Richard Rinehart
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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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ReMixer Event

Fri Oct 26, 2007 00:00 - Mon Oct 22, 2007


Opening Reception and Performances
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

You're all invited to a one-night live music mash-up and art performance. Featuring Berkeley remix artists DJ Ripley and Kid Kameleon, this event celebrates the opening of the digital art exhibition, RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA, and presents live performance works that complete that exhibition. Also appearing will be the do-it-yourself DJ machine created by the Improbable Orchestra group and a live image mash-up playing across the museum walls by the artist Zebbler. This event is co-hosted by Creative Commons.

For details, see:


Announcing Berkeley Digital Art Symposium

Hello Rhizomers, you are invited to...

New Media & Social Memory
Jan. 18, 2007
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is proud to
present New Media & Social Memory, a public symposium to discuss
strategies for preserving digital art at a time when digital
technologies are evolving and becoming obsolete at an astonishingly
rapid pace. While focussing on digital art, the symposium will also
address larger concerns about the long-term conservation of our
increasingly digital culture, including how we decide what digital
materials - from Web sites to video games - are worth saving. The full
day of presentations and panel discussions by leading experts in the
field of digital preservation, including Stewart Brand and Bruce Sterling,
will be held in the museum theater on Thursday, Jan. 18.

This symposium is open to the public free of charge; however, due to
limited space, online registration is required. See attached image for
program. For more information or to register, visit

Richard Rinehart
Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
University of California, Berkeley
2625 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94720-2250


Symposium: New Media and Social Memory

New Media and Social Memory

(Save the Date for this Symposium! Program details to follow.)

Thursday, January 18, 2007, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

What is important to remember? This public symposium will explore how
the canonical historical record is created and maintained in the
digital age by "memory institutions" such as museums, libraries, and
archives, and how digital media artists are
influencing/hacking/critiquing this construction of social memory.
These issues will be explored in concrete terms by focusing on the
tangible case study of preserving digital art as emblematic of the
larger social issues in preserving digital culture.

Works of digital and Internet art, performance, installation,
Conceptual, and other variable-media art represent some of the most
compelling and significant artistic creations of our time. These
works constitute a history of alternative artistic practice, but
because of their ephemeral, technical, or otherwise variable natures,
they also present significant obstacles to accurate documentation,
access, and preservation. Without strategies for preservation, many
of these vital works-and possibly whole genres such as early Internet
art-will be lost to future generations. Long-term strategies must
closely examine the nature of ephemeral art and identify core aspects
of these works to preserve. New media gives us the challenge and the
opportunity to revisit the question "what is important to remember?"
on a long-term, public scale.

This event is part of a consortium project, "Archiving the Avant
Garde", funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (see for details).
Contact: Richard Rinehart (

Richard Rinehart
Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
University of California, Berkeley
2625 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94720-2250


Open Position at UC Berkeley

Center for New Media, University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley's cross-disciplinary Center for New Media is seeking highly
qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the
Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2007, pending budgetary

The Center for New Media, founded in 2004, focuses on the growing
set of representational technologies that emerge from the paradigm of
computation. The Center investigates the ways that new media have
changed social and individual experience, and to anticipate and
impact the future of digital media. The CNM combines research
perspectives from art, technology, design, and the humanities. It
has several full-time faculty and over 100 affiliated faculty
representing 31 departments across campus. The Center offers
graduate and undergraduate courses, a Designated Emphasis in New
Media at the PhD level, and a variety of lectures, special events,
and symposia.

Applicants should demonstrate scholarly command of the history and
critical theory of New Media via written publications and experience
with cross-disciplinary dialogue across divisions. Special attention
will be paid to applicants with skills in designing and implementing
innovative systems, games, artworks, or other modes of scholarly
communication that explore contemporary issues.

The successful candidate will have a home appointment in an existing
department (or departments) to be determined based on background and

Applications must include:

One-page cover letter describing the candidate's distinguishing
strengths in history and critical theory, experience, motivation, and
objectives in applying; C.V.; one-page summary of research
objectives; one-page summary of teaching objectives; one-page
summary of the unique qualities the candidate might contribute with
reference to the Center for New Media's existing programs and
faculty; website where recent publications and projects may be
reviewed with one-page description of three most significant items on
that website; list of up to three most relevant Berkeley departments
for home appointment; names and full contact information of three
potential recommenders.

Female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting
January 1, 2007 and candidates are urged to apply by that date. The
application period closes January 12, 2007; applications received
after that date cannot be considered.

Mail to: CNM Faculty Search Committee, University of California at Berkeley,
390 Wurster Hall MC 1066, Berkeley CA 94720. The University of
California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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Richard Rinehart
Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
University of California, Berkeley
2625 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94720-2250


new white paper on digital art and copyright

Hello Rhizomers,

The Canadian Government has published a new white paper on digital
art and copyright entitled, "Nailing Down Bits: Digital Art and
Intellectual Property". You can find the full paper in HTML or PDF
format online at:

A short introduction to the paper follows...

Nailing Down Bits: Digital Art and Intellectual Property

This paper on digital art and intellectual property has been
commissioned and published by Canadian Heritage Information Network
CHIN), a special operating agency of the Department of Canadian
Heritage. This paper is part of a larger series of papers on
intellectual property and cultural heritage that have been
commissioned by CHIN.

This paper is not written from a legal perspective, but from a
cultural heritage community perspective. This perspective is informed
by legal professionals and publications and by direct experience with
intellectual property issues that arise out of the daily practice of
cultural professionals. One could say that this paper is an attempt
to create a snapshot of the cultural heritage community's response to
intellectual property law and practice regarding (digital) art. This
paper is meant to ground that response not in terms of broad theories
or abstract philosophies, but in terms of daily practice and
real-world case studies. For that reason, the sources used for this
paper are not mainly books, but instead more topical, conversational,
and immediate sources such as digital art community websites, blogs,
email discussion lists and extensive interviews with cultural
heritage professionals in Canada and the United States ranging from
artists to curators to educators. The intended audience for this
paper is primarily the cultural heritage community who may benefit
from the discussion and analysis of the issues and proposed paths of
action. The legal community may also benefit from the case studies
and articulation of how one area of law is playing out in the larger
society whether it reaches the courts or not.

Richard Rinehart
Director of Digital Media
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
University of California, Berkeley
2625 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94720-2250