Sorry people, but Rhizome no longer exists as the dynamic,
international community boiling pot it once was. It hasn't for quite
some time, about 2 or 3 years. Something has gone wrong and it should
Apart from subscribing to Rhizome's mailing lists it used to be
informative and exciting to visit the Rhizome website. Its content
would change on a daily basis, often with new material appearing on
the front page several times over the course of the day. Posts to
Rhizome-Raw would generate lively discussion and debate that would
involve several members of the community from all corners of the art
world and beyond. Posts of particular interest would appear on the
front page, giving them added exposure and prompting even more lively
discussion on the mailing lists.
Additions to the artbase used to seep in, perhaps a couple of projects
a week instead of nothing over several weeks and then all of the
sudden a single heep of additions. Also, these additions used to
always appear on the front page. I used to look at most of these
pieces but when I get ten announcements in a single day, I don't have
time to go through them.
Rhizome's directors and other employees have busied themselves with
organizing physical events. I wonder if these really do serve the
community. It feels to me like they serve the New York based members
of Rhizome but do very little for others. Again, Rhizome used to cater
to the needs and desires of an international community.
What is perhaps most devastating though is the appearant disappearance
of Rhizome Rare. Those who subscribed to Rare were the semi-dormant
sideline viewers who would perk up each time something interesting
came by. I looked at the RSS feed for Rare the other day and noticed
that the most recent post was from October 24, 2006?!? I don't
remember seeing anything about the discontinuation of Rare. It's no
wonder that mailing list discussions have fizzled out if those who
used to subscribe to Rare are no longer receiving anything.
I urge the Rhizome staff to take measures to attempt to restore
Rhizome to the diverse and dynamic community and information outlet
that it once was. In its current state it's becoming more and more
useless to a large number of its members.