Mark Tribe

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Mark Tribe
Mark Tribe
Born 1966
San Francisco
Nationality USA
Education Brown University, University of California, San Diego
Known for Conceptual art, installation art, video art

Mark Tribe (born 1966, San Francisco, CA) is an American artist.[1] He is the founder of Rhizome, a not-for-profit arts organization based in New York City.[2] Tribe is the son of Carolyn Ricarda (Kreye) and Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe.[3]

In 2013, he was appointed chair of the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.[4] Formerly, he was Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University[5] and has taught at Columbia University School of the Arts and Williams College.[4] He is the author of The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of Historic Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010)[6] and the co-author of New Media Art (Taschen, 2006).[7] He received a MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA. in 1994 and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University in 1990. He resides in New York City.


Mark Tribe has focused on developing a critical understanding of the complex and interdependent relationships between technology and culture. Tribe's engagement with new media art has been motivated less by a fascination with new media technologies themselves than by a recognition that, in the hands of artists, these technologies can open up unexpected forms of political action, cultural participation, and aesthetic experience.[8]

Tribe's art work has been exhibited at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, and Gigantic Art Space in New York City.

As a curator, Tribe founded the online resource for new media artists in 1996.[9] He held the Art and Technology Lectures at Columbia University. Tribe has also organized shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and inSite_05.

His Port Huron Project (2006–2008) is a collection of reenacted protest speeches from the 1960s and 1970s. Mark Tribe sat down with Christina Ulke, and said, "I came up with the idea as a response to the relative lack of political activity at Brown University, where I teach. As it happens, I went to college at Brown, and when I arrived there as a freshman in 1985, students had set up a shanty town in the center of campus to protest the university’s investments in South Africa. Twenty years later, and three years into a bloody and misguided war, the campus is quiet. No protests, no flyers. And my students never mention the war unless I bring it up. It’s not that they are in favor of the war. On the contrary, when asked, they all say they oppose it. But they don’t think they can do anything to stop the war. Many of them were active in the 2004 election, and were deeply disillusioned by the outcome. Others are just too busy with their own lives to give it much thought. I wanted to do something to help them (and me, for that matter) connect with the sense of possibility that characterized the New Left movements of the 60s and 70s."[10]

In 2006, Mark Tribe and Reena Jana published the book "New Media Art". It has since been re-processed onto the web through the website [1] and is summarized into the following Wiki article, New media art. Mark Tribe writes about the different types of art forms that can be found within the internet, computer, video and virtual. New Media concerns are often derived from the telecommunications, mass media and digital modes of delivery the artworks involve, with practices ranging from conceptual to virtual art, performance to installation.

Selected Projects[edit]

  • Posse Comitatus: ance performances and video installations exploring the American milita movement (2012)
  • Port Huron Project: remakes of historic protest speeches (2006 - 2009)
  • Bodybuilder Webcam: an online art project for Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery (2004)
  • Revelation 2.0: an online art project commissioned by Computer Fine Arts (2003)
  • Revelation 1.0: an online art project commissioned by Amnesty International (2002)
  • StarryNight: an alternative interface to’s text archive (1999)
  • Traces of a Constructed City: an online art project for Computer Aided Curating (1995)
  • Carpark: a site specific public art project for inSITE '94 (1994)
  • Apparitions: a virtual reality environment and installation for inSITE '94 (1994)


  • "Cory Arcangel: An Interview by Mark Tribe." Uovo Magazine, no. 11. 252-265.
  • New Media Art. Cologne: Taschen Verlag. With Reena Jana.
  • "Wiki Directory of Academic Art and Technology Programs." With Michael Naimark.
  • "Tijuana Calling," Atopia Journal, October 2005. 69-75.
  • Curatorial essay. ARCO'05 Catalogue. Madrid: ARCO/Ifema, Feria de Madrid. 697-700.
  • "Symposium: Metamorphosis of Artists' Rights in the Digital Age," Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. Vol. 28, No. 4. Transcript of panel remarks.
  • Eyebeam reBlog . Guest editor, July 10–23, 2005.
  • 2003 "The Global Media Art Community." Web Fictions: Dispersed Presences in Electronic Networks. Ed. Manfred Fassler, Ursula Hentschlaeger, Selko Wiener, eds. New York: Springer. 134-137.
  • "Rhizome TextBase, Rhizome ArtBase, Rhizome Ephemera." Interarchive: Archival Practices and Sites in the Contemporary Art Field. Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Koenig. 263-265.
  • "Hot List," ArtForum, March 2001.
  • Transcript of lecture. B.Read /6: Curating New Media. Ed. Sarah Cook, Beryl Graham, Sarah Martin. Gateshead: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • Foreword. Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • "Net Games Now." Game Show Catalogue. North Adams: MASS MOCA. 54-67.
  • "Email Performance." Zing Magazine. Issue 12. 180-194.

External links[edit]



  1. ^ Bryan-Wilson, Julia (January 2008). "Sounding the fury: Julia Bryan-Wilson on Kirsten Forkert and Mark Tribe". Artforum International. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Mirapaul, Matthew (April 2, 1998). "Art Site Takes Plunge Into Not-for-Profitability". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Blumenkranz, Carla (September 22, 2008). "Radical Speak Performance Artist Mark Tribe Breathes New Life Into Old Politics". New York. New York Magazine Company. 41: 66. 
  4. ^ a b "SVA Close Up (June 26, 2013)". Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Randy (July 28, 2007). "Giving New Life to Protests of Yore". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Charta Art Books - Mark Tribe". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "New Media Art". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Mark Tribe. "Research Description". Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  9. ^ Wolf Lieser. Digital Art. Langenscheidt: h.f. ullmann. 2009. pp 146-147
  10. ^ Christina Ulke. "Politics by Other Means". Retrieved 2008-05-01.