Thanks for the very informative and exciting response. Could you put this
up on rare and digest too? It would be great if you and Francis could take
time to post often regarding goals and strategies like the ones you describe
here, like giving away memberships , and public programs for artbase...etc.
Maybe a once a month post on the state of rhizome?
On 5/19/04 11:04 AM, "Rachel Greene" <email@example.com
> Hi all:
> I have read every post in this thread and will continue to do so. Thank
> you Tim for initiating this discussion and for your constructive
> critcism. I really appreciate all of the contributions (even the Free
> Rhizome ones) and think many of the suggestions are good and
> potentially viable.
> I stand behind our foray into membership, but want to reassure everyone
> that we are 1. Aware of the impact of Google, RSS and Blogs on how
> people search, read, and interact online (and consequently, the
> perception of Rhizome), and 2. We are working on projects that will
> relieve the burden on individuals and make our content more accessible.
> For example, through the Organizational Subscriptions program (
) this year we will give away scores
> and scores of Rhizome memberships to people who come to us via centers
> or schools in poor and excluded communities (such as in Sub-Saharan
> Africa and South Asia). I am developing more public programs that will
> bring ArtBase works and Rhizome more generally into art spaces (not
> just online).
> To answer people who inquired about Free Fridays and all that... I
> don't have Friday statistics available (and Francis is out of town),
> but we are finding that membership and web traffic are on the increase
> while subscriptions to email lists (except for the free, highly
> editorial list Net Art News which has an explosive growth rate) grow
> much more slowly. This suggests to me that more and more people are
> using our web site and (obviously) signing up for membership. It may be
> that the Raw, Rare, and Digest lists feel closed and small, but that in
> fact people are reading Rhizome content a lot via the web site instead
> of interacting over email. We found some general statistics that across
> the Internet, email lists are withering because of spam and the
> popularity of blogs. So one could argue that our spam-proof,
> members-only lists are reasonable for our times.
> I also wanted to mention that we do not receive any financial support
> from the New Museum, though they do give us office space. Rhizome
> raises its own monies, as always. It also seems relevant to note that
> we received twice as much money this year from our dear Rhizome members
> than from American Government Agencies. But back to the New Museum --
> we do receive other kinds of important support from them -- they
> believe in Rhizome's mission and staff. Their entire staff is really
> supportive and interested in Rhizome, and we will be collaborating in
> the future.
> I hope this can be an ongoing conversation. I am in the difficult
> position of representing an institution so I can't always move that
> quickly, but I know more than anyone that the voices on RAW are
> important and crucial to what I do and what Rhizome is.
> Thanks, Rachel
> p.s. I will be following this thread closely, but I wanted to add that
> if anyone wants to chat in real time, on Thursday afternoons EST,
> Rhizome staff is going to hold informal office hours on AIM or ICHAT.
> Feel free to ping me at RachelFayeGreene or Francis at francisrhizome.
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