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Following 7 years of research and development, the ArtBase has relaunched as a new kind of archive for born-digital art....
04/26/2021

Following 7 years of research and development, the ArtBase has relaunched as a new kind of archive for born-digital art.

Since 2014, Rhizome’s preservation team, under the direction of Dragan Espenschied, has been working to re-implement the software infrastructure for this unique archive as part of a larger effort to develop better tools for accessing and understanding legacy digital culture. Today, we are unveiling the first phase of this major research project, with a relaunched ArtBase featuring new infrastructure, improved metadata and presentation, and a new accessioning process.

Read more about it – https://rhizome.org/editorial/2021/apr/26/the-artbase-relaunches-welcome-to-linked-open-data/

Following 7 years of research and development, the ArtBase has relaunched as a new kind of archive for born-digital art.

Since 2014, Rhizome’s preservation team, under the direction of Dragan Espenschied, has been working to re-implement the software infrastructure for this unique archive as part of a larger effort to develop better tools for accessing and understanding legacy digital culture. Today, we are unveiling the first phase of this major research project, with a relaunched ArtBase featuring new infrastructure, improved metadata and presentation, and a new accessioning process.

Read more about it – https://rhizome.org/editorial/2021/apr/26/the-artbase-relaunches-welcome-to-linked-open-data/

04/13/2021

“A successful online exhibition, like a Renoir film, speaks to a world that spills beyond the edges of the frame.” Read “Rules of the Game,”the second text in Michael Connor’s series on curating online exhibitions. https://rhizome.org/editorial/2021/apr/12/the-rules-of-the-game/

Image: CyberPowWow, 1997-2005, curated by Skawennati and collaborators.

New on Rhizome: Michael Connor on NFTs and the world we've inherited from CryptoKitties.
03/03/2021
Another New World

New on Rhizome: Michael Connor on NFTs and the world we've inherited from CryptoKitties.

NFTs aren’t just for cats anymore. What do they mean for digital art?

Now Live, online and off: "World on a Wire" from @rhizome and @hyundai.lifestyle, an exhibition of artists working with ...
01/28/2021

Now Live, online and off: "World on a Wire" from @rhizome and @hyundai.lifestyle, an exhibition of artists working with synthetic life and simulation. "World on a Wire" features Mariia Fedorova, LU Fei & LEI Jianhao, JooYoung Oh, Sascha Pohflepp, (1978-2019), Matthew Lutz, and Alessia Nigretti, Pete Jiadong Qiang (📸), Tabor Robak, Rachel Rossin (📸), Timur Si-Qin, Theo Triantafyllidis (📸), YE Nan, and ZZYW (Zhenzhen Qi & Yang Wan). See more at link in bio. #worldonawire

Just Announced: We're partnering with @hyundai_worldwide on new platforms to showcase leading digital art globally. Our ...
01/21/2021

Just Announced: We're partnering with @hyundai_worldwide on new platforms to showcase leading digital art globally. Our partnership kicks off next week on January 28 with the premiere of:

World on a Wire

a group exhibition of synthetic life forms and on the poetics of simulation, simultaneously at worldonawire.net + the Hyundai Motorstudio network.

Artist list, artworks, everything debuts next week. More to come!

Just Announced: We're partnering with @hyundai_worldwide on new platforms to showcase leading digital art globally. Our partnership kicks off next week on January 28 with the premiere of:

World on a Wire

a group exhibition of synthetic life forms and on the poetics of simulation, simultaneously at worldonawire.net + the Hyundai Motorstudio network.

Artist list, artworks, everything debuts next week. More to come!

Despite being “99% bad,” or perhaps because of this, Flash has been a hugely important cultural software. As deprecation...
12/31/2020

Despite being “99% bad,” or perhaps because of this, Flash has been a hugely important cultural software. As deprecation looms, iconic works of Flash art are at risk, such as Yale Kanarek’s “World of Awe” seen above. We’ve got a modest fundraiser ending today for emulation upgrades to preserve works composed of Flash, and we’re ending the drive with a twitch stream tonight. Link and schedule ➡️ stories.

11/23/2020

Rhizome will relaunch the ArtBase this year! Thanks to a grant from @NEHgov, we will soon offer access to this important archive via Linked Open Data, marking an important milestone in the digital archives field. Link in bio; video from 2001 Rhizome promo tape. #ArtBaseRelaunch

10/22/2020

‘Cyberfeminism Index' is an in-progress collection of resources for techno-critical works from 1990–2020, gathered and facilitated by @mindyseu. Link in bio!

The work is copresented with
@newmuseum
as part of First Look: New Art Online.

Episode one of 7x7 Stavanger launches in 5 minutes:Artist & Filmmaker Shu Lea Cheang x Kate Adamala, Assistant Professor...
10/05/2020
7x7.no

Episode one of 7x7 Stavanger launches in 5 minutes:

Artist & Filmmaker Shu Lea Cheang x Kate Adamala, Assistant Professor Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at University of Minnesota

Founded by Rhizome in 2010, 7x7 pairs artists and technologists and challenges them to make new things. The first Norway-based edition, 7x7 Stavanger will premiere new projects daily through 30-minute livestream broadcasts on this site from October 5–11.

Rhizome's cover photo
09/22/2020

Rhizome's cover photo

Together with Kunsthall Stavanger, we've reimagined 7x7 as a fully online program, lunching October 5 and free to all. L...
09/22/2020
7×7 Stavanger: Newly Imagined, Online Only at 7×7.no

Together with Kunsthall Stavanger, we've reimagined 7x7 as a fully online program, lunching October 5 and free to all. Learn more below.

Together with Kunsthall Stavanger in Norway, we are delighted to announce 7×7 Stavanger, a newly-imagined, socially-distanced edition of our longstanding platform pairing visionaries from the fields of art and technology and charging them to create new projects through one-on-one collabor...

In partnership with Small Data Industries, we've undertaken significant restoration work on The Thing BBS. We'll be laun...
07/11/2020
Phantom Threads: The Thing BBS Revisited

In partnership with Small Data Industries, we've undertaken significant restoration work on The Thing BBS. We'll be launching selections, and hosting two live online events beginning July 21.

Rhizome's cover photo
06/12/2020

Rhizome's cover photo

Our embedded PhD researcher Lozana Rossenova has spent the past few years conducting participatory research to conceptua...
05/20/2020
Design Research for a New ArtBase

Our embedded PhD researcher Lozana Rossenova has spent the past few years conducting participatory research to conceptualize a new data model for born-digital culture and a new user interface for the Rhizome ArtBase. The first of her reports are now available on line:

Research for a new data model and interface design framework for the archive.

Rhizome and New Museum have partnered with Chronus Art Center(CAC), 아트센터 나비 art center nabi, and others on "We=Link: Ten...
03/30/2020
First Look: We=Link

Rhizome and New Museum have partnered with Chronus Art Center(CAC), 아트센터 나비 art center nabi, and others on "We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces," a First Look online exhibition of newly commissioned net art works for WeChat and the web.

In partnership with Chronus Art Center (CAC) and a group of international contemporary art spaces that support born-digital practice, Rhizome and the New Museum have commissioned new works of net art for WeChat, the essential Chinese social network. New works have been commissioned from Raphaël...

Join us for an online event next Thursday, 3/19 - RSVP to rsvp@rhizome.org for stream link/reminder: Published fifty yea...
03/12/2020
Expanded Cinema Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition Book Launch

Join us for an online event next Thursday, 3/19 - RSVP to [email protected] for stream link/reminder: Published fifty years ago, Gene Youngblood’s Expanded Cinema was a landmark account of early media arts in the US, written by a self-described “twenty-six-year-old former crime reporter with only a high school education.” With an introduction by R. Buckminster Fuller, the book offered an in-depth account of artists working with light shows, immersive projection, computer-generated imagery, and television, and addressed topics from sexuality to political revolution. To mark its fiftieth-anniversary re-release by Fordham University Press, Michael Connor will host an online screening and a conversation about Expanded Cinema and its legacy, featuring Youngblood.

"Certain styles of music reward contemplation because they suggest rich new worlds of sonic possibility–the sounds activ...
01/16/2020
Paradise: on EDM, Speculation, and Finance

"Certain styles of music reward contemplation because they suggest rich new worlds of sonic possibility–the sounds actively seek to adjust the shape of things to come–and, by contrast, EDM is frighteningly interesting for how at home it is in the ouroboros of financial logic." - Alexander Iadarola

Alexander Iadarola explores EDM and financial capitalism's entanglement after the crash.

"It’s a daunting task to boil down the past ten years of the internet into only ten colors. But I’m a web designer… who ...
01/06/2020
Laurel Schwulst's Decade in Internet

"It’s a daunting task to boil down the past ten years of the internet into only ten colors. But I’m a web designer… who started working professionally in 2010… so I subjectively choose some memorable colors directly from websites I’ve designed these past ten years… and I’ve also included some favorites from our collective screen-based unconscious."

Laurel Schwult's 10 colors to commemorate the last decade (and 1 to forget).

In The Decade in Internet, artists and writers reflect on their favorite moments from the 2010s. First up: Dena Yago on ...
12/18/2019
Dena Yago's Decade in Internet

In The Decade in Internet, artists and writers reflect on their favorite moments from the 2010s. First up: Dena Yago on Google Wave, biobags, and the magic shoebox.

Dena Yago reflects on memorable moments from a decade spent navigating trend reports, the art world, and social media

New episode of the podcast now online! Featuring a lightly edited recording of 'After the End of History,' which brought...
11/13/2019
Rhizome Raw Episode 3: After the End of History

New episode of the podcast now online! Featuring a lightly edited recording of 'After the End of History,' which brought together three posters from Gen Z post-left politigram who are participating in an ongoing project by artist Joshua Citarella.

Audio from the New Museum event is now online

“The conflict between those who use the internet and those who own it will likely become major grounds for class struggl...
11/07/2019
Excerpts from “Our Problems with Leftism”

“The conflict between those who use the internet and those who own it will likely become major grounds for class struggle.” Notes from two Gen Z writers who align themselves with U/acc (unconditional accelerationism), part of an ongoing research project by artist Joshua Citarella.

A statement on capital, queerness, and revolution from UACC zoomers. This text is part of a larger artistic research project by Joshua Citarella.

Tonight in Los Angeles: First & Negative Two, internetish shorts by Micaela Durand and Daniel Chew.
09/05/2019
"First" and "Negative Two" at MOCA Los Angeles

Tonight in Los Angeles: First & Negative Two, internetish shorts by Micaela Durand and Daniel Chew.

While film in general has struggled to depict new modes of mediated interaction, Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand’s innovative new shorts–First and Negative Two—detail life in media rather than with it. Instead of showing dating apps, feeds, and direct messages (DMs),....

Nothing in Life Matters: Nihilism, meme found on Politigram, 2018. Digital file courtesy of Joshua Citarella.
08/22/2019

Nothing in Life Matters: Nihilism, meme found on Politigram, 2018. Digital file courtesy of Joshua Citarella.

An interview with Pat Cadigan on science fiction, cyberfeminism, and terminal cancer:
07/15/2019
The Queen of Cyberpunk

An interview with Pat Cadigan on science fiction, cyberfeminism, and terminal cancer:

An interview with sci-fi author Pat Cadigan

"Beauty vloggers—mostly young and femme-presenting—appear to be strangely vulnerable to spirit possession." Sofya Aleyni...
07/08/2019
Why Youtubers See Ghosts

"Beauty vloggers—mostly young and femme-presenting—appear to be strangely vulnerable to spirit possession." Sofya Aleynikova writes about a YouTube microgenre, the paranormal storytime.

Beauty vloggers’ paranormal storytimes as neogothic genre

'The Game: The Game' by Angela Washko is a dating sim in which the player must navigate a series of manipulative encount...
07/05/2019
NET ART ANTHOLOGY: The Game: The Game

'The Game: The Game' by Angela Washko
is a dating sim in which the player must navigate a series of manipulative encounters with seduction coaches. After years of development, it's now available on the artist's site for free download. #NetArtAnthology https://anthology.rhizome.org/the-game-the-game

In Angela Washko’s dating simulator The Game: The Game, the player is placed in the perspective of a femme-presenting person who encounters a series of men in a bar setting. The men are all prominent figures in the so-called seduction community, an internet-fueled subculture of “pick-up artists...

This end of fiscal year, consider a donation to Rhizome to support our programs, or buy one of our net art products on o...
06/28/2019
Spare some change for poor computer...

This end of fiscal year, consider a donation to Rhizome to support our programs, or buy one of our net art products on offer. :-)

For the past two or so years, Rhizome has told the story of the web as a core material, subject, and inspiration for innovative contemporary art, through events, publishing, preservation, and online access. This year, we capstoned that story with the gallery exhibition and publication: "The Art ...

“Users’ endeavors, like glittering star backgrounds, photos of cute kittens and rainbow gradients, are mostly derided as...
06/11/2019
NET ART ANTHOLOGY: One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age

“Users’ endeavors, like glittering star backgrounds, photos of cute kittens and rainbow gradients, are mostly derided as kitsch or in the most extreme cases, postulated as the end of culture itself. In fact, this evolving vernacular, created by users for users, is the most important, beautiful and misunderstood language of new media.”

Over the next few weeks, we're adding the final works to Net Art Anthology. First up, a major reconstruction of "DIS Ima...
06/06/2019
NET ART ANTHOLOGY: DIS Images

Over the next few weeks, we're adding the final works to Net Art Anthology. First up, a major reconstruction of "DIS Images," an agency and web platform that commissioned and licensed artist-made images for use in advertising or publishing, and offered a radical alternative to the uncanny homogeneity of commercial stock images.

DIS Images was an agency and web platform that commissioned and licensed artist-made images for use in advertising or publishing, and offered a radical alternative to the uncanny homogeneity of commercial stock images.The project grew out of the DIS collective’s long-running online publication Di....

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