Rob Myers
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

Rob Myers is an artist and hacker based in the UK.

I have been creating images of the contemporary social and cultural environment through programming, design software and visual remixing since the early 1990s. My work is influenced by popular culture and high art in equal measures. My interest in remixing and sampling has led to my involvement in the Free Culture movement. I have been involved in the public consultation regarding the Creative Commons 2.0 and CC-UK licenses. All my visual art is available under a Creative Commons license.

My interest in programming has led to my involvement with the Free Software movement. I developed the Macintosh version of the Gwydion Dylan programming language compiler. All my software is available under the GNU GPL.
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Blackness for Sale (2001) - Keith Obadike

The question of how to get more discussion on the boards is, in my opinion, the wrong one. If Rhizome is serious about wanting discussion, re-instate raw as a mailing list. I got a lot from raw. I encountered people, art and ideas that I wouldn't have encountered otherwise, and had my mind changed about more than a few things.

Empyre isn't a bulletin board, it isn't limited to a selected clique, and as an example it doesn't support closing down the conversation on Rhizome even further. Quite the opposite.

There have been many, many more John Michael one-liner posts (I'm counting the title here) than serious art historical posts this year. If he's swamping the good stuff it's not the audience's fault that they are noticing this.


Wikimedia Hates Art

(From -

I have a lot of respect for the Wikimedia Foundation, everyone I’ve met from it have been great people and I use their software and projects daily. I was proud to take part in the Wikipedia Loves Art event earlier this year. But as an artist I am disappointed and offended by Wikimedia’s treatment of a contemporary art project.

Whatever lawyers who charge for each letter they send out on your behalf may tell you, and whatever your opinion of contemporary art, there are strong precedents in the US supporting free speech under the first amendment for artists who use trademarks. To demand that artists transfer resources to a trademark holder or face legal action is therefore not just a chilling effect on free speech but legally shaky.

The EFF, to their credit, point this out here -

And details on an artwork and lawsuit that provide an important precedent can be found here -

Wikimedia’s response has been to disparage the concerns of the artists and the EFF -

Other web sites have picked up on this, and are supporting the artists -

The problem with Wikimedia’s over-reaching application of their trademark to the material detrement of artists is a chilling effect on freedom of speech. Wikimedia owe the artists and the EFF an apology. This behaviour really is beneath such an excellent organization.


A Useful Script


# Rob Myers 2009
# Dedicated to the public domain (copyright and moral rights repudiated/waived)

# Save and set as the script to call for the Rhizome feed in your feed reader

my $xml = `curl --silent`;

$xml =~ s/<item.*?<dc:creator>John Michael Boling<\/dc:creator>.*?<\/item>//sg;

print $xml;