We all have our chosen mode of intelligence. The trick is to maintain our chosen mode of agency. It often seems the only option is to maneuver between spaces and collect leaking information. We navigate, investigate, we dive, resurface, we absorb, we form connections. But within an infrastructure designed to capitalize its passive recipients consuming knowledge is not enough. Hyper-awareness can be paralyzing.

There is a way to metabolize complexity and not lose ourselves to it. What does it take to practice this level of sensitivity?

It means asking more questions than you can answer. It means trying to answer anyway. It means diversifying beyond categorization. It means playing weird temporal rhythms and breaching intangible boundaries (spatial, psychological, legal). Sometimes it means letting the world wash over you, letting the feeling of it fill you up until you’re overwhelmed. It means building tools. Here between the stacks poiesis pwns praxis. Living on the absolute edge you can only deploy into the future.

  • TOBY SHORIN

    New York, NY

  • Areas of Interest

    Our world is governed by networked systems of identity, agency, and value. I am interested in understanding and shaping these systems.

  • System-level changes are architected and orchestrated through culture, tools, and markets. As Other Internet, I co-develop novel insight, strategic research, and bespoke product and brand strategies for clients.

    Presently we offer select research, strategy, and advisory engagements to executives, teams, organizations, and investors.

  • New models and abstractions are more necessary than ever to comprehend our environment. My public thinking is collected at Subpixel Space.