Rhizome Commissions
Rhizome supports the creation of significant new art through commissions and direct funding for artists. These works may take various forms and scales, but are tied together by their considered illumination of contemporary digital culture. Founded in 2001, the Rhizome Commissions program is supported, in part, by funds from Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by generous individuals and Rhizome members.
Commissions Archive

Net Art Microgrants

The Net Art Microgrants are five awards of $500 each, given to compelling proposals for artworks that use the web as their main platform.

2014-2015 Rhizome Commissions

Five curatorially led project commissions, chosen by Rhizome's Artistic Director, Michael Connor. Awardees include: Body by Body, BFFA3AE, Tyler Coburn, Bunny Rogers, and Lance Wakeling.

Internet Art Microgrants

The Internet Art Microgrants are five awards of $500 each, given to compelling proposals for artworks that use the web as their main platform. These awards will be largely determined by public vote, for those signed up on Rhizome. 2014 awardees were Ben Grosser, Deanna Havas & Jack Kahn, Martha Hipley, and Angela Washko.

Prix Net Art: International Net Art Prize

A $10,000 prize for internet art awarded by Chronus Art Center, Rhizome, and TASML. Dutch artist duo JODI was awarded the inaugural prize. A second distinction prize of $5000 was also awarded to Kari Altmann.

2013-2014 Commissions Cycle

For 2013-2014, Rhizome placed a focus on promoting emerging artists based in New York City. Grants were not restricted to New York based artists, but made a priority. Rhizome Commissions awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. This cycle, we also had a specific focus on one project that addresses social issues and/or promotes individual advancement through education or participation.

Five grants were determined by a jury of experts in the field: Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum and Artistic Director of the 55th Venice Biennale; Laurie Anderson, noted experimental performance artist and musician; Renny Gleeson, Global Director at Wieden + Kennedy; and Zoë Salditch, Rhizome's Program Director.

The awardees were Colin Self, Yung Jake, Aaron Meyers with Lauren McCarthy, Haley Mellin, Lauren McCarthy, and Jace Clayton. Additional commissions were awarded to Ed Fornieles and Aleksandra Domanović.

2013-14 Rhizome Tumblr Internet Art Grant Commissions Cycle

The Rhizome | Tumblr Internet Art Grant expands upon Rhizome's existing Commissions program to specifically target Tumblr's significant artistic community. The Internet Art Grant awarded three commissioning awards with a special focus on projects from emerging artists engaged with Tumblr.

The grants were determined by a jury of art and Tumblr experts: Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum and Artistic Director of the 55th Venice Biennale; Laurie Anderson, noted experimental performance artist and musician; Jon Rafman, leading contemporary artist; Zoë Salditch, Rhizome's Program Director; and Topherchris, Tumblr Editorial Director.

The winners of our first Rhizome | Tumblr Internet Art award were Masood Kamandy, Dina Kelberman, and David Wightman and Jacob Ciocci‬.

2012-2013 Commissions Cycle

This year, Rhizome placed a specific focus on projects that address social issues and/or promote individual advancement through education or participation. Our focus was not restricted to this theme, but made a priority.

Rhizome awarded ten grants: eight grants were determined by a jury of experts in the field, and two were determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote.

Jury Awards
Persona : Karolina Sobecka
Occupy.here : Dan Phiffer
Playground : Ann Hirsch
MUSEUM MIXTAPE (Dirty South Edition) : Juan Obando
The Forgetting Machine : Sarah Sweeney
Dark Objects : Adam Harvey
Expanding Labyrinth : Brenna Murphy
The Project for the Study of Corporate Personhood : Kenyatta Cheese
Member Awards:
free and open source textBook/toolKit for art foundations :Jessica Westbrook and Adam_Trowbridge
Computers on Law & Order :Jeff Thompson

2011-2012 Commissions Cycle

In this funding cycle, Rhizome will awarded ten grants: eight grants were be determined by a jury of experts in the field, and two were be determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote.

The jury consisted of Tina Kukelski, formerly of the Whitney Museum of American Art, currently one of the curators for the Carnegie International 2012; Candice Madey, founder of On Stellar Rays gallery, and Domenico Quaranta, writer and media art historian. Two awards were determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote.

Jury Awards
iParade#2: Unchanged When Exhumed : Tali Hinkis
Dust : Aram Bartholl
Image Objects : Artie Vierkant
Tunnels : Tabor Robak
The GMO Finder : Beatriz da Costa
African Metropole: Sonic City Lagos : Mendi + Keith Obadike
DIS Images : DIS
Blind Mist Domain : Brad Troemel
Member Awards:
Fantastic Futures :Huong Ngo and huongngo
Prairie :Shawn Decker

2009-2010 Commissions Cycle

In 2009, Rhizome awarded nine emerging artists. Seven grants were determined by jury and two were selected by Rhizome's membership through an open, online vote.

The 2009 commissions jury included Barbara London, associate curator of media art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Oliver Laric, Berlin-based artist and creator of the arts-centered website VVORK.com; Emma McRae, co-curator of the Melbourne-based arts festival Experimenta; and Rick Rinehart, digital media director & adjunct curator at the Berkeley Art Museum. The jurors were joined by Rhizome's curatorial fellow Luis Silva and executive director Lauren Cornell.

Jury Awards
Crowded : Jeffrey Crouse
Unsound Systems : AUDiNT
YouTube School for Social Politics : Red76
19:30 : Aleksandra Domanovic
Microtonal Wall (in 1-Bit) : Tristan Perich
CAST : Chris Moukarbel
Measure of Discontent : Michael Kontopoulos
Fragmented City : Heba Amin
Member Awards:
SolarCircus :Tiff Holmes and tiffholmes
Fictional Jewelry and Other Wistful Adornments :Diana Eng and diana13

2008-2009 Commissions Cycle

For this cycle, Rhizome expanded the scope of our commissions program beyond a strict focus on Internet-based art to instead encompass the broad range of practices that fall under new media art. This included projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies, as well as works that reflect on the impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. With this expanded format, commissioned works could take the final form of online works, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects could be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices.

The jury included Oliver Laric, artist and co-founder of VVORK, Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Emma McRae, Curatorial and Projects Coordinator, Experimenta, Melbourne and Rick Rinehart, Digital Media Director and Adjunct Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.From Rhizome, they will be joined by Luis Silva, our Lisbon-based Curatorial Fellow, and Lauren Cornell, Executive Director and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum.

Jury Awards
ElectricityComesFromAnotherPlanet.com : Angelo Plessas
Untitled (Plate Tectonics) : Andy Graydon
Case : brody condon
Marfa Webring : Claire Evans, Jona Bechtolt, Aaron "Flint" Jamison
Real Time : Joe McKay
Young Man Was No Longer A... : Naeem Mohaiemen
Versionhood : Kristin Lucas
Member Awards:
T.S.A. Communication :Evan Roth and evanroth
I Sky You :Maria del Carmen Montoya and Kevin Patton and mariadelcarmenmontoya

2007-2008 Commissions Cycle

In 2008, Rhizome increased funding for its Commissions Program, and awarded eleven emerging artists/ collectives a total of $23,000 in support of new works of Internet-based art. The commissioned works were presented at the New Museum and archived online in the Rhizome ArtBase.

The commissioned artworks were selected by Rhizome members and a jury composed of Suhjung Hur, curator, Art Center Nabi; Rudolf Freiling, curator of media arts, SFMoMA; Marc Garrett, co-director and co-founder of Furtherfield; Christina Ray, founder and director of Glowlab and the Conflux Festival; and Lauren Cornell and Marisa Olson of Rhizome. Rhizome members awarded three of the eleven commissions including our first ever Community Award, a new category created this year to support projects that enhance participation and communication on Rhizome's website. This award went to conglomco.org (Tyler Jacobsen & Kim Schnaubert) for zHarmony (see below for details).

Jury Awards
Jello Time : rafael rozendaal
The Wrench : Knifeandfork
Ebay-Generator : UBERMORGEN.COM,
Second Life Dumpster : eteam
Phrenology : Melanie Crean
ShiftSpace - An OpenSource Layer Above Any Website : Mushon Zer-Aviv & Dan Phiffer
Remote Instructions : Lee Walton
VF, Virta-Flaneurazine-SL, Proposal for Clinical Study : Dr* WD Pappenheimer and Dr* JC Freeman
AddArt : Steve Lambert
Eavesdropping : oddible
Member Awards:
zHarmony :Tyler Jacobsen / Conglomco Media Net and tylerjacobsen

2006-2007 Commissions Cycle

Eleven artworks were commissioned in the 2007-08 cycle. While the call did not outline a specific theme, the commissioned works nonetheless share themes and concerns. Several take hidden or repressed information as their source material. Others examine the kinds of behavior the Internet encourages or inhibits through the creation of participatory systems. All together, the eleven artists and art collectives have considered the artistic, cultural, and political dimensions of the Internet and networked technologies and produced provocative artworks that Rhizome is proud to have supported.

These works were presented at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008 and are preserved in the Rhizome ArtBase.

Jury Awards
Oppera Internettikka - Protection et Sécurité : annie abrahams
Real Costs : Michael Mandiberg
Paste : Marek Walczak & Martin Wattenberg
Vidopedia - the video encyclopedia of actions : Fritz Donnelly and Nadia Anderson
when no one is looking : Zach Lieberman
SLOWmail : slowLab
Torrent Raiders : Aaron Meyers
Pulse Pool : Adam Brown & Andrew Fagg directing Sm[Art] Spaces

2005-2006 Commissions Cycle

Eleven projects were awarded grants for the 2005-06 cycle; ten were selected by a panel of jurors, and one by the Rhizome Community through secure web-based ballots. Each one pushes formal and conceptual boundaries of works made with the Internet or networked technology, and present innovative models of new media art that are sure to have a wide and lasting resonance.

These artworks were presented at the New Museum Store on October 24, 2006.

Jury Awards
iTunes Signature Maker : Jason Freeman
To Be Listened To... : MTAA
Triptych : Peter Horvath
GWEI - Google Will Eat Itself : Hans Bernhard & Alessandro Ludovico
Panel Junction : Andy Deck
music 4 100 computers : Sean kerr
Email Erosion : Annie Brissenden, Ethan Ham, Tony Muilenburg
Eternal Sunset : adriaaN Stellingwerff
CityPong : Jason Corace
FallenFruit.org : Fallen Fruit
Lakshmi : Thomas Laureyssens
tracking the torture taxis (t4) : Institute for Applied Autonomy + Trevor Paglen

2004-2005 Commissions Cycle

For the 2004-05 cycle, artists were invited to submit proposals relating to the theme of games. The call asked artists to propose projects that will contribute to the art game genre, or reflect on broad interpretations of the word "game."

Natalie Bookchin of The Art Center, Francis Hwang of Rhizome, Rachel Greene of Rhizome, and independent curator Yukiko Shikata selected six winners and one honorable mention from the fifty proposals that were received by the March 7, 2004, deadline. Members of the Rhizome community participated in the evaluation process through secure web-based ballots, and awarded a commission to Carlo Zanni.

Jury Awards
Farklempt : Jason Van Anden
Misplaced Reliquary : paul catanese
Agonistics: A Language Game : Warren Sack
Listening (tentative) : Kabir Carter
oversaturation/ available space : luis h_
Member Awards:
Average Shoveler :Carlo Zanni, produced by o2 and carlo_zanni

2002-2003 Commissions Cycle

For the 2002-03 cycle, artists were invited to submit proposals in one of two tracks: alt.interface or Tactical Response. The alt.interface track asked artists to propose "alternative" user interfaces to access Rhizome's online archives of text and art. The Tactical Response track called for Net art projects addressing the current international political situation, particularly events relating to the attacks of September 11.

The members of the selection committee were Steve Dietz of the Walker Art Center, Alex Galloway of Rhizome, Ken Goldberg of U.C. Berkeley, Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Mark Tribe of Rhizome.