Re-launch of Rhizome.org

Posted by Lauren Cornell | Thu Oct 25th 2007 4:12 p.m.

Rhizome is pleased to announce the re-launch of our website. Take a look and let us know what you think:

http://rhizome.org

Our goals for the re-design were to expand and enrich our community features and to make the overall site more clear and easy to use.

Below are a few very exciting (well, we think so) new developments.

1) We upgraded our main community platform =96 our email list raw -- by separating it into three distinct channels: discussion, opportunities and an arts calendar. These three channels are web-based, i.e. you must post to them online, but they can all be subscribed to via email and RSS.

Discussion:
http://rhizome.org/discuss/

Calendar:
http://rhizome.org/announce/calendar/

Opportunities:
http://rhizome.org/announce/opportunity/

The exchange of art and ideas around a new medium has always been at the core of Rhizome. We hope that our new discussion forum will spark more critical conversations, and that our community will find the new calendar and opportunities channels to be useful connecting points to the field.

NOTE for subscribers to raw: You are now subscribed to both discussion and announcements (calendar and opportunities). If you'd like to switch up your subscriptions, sign into Rhizome and go to subscriptions in your account. You will still be able to post to Rhizome via email January 15, 2008. We wanted to give people time to adjust to the new system.

2) We improved our individual profile pages so people could better represent their art, influences and writing on Rhizome. Below is a sample page from one of our staff members:

http://rhizome.org/profile.php?1001931

As you can see above, we enhanced the portfolio section, and added areas for members to upload their own audio, video as well as link to their own blog.

While we were making improvements to these individual pages, we decided it would be best to make our Member Directory a general feature, i.e. open to everyone. It has been re-titled Profiles and now encompasses our members, and also the artists in the ArtBase, and others who've signed up.

INSTRUCTIONS: If you'd like to fill out your profile, sign in and adjust the sections under Profile in your account.

3) In general, we oriented the site around our two core organizational values: art and community. The site is now more 'visually' art-centered; see our emphasis on art on the front page and look forward to more illustrative views of our online archive, the Artbase.

It is thanks to member support that Rhizome has reached this point and also been able to lay down a strong foundation for new features to come. It is also thanks to our director of technology Patrick May who produced the site and laid a strong foundation for future development. We'd also like to thank the design firm Gelo Factory for their collaboration.

So, please give us feedback! Tell us what you like, don't like or want more of. And, please be patient with us as we work out bugs and, when you stumble across any, let us know: webmaster@rhizome.org .

Thank you so much for your continued support and participation. We hope you like the new and improved rhizome.org .

Sincerely,
Lauren Cornell
Executive Director
Rhizome
  • Steve OR Steven Read | Thu Oct 25th 2007 4:41 p.m.
    Hey, from what I've seen thus far I'd say site looks and functions superbly! Nooiiiicce!
    • Lauren Cornell | Thu Oct 25th 2007 9:41 p.m.
      thank you so much, steven.
    • Lauren Cornell | Thu Oct 25th 2007 9:41 p.m.
      thank you so much, steven.
  • Steve OR Steven Read | Thu Oct 25th 2007 4:42 p.m.
    Hey, from what I've seen thus far I'd say site looks and functions superbly! Nooiiiicce!
  • jimpunk | Thu Oct 25th 2007 5:08 p.m.
  • MTAA | Thu Oct 25th 2007 5:32 p.m.
    Hey Lauren,

    Superb upgrade! Congratulations to everyone at Rhizome :)

    On 10/25/07, Lauren Cornell <laurencornell@rhizome.org> wrote:
    >
    > Rhizome is pleased to announce the re-launch of our website. Take a look
    > and let us know what you think:
    >
    > http://rhizome.org
    >
    > Our goals for the re-design were to expand and enrich our community
    > features and to make the overall site more clear and easy to use.
    >
    > Below are a few very exciting (well, we think so) new developments.
    >
    > 1) We upgraded our main community platform =96 our email list raw -- by
    > separating it into three distinct channels: discussion, opportunities and=
    an
    > arts calendar. These three channels are web-based, i.e. you must post to
    > them online, but they can all be subscribed to via email and RSS.
    >
    > Discussion:
    > http://rhizome.org/discuss/
    >
    > Calendar:
    > http://rhizome.org/announce/calendar/
    >
    > Opportunities:
    > http://rhizome.org/announce/opportunity/
    >
    > The exchange of art and ideas around a new medium has always been at the
    > core of Rhizome. We hope that our new discussion forum will spark more
    > critical conversations, and that our community will find the new calendar
    > and opportunities channels to be useful connecting points to the field.
    >
    > NOTE for subscribers to raw: You are now subscribed to both discussion an=
    d
    > announcements (calendar and opportunities). If you'd like to switch up yo=
    ur
    > subscriptions, sign into Rhizome and go to subscriptions in your account.
    > You will still be able to post to Rhizome via email January 15, 2008. We
    > wanted to give people time to adjust to the new system.
    >
    > 2) We improved our individual profile pages so people could better
    > represent their art, influences and writing on Rhizome. Below is a sample
    > page from one of our staff members:
    >
    > http://rhizome.org/profile.php?1001931
    >
    > As you can see above, we enhanced the portfolio section, and added areas
    > for members to upload their own audio, video as well as link to their own
    > blog.
    >
    > While we were making improvements to these individual pages, we decided i=
    t
    > would be best to make our Member Directory a general feature, i.e. open t=
    o
    > everyone. It has been re-titled Profiles and now encompasses our members,
    > and also the artists in the ArtBase, and others who've signed up.
    >
    > INSTRUCTIONS: If you'd like to fill out your profile, sign in and adjust
    > the sections under Profile in your account.
    >
    > 3) In general, we oriented the site around our two core organizational
    > values: art and community. The site is now more 'visually' art-centered; =
    see
    > our emphasis on art on the front page and look forward to more illustrati=
    ve
    > views of our online archive, the Artbase.
    >
    > It is thanks to member support that Rhizome has reached this point and
    > also been able to lay down a strong foundation for new features to come. =
    It
    > is also thanks to our director of technology Patrick May who produced the
    > site and laid a strong foundation for future development. We'd also like =
    to
    > thank the design firm Gelo Factory for their collaboration.
    >
    > So, please give us feedback! Tell us what you like, don't like or want
    > more of. And, please be patient with us as we work out bugs and, when you
    > stumble across any, let us know: webmaster@rhizome.org .
    >
    > Thank you so much for your continued support and participation. We hope
    > you like the new and improved rhizome.org .
    >
    > Sincerely,
    > Lauren Cornell
    > Executive Director
    > Rhizome
    >
    >

  • Rhizomer | Thu Oct 25th 2007 6:04 p.m.

    KUNT SEE NO DIFFRENST

    THIS IS 50 EURO

    http://suicide-girls.org
  • Pall Thayer | Fri Oct 26th 2007 6:12 a.m.
    I think it's great. Good job, people.

    Pall

    On 10/25/07, 50 EURO <bonzo@signifikat.de> wrote:
    >
    >
    > KUNT SEE NO DIFFRENST
    >
    >
    > THIS IS 50 EURO
    >
    >
    > http://suicide-girls.org
    >
    > +
    > -> post: list@rhizome.org
    > -> questions: info@rhizome.org
    > -> subscribe/unsubscribe: http://rhizome.org/preferences/subscribe.rhiz
    > -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
    > +
    > Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
    > Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
    >

    --
    *****************************
    Pall Thayer
    artist
    http://www.this.is/pallit
    *****************************

  • nathaniel stern | Fri Oct 26th 2007 7:10 a.m.
    The new site looks great - congratulations.

    On 10/26/07, Pall Thayer <pallthay@gmail.com> wrote:
    > I think it's great. Good job, people.
    >
    > Pall
    >
    >
    > On 10/25/07, 50 EURO <bonzo@signifikat.de> wrote:
    > >
    > > KUNT SEE NO DIFFRENST
    > >
    > >
    > > THIS IS 50 EURO
    > >
    > >
    > > http://suicide-girls.org
    > >
    > > +
    > > -> post: list@rhizome.org
    > > -> questions: info@rhizome.org
    > > -> subscribe/unsubscribe:
    > http://rhizome.org/preferences/subscribe.rhiz
    > > -> give: http://rhizome.org/support
    > > +
    > > Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
    > > Membership Agreement available online at http://rhizome.org/info/29.php
    > >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > *****************************
    > Pall Thayer
    > artist
    > http://www.this.is/pallit
    > *****************************

    --

    nathaniel
    http://nathanielstern.com
  • joy garnett | Fri Oct 26th 2007 1:21 p.m.
    Wow -- it's really great. Big congrats!
  • Eric Dymond | Fri Oct 26th 2007 5:06 p.m.
    Nice work
  • Aron Namenwirth | Fri Oct 26th 2007 5:22 p.m.
    super
  • Lauren Cornell | Fri Oct 26th 2007 10:19 p.m.
    hi! thanks so much for the positive feedback. it means the world to us! the site is a bit buggy at the moment.. please let us know if you run across any problems.. :)
  • nathaniel stern | Sat Oct 27th 2007 6:56 a.m.
    lauren - should we mail bugs to patrick, to the list, to you? (for example, i can't seem to replace my icon/photo).
    considering it's just been launched, the bugs seem minimal; less than minimal. have been procrastinating my 'real' work and uploading various content for the last hour... ;) when you said big changes were coming, i had no idea!
  • Lauren Cornell | Sat Oct 27th 2007 10:34 a.m.
    thx nathaniel. we can reproduce these two. in the future, it would be great if you directly emailed patrick -- and copied the error message. thx so much
  • t.whid | Sat Oct 27th 2007 12:55 p.m.
    Hi all,

    Wrote a little summary. It's here.
  • ryan griffis | Sat Oct 27th 2007 1:14 p.m.
    So far, so good!

    On Oct 26, 2007, at 5:10 AM, nathaniel stern wrote:

    > The new site looks great - congratulations.
  • Katharina Birkenbach | Sun Oct 28th 2007 10:26 a.m.
    congratulations to the update of rhizome.org!

    but actually i have some remarks. it happened today for the first time that i tried to add a project to the database, and i found it rather hard to do so. it wasn't a real piece of art, but more a cooperative cultural project, which might be the problem. nevertheless i ended up making a small gif of a photo, not being able to add more image material and with the necessity to add a biography of the artist to it. this biography is now displayed on my own profile, which i find rather irritating.

    anyhow, i guess, what my main point is, that i would really love to see a bit of a less restrictive structure, that allows people to show their work a bit more individual and to enable them to focus on things which are important for them. same goes for the profiles, where an easier and more intuitive way to edit things would be great.

    but still, nice work!
  • Michael Szpakowski | Sun Oct 28th 2007 1:56 p.m.
    Yes -it all looks & feels great. The current Rhizome
    regime seems to me both the most responsive & the most
    forward looking ( possibly not at all unconnected)
    I have one question. Is the removal of posting to RAW
    by e mail designed to funnel folk more towards the
    site & the other goodies therein? If so I understand
    why that would be a reasonable thing to do but I can't
    help mourning the loss of the ability to simply hit
    reply & I *do* wonder whether it might have even more
    of a damping effect on discussion. I could be wrong,
    and I hope I am.
    I *am* grateful for the weeks of grace allowing the
    ageing brains & reflexes of those like me to get used
    to the new dispensation :)
    michael
    --- Lauren Cornell <laurencornell@rhizome.org> wrote:

    > Rhizome is pleased to announce the re-launch of our
    > website. Take a look and
    > let us know what you think:
    >
    > http://rhizome.org
    >
    > Our goals for the re-design were to expand and
    > enrich our community features
    > and to make the overall site more clear and easy to
    > use.
    >
    > Below are a few very exciting (well, we think so)
    > new developments.
    >
    > 1) We upgraded our main community platform
    • Patrick May | Mon Oct 29th 2007 6:10 p.m.
      Michael,

      &gt; Is the removal of posting to RAW by e-mail designed to funnel folk more towards the site &amp; the other goodies therein?

      The new &quot;Discuss&quot; section pulls together conversation across the Rhizome site. Comments on artwork and blog posts will appear alongside discussion threads. By aggregating different conversations under a single section and mailing list, we hope to create a growing and lively environment for discussion.

      Also, a major change is the format of posts themselves. The internet is more than ASCII text, and now we can have posts with embedded images and flash movies.

      Finally, by transferring the act of posting from email we can cut down on spam.

      With these changes we hope to create a fertile ground for engaged conversations about art, media, and society.

      Cheers,

      Patrick
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