Triple Canopy

The editors of Triple Canopy in the summer of 2012.


I’m the editor of Triple Canopy, an online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Working collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers, Triple Canopy facilitates projects that engage the Internet’s specific characteristics as a public forum and as a medium, one with its own evolving practices of reading and viewing, economies of attention, and modes of interaction. In doing so, Triple Canopy is charting an expanded field of publication, drawing on the history of print culture while acting as a hub for the exploration of emerging forms and the public spaces constituted around them. Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Triple Canopy was founded in 2007 as an informal, nonhierarchical, geographically dispersed editorial collective, for the purpose of publishing an online magazine, the first issue of which appeared on March 17, 2008. Since then the scope of the project has expanded and its activities have become more diffuse, while the organization’s mission has been clarified. Triple Canopy currently consists of a staff of writers, artists, researchers, designers, and developers based in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. The magazine operates as the locus for the collaborative production of artistic and literary projects, research work, public programs, and print objects that mine the legacies of the artist book, the avant-garde journal, the political pamphlet, the alternative arts space, and the magazine-in-a-box, all the while enriching those forms with new media.

As a magazine, Triple Canopy is dedicated to slowing down the Internet. This begins with our design interface, which encourages prolonged, focused engagement. It extends to our methods: We work closely and collaboratively with contributors from the inception of a project to (and often beyond) its publication or public presentation, ensuring that each work is the product of a thoughtful conversation. We consider the editorial process to be a collective enterprise, not a utilitarian transaction; a workspace for testing ideas and cultivating aesthetic experiments that might otherwise lack a critical, nonspecialized context, online or elsewhere. We are committed to learning from past efforts to rethink and renovate the print object and the exhibition space, as well as the literary and artistic forms they have engendered. We are convinced that the Web can act as a proper venue for these endeavors, one with its own materiality and timeliness.