Upcoming Event


Angelo Plessas, ElectricityComesFromAnotherPlanet.com, 2008 (Rhizome Commission 2009)

Each year, Rhizome awards grants to eleven emerging artists for the creation of original works of new media art. Established in 2001, the Rhizome Commissions Program has awarded sixty-four grants throughout its history to projects that have gone on to have a great impact in the field of contemporary art. At this event, recently commissioned artists Kristin Lucas, Joe McKay, Maria del Carmen Montoya & Kevin Patton and Angelo Plessas will present and discuss their works in progress.

Thursday January 14th, 7pm
at the New Museum, New York, NY
$6 Members/ $8 General Public


A Photo Essay of Brody Condon's "Case"


Organized by the artist Brody Condon, Case is a deadpan reading of the classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson in a rehearsal-like atmosphere. Combining Gibson's 1980s dystopian techno-fetishism with early twentieth-century abstraction, faux "virtual reality" scenes will unfold via moving Bauhaus-inspired sculptural props accompanied by the Gamelan ensemble Dharma Swara.

Case premiered at the New Museum on November 22nd. It will also be performed in summer 2010 in a small outdoor community theater in rural Missouri. The actors for the November 22nd performance include Ray Radtke, Sasha Grey, Lionel Maunz, Sto, Tony Conrad, Sindri Eldon, Peter Segerstrom, Melissa Baxter, Rachid Outabia, Emily Mahoney, Brandon Stosuy, Jee Young Sim, Guil R. Mullen, Brody Condon, and Mallory Blair. The script was prepared by the writer Brandon Stosuy, with sound design by Peter Segerstrom, and graphic props by Breanne Trammell. The event was commissioned and presented by Rhizome and Performa 09.

Below you will find a photo essay of the six-hour long performance, that documents the performance, musicians, and actors at various stages of Case. All photographs were taken by Kristianna Smith.


Rock the Vote!


That's right, Rhizome members can now vote on 2010 commissions proposals. A unique opportunity in the grant-making field, this voting process gives members the chance to survey internet and new media art practice as well as connect with artists around the world.

Our voting process happens in two stages, Approval and Ranking. In the Approval voting stage, open now until May 7th, proposals are presented in a random order and one selects Yes or No to determine whether the proposal will advance to the finalist stage. Members are able to comment on proposals and communicate directly to artists. Our voting system ensures that all proposals are reviewed by prioritizing unseen proposals first, but members are not expected to review each and every proposal. At the end of this phase, the 25 proposals with the highest percentage of "Yes" votes will then move on to the Ranking phase. In the Ranking stage, open from May 14th through June 4th, members are asked to simply order the 25 finalist proposals from 1-25, with 1 being the top recommendation. The results are determined by single transferable vote, also known as instant runoff voting. These votes are tallied to determine the grant winners. All of our Voting Procedures are detailed here.

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The new deadline to submit applications for the Rhizome Commissions Program is midnight on April 9, 2009.

We are extending the deadline because we had to take the website down, this past weekend, for some scheduled server maintenance which cost artists time to work on/ submit their proposals. Now, there is one extra week to prepare and complete proposals. For more information on the Commissions Program, application procedures and past recipients, please visit: http://www.rhizome.org/commissions. For questions, please contact the Rhizome staff at commissions[at]rhizome.org.



Tactical Transactions


Image: UBERMORGEN, Superenhanced Generator (Logo), 2009

If you're not already familiar with UBERMORGEN.COM, now would be a good time to get acquainted. The duo formed by Hans Bernhard and Lizvlx came onto the tactical media scene in the days of Toywar. When the Bernhard-founded group etoy was taken-on by e-commerce retailer etoys.com, the artists successfully brought the company down, thus providing a keystone moment in the perpetual headbutt between artists and corporations and launching the press release as the tactical media artist's weapon par excellence. In the spirit of many a corporate breakup, the participants in Toywar went on to funnel their win into the launch of new brands and creative identities. Notable among them are the Yes Men and UBERMORGEN. Taking as their name a German word that refers to the perpetual hope of a better tomorrow, the focus of UBERMORGEN's projects has been centered largely around legal issues related to copyright and surveillance. These works include [V]ote-Auction (2000), in which they attempted to auction-off a US Presidential vote to the highest bidder, and the Rhizome-commissioned project Google Will Eat Itself (GWEI) (2006), and "autocannibalistic model" in which revenue from auto-placed Google ads was used to buy Google stock, with a business plan to turn ownership of Google over to its users. In collaboration with Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Lizvlx and Bernhard recently took on Amazon.com in a duel that pitted their "robot-perversion technology" against the company's proprietary book preview software. According to the artists, their copyright-busting book-downloading tool was eventually sold to Amazon for an "undisclosed sum," but the story of the face-off (entitled Amazon Noir, 2006) floats among the ranks of other tactical media mythologies--not unlike some of the projects by their frequent collaborators 0100101110101101.org--demonstrating that ...


Rhizome Commissions Panel Videos Now Online


We've updated Rhizome's Vimeo and Video page with new clips from Rhizome's Commissions Panel held on October 11th. The last in a three part series, this event featured presentations by commissioned artists Will Pappenheimer, John Craig Freeman, Annie Abrahams, Nadia Anderson and Fritz Donnelly, Lee Walton, Marek Walczak, and Martin Wattenberg. The artists discussed their projects and larger bodies of work.

Big thanks to Rhizome's social media intern Jenny Braudaway for transferring these videos!

Rhizome Commissions '08 1/5 from Rhizome on Vimeo.

Rhizome Commissions '08 2/5 from Rhizome on Vimeo.

Rhizome Commissions '08 3/5 from Rhizome on Vimeo.


THIS WEEKEND -- Two Rhizome Events!


Yes, it's true! Two great Rhizome events this weekend. Please join us.

Image: Mark Essen, Randy Balma: Municipal Abortionist, 2008

Next Level: New Independent Gaming
Friday, October 10th, 7:30pm
the New Museum, New York, NY
$6 Members/$8 General Public

Bringing together prominent game designers, artists and critics, Next Level takes a look at the recent rise of indie gaming: a vibrant new culture of individually made and self-distributed video games that blur the line between digital art and creative entertainment.

Featuring artist and game designers Mark Essen, Jason Rohrer and Greg Costikyan. Moderated by Rhizome staff writer Ed Halter, an author, critic, and curator whose book From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games was published in 2006.

Part of Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum.


Image: Lee Walton, Watching TV, from the "Remote Instructions" series, 2008

Rhizome Commissions '08
Saturday, October 11th, 3:00pm
the New Museum, New York, NY
$6 Members/$8 General Public

The last in a three-part series that features presentations by artists awarded grants through Rhizome's Commissions Program. Founded in 2001 to support artists working with technology, the Rhizome Commissions Program has awarded fifty-four commissions to date. Projects realized through the Program represent some of the most forward-thinking and innovative works of media and Internet-based art.

In this evening's program, the artists will discuss their commissioned projects and larger bodies of work. This event features Will Pappenheimer, John Craig Freeman, Annie Abrahams, Nadia Anderson and Fritz Donnelly, Lee Walton, Marek Walczak, and Martin Wattenberg.

Part of Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum.



Reminder: Rhizome Commissions Panel Tonight at the New Museum


The Rhizome Commissions panel is tonight at the New Museum! Don't miss out! Join us at 7:30PM as we honor Rhizome's commissioned artists Mushon Zer-Aviv, Dan Phiffer, David Nolen, Carolyn Strauss and Melanie Crean. Each artist will present their project and discuss their larger bodies of work.

More details and tickets here.


On Top of the Fold: Art


Steve Lambert's Add Art project (a 2008 Rhizome Commission co-developed with the artist's colleagues in the Eyebeam R&D lab) offers home-delivery art exhibitions in the form of your Firefox browser window. Internet users who download Lambert's free open source plug-in will see an aesthetic overhaul in the sites they visit, as advertisements are replaced by visual art created or curated by a different guest, every two weeks. The project is a perfect outgrowth of Lambert's involvement with the Anti-Advertising Agency, who work to co-opt "the tools and structures used by the advertising and public relations industries" to call into question "the purpose and effects of advertising in public space." These efforts have manifested in forms ranging from bus shelter ads and stickers to ideologically-bent think tanks and objects of propaganda. With a keen awareness of the impact of advertising on public space, the move to the internet--where so many of us dwell and encounter a daily barrage of ads--is a thoughtful one. Rather than offering yet another software tool for blocking-out advertisements, Add Art fills this space with something more intriguing, and the biweekly exhibits that have thus far been presented successfully generate discourse about value, aesthetics, and the contextual frameworks within which we receive information about the world. The current show (imagine each ad box in your browser window as a gallery) is a rather humorous and almost absurdly literal take on the context of adding art to your field of vision by replacing ads with it. Charles Broskoski essentially blacks-out the ad boxes on sites with his contribution, which is a collection of digital reproductions of famous black monochromatic paintings, cropped, resized to the proper specs, and optimized for the net--meaning that these paintings by the likes of Rauchenberg, Kelly, Malevich, Marden, Reinhardt ...


Rhizome 2009 Commissions: Announced!



Image: Angelos Plessas, Still from 'ElectricityComesFromAnother Planet.com' Proposal

We are pleased to announce the international group of artists who will receive grants through the Rhizome Commissions Program, this year.

Their projects will culminate in a variety of forms, from performance, to sound, to interactive websites and installation, to works that manifest across multiple disciplines. Each one pushes forward the field of contemporary art engaged with technology. All works will be completed by Summer 2009 or earlier, with information available on Rhizome.

The next call for commissions will take place in January 2009. Commissioned artists receive a grant and are invited to present their work at Rhizome's affiliate, the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Marfa Webring, Jona Bechtolt, Claire Evans, Aaron "Flint" Jamison
In Marfa Webring, the artists Claire Evans, Jona Bechtolt and Aaron "Flint" Jamison will attempt to alter the Google search results for the town of Marfa, TX by creating a Webring and, then, (with the cooperation of the town's permanent residents) investigating the results of this action on the daily life of the town.

Case, Brody Condon
Brody Condon will re-create William Gibson's cyberpunk classic Neuromancer at a red barn theatre in rural Missouri with a local, former political activist in the role of the protagonist.

Untitled (Plate Tectonics), Andy Graydon
Andy Graydon explores sound as a building material. The project begins with field recordings taken at New York City arts institutions and manifests as phonograph records and a website where visitors are encouraged to add their own ambient recordings of installation and performance spaces.

Versionhood, Kristin Lucas
The artist Kristin Lucas recently changed her legal name from Kristin Sue Lucas to Kristin Sue Lucas and, thus, in her words, created "the most current version of Kristin Sue Lucas." In Versionhood, Lucas will consult ...