Rhizome supports contemporary art that creates richer and more critical digital cultures. As an arts organization based on the internet, we re-think artistic creation, distribution, and reception in relation to changing conditions associated with network technologies: shifting attentions, uncertain objects, multiple authors, casual labors. We are a leading international organization to support art and technology, online since 1996.

Founded in 1996 by artist Mark Tribe as an intimate email list subscribed to by some of the first artists to work online and now a thriving nonprofit, Rhizome has played an integral role in the history, definition and growth of contemporary art engaged with technology and the Internet. Our website is a dynamic, interactive platform, rich in historical resources and updated continually with new art and commentary by a vast community. The Rhizome ArtBase was founded in 1999, as an online archive of digital art containing over 2,500 art works, acting as the bedrock of our leading digital preservation program.


  • Non-paying users of the Rhizome website can view all of the work in Rhizome’s ArtBase collection for free. They can also sign up to receive our weekly newsletter, Rhizome News; create a portfolio page or profile, and submit work to the ArtBase.
  • Rhizome Members have advanced access to the website and the ability to use a variety of tools. They can view the full record of individual artworks; annotate and comment on works; curate online exhibitions, and vote in our commissions program.
  • Organizational subscriptions are available to institutions, such as universities, art schools, art centers, libraries and clubs. These Subscriptions allow staff, faculty, students to gain access to all of Rhizome.org's features and services for free. For schools and organizations in poor or excluded areas, Rhizome has different organizational access program: contact membership@rhizome.org for details.

Rhizome is located within the New Museum at:
235 Bowery
New York, NY
10002

Phone: +1 (212) 219-1288
Fax: +1 (212) 431-5328

General: info@rhizome.org

Editorial pitches: editor@rhizome.org

Membership and subscription: membership@rhizome.org

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Peter Rojas, Chairman
Fred Benenson, Vice Chair
John Borthwick
JK Brown
Lauren Cornell
Saul Dennison
Sima Familant
Renny Gleeson
William Palmer
Greg Pass
Lisa Phillips
Ron Rosenzweig
Lisa Roumell, Treasurer
Mark Tribe
Karen Wong
John Wotowicz


Support for Rhizome is provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Michael Connor
Editor & Curator
Michael Connor is responsible for Rhizome's artistic and editorial program. He has curated major exhibitions and projects for Cornerhouse, Manchester, the Museum of Moving Image, New York, ACMI, Melbourne, Bell Lightbox, Toronto, FACT, Liverpool, MocaTV, and BFI, London. His writing has appeared in You Are Here: Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse), Digital Video Abstraction (UCPress, forthcoming), ArtAsiaPacific, and Artforum.com. Connor has lectured widely on topics relating to art and technology.
Heather Corcoran
Executive Director
Heather Corcoran comes to Rhizome from Film and Video Umbrella in London where she served as Deputy Director, and was previously Curator at FACT, the UK’s leading center for new media. She has held positions at Interaccess Electronic Media Arts, Toronto, SPACE, London, and has produced large-scale projects with the Barbican Centre, AND Festival and the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, where she was a contributing Curator. Heather holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MBA from Imperial College, London.
Dragan Espenschied
Digital Conservator
Since 2011, Dragan Espenschied has been restoring and culturally analyzing 1TB of Geocities data. From 2012-13, he lead on a renowned research project to conceptually and technically integrate the Transmediale Festival's collection of CD-ROM art into the Emulation as a Service framework, "bwFLA". In 2013, with the University of Freiburg, Espenschied helped preserve a personal computer from the legacy of media philosopher Vilem Flusser. His publications include the influential reader "Digital Folklore", and the papers "Large-Scale Curation and Presentation of CD-ROM Art", "Emulation in the Context of Digital Art and Cultural Heritage", and "An Architecture for Community-based Curation and Presentation of Complex Digital Objects". In his artistic career, Espenschied focuses on the historization of Digital Culture from the perspective of computer users rather than hackers, developers or "inventors" and together with net art pioneer Olia Lialina has created a significant body of work concerned with how to represent and write a culture-centric history of the networked age.
Orit Gat
Contributing Editor
Orit Gat is a writer based in New York. She writes about contemporary art, publishing, the internet, and all sorts of links between these. In addition to Rhizome, her writing has appeared in frieze, ArtReview, The Brooklyn Rail, The White Review, LEAP, and Modern Painters, where she was senior editor until 2013. She is also the managing editor at WdW Review and the online art editor at BOMB magazine.
Zachary Kaplan
Community Manager
Zachary Kaplan is responsible for continuously re-imagining and re-considering what participation and engagement means for Rhizome, both online and off. Previously, he worked at the Renaissance Society in Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and studied art history at Occidental College and the Roski School at USC, both in Los Angeles.
Scott Meisburger
Senior Developer
As Senior Developer, Scott Meisburger manages and evolves the Rhizome website, co-manages the ArtBase, and serves as an advocate for digital art and digital preservation. As an artist, Scott channels computer science, popular science fiction and the history of technology to explore the border between logical reasoning and ungraspable truths. Scott received a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.
Morgan Quaintance
Writer in Residence
Morgan Quaintance is a freelance London-based writer, musician, broadcaster, and curator. He is a regular contributor to Art Agenda, Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze and other curatorial websites and blogs. He is the producer of Studio Visit, a weekly radio show broadcast on London’s Resonance 104.4FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests, and works as a presenter with BBC Television's flagship arts program, The Culture Show. He is also a founder member of the curatorial collective DAM Projects.
Lucy Sollitt
Associate
Lucy Sollitt contributes to the development of Rhizome's London-based programs as Associate. Alongside this, she leads on art and technology at the London office of Arts Council England. At the Arts Council she works across the arts, creative and technology sectors to develop projects and collaborations aimed at advancing artistic practice and supporting arts organisations to utilise digital technologies. She has previously worked at Tate Modern, the Royal Society of Arts, Design for London, the Association of Art Historians and Royal Academy. She has an MPhil in continental Philosophy and a BA in Combined Arts.
Kristen Wawruck
Development Manager
Kristen Wawruck joined Rhizome's staff in 2010 to manage all grant fundraising efforts, in addition to supporting membership and board of trustee activities. Kristen is also the Associate Development Director, Grants, at the New Museum. Previously, she was the Manager of Government and Foundation Relations at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, where she also organized "Experiment" live music and art events. From 2006 to 2007, Kristen was the Program Manager for Planning and Development at the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events at Boston City Hall where she facilitated community art projects and handled the department’s grant writing.

The current Rhizome site launched on January 17th, 2011.

Project Director Nick Hasty

Lead Developer David Nolen

Design Shual / Mushon Zer-Aviv

Design Assistant Ed Nacional

Additional Design John Michael Boling

DB/Archiving Consultant Ward Smith

Read more about the site development process on our site launch post.

The site runs on a number of open-source platforms, such as Django, MySQL, CouchDB, Mootools, and Blueprint.