theretherenow X a new nothing


a new nothing is an online project space that facilitates image-based conversations between artists. Essentially, it’s a space for impulsive and intuitive artistic play in public. Much like written or spoken language, each conversation on the site possesses its own unique cadence, affect and pace. Some develop rapidly and energetically, while others evolve more slowly and methodically. Once an artist is chosen for inclusion on the site, they invite their own conversational partner and begin a visual back and forth, responding to images as they are posted.


theretherenow. released the first material publication related to a new nothing in 2017; A 16 page accordion book containing a special 12 image conversation between a new nothing founders Ben Alper & Nat Ward.


In 2018, theretherenow. and a new nothing will begin periodically releasing past conversations in book form. Each book will reproduce an archived conversation from the website through risograph printing technology. Books will be printed in an edition of 250 copies.



Ben Alper & Nat Ward // a new nothing
Travis Shaffer // theretherenow.


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