As a run up to our annual Benefit (mark your calendars: May 28th), we've launched the Rhizome 50,000 Dollar Webpage today, a new initiative in homage to one of the web's great memes, "The Million Dollar Homepage". Equal parts fundraiser, art collaboration, billboard, classified ad and community builder "The Rhizome 50,000 Dollar Webpage" aims to raise 50,000 dollars for Rhizome by selling 1,000,000 pixels of webspace at 5 cents per pixel.
The Webpage builds upon Rhizome's 13-year history as a community website dedicated to internet art, while providing important funds to a non-profit organization at a crucial time. Participants are able to promote an idea or project--be it art, an organization, a band, a blog, a store, etc-- at a multitude of tax-deductible price points and, at the same time, contribute to a collaborative picture that will remain live on the web in perpetuity as part of Rhizome's archive.
As with the original Million Dollar Homepage, the success of The Rhizome 50,000 Dollar Webpage relies on the involvement of individuals from every corner of the web. It will endure as a snapshot of art, design and collaboration in 2009 and, pixel purchase permitting, help stabilize and sustain a non-profit organization in a challenging economic climate.
Pixels are available for purchase from now until the evening of Rhizome's annual Benefit (again: Thursday, May 28th 2009). On this date, the page will be locked and presented at the Benefit which will be held at the New Museum in New York.
To purchase pixels, or check in on the progress of the site please visit http://www.rhizome.org/50k