Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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Shia LaBeouf: Is there genius in his endgame?


Michael, thanks for the link to the Simchowitz interview. He is quite the self-regarding loudmouth, or "amplification nodule," to use his term. Interesting that he gives no credit to Rhizome or the pre-Facebook blogosphere for first introducing his stable of "Post-Internet" superstars -- it's as if they had no careers or critical recognition before he started pushing them. His presence on the scene should make Rhizome uneasy about continuing to carry critical water for the brand (it certainly does me). Perhaps enough has been done for that particular group of artists -- they have him now.


DISCUSSION

Collecting Contemporary Art Means Collecting Digital Art


My use of the term "souvenir" referred to an established practice of selling documentation for "immaterial" performances, happenings, etc. The classic example: Chris Burden had himself nailed to a Volkswagen in the 1974 piece Trans-fixed. The objects for sale were documentary photos, explanatory text and the actual nails, on a small stand. My point in mentioning such precedents was to say that selling the immaterial wasn't new. Some digital works might be represented in the market by Burden-like mementos, others may not -- I wasn't saying all "digitally-derived" objects were souvenirs.

DISCUSSION

The Commenter: A Lament


Some technical issues need to be solved as well, such as the lag time that occurs between when a comment is made and when notice of it shows up on the front page.

DISCUSSION

The Commenter: A Lament


Rhizome's reblogging of content from the wider internet, beginning around 2005 or so, using a diverse pool of interested (but unpaid) "site editors," was a smart move. It elevated Rhizome from the cloistered email era into a larger WWW conversation. Then it stopped, sometime around 2007, possibly because the site editor concept wasn't sustainable, or was just too unruly. That's about the same time the gallery art world collectively joined Facebook. The new media community also drifted over there and that's where the conversation's been ever since (and to a lesser extent twitter and tumblr).
If, as Michael Connor suggests, Zachary Kaplan is zealously following and participating in conversations elsewhere, why not enlarge that role and have a mechanism in place to feed those discussions back into Rhizome? A kind of human-edited "track back" function. Take "Facebook content" and reclaim it for a non-profit commons (within the bounds of copyright law, if that's even possible).
It's good to have a diffuse (truly rhizomatic) conversation going on but there's also value to having a "central clearing house" for ideas of common interest. Not a top down affair but a place for weighing and comparison of the relative value of work. As long as commenters are welcomed and responded to, careers don't get launched unless they deserve to.