Zoë Salditch
Since 2010
Works in New York, New York United States of America

Your favorite internet friend. <3
Co-founder & Director of Artist Relations @ Electric Objects.
Formerly @ Rhizome and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.

Growing Up Internet: The Case of Chris Poole

Chris Poole (aka moot) is many things. He is the founder of the notorious 4chan (2003—), the bulletin board that gave rise to some of the most memorable memes of past decade, and Canv.as (2010—), a website that encourages sharing and remixing media. His most recent project, DrawQuest, is an iPad app that prompts users with a new drawing challenge every day. Its latest version was launched in the iTunes store last week. 

Poole embodies and understands the internet and online community in the way only a millennial who had a computer in his bedroom with no parental supervision can. He started 4chan when he was 15, and for the community that emerged around it, he belongs in the pantheon of internet gods. Their adoration went so far that in 2009, 4chan users flooded the Time 100 poll to award Poole as The World's Most Influential Person. They describe him in the satirical Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica as "supreme overlord of the Internet." He still devotes a considerable amount of time and money to 4chan, despite the fact that he can expect nothing in return. But although he stays involved in the community he created as an adolescent, Poole has grown up. Now, he’s an entrepreneur attempting to solve the puzzle of how to cultivate and – hopefully – monetize a creative online community. 

I met with Poole for bubble tea in the East Village on a hot Tuesday afternoon. After showing me the new updates in the latest version of DrawQuest, we talked about his views on art, online communities, and growing up internet.

Surf Report: gURLs

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's shoes during her 13-hour filibuster on June 25, 2013.

Jennifer Steinkamp, from the seires Sexist Slides (1989). Slideshow projected on a street in Hollywood at EZTV.

Molly Soda, Inbox Full (2012). Ten-hour reading of questions sent to the artist from her Tumblr askbox.

We See In Every Direction Official Surf Party Video

For those of you who were unable to join us for the We See In Every Direction Official Surf Party last week, here is a video from the artist, Jonas Lund, that captures some of the highlights of what happens when dozens of people try to share a single browser window. Cursors circulate like flies, the URL window becomes a turf war and a good time is had by all.

Even if the official event is over, the party doesn't have to stop—you can still collaboratively surf the Web with strangers by installing We See, available on The Download. If you're hungry to learn more about the event you can also check out some tweets with the hashtag #WeSee or peep the Facebook event page where some discussion took place.


The Download: Jonas Lund

This month The Download features We See In Every Direction (2013) a Web browser for collaborative, synchronized surfing by Swedish artist Jonas Lund. Browsing the Internet is typically an intimate and personal experience for just one person, but in We See, users traverse online information streams in a collective surfing environment. Users can type, click and change URLs in real time together; they can jockey for control of the browser--akin to fighting for the TV remote--or choose to sit back and let their friends take care of the surfing. Like many of Lund’s previous online works, the piece opens up the walled-off spaces of the Internet for shared use.

The Download is Rhizome's ongoing digital art exhibition and collecting program that features new works by great artists for free download. 


Surf Report: Sext Me So I Know It's Real Edition


TIME Magazine, May 20, 2013. 


TIME Magazine, January 1, 2007.

Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded Microfiche Archive, 2013. Microfiche machine and custom microfiche. 51.5 x 33 x 48.4 cm. Via Future Gallery.


Sim Chang, from the series Flawless Love. (H/T to jemchan).



Jonathan Zawada


Amy Snodgrass, via Internet Poetry


Steph Davidson, Illustration for Businessweek article on Bitcoin, 28 March 2013.



Discussions (17) Opportunities (6) Events (2) Jobs (6)

new here, a little confused.

Welcome aschlag! ヽ(^o^)丿ヽ(^。^)ノ

I'm really glad to hear that you'll be taking advantage of the opportunities posted on Rhizome's Announce. It's one of my favorite parts of the site, since it's regularly updated with new and great opportunities for artists.

To help you get started, I'd suggest checking out the ArtBase, the online archive of digital art, to get a feel for the type of work our community makes. Reading the blog is also a great way to learn more about new media art history, theory and criticism, as well as openings, upcoming events and other happenings. If you like to get a weekly digest from Announce and Editorials sent to your inbox, you can sign up for our mailing lists.

This is exactly how I got into Rhizome after a friend introduced me to the organization back in college :)

If you ever have any questions, thoughts, musings, etc feel free to start a thread here in Discuss. You can also comment on blog posts to get a conversation going. You can even reach out to me directly (zoe.salditch@rhizome.org) if you have specific questions about how to use the site or Rhizome's membership program – I'm always happy to help.

All the best,


What is happening to rhizome?

Hi Marc,

Thanks for the clarification - I didn't realized Furtherfield and Netbehaviour were connected. We're big fans of both, and really enjoying the Women, Art, and Technology series.



What is happening to rhizome?

Hi Annie and Michael,

Those are good questions – and ones I ask myself, as Program Manager, regularly.

It's true, the community evolved over the last 16 years. Rhizome grew to become a much larger organization with many more programs than just a mailing list. But while the organization has grown, we haven't forgotten about where and how we started: as an email with artists like you participating! You've made and continue to make valuable contributions to the community.

Today, I feel that the conversation has moved to the social media sphere, like Twitter and Facebook, and onto dedicated listservs like nettime and Netbehaviour. Nick Hasty put in a great effort to improve the Discussion section of the site when we revamped last year, but we have noticed a thinning out of activity, though once in a while we do get great heated conversations. We're examining these trends as well.

Netbehavior and nettime has a fantastically active community – but they don't also run a website, a blog, and year round programming like Rhizome does. Perhaps the conversation has died down on the website because we have so many other programs? Maybe people feel less inclined to speak up on the website now that there are dedicated arenas for conversation?

You both value conversation on Rhizome, and I as well! I appreciate your candor – It's honesty like this that will help spark conversation here again.