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. An affiliate in residence at the New Museum in New York, 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.

Editorial Fellow: Part-time fellowships are offered to exceptional writers based in New York during the spring, summer, and fall. The position is unpaid, and applicants are encouraged to seek academic credit or external support for their work. To express interest, write to jobs@rhizome.org.

  • 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

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


Greg Pass, Chairman
Fred Benenson, Vice Chair
John Borthwick
JK Brown
Lauren Cornell
Saul Dennison
Sima Familant
Renny Gleeson
William Palmer
Lisa Phillips
Peter Rojas
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.

Matthew Conlen
Senior Developer
Matthew Conlen is a software engineer and information designer in New York. As senior developer at Rhizome, he manages the Rhizome website and oversees the technical direction of the organization. Matthew also works on data visualization projects for news and science organizations. He graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in computer science and applied mathematics.
Michael Connor
Artistic Director
Michael Connor is responsible for Rhizome's artistic and editorial program. He is a Visiting Professor in the Photo & Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts. He has curated 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.
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 and London. She writes about contemporary art, publishing, internet culture, and different meeting points between these. Her writing is published regularly on Rhizome, where she is a contributing editor, and has appeared in a variety of publications, including frieze, ArtReview, The White Review, Art Agenda, Flash Art, and The Art Newspaper. She keeps a column in Momus, where she is the contributing editor in New York. Gat is currently the managing editor of WdW Review and teaches at CCS Bard and the City College of New York.
Zachary Kaplan
Executive Director
Zachary Kaplan came to Rhizome from the Renaissance Society in Chicago, before that having worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He studied art history at Occidental College and the Roski School at USC, both in Los Angeles. Among his responsibilities at Rhizome, he is the editor of a forthcoming publication called "The Born-Digital Art Institution."
Nora Khan
Contributing Editor
Nora Khan is an essayist, fiction writer and editor. She explores emerging issues in technology, literature, games and electronic music through essays and fiction. She has most recently written for Rhizome, AVANT, Conjunctions, DIS Magazine, Kill Screen and American Literary Review. She studied literature and history at Harvard and fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Lucy Sollitt
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.
Paul Soulellis
Contributing Editor
Paul Soulellis is a New York-based artist, designer and publisher. He founded his research-based graphic design and publishing studio Counterpractice in 2014, as an inaugural member of NEW INC at the New Museum. He teaches at Rhode Island School of Design. Paul is the founder of Library of the Printed Web, an expanding physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists' books, zines, and other printout matter, and he publishes Printed Web, a semi-annual print-on-demand publication of web-to-print art and discourse. He writes and speaks extensively about his experimental publishing research.
Iona Whittaker
Managing Editor
Iona Whittaker is an art critic and editor. Originally from London, she was based in Beijing from 2009 – 2014, and now lives in New York. Iona is New York Editor for Randian, the only independent magazine for creative culture founded in China. Her writing appears also in Frieze, the Wall Street Journal, Art Review, Flash Art, Artforum, Art in America, LEAP, Art Asia Pacific and Surface, among others. Further work includes catalogue texts and collaboration with the DSL collection of contemporary Chinese art. "The Unfinished Collection," an independent book commissioned by DSL, was published in 2012. A monograph on Chen Wei and an introduction to the Stars artist group were published in 2013.
Elvia Wilk
Contributing Editor
Elvia Wilk is a Berlin-based writer and editor focusing on the interactions between art, architecture, and technology. She is a contributing editor at uncube magazine and writes for publications including frieze d/e, Art in America, Flash Art, Spike Art, Dazed, Sleek, The Architectural Review, and Domus, as well several books and catalogs.

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.