Limited Edition Artwork Available During the Community Fundraiser

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When you make a contribution to Rhizome's Community Fundraiser this holiday season, you'll receive a fantastic limited edition art work as our way of saying thanks - think about it as an investment in a post-holiday pick me up. We are midway through the annual Community Fundraiser and with your support Rhizome can continue to bring great programming in 2013.

Every year, we reach out to our community for a vital portion of our operating budget. This year, our goal of $30,000 will help take Rhizome into 2013 and beyond.

There is a gift at every donation level:

Give $30and receive an exclusive eBook, 56+10 Broken Kindle Screens (2012) by Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso plus one full year of Rhizome membership.

Give $50 and receive a limited edition tote bag featuring an image by ReCode Project plus the eBook and one full year of Rhizome membership.

Give $125 and receive a limited edition print of Tabor Robak's Rocks (mirrored) (2012) plus the tote bag, eBook and one full year of membership.

Give $300 and receive a limited edition artwork for your phone, Off Pocket by Adam Harvey, plus the tote bag, eBook, and one full year of Rhizome membership.

Give $500 and receive a cozy, limited edition glitch textile artwork, Knit Glitch Blanket (2012) by Phillip Stearns, plus the tote bag, eBook, and one full year of Rhizome membership.

Give $1,000 and receive a unique 3D printed sculpture, from Digital Natives by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, plus the tote bag, eBook, and one full year of Rhizome membership at the Council level.

These gifts can be yours with a donation. And, with tax-time coming too, a reminder that your contribution is tax deductible to the extent of the law. Your support is essential to our mission ...

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Watch Rhizome's Nostalgic VHS History from 2001 — and Donate for 2013!

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About Rhizome 2001 VHS

This informational video from 2001, recently unearthed in the archives, is a nostalgic reminder of Rhizome's roots. Though the VHS format is near obsolete, our history will never be, and we maintain the same international and community-driven spirit today as seen in this video.

Since 1996, Rhizome has evolved and refreshed many times over. From email list-serv to thriving non-profit, the organization always strives to bring together an international and diverse community. We hope to reinvigorate and re-engage the international community featured on our website by bringing our programs and events abroad. By hosting programs in other cities, Rhizome can promote artists and communities beyond New York City in more meaningful ways.

However, we must raise the necessary funds in order to realize our goals in 2013 and beyond. Every year we rely on our community to contribute to our operational budget in ways that grants and sponsorships cannot. Please consider contributing to the Community Fundraiser today. Your donation is a vote of confidence as we grow our programs in the next year.

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Community Fundraiser: Supporting Technology and the Arts

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Kitchen Table Coders Workshop, held at the New Museum  
 
Rhizome occupies an unique place in the ecology of art and technology, often where these two worlds meet for the first time. Since 1996, Rhizome promoted the innovation and artistic output from the open-source and hacker communities across the world. In 2013, Rhizome plans to take our art and technology programs one step further. Please consider making a contribution to the Community Fundraiser, you will make a significant difference in the reach of Rhizome's programming in the technology world.
 
 
Rhizome is not only embraced by artists but also cutting-edge technologists who look to Rhizome for inspiration. Through our programs like New Silent Series and Seven on Seven, we actively bring great minds from these fields together. We believe that the arts have a vital role in the development of technology and, through support from our community, Rhizome will continue to grow, diversify and help shape this field, now and in the future.
 
Rhizome has always recognized the importance of a free and open internet for creative online communities. In the last few years, threats of government regulations have threatened to limit the freedom of information online. We protested SOPA by blacking out our site for a day in solidarity with other sites like Wikipedia. Most recently, Rhizome joined major sites such as Reddit, Techdirt, Cheesburger and Github by creating a microsite dedicated to examining and expanding the Declaration of Internet Freedom as it applies to the artistic practices on the web. Whenever there are threats to internet freedom, Rhizome is there to lend its organizational voice as a leader in the art and tech world in support of a free and open internet.
 
By making a contribution to the annual Community Fundraiser, you'll keep Rhizome at the forefront of these important issues that effect both artistic and technology communities.

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Help Fund Rhizome's Preservation Program

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Rhizome has always placed an emphasis on, and played a leading role in the preservation of born-digital works of art and culture. Since 2001, our archive, the ArtBase has grown to become one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind, and our preservation practices have inspired an emerging generation of archivists. Here at the end of 2012 however, we find ourselves on the precipice of a new moment. Our ambitions have grown, or mission expanded, and we need your help in order to accomplish our goals in 2013. Please consider making a donation to our Annual Community Fundraiser to help us realize our preservation efforts.

Recently, we were generously donated two machines (seen above) from 1993, that functioned as servers for a NYC based electronic bulletin board system (BBS) that many readers will be familiar with: The Thing. This BBS was one of the earliest online communities of artists, curators, and critics, and grew to become a forum for international discourse – all of this pre-dating the emergence of the World Wide Web. In 1994, when The Thing migrated to the web, much of the BBS material was left behind. As well – the material nature of the experience of using The Thing was forever changed – transitioning from a text-based or crude graphical interface, to the new interactive affordances of the web.

Rhizome is on a mission to rescue data from these machines, and others, that contains the sole remaining complete record of The Thing as a BBS. Our goal is to restore access to this data through a virtualization that will allow the public to interact with The Thing BBS. In order to accomplish this task, there are very real costs. This is Rhizome’s first forray into a project involving digital forensics, and with your support we can secure the crucial hardware required for this work.

In 2012, the scale of our web archiving efforts grew exponentially. In the past, works that were preserved in the ArtBase tended to be of relatively small scale – solitary works or projects. We are now archiving sites that are much larger in scope, including the legendary website of prominent collective, Paper Rad. In order to make large scale web archiving efforts a larger part of our everyday operations, we need the community's support in order to grow the Rhizome team.


The past year was a boon for expanding the ArtBase collection. This past summer, the prolific Rafael Rozendaal donated the entirety of his finished works produced to-date – consisting of 75 websites in all. In addition to this sizeable donation, we preserved over seventy works, just a few highlights of which including:

Takeshi MurataPaper RadKari AltmanDragan EspensheidOld Boys NetworkHugo ArcierJustin KempMichael ManningPaint FXBrian KhekTimur Si-QinDigital CraftsBrenna MurphyTabor RobakSebastian SchmiegRosa MenkmanV5mtJohannes P OsterhoffChristine Love

While our preservation efforts and accomplishments in 2012 have been no small feat, our goals for 2013 are ambitious to the extent that we can’t realize them without a bit of help. I hope that you will consider a donation today, so that Rhizome may continue to ensure the longevity of these important slices of history.

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Community Fundraiser: Focus on Editorial

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Have you enjoyed an article Rhizome published recently? Have you saved any of our features on Instapaper or emailed a story to your friends? Is there something you first saw on this website that inspired you or made you consider things in a new way?

I invite you to consider making a donation to Rhizome. Your donation allows us to continue our editorial operations and maintain our independent voice.

This past year alone, Rhizome’s editorial team has covered a breathtaking range of topics relating to the intersection of art and technology. Here are several highlights:

Martin Murphy's desktop from Adam Cruces's Desktop Views, featured in Beyond the Surface: 15 Years of Desktop Aesthetics

Photoshopped Sherman
Rachel Wetzler considers how we might think of Cindy Sherman’s photography now that she uses Photoshop in her practice.

Beyond the Surface: 15 Years of Desktop Aesthetics
Using Adam Cruces’ Desktop Views (a response to Alexei Shulgin’s Desktop Is,) as a jumping off point, Jason Huff explores the history of desktop aesthetics.

Screen. Image. Text.
As publishing moves from the page to the screen, Orit Gat considers the unique role of the digital image. She later spoke about this essay on a panel at the Frieze Art Fair.

Shu Lea Cheang on Brandon
Yin Ho speaks with the creator of the Guggenheim Museum’s first digital project, 14 years after its launch.

Image of Democracy: Why I Want to Build Nine Freedom Towers in Tiananmen Square
A personal essay by artist John Powers on public space and its political implications.

The Impermanent Book
An essay from The Piracy Project, an international publishing and exhibition project, on the mutability of text in both physical and digital books.

The Shape of Shaping Things to Come
Speculating on 3D printing’s potential to ...

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Rhizome's Annual Community Fundraiser

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Today, Rhizome kicks off the annual Community Fundraiser. Every year, we reach out to our community for a piece of financial support that is critical to our overall funding mix. This year, we need to raise $30,000 by January 14th and we ask that you consider making a contribution today to help us meet this goal.

 
This year marks a particularly exciting year for Rhizome, with new staff and new ideas that will help us to build on our rich history and programs. 

Your donation will help:
 
•Expand our editorial team – bringing in more writers from around the world.
•Host Rhizome events and exhibitions beyond NYC – reaching our international community.
•Secure crucial tools and equipment for preservation – preserving works of art with a strengthened conservation program.
•Commission new works of art – directly supporting artists through grants.
•Improve development of the Rhizome website – making it easier for you to use.
 
The biggest reward we can offer is knowing that you've helped Rhizome continue. On top of this, seven artists from the Rhizome community have generously donated limited-edition artworks for this year's fundraiser — a gesture of their support for the organization.

Donate now and receive as our thank you, works by Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso, ReCode Project, Tabor Robak, Adam Harvey, Phillip Stearns and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.

As a non-profit organization, Rhizome relies on the community to help realize our mission and goals. We are a small but extremely passionate group of people dedicated to supporting art engaged with technology. If you’ve visited the Rhizome website, discovered a new artist, used the Artbase to view seminal works, posted on the community boards, read and shared an article, come to our events, or engaged with Rhizome in any number of ways – please consider donating this year.

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This Week on Rhizome Community Boards: Proclaiming My Love, Jobs, Opportunities, and More

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Recently added to the Artbase: Proclaiming My Love

Documentation of a performance which took place on 4/20/2010, atop Mount Tom in Holyoke, MA.

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Save the Date for Rhizome's Annual Benefit

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This Week on Rhizome Community Boards: IHSE, Jobs, Opportunities, and More

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Recently added to the Artbase: IHSE by Esther Hunziker

IHSE is a series of autonomous architectural buildings. Each photo shows a geometric figure, which overrides the forms of classical architecture. There is no roof nor a base, no top or bottom. The buildings float in the void. Architecture which looks like concrete capsules through which one can move into a different space-time continuum. The interactive online version of the photo series IHSE, responds to the mouse movements of the user. You hear a spherical, meditative sound in the background. Architectural buildings float slowly in empty space and endlessly multiply themselves out of themselves. They grow to a certain size until they divide into two. By moving the mouse the user can intervene in this process, slow down or accelerate the growth and turnaround the direction of the IHSE travel.

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This Week on Rhizome Community Boards: I'm Here and There, Jobs, Opportunities, and More

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Recently added to the Artbase: I'm Here and There by Jonas Lund

Through a custom browser extension, Lund has opened his personal web browsing to a level of full transparency and public scrutiny. At imhereandthere.com the URL of the website the artist is currently browsing is published in real time. When the artist visits a new site the work automatically refreshes – providing a mirror to the artist's life and browser 

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