Digital culture changes daily. Yet time and time again, artists reveal the potentials & breaking points of new technologies.
Rhizome fosters artistic experimentation and digital cultural memory through major cultural moments like “The Art Happens Here” or the minting of the first NFT. Thanks to the support of our community, we were able to continue that work through a memorable transition year for Rhizome, which included Zachary Kaplan's departure after a successful tenure, an international search ably coordinated by the Board, and a new directorial model with a joint leadership team heading up the organization, with a mission to build Rhizome into a broader public platform.
Along the way, we've had considerable success–a new Patrons’ Council, a memorable Benefit and party at the Bowery Hotel, a sold-out launch for the book based on Mindy Seu’s Rhizome-commissioned website Cyberfeminism Index, and a truly landmark event this December in which we presented the first major US museum presentation of CyberPowWow, a groundbreaking Indigenous-led digital art project from the 1990s. We've welcomed new staff, including Community Designer Briana Griffin and Program Assistant Kayla Drzewicki, and hosted interns and researchers including members of the CUNY Cultural Corps and fellows from Taipei and Bern.
But the real news lies ahead–2023 will bring a brand new website, the relaunch of 7x7 with deeper and more adventurous collaborations; a new Discord for Rhizome’s community; and an ongoing online exhibition series that builds on Net Art Anthology.
It’s shaping up to be a great year, but we cannot do this work without your support. As the end of the year approaches, it’s an excellent time to make a tax-deductible donation. Your donation allows us to continue to invest in radical, risk-taking work that shapes the complex past, present & future of digital art & culture.
𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃𝓀 𝓎𝑜𝓊 & 𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓅𝓎 𝒽𝑜𝓁𝒾𝒹𝒶𝓎𝓈
Alex Freundlich, Camille Klein, and Jeffrey Scudder of Whistlegraph draw on a chalkboard for "The Longest Whistlegraph Ever (so far)" at Rhizome's Benefit, May 31 2022. Photo: Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
Makayla Bailey, Rachel Rossin, Julie Martin, and Michael Connor at Rhizome's Benefit, May 31 2022. Photo: Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
McKenzie Wark, Prema Murthy, Tega Brain, E.Jane and Mindy Seu in conversation at the New Museum during The Cyberfeminism Index Book Launch, November 14 2022. Photo: Shina Peng.
Celine Wong Katzman at the New Museum during A CyberPowWow panel discussion, December 10 2022. Photo: Cameron Kelly McKleod. Courtesy of Rhizome.
Mikhel Proulx, Dragan Espenschied, Skawennati, Celine Wong Katzman, Makayla Bailey and Michael Connor at the New Museum Sky Room during the CyberPowWow reception, December 10 2022. Photo: Cameron Kelly McKleod. Courtesy of Rhizome.
Cover Image by Briana Griffin, Community Designer, Rhizome.