Rhizome’s Winter-Spring Public Programs at the New Museum

As the days grow longer and winter turns to spring, Rhizome will present a series of public programs at the New Museum. Many accompany “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” our exhibition on view at the museum through May 26. We hope you will join for some, many, or all!

All Our Visited Links: The Art Happens Here Book Launch
Thursday, January 31, 7pm
This event will launch The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology, a new 400-page publication encapsulating our two-year endeavor to sketch a possible canon for net art. Hosted by book editors Michael Connor, Aria Dean, and Dragan Espenschied, the event will feature a lively series of presentations, readings, and performances, including a rare live appearance by artist Alexei Shulgin’s “cyberpunk rock band” 386 DX—a beige, worn-looking computer that “plays” rock hits by Nirvana and the Sex Pistols on a 40 MHz chip.

Physical Tactics for Digital Colonialism
Thursday, February 28, 7pm 
In the premiere of this performance-lecture, commissioned and presented by Rhizome, artist Morehshin Allahyari illuminates her concept of digital colonialism in relation to 3-D printing. Since 2016, Allahyari has advanced the concept of digital colonialism to characterize the tendency for information technologies to be deployed in ways that reproduce colonial power relations. This performance focuses on the 3-D scanner, which is widely used by archaeologists to capture detailed data about physical artifacts.

Let’s Talk Net Art: Art and the Network Before 1989
Thursday, March 21, 7pm 
This program will feature a talk by critic Josephine Bosma, and the presentation of video clips and other materials exploring several early artistic experiments with networks, illuminating their particular stakes, and addressing their relatively overlooked status in cultural memory.

Seven on Seven
Saturday, April 27
If you're reading this on rhizome.org, you likely know our flagship event. The twelfth edition will pairs artists and technologists to create new things. More soon! 

Arcangel Surfware @ Rhizome x New Museum
Saturday, May 18, 11am–6pm, talk at 3pm
The multinational “non-aspirational lifestyle brand” Arcangel Surfware returns to NYC for a pop up presented as part of the exhibition “The Art Happens Here.” This all-day celebration of surfing the web will include a retail environment and a presentation on Arcangel's work by critic/curator Ed Halter, presented by Electronic Arts Intermix.

Cover Image: Morehshin Allahyari, Lamassu, from the Material Speculation: ISIS series (2015–16). Courtesy the artist and Upfor Gallery.