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App’s a Bust But It Doesn’t Dampen Spirits At Miranda July Event

New York Times | Friday, October 10th 2014

[Miranda July's] app, Somebody, is a human messaging service akin to a singing telegram. Users compose a note (often with stage directions) to a friend and send it off via cellphone. Another Somebody user, usually a stranger, delivers the message in person. The New Museum is one of several art institutions across the country that signed on as an official hotspot for the app. Ms. July’s discussion was part of the New Museum’s and Rhizome’s joint First Look series, which showcase original new work created for the web, through newmuseum.org and rhizome.org.

Virtual family man: Ed Fornieles, artist and former boyfriend of Felicity Jones on 'post-internet' art

London Evening Standard | Thursday, August 21st 2014

Last year, at the über-trendy New Museum in New York, he put on NY NY HP HP, a performance-cum-charity gala, in which attendees were given specific roles to be played out over the evening — it eventually descended into a pillow fight and mock orgy.

Competitive Web Surfing: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

Gawker | Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Trailblazers—which began in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2010, and made its stateside debut this week—asks competitors to get from point A to point B, across the vastness of the internet, using only the inline links embedded in websites to navigate. With no keyboard, we couldn't access the URL bar or search engines, and the browser we used wasn't outfitted with modern luxuries like bookmarks or a back button. We were to surf the web manually, site by site, click by click.

I got destroyed at a web-surfing competition

The Verge | Tuesday, August 12th 2014

I knew the web surfing contest was going to be hard as soon as Dragan Espenschied, a digital conservator and artist, explained the premise. Race across the internet from point A to B using only a one-button mouse: no keyboard, no search, no URL bar, no back button. It sounded almost impossible, even for someone who spends all day online, and that was before I found out my competitors had been training.

Of Course This Web-Surfing Contest Took Place at a Beachside Surf Bar

Motherboard/Vice | Tuesday, August 12th 2014

What may well have been America's first-ever web surfing competition to be held at a surf club took place just blocks away from Rockaway Beach this weekend. Rhizome, a nonprofit devoted to exploring the intersection of technology and contemporary art, invited anyone to compete in the digital scavenger hunt, Trailblazers 7. The prize? Glory, honor, and swag from artist Cory Arcangel.

Everything You Need to Chill in Bed All Day and Surf the Net

BlackBook | Tuesday, August 5th 2014

“Surf the classic way, from Amazon to Piratebay.” That’s the motto for the upcoming web surfing competition hosted by Rhizome at Rockaway Beach Surf Club on August 10th. The event will be the first hyperlink race to occur in New York City, inspired by the Trail Blazers live web surfing competitions overseas. Trail Blazers events began four years ago at Merz Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. Using only a computer mouse and web links, contestants flexed their surfing skills (sans Google), competing to reach Piratebay from Amazon as fast as possible. The group takes its name from the pioneering American engineer and scientist Vannevar Bush, who in 1945 famously penned, “There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.

What Is the Mona Lisa of Digital Art?

Yahoo! Tech | Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

“I love the question,” Michael Connor, editor and curator of online arts entity Rhizome.org claimed — before immediately questioning the question: “Is the ‘Mona Lisa’ anyone’s favorite work of art, or is it just the best known?”

Mark Sladen on K-Hole and the nuance of 'normcore'

ArtReview | Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Speaking at the Rhizome ‘Seven on Seven’ conference in New York in May, the media theorist Kate Crawford went further, linking the idea of normcore to a larger fantasy of disappearance that, she said, “has become cool at the very historical moment when it has become impossible, because of Big Data”.

Rhizome Announces Annual Award for Internet Art: $10,000, No Strings Attached

Gallerist | Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Rhizome, in partnership with the Tsinghua Art & Science Media Lab and the Center for Art and Technology, has announced a new annual grant called the Prix Net Art, an international award for art made on the internet. The haul will be $10,000, and it will arrive, the announcement says, with “no strings attached.” Go crazy, net art kids

Prix Net Art

Wired | Wednesday, July 16th 2014

*The brand new and surprisingly lucrative Prix Net Art. There’s no “dot” in the net.art, but maybe you can get that engraved later.

Monegraph's bid to authenticate digital objects to kick off

ZDNet | Thursday, July 10th 2014

Since the dawn of the internet, artist and media makers have grappled with the question of authenticity. I am not referring to "the authentic self," though there has been plenty of that too. I mean literally, how do we know who owns a piece of digital art? There is no way to verify who first uploaded it or see the history of its "transactions" — how it has traveled and multiplied across the Internet. Enter Monegraph.

Issue Project Room — Brooklyn

Yelp! | Thursday, July 3rd 2014

The first act was Bunny Rogers, who was not only reading from her poems but singing and dancing and displaying a sculpture, two pastel wicker chairs that were woven kitty-corner to each other. There were dramatic costume changes--from Disney princess get-ups to a lounge lizard white leisure suit. Plus, a live piano player on a baby grand! Certainly not your average poetry reading.

Now You Can Play Cory Arcangel's Readymade "Bomb Iraq" From Your Desk

Killscreen | Tuesday, June 24th 2014

The digital art archivists at Rhizome have excavated and extracted files from the computer that contains Cory Arcangel’s 2005 "Bomb Iraq", so now you can experience a piece of art from the creator of "Super Mario Clouds" in your browser.

Law & Order: tech edition

NPR Marketplace | Thursday, May 29th 2014

Aside from maintaining a blog of screenshots of every computer that makes an appearance on the show, Thompson used the opportunity to track other technology-related data. For example, he maintained a list of every URL used throughout the series, as well as a chart that tracked the parallels between the drop off of computer useage on the show in tandem with the burst of the dot-com bubble. The chart below shows the number of computers used per season, while the following chart tracks the closing price of the Nasdaq (in light grey) over the same years.

What happens to the internet when your country disappears?

Dazed | Friday, May 23rd 2014

The film From yu to me is about the history of the internet in Yugoslavia, and opens questions about what happens to the internet when a country disappears. While it's easy to imagine that the internet is as accessible as air, an omnipresent cloud exempt from the confines of cables, in reality it exists in physical form – in a building somewhere there are metres of wires, leads and servers that can be disconnected. This concept is known as internet realism.