Rachel Weidinger is an artist and community organizer, who makes to illustrate what is possible. Her current work is in legibility, lossyness and pattern literacies. Significant past works include Missing infrastructures/ digital security (2017), Upwell (2011-2015), We Are Very Hungry (2010-2012), Scrap Eden (2006-2008) and Scrap House (2005).
In 2011, Rachel founded Upwell. The ocean was our first client. Rachel led the development and evolution of Upwell’s innovative big listening practices, coupling this big data approach with the resiliency-increasing tactic of campaigning across a distributed network. The project worked on a daily basis to both massively aggregate power for movements, and immediately redistribute that power through networks. Upwell’s work was grounded in both offline community organizing and online community management. We developed and tested models to measurably increase online attention to issues. Upwell concluded operations in March 2015.
Rachel rather likes learning, and is about to finish an MFA-Social Practice at the California College of the ArtsB.Phil. She also has a B. Phil in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University’s Western College Program, and completed the coursework for a masters in Arts Policy and Administration at Ohio State University.