Chris Poole (aka moot) is many things. He is the founder of the notorious 4chan (2003—), the bulletin board that gave rise to some of the most memorable memes of past decade, and Canv.as (2010—), a website that encourages sharing and remixing media. His most recent project, DrawQuest, is an iPad app that prompts users with a new drawing challenge every day. Its latest version was launched in the iTunes store last week.
Poole embodies and understands the internet and online community in the way only a millennial who had a computer in his bedroom with no parental supervision can. He started 4chan when he was 15, and for the community that emerged around it, he belongs in the pantheon of internet gods. Their adoration went so far that in 2009, 4chan users flooded the Time 100 poll to award Poole as The World's Most Influential Person. They describe him in the satirical Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica as "supreme overlord of the Internet." He still devotes a considerable amount of time and money to 4chan, despite the fact that he can expect nothing in return. But although he stays involved in the community he created as an adolescent, Poole has grown up. Now, he’s an entrepreneur attempting to solve the puzzle of how to cultivate and – hopefully – monetize a creative online community.
I met with Poole for bubble tea in the East Village on a hot Tuesday afternoon. After showing me the new updates in the latest version of DrawQuest, we talked about his views on art, online communities, and growing up internet.
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's shoes during her 13-hour filibuster on June 25, 2013.
Jennifer Steinkamp, from the seires Sexist Slides (1989). Slideshow projected on a street in Hollywood at EZTV.
Molly Soda, Inbox Full (2012). Ten-hour reading of questions sent to the artist from her Tumblr askbox.
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
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The grants will be determined by a jury of art and Tumblr experts: Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum and Artistic Director of the 55th Venice Biennale; Laurie Anderson, noted experimental performance artist and musician; Jon Rafman, leading contemporary artist; Zoë Salditch, Rhizome's Program Director; and Topherchris, Tumblr Editorial Director.
Application Deadline: Wednesday May 15, 2013
You can access your proposal by going to your account page and clicking on 'Commissions Voting' (I know that's a odd label, we're working on fixing that..). From there you'll see 'Your Proposals' and when you click on it you'll see a link to edit.
Feel free to email me zoe [dot] salditch [at] rhizome if you have any other troubles!
You and I have talked F2F about this kind of programming many times and you know I couldn't agree with you more. You make an excellent point about how community is built IRL and that's one of my goals as Program Director. I love the idea of more informal events, gatherings and the like, to compliment our lectures, panels and performances. Organizing informal and conversational events (both IRL and URL) around these programs could make Rhizome programming more robust and impactful.
I think it's safe to say that Michael and I are very excited to work together to tie programs and editorial so that they feed into one another more seamlessly.
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Deadline: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rhizome seeks an experienced Editor & Curator to create and communicate a distinctive and unique voice for Rhizome – one that is international in scope and engages with the history, values and direction of the organization as a leader in contemporary art and technology.
Rhizome is a 501c3 non-profit organization based within the iconic New Museum of Contemporary Art in SoHo, NYC. Founded in 1996, Rhizome's programs, many of which happen online, support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic, social and political implications of new tools and media.
The role will significantly shape the artistic direction of the organization overall. The Editor & Curator will be primarily responsible for the editorial vision of Rhizome.org, assigning, editing and occasionally writing features for the site. Additionally, s/he will ensure the art and ideas featured on the site tie into all areas of Rhizome’s program, by working closely with the Rhizome staff, and by initiating and/or leading on select curatorial programs.
- To work closely with the Executive Director to shape Rhizome’s overall artistic direction
- Assign, edit and occasionally write stories for the Rhizome.org site, across a variety of disciplines including art and technology
- Cultivate and manage a strong team of writers
- Develop and experiment with formats for Rhizome’s online publishing, while maintaining consistent voice and style guide
- Act as a strong and visible advocate for Rhizome through public speaking, online/social media discussion and other avenues
- Help engage with and cultivate a readership and community around Rhizome.org
- Initiate and lead on select curatorial and public programs; feed curatorial ideas into all Rhizome programs
- Proactively feed into strategic conversations about Rhizome’s site, programs and future
- Thorough knowledge of contemporary art, technology, and online culture
- Senior experience in editing and/or curating, ideally with demonstrated aptitude in both
- An understanding of and interest in online publishing
- Writing experience that demonstrates a high capacity for critical thought and strong ideas
- Excellent national and international contacts in art and technology, as well as with writers
- Articulate and engaging communicator; confident public speaking skills and an excellent command of the written language
- Managerial and team working skills, and generosity, toward working effectively within an organizational structure
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 6, 2013