Patrick May
Since 2002
Works in NY, New York United States of America

Patrick May is a programmer and painter. He founded the artist collective Open Ground and was the Director of Technology at from 2006-2008.

May received a BS in Studio Art from New York University in 1999. His work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, and Berlin, including Maiden Brooklyn, ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts, and the Galerie Scherer 8. He currently works in Brooklyn, NY creating intimate portraits of his friends and family.

Artists Wanted Competition

Artists Wanted – an open call for submissions.

The current Art World is rife with uninspired work. Too often artists are elevated based on who they know instead of the quality of their work. Our goal is to up-end that process.

Artists Wanted is a new and ongoing program designed to promote the great undiscovered artists of our time. Those selected will receive $2007 cash, an inclusion in our annual publication, and a solo show at the 3rd Ward gallery in Brooklyn. Runners-up will be listed and linked on the website and have the possibility of being featured in our publication. Submission deadline: Sept. 21st. Submission fee: $25 for 3 images. No previous exposure necessary. We want the best, most talented, undiscovered artists. We want you.

All information about submission available through


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About the Discuss section on Rhizome

Hi all,

There's been a great deal of conversation about discussion on Rhizome, and I wanted to pass along some background information about why we moved away from email. Email is an interesting technology, b/c it is as ubiquitous as HTML but there are subtle complications:

[*]The level of HTML possible in email is far behind the level available in browsers.
[*]Parsing email can become a complicated affair after accounting for the various edge cases.
[*]Integrating a perl or php script into Sendmail is more complicated with more security issues than integrating a similar script into Apache.

In the prior architecture, posts were sent to the RAW email list, then parsed and saved on the site. This system obviously worked for most of Rhizome's history. But it proved difficult to update:

[*]Adding support for images and flash movies was difficult
[*]There was also a growing spam problem with the mailing list. The volume was low, but it caused problems b/c the spam would be sent using other user's names. When a user has 20 spam posts on their profile with no option to delete it is very frustrating for that person, and we would have to clean up the mess.
[*]From an operations perspective, sendmail integration was taking up too much time.

To address these issues, we removed email as the central link in our discussion system. In the current system, email is one way of getting notified about new posts, along with RSS, or what ever new technology comes up in the future.

We wanted to remove the time-consuming aspects of the mailing list while continuing to support the unmoderated conversations that happened on RAW. Threading was implemented because it was email-like. We didn't want to change the conversation, just remove some of the difficulties in supporting that conversation.

The other thing we did was to separate announcements from discussion. We took a tally of discussion vs announcement posts and realized that discussion was not happening on a regular basis. It was very hard to find discussion on the site, b/c an interesting thread would quickly be pushed out of view by the daily stream of announcements. By separating the two, we've seen a return in person to person discussion.

We are interested as always in improving the level of discussion on Rhizome, and forward-looking suggestions are always taken seriously.





Preview is forthcoming.

This week and next we are busy with the Benefit and Commissions. We should be able to get the comment preview function done in the last week of May.


Deadline for Rhizome Commissions Program is Sunday Night!


There was a bug with the "login" form on the voting tool. Basically, if one was not logged in then it did not render properly. That's why it worked in your Firefox (where you were logged in to Rhizome), but not in Safari. This bug has been fixed. Thanks as always for the heads up!




Voting Problem for Commissions

There was a bug that was fixed. Thanks for the heads up. Please send notes about technical issues with voting to:


The Rematerialization of Art

I've removed the extra posts, and added a touch more double-posting protection.

If you reload after posting, it had posted twice but shouldn't anymore. It's a bit delicate to find a process that guards against mistakes without restricting one's ability to post. As always, let me know how it goes.