For those of you who were unable to join us for the We See In Every Direction Official Surf Party last week, here is a video from the artist, Jonas Lund, that captures some of the highlights of what happens when dozens of people try to share a single browser window. Cursors circulate like flies, the URL window becomes a turf war and a good time is had by all.
Even if the official event is over, the party doesn't have to stop—you can still collaboratively surf the Web with strangers by installing We See, available on The Download. If you're hungry to learn more about the event you can also check out some tweets with the hashtag #WeSee or peep the Facebook event page where some discussion took place.
This month The Download features We See In Every Direction (2013) a Web browser for collaborative, synchronized surfing by Swedish artist Jonas Lund. Browsing the Internet is typically an intimate and personal experience for just one person, but in We See, users traverse online information streams in a collective surfing environment. Users can type, click and change URLs in real time together; they can jockey for control of the browser--akin to fighting for the TV remote--or choose to sit back and let their friends take care of the surfing. Like many of Lund’s previous online works, the piece opens up the walled-off spaces of the Internet for shared use.
The Download is Rhizome's ongoing digital art exhibition and collecting program that features new works by great artists for free download.
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Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded Microfiche Archive, 2013. Microfiche machine and custom microfiche. 51.5 x 33 x 48.4 cm. Via Future Gallery.
sext me with spelling errors and bad grammar so i know it's real— so sad today (@sosadtoday) May 10, 2013
On April 20, 2013, a nice spring Saturday, some brilliant minds from art and technology met to share the ideas and projects that emerged from a one-day interdisciplinary collaboration. For those of you who were unable to join us for Seven on Seven this year, below are videos from each presentation so you can see their presentations for yourself.
Rhizome is pleased to present The Download's first free and open project, featuring Deanna Havas. Havas offers a solution to earn back your membership donation once required to access The Download. By participating in the Affiliate Program (2013) a user can set up their own affiliate website to generate traffic to its host site, deannahavas.com. As an afﬁliate publisher, you will be reimbursed relative to how much trafﬁc you drive to the site, which is calculated via metrics like pay per click and cost per impression. The package includes a small website, banner ads, and media ready to use for your microsite as well as step by step instructions to create your website. Affiliate Program creates an alternative economy that enables a Rhizome member to reap rewards by participating in the program.
The Download is Rhizome's digital art collecting program which features one work per month for free download.
I'm really glad to hear that you'll be taking advantage of the opportunities posted on Rhizome's Announce. It's one of my favorite parts of the site, since it's regularly updated with new and great opportunities for artists.
To help you get started, I'd suggest checking out the ArtBase, the online archive of digital art, to get a feel for the type of work our community makes. Reading the blog is also a great way to learn more about new media art history, theory and criticism, as well as openings, upcoming events and other happenings. If you like to get a weekly digest from Announce and Editorials sent to your inbox, you can sign up for our mailing lists.
This is exactly how I got into Rhizome after a friend introduced me to the organization back in college :)
If you ever have any questions, thoughts, musings, etc feel free to start a thread here in Discuss. You can also comment on blog posts to get a conversation going. You can even reach out to me directly (email@example.com) if you have specific questions about how to use the site or Rhizome's membership program – I'm always happy to help.
All the best,
Thanks for the clarification - I didn't realized Furtherfield and Netbehaviour were connected. We're big fans of both, and really enjoying the Women, Art, and Technology series.
Those are good questions – and ones I ask myself, as Program Manager, regularly.
It's true, the community evolved over the last 16 years. Rhizome grew to become a much larger organization with many more programs than just a mailing list. But while the organization has grown, we haven't forgotten about where and how we started: as an email with artists like you participating! You've made and continue to make valuable contributions to the community.
Today, I feel that the conversation has moved to the social media sphere, like Twitter and Facebook, and onto dedicated listservs like nettime and Netbehaviour. Nick Hasty put in a great effort to improve the Discussion section of the site when we revamped last year, but we have noticed a thinning out of activity, though once in a while we do get great heated conversations. We're examining these trends as well.
Netbehavior and nettime has a fantastically active community – but they don't also run a website, a blog, and year round programming like Rhizome does. Perhaps the conversation has died down on the website because we have so many other programs? Maybe people feel less inclined to speak up on the website now that there are dedicated arenas for conversation?
You both value conversation on Rhizome, and I as well! I appreciate your candor – It's honesty like this that will help spark conversation here again.