Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal and friends.
After a successful conclusion of our 2014 Community Campaign yesterday, there are many positive feelings, and many things to say.
The format was an experiment. Our annual campaign, which is a significant part of our income each year, was shorter than ever before. We recognize that nature of online giving has changed since we started our appeals in 2001, and are sensitive to this now-crowded space. Inspired to innovate with our format by the success of 2009's $50,000 Web Page (which is still online, and well worth a look), we hoped that a grand finale, the 24-hour Internet Telethon, would carry us over the edge of our $20,000 goal. It did, in dramatic fashion. With just 20 minutes left, longtime Rhizomer and Telethon participant Tom Moody made the donation that carried us over the finish line.
Today, I'm pleased to share some news: this summer, Rhizome will be moving into expanded office space in the New Museum's building at 231 Bowery, also home to NEW INC, their art, design, and technology incubator—announced in detail today. Building on our 11-year affiliation with the museum and our frequent collaborations across its public programs, Rhizome will support, advise, and otherwise feed in to the incubator project and the work of its new tenants.
Had we taken this Chris Burden piece (Tower of Power, 1985) from the New Museum recently, we'd be set.
We’re launching our six-week community campaign today.
Will you make a donation this year?
As Rhizome’s Director, I'll kick off this year’s campaign by answering a question I'm sometimes asked: What will Rhizome's role be in the near future, when "art and technology" has fully embedded itself into "contemporary art and culture," in no small part due to our efforts over the past 17 years? Will there be a need for this organization's focus?
12 March to 30 May 2010
With: Phil Collins, Joseph Delappe, Dunne & Raby, Harun Farocki, Harrell Fletcher, knowbotic research, Oliver Laric, Renzo Martens, SWAMP, Thomson & Craighead, Milica Tomic and Sarah Vanagt.
Blog!, participate! and share! are the battle cries of a media culture in which the boundaries between private and public, between personal and political have been decisively eroded. The exhibition MyWar: Participation in an Age of War pinpoints the moral implications of wars when they are experienced through media. This intervention is delineated by a media landscape where web 2.0 tools are consistently altering the way that audiences and users both consume, and exchange information. The related artistic strategies of personalization go far beyond the Internet and its social networks, extending into quite different forms of appropriation. A radically personal look at war through the work of 12 international artists, MyWar investigates identity, participation and the reality of conflict in a digitally networked world.
Exhibition produced by FACT, Liverpool and Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg in cooperation with ISEA2010 RUHR. Curated by Andreas Broeckmann, Heather Corcoran and Sabine Himmelsbach.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) | 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, UK. L1 4DQ | FREE Entry
Gallery 1, 2, Media Lounge and online: http://www.fact.co.uk
Abandon Normal Devices Net Art Programme
NOW ONLINE! at http://www.andfestival.org.uk
20-27 September 2009
Newly commissioned artworks by Guthrie Lonergan, Oliver Laric, John Michael Boling and Hanne Mugaas
Taking its title from a piece by Michael Bell Smith - a simple Google search for the phrase - From Now On This Blog Is Going To Be… is a curated selection of artist commissioned blogs to be realised online throughout the festival dates.
The novice blogger often sets out with huge expectations - from the number of readers to the frequency of posts to the quality of content. But the unedited, open nature of the medium means the blog often fails to find a cohesive voice, instead left abandoned in lost hopes and unrealised potential. As Bell-Smith’s piece suggests, the blog creator is burdened with a nagging guilt that leaves its traces in posts that attempt to revamp and revive the failed blog.
Freed from obligation of an indefinite commitment, the artists create time-limited ‘fantasy’ blogs that are realized exclusively for the festival dates. The blogs will become a forum for the alternate personas and quirky ideas of the artists. In turn, the commissioned artists act as official festival bloggers in an Abandon Normal Devices style; not conforming to the documentarian image and not even covering the festival itself.
The selected artists maintain ongoing blog presences that contrast with their fantasy blogs, in addition to creative practices that revolve around the internet. They are: Oliver Laric (b. 1981, Austria), co-founder of www.vvork.com; John Michael Boling (b. 1983, USA), contributor to http://www.rhizome.org; Hanne Mugaas (b. 1980, Norway) maintainer of the independent art and eBay blog http://www.hanne-mugaas.com/; and Guthrie Lonergan (b. 1983, USA), co-founder and contributor at http://www.nastynets.com.
From now on this blog is going to be… is 2009’s AND net art programme. Alongside talks by Lonergan and Laric in the Salons programme, and a special screening of viral video curated by Michael Connor, this programme highlights new creative practices on the net.
Abandon Normal Devices, Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture debuts in Liverpool, UK, 23-27 September 2009.