.

Despite the running joke what to call it; sometimes called, ‘cyberspace’, ‘online’, ‘the web,’ ‘the net,’ etc., the internet was originally called the ‘World Wide Web’ (www) by one of its creators, Tim Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee defines the concept in his book, Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web (1999) as: “The set of all information accessible using computers and networking, each unit of information identified by a URI.” Metaphors of linking as weaving, the ‘web’ are pervasive in both the original language used to define the internet, and its evolving use.

The zine’s theme comes from myth of Arachne, an origin story for the spider described in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses (Latin: Metamorphoseon libri, “Books of Transformations,” 8 AD). Arachne (Greek: ἀράχνη) was a weaver who was challenged by the goddess Pallas Minerva (Greek: Athena, Ἀθηνᾶ) to a weaving contest. Her story represents the theme of humans holding contests with the gods. Although there are other accounts, in Ovid’s story, Arachne fatally lost, despite the goodness of her craft and the beauty of the garment she produced. As a sort of lenient curse for thinking she could beat Pallas Minerva, Arachne and all of her offspring were transformed into spiders, allowing them to keep weaving while no longer enjoying human pleasures.

From Ovid’s The Metamorphoses:

The symbolic relationship of a spider to the internet could be interpreted in many ways.

The zine’s thematics of gender, labor, and technology focus this project on explorations of the landscape upon which ideas of self, society, public, community, and craft, are constructed online today, using the myth of the spider as a starting point. Contributions reflect writer’s interpretations of the theme.

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Arachne #0—on gender, labour and technology:
List of contributors


  • Manuel Arturo Abreu

    (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. Their work is about precarity, race, and magical thinking. They have appeared in MCA Australia, The New Inquiry, Gauss PDF, Thought Catalog, and elsewhere. Their first book List of Consonants is available from Bottlecap Press.

    Find manuel at and @Deezius.

  • Harry Burke

    Harry Burke is a writer and is Assistant Curator & Web Editor at Artists Space, New York. They have published an ebook of poetry, City of God (Version House, 2014), in collaboration with the architect Alessandro Bava, and edited the poetry anthology I Love Roses When They’re Past Their Best (Test Centre, 2014). With Oscar Khan they co-directed the gallery Life Gallery in London for a while.


  • Buffy Cain

    Buffy Cain is a writer interested in formal abstract systems, statistical models in particular. They studied cognitive science, linguistics, and philosophy at MIT. Their first book of poetry, (n+1)+1 was published in Gauss PDF editions in 2015.

  • Flynn Casey

    Flynn Casey is an artist and co-founder of Muscle Beach in Portland, Oregon. Recently his work has been included in Funky Craftsman Cottage by Division (Recess Gallery, Portland, OR) and Post-Internet is Dead (Arthur Gallery, Oberlin, OH). His writing was included in the 2014 PDF Publication by AMUR Initiatives.

  • André Fincato

    André Fincato is a thing interested in the ephemeral and temporary. He makes projects hovering between graphic design and artistic practices. At the moment he’s exploring digital labour, sound translation and self-help processes.

  • Amelia Furlong

    Amelia Furlong is an educator and film blogger living in Oakland.

  • Anton Haugen

    Anton Haugen is a writer from Silicon Valley.
  • Dorothy Howard

    Dorothy Howard is a technology and media researcher, writer, and information activist. Dorothy is a former Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. She focuses on digital labor, crowdsourcing, contemporary art, media studies and online culture. Her first book of poetry Troll was published by Inpatient Press (2015).

  • Maximilian Klein

    Computer Scientist, Feminist, Yogi, Fuzzy Logician, Vegan Baker, and Burner. The Social Shaping of Technology, Normative Logics, Venture Communism. “The world is not a flatscreen—I ain’t trying to fit in.”

  • Antonin Laval

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    vash yeah Facebook page

  • Sandra Sánchez

    Sandra Sánchez is an art critic and writer, currently studying philosophy at the Autonomous University of Mexico City. She holds a double major on Visual Arts and Modern Literature. Her field of interest is contemporary art the way it operates locally within the contemporary global discourse in which it is embedded. Since 2011 she writes art criticism in magazines and blogs focusing on emerging artists and their relationship with institutions. She is co-founder of Zona de Desgaste, a space dedicated to writing, reflection and analysis of contemporary art in Mexico City.

    Zona de desgate Facebook page

  • Caroline Sinders

    Caroline Sinders is an artist and user searcher. Her speculative design work focuses on futurism and themes of cultural anthropology, algorithms, and social interactions on social media. Trained as a fine art photographer, she holds a bachelor of fine arts from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Photography and Imaging and a masters of professional studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts from the Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she focused on storytelling and human computer interaction.

  • Nikos Voyiatzis

    Nikos Voyiatzis’ work explores information organisation in its political and aesthetic dimensions, particularly in the networked context. He has a studied Library Science and Networked Media and has been working as an art librarian, information literacy instructor and workshop designer. His writings are about databases, user profiles and lists.