Richard Rinehart
Since the beginning
Works in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania United States of America

Richard Rinehart is the Director of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University. Previous to holding his position at Bucknell, Richard was the Digital Media Director and Adjunct Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Richard has taught digital art studio and theory at UC Berkeley in the Center for New Media and Art Practice departments. He has also been visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and JFK University. Richard sits on the Executive Committee of the UC Berkeley Center for New Media and has served on the Board of Directors for New Langton Arts in San Francisco. Richard manages research projects in the area of digital culture, including the NEA-funded project, 'Archiving the Avant Garde', a national consortium of museums and artists distilling the essence of digital art in order to document and preserve it. Richard is a new media artist whose art works, papers, projects, and more can be found at
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online artwork explores social class

Reading Class: the Online Game+Blog that Explores Class in America
by Richard Rinehart

Reading Class is what Joseph Beuys called "social sculpture"- engagement with the intangible elements that shape our lives. Reading Class uses social software to explore the social question of class. Specifically, Reading Class is a multimedia game built inside an Internet blog; a blog being a set of standards and software used for online personal journals or conversation. Reading Class explores the idea of class as an semi-emergent taxonomy, a self-organizing system, by taking participants on a journey of cultural choices and values where their own class identity is measured against fixed scholastic markers and against the relativistic play and perception of other participants as measured in real-time (the taste culture choices you make while you play affect the final class score of other players during this project, and vice versa). Reading Class strives to be journal and discussion forum - a cultural engine for revealing, exploring and critiquing social class.

Everyone is invited to view and participate.

Reading Class is also included in the exhibition Other America at Exit Art in New York through May 21, 2005 (


New Media Faculty Position At UC Berkeley

Tue Oct 05, 2004 00:00

Center for New Media, University of California at Berkeley.
History & Theory of New Media.
Rank open, effective July 1, 2005, pending budgetary approval.

In the context of Berkeley’s new Center for New Media, the successful candidate will develop courses, pursue interdisciplinary research initiatives, and help lead UC Berkeley in New Media studies. Teaching and research interests should include the historical contexts and theoretical framing of New Media, including the critical, cultural, and social assessment of New Media production and consumption processes. Applicants should demonstrate substantial background in one or more of the following fields: art history, history of photography, media history, film studies, and visual culture. They should also demonstrate broad knowledge of critical theory in the humanities, significant command of theoretical and technical issues in contemporary new media, and a record of engagement with technologists, designers, artists, and/or social scientists in new media studies. Special consideration will be given to applicants with strong leadership abilities. The successful candidate will be appointed in a relevant department or departments; possible primary departments include History of Art, Film Studies Program (a division of Department of Rhetoric), and the School of Information Management and Systems. Participation on the Executive Committee of the Center for New Media is expected. Applications must include a C.V.; a letter describing the candidate’s background and interests, including brief descriptions of possible courses; a one-page statement outlining a vision for interdisciplinary scholarship in history and theory of new media in the context of interdisciplinary new media studies; two recent essay-length publications or samples of work-in-progress; and names and full contact information for three recommenders. Female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2004. Mail to: Whitney Davis, Chair, Department of History of Art and Director, Film Studies Program, Doe Library 416, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720-6020. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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Re: SF Rhizomers?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 00:00 - Tue Jan 06, 2004

Daniel Schwartz wrote:

> Hi,
> I have moved out to the bay area from NYC and am looking for
> net/newmedia/computer arts activity out here. Any leads appreciated.
> Im interested in collobarting/ contributing to projects too and even
> knowing where such arts are being presented.
> cheers,
> -Daniel.

Hi Daniel,

This reply is a bit late, but there are Rhizomers and net.artists out west. The Art, Technology, and Culture series at Berkedley that Rachel refers to is at:

You also might want to check out the NetWork and packet series that I curate at New Langton Arts in SF, at

...and of course other myriad projects out here, for instance, this one endeavoring to preserve digital art that, coincidentally, partners with Rhizome and others in NYC, at

Good to meet you, welcome.
Richard Rinehart

DISCUSSION auction on eBay

hello Rhizomers,

For the first time, as part of it's annual fundraising art auction,
New Langton Arts - an experimental media artists space in San
Francisco, CA - is offering a symbolic portion of 3 works for
sale on eBay.

On the one hand; this auction follows the tradition of art
organization fundriasing auctions by selling donated art works; but
we are also updating that tradition with regards to and
commenting on present issues of how valuation happens with a
intangible art medium by not selling whole or discrete art works, but
by offering instead conceptual portions (points, pixels, chapters) of
art works. So, yes, we need to fundraise; but we're also using the
opportunity to play , just a little, with the idea of collecting
intangible art. I would like to thank all of the artists for
supporting New Langton Arts with this creative donation.

You can participate by going to the New Langton Arts website
(, or by following the links below directly to
the 3 works on eBay:

Lisa Jevbratt
1:1, 1999
1:1 was a project created in 1999 which consisted of a database that
would eventually contain the addresses of every Web site in the world
and interfaces through which to view and use the database. Crawlers
were sent out on the Web to determine whether there was a Web site at
a specific numerical address. If a site existed, whether it was
accessible to the public or not, the address was stored in the
database. Because of the interlaced nature of the search, the
database could in itself at any given point be considered a snapshot
or portrait of the Web, revealing not a slice but an image of the
Web, with increasing resolution.
eBay URL:'8449839
Your bid is for one pixel which will be identified as your own within
the database.

Sonya Rapoport
Arbor Erecta: A Botanical Concept for Masculinity, 1998
Chapter 3: Pandanus Dioecious: Male/Female Separate is an
interrelated cross-cultural and scientific botanical concepts project
the work?s intent to promote tolerance of differences. Arbor Erecta
reflects on the intangible but real communication between tribal
initiation in New Guinea, its indigenous Pandanus tree and sexual
eBay URL:'8450829
Your bid is for a single web page/chapter 3 of the project.

Richard Rinehart and Shawn Brixey
Chimera Obscura, 2002
Crossing the boundary between gallery installation and Internet art,
Chimera Obscura is constructed around a telerobotic agent that
Internet visitors use to navigate and decode a highly complex maze
designed from a human thumbprint. The project employs a mutative game
structure, allowing visitors to leave a virtual trail of media memes
(video, audio, text, etc.) behind for others to read, duplicate, or
delete in the search for a unique sequence that will decode the maze.
The ghost of the minotaur roams the maze in the form of random
mathematical algorithms that yield mutative forces to the memes in
the database, frustrating attempts at an easy, linear solution.
Visitors over the Internet break through by assuming a newer hybrid
form: that of telematic cyborgs simultaneously operating a robot in
the gallery space attached to a continuously evolving database in
virtual space.
eBay URL:'8452110
Your bid is for a single virtual point within the maze (point 2031).

Thanks very much,

Richard Rinehart
New Langton Arts, Board Member and Curator