Gaming visionary Gary Gygax, co-creator of the Dungeons and Dragons universe, passed away on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008. He was 69. Gygax is credited as the father of role-playing games (RPGs), but D&D's influence has permeated almost every genre of gaming since it was first published in 1974. Perhaps what's most remarkable about the game is that, in its basic form, D&D is only a set of rules and suggestions. The creative aspects of the game are left in the hands of the players. With only a few multi-sided dice, a pencil, and some graph paper, D&D players devise fantastic worlds, develop complex characters, and engage in dynamic group experiences. The imaginative agency provided by the game and its participatory nature may be its greatest contribution to the foundations of contemporary game design. Video games have been particularly inspired by D&D, as many of the designers and coders behind some of the most important titles in video game history grew up rolling a 20-sided die. It's hard to imagine the existence of Richard Allen Garriott's Ultima series, Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yoshitaka Amano's Final Fantasy series, or Blizzard's World of Warcraft without the game play mechanics established in D&D. Even the internet itself owes a little bit to Gygax. From late-70's MUDs to the massively multiplayer online games of today, the development of networked, D&D influenced RPGs has both paralleled and pushed the development of the web towards creativity and collaboration. Artists such as Brody Condon have translated the form of role-playing to the gallery. For Untitled War (2004), Condon invited twelve warriors to fight until their "death" at the Los Angeles space Machine Project. The taxing two hour long performance, accompanied by the music of the Winks ...
Just to clarify, Rhizome makes no money from these announcements (and would never think of doing so). The only posts that generate income for the organization are non-member Jobs postings.
The aforementioned announcement posts are user generated, just as discuss, and since they're not "obvious" spam they pass through the moderation process. If you come across these posts, please alert the staff or leave a comment on the post itself inquiring about the author's motivations. They'll be promptly removed I'm sure.
And thanks for contributing to this awesome discussion. It's nice to be able to read these emails from a non-staff perspective. :)
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Rhizome is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary art and digital culture, based within the iconic New Museum of Contemporary Art in SoHo, NYC. Founded in 1996, Rhizome's programs, many of which happen online, support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.
Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs include commissioning, editorial initiatives, exhibitions, and preservation. For more information about Rhizome, visit:
Alongside a highly engaged staff, an active community, and a Board of Trustees comprised of leaders in both art and technology (The New Museum, Kickstarter, Gdgt, Google), this is an exciting opportunity to lead on Rhizome's technology infrastructure and contribute significantly to its overall mission.
+ Managing all aspects of Rhizome’s website and servers.
+ Working closely with the Digital Conservator on the ArtBase, Rhizome’s online archive of digital art.
+ Help position Rhizome within various technology communities online, at conferences, and events.
+ Making informed technical/strategic recommendations to the Executive Director, Program Director and Senior Editor on site related tasks and projects.
+ Developing and assisting with special projects online and off.
The position requires strong technical knowledge and experience with:
+ Linux servers (Redhat, Ubuntu)
+ Server softwares (Apache, Nginx, uWsgi)
+ Version control with git
+ MySQL and CouchDB databases
+ Experience working on medium- to large-scale websites (preferred)
+ A deep engagement with online culture and emerging technologies
+ The ability to lead, communicate and work well within a team
+ Demonstrated interest in contemporary art (preferred)
To apply, send a resume, cover letter and links to code samples, projects and/or github account, to firstname.lastname@example.org
I truly wish we didn't have to moderate discussion as well. Ideally this would be an open forum, but spammers prey upon sites with strong page ranks and solid traffic in order to push their SEO, and unfortunately there's an unavoidable delay involved in keeping the boards spam free.
The new site, however, is built so that posts by community members with a history of activity, such as yourself and the others in this thread, should automatically bypass moderation and go directly to the site and mailing list.
All the best,
Reporting to Rhizome's Director of Technology, the Technology Assistant position helps with the wide variety of tasks needed to maintain and develop the Rhizome site. This is an ideal position for a candidate seeking to hone their professional skills in programming, IT and web development while working in an environment focused on arts and digital culture. This position requires 8-16 hours of work per week. Our office is located at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Course Credit can be arranged for students. Previous holders of this position have moved on to positions in museums and startups.
To apply, submit a resume/cv along with a brief cover letter outlining your goals, previous experience, and interests to email@example.com. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.