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Vice | Monday, March 31st 2014

Yet in spite of all these clamp-downs, signs of vaping’s rising cultural cachet are everywhere--from Courtney Love’s infamous “It’s a fucking NJOY” commercial to this (actually quite good) electronic music mixtape by a collective of artists and musicians called Vapecru.

Art F City Is Liveblogging the Rhizome Telethon

Art F City | Wednesday, March 19th 2014

Did you miss out on Tom Moody reading the comments he’s left on the Rhizome blog over the years? Were you working during Ann Hirsch’s Rhizome Reality TV Show? No problem, we’ll be recapping this all day long.

Dorf Factor Five: Rhizome Hosts an E-Cigarette Conference

Gallerist | Wednesday, February 26th 2014

E-cigarettes have not been unexplored artistically—Korakrit Arunanondchai once gave a rap performance at a SculptureCenter gala featuring male backup dancers in denim who smoked e-cigs—but the conference explored their whole vertical structure. There was a visit on Skype from the collaborative Pirate Utopia, which appeared on camera as smoke-machine smoke and blue lights dancing on a wall. “I’m moving to L.A.,” its voice intoned. “You should coooome to my going-away party! Nowadays it’s all about making the juice come to you.”

Vape life: welcome to the weird world of e-cig evangelists

The Verge | Tuesday, February 25th 2014

This is the Wild West of the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device (ENDD), and it may not last very much longer in its current form. And so the panel, on which Ross and Dryhurst both spoke, was cheekily called "This is the ENDD." The event largely cast the e-cig debate's usual suspects — economic, health, and legislative issues — as the background to a number of cultural shifts. Which, because of the world we live in, largely came down to the way e-cigarettes have been marketed.

The Beginning of the ENDD

DIS Magazine | Monday, February 24th 2014

Full disclosure: you don’t need to vape to evaporate. The cultural cloud of incipient imagery and smoky soul-searching surrounding e-cigarettes is fully open to dialogue and debate, as Rhizome’s forum this past weekend — This is the ENDD, the E-Cigarette in Context — clearly demonstrated. But the event went far beyond vaporous vanity. Formally and juridically referred to as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices (ENDDs), these steamy avatar-like gadgets were the object of relentless analyses throughout an event that spanned multiple disciplinary perspectives and expressive formats.

Planet of the Vapes: A Look Inside the Emerging World of E-Cigarette Hacking

Yahoo! Tech | Tuesday, February 18th 2014

The common ground is that this subculture is not about a cigarette stand-in. In fact, cigarette stand-ins are seen as kind of lame. This is about a whole new (cool, creative and better) solution to feeding a nicotine craving. In other words: Vaping isn’t aping.

How Law & Order unintentionally captured the cultural shift into the computer age

Kill Screen | Tuesday, February 4th 2014

In a write-up on his project at Rhizome, he explains how “the show coincides with a major cultural shift: the rise and eventual ubiquity of computers and networked technologies over a crucial 20-year period in technological history,” which is pretty fascinating.

Machinery of Justice: 20 years of computers on 'Law & Order'

The Verge | Monday, February 3rd 2014

hough it may seem counterintuitive to catalog images of, say, Chris Noth furrowing his brow over a clunky early PC, artist Jeff Thompson says Law & Order’s run from 1990 to 2010 took place during a “crucial 20-year period in technological history.” Thompson, in partnership with the New York-based arts and technology organization Rhizome, spent 18 months watching all 465 episodes of the show — that’s 319 hours of police tape and detective work. Throughout this particularly focused binge-watch (which took place at a steady clip of 150-percent speed), Thompson took screenshots of every computer as it appeared, creating an archive of over 11,000 images which are cataloged on a Tumblr and in a forthcoming book. As a bonus, he’s also posted a list of all the URLs which appear in the iconic procedural, including such gems as animetothemax.com and thebaronmuchhumpin.com.

Rebooting the relationship between art and tech

The Guardian | Wednesday, January 29th 2014

One of the trailblazers of the current obsession with the tech-meets-art model is the arts organisation Rhizome. Originally founded in 1996 by the legendary artist Mark Tribe, Rhizome is now a thriving nonprofit, organisation which has played an integral role in the history, definition and growth of contemporary art engaged with technology and the internet. This May, Rhizome will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their seminal art-meets-tech speed-date event “Seven on Seven”. Heather Corcoran, executive director, explained why Rhizome has been staging these encounters since 2010. The format is simple but effective: seven technologists are paired with seven artists over the course of 24 hours and asked to develop something new to present to a live audience. The aim is to “reach out to wider audiences, and break down the binaries between technology and art," Corcoran explains, tapping the potential for developing new technologies in London and New York, where entrepreneurs and developers collide with culture and the arts.

Puff Puff Pass: Rhizome Works Toward a Bold New Philosophy of E-Cigs

Blackbook | Monday, January 27th 2014

Most of my personal opinions toward e-cigarette culture tend toward the vaguely sympathetic (imagine the sadness of a whole “bar” dedicated to people huffing little nicotine-dispersing cylinders that light up when you suck on them!) But leave it to the creatively analytic souls at Rhizome to prove that this high-tech habit is actually worthy of serious (or semi-serious) scholarly study. On February 22 at the New Museum, the organization presents “This is the ENDD: The E-Cigarette in Context.” It’s a symposium that also includes an artist-produced mix-tape “to vape to,” naturally; that playlist will form the soundtrack to the event’s after party (at a bar where you can no longer smoke c-cigs, thanks to former Mayor Bloomberg).

Every Computer on Law & Order

Animal | Friday, January 24th 2014

Thompson treated the beloved show as a case-study for the ways our culture — or one segment of it, anyway — thought of and used technology over its 20-year, 1990-2010 run. At first, he tells, Yahoo, computer existed mostly in the periphery, in the backgrounds of shots, often not even turned on, but as you’d expect, tech gradually takes a more central role as time goes on. He’s also collected every fake URL that’s ever appeared on the show.

One Man Cataloged Every Single Computer Appearance in All 456 Episodes of ‘Law & Order’

Laughing Squid | Friday, January 24th 2014

hompson received a grant for the project, aptly titled “Computers on Law & Order,” from Rhizome. On February 1st, Thompson will unveil his findings, which “illustrate 20 years of the history of computers and their interfaces in its set design,” in an illustrated lecture at the Museum of Moving Image in New York City.

Believe It or Not, Rhizome's E-Cigarette and Vaporizer Symposium Is Really Happening

Complex | Thursday, January 23rd 2014

The purpose of the event, according to Rhizome, is to "present analyses—historical, political, social, anticipatory—of this technology and the discursive field that is emerging around it."

An artist is collecting screengrabs of every computer on ‘Law & Order’

Death and Taxes | Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Thompson was originally just watching old “Law & Order” episodes to pass the time, occasionally collecting screengrabs. Then he started noticing the computers, and got a grant from Rhizome, a nonprofit tech-culture arts organization.

Why One Man Watched Every Episode of ‘Law & Order’ and Took Screenshots of All the Computers

Yahoo Tech | Tuesday, January 21st 2014

So he applied for a grant from Rhizome, a nonprofit arts organization that specializes in tech-culture projects, and he won one of the 2012 commissions decided upon by Rhizome member votes. (Rhizome Commissions range from $1,000 to $5,000.) On February 1, he’ll give an “illustrated lecture” at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, discussing his findings. Michael Connor, Rhizome’s editor and curator, cheerfully acknowledges that there’s an absurd humor lurking in the background (or maybe not lurking, in plain sight) of Thompson’s undertaking. But in the end, he says, the artist has cleverly repurposed a popular show, and shown us something interesting: “We can treat television as a kind of database.”