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Haystack Projects Interest Group

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Post-Grad Community
Published date
07 November 2019

Online community of current UAL students and alumni interested in exploring how digital devices are shaping our individual and collective sense of identity.


My name is Rita. I am a postgraduate Fine Art student at Chelsea College of Arts. In September, I started Haystack_Projects and curated my first exhibition in Portugal. “Finding a Click in a Haystack” took place at Cedofeita’s Shopping Center in Porto and it brought together the works of 22 upcoming artists from Portugal, China, Pakistan, USA and UK.

After this project I started thinking about the different ways I could use Haystack_Projects as an online multimedia curatorial platform for current UAL students and alumni interested in exploring how digital devices are shaping our individual and collective sense of identity.  A network that connects artists and thinkers even after they graduate.

The idea would be to create a platform for students and alumni to share their experiences in relation to the internet and technology in contemporary society.

I am looking for a group of people to collaborate with who have similar interests and share the same vision. Designers, writers, artists, photographers or anyone who is interested in contributing to the website with exciting and innovating ideas.

Besides having regular meeting in London or via skype to discuss particular issues, some ideas of the type of things we could work on are: online exhibitions, essays/articles, digital or printed zines, publications, live-streams, performances, screenings, artist talks, lectures, podcasts and many others.

Key works: Online // Internet // Digital // Technology // Identity // Data // Surveillance // Dystopia // Social Media // Click // Screen // Alienation // Media // Networks // Dematerialization // Invisible // Body // Detachment from reality

If you are interested and would like to get involved, you can email haystack.projects@gmail.com

Also, if you’d like to see the “Finding a Click in a Haystack” documentation, you can check the Instagram page @haystack_projects

Rita Castanheira

@thatssoreta


UAL supports a growing number of issue-specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics.

​These groups connect creatives with shared research/practice interests across different subject areas.

Visit the Post-Grad Interest Group Directory