Daniel Rehn (b. 1979) is an artist-researcher whose interest extends across both historical aspects and visions of the future for interactive art and networked culture.
In 2015, Daniel cofounded New Tropics with his directing partner Adam Robezzoli and producer Henry Faber. The studio creates and produces animation, television, and videogames.
He also directs Soft Detours (est. 2010), a computing culture studio that re-traces the origins of creative computing and user culture. Most notably through WWWTXT which revisits the conversations of early online communities (1980–94) and reveal paths not taken while also foreshadowing contemporary issues.
From 2004–12, he was a researcher at Calit2 and San Diego Supercomputer Center. Together with Lev Manovich and Jeremy Douglass, he pioneered cultural analytics—the visualization and algorithmic understanding of time-based media. He also designed earthquake engineering systems for the National Science Foundation, led efforts to expand videogames as a creative medium (Re:Game, Playpower), and helped launch the Center for Design and Geopolitics.
And long before any of this—from 1989–95—he operated a Bulletin Board System that provided access to digital art packs, demoscene software, and computer aesthetics discussions.
Rehn holds an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego. He currently resides in Los Angeles and needs to take more vacations.