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, California) is an American artist living and working in New York City.[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.[6] He is the author of The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of Historic Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010)[7] and the co-author of New Media Art (Taschen, 2006).[8] He received a MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California in 1994 and an AB in Visual Art from Brown University in 1990.[9]


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.

Tribe has had solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.[10]; Momenta Art in New York City[11]; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions[12]; and DiverseWorks in Houston.[13] His work has also been shown at the Queens Museum in New York City[14]; the Palais de Tokyo in Paris[13]; the Menil Collection in Houston[15]; Centre Pompidou in Paris[16]; SITE Santa Fe[17]; the San Diego Museum of Art[18]; Museo de Antioquia in Medellin[19]; Montclair Museum of Art in New Jersey[20]; and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.[21]

As a curator, Tribe founded the online resource for new media artists in 1996.[22] He held the Art and Technology Lectures at Columbia University.[23] Tribe has also organized shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and inSite_05.[24]

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."[25]

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 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]

  • Plein Air: large photographs of virtual landscapes (2014)
  • Posse Comitatus: dance performances and video installations exploring the American milita movement (2012)
  • Rare Earth: a series of large photographs of landscapes found in combat video games; a series of videos shot at a militia training ground in Upstate New York; and a reference library containing books on landscape, militias, and video games (2012)
  • The Dystopia Files: an archive of video clips depicting public interactions between police and protesters in North America since 1999 (2009 - 2011)
  • Chinoise A: a remake of a scene from J-L Godard's "La Chinoise" (1967) in which a radical student contemplates bombing a university (2009)
  • Port Huron Project: remakes of historic protest speeches (2006 - 2009)
  • 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)


  • "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. ^ "SVA announces appointments of Steven Henry Madoff, Mark Tribe and New MA in Curatorial Practice | Art & Education". Art & Education. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Randy (July 28, 2007). "Giving New Life to Protests of Yore". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mark Tribe Will Chair Fine Arts MFA at SVA - News - Art in America". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  7. ^ "Charta Art Books - Mark Tribe". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "New Media Art". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mark Tribe | P.S.1 Studio Visit". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  10. ^ "Mark Tribe's "Plein Air" at the Corcoran, Reviewed". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Mark Tribe - Reviews - Art in America". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  12. ^ "Port Huron Project videos on view at LACE". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  13. ^ a b "Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe - Posse Comitatus". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  14. ^ Ruiz, Alan (2016). "Uneven Development: On Beirut and Plein Air". 
  15. ^ "Mark Tribe: The Port Huron Project". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  16. ^ "Que faire ? Art, film, politique | Dario Azzellini". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  17. ^ Armitage, Diane. "Agitated Histories". THE magazine. 
  18. ^ "Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, New Contemporaries V and Sounds of Jazz Loft". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  19. ^ Malone, Micah. "MDE11 at Museo di Antioquia". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  20. ^ Tim, Maul, (2015-05-01). "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s". Afterimage. 42 (6). ISSN 0300-7472. 
  21. ^ Davis, Mark. "A Dense Web: The 2010 DeCordova Biennial". Artscope. 
  22. ^ Wolf Lieser. Digital Art. Langenscheidt: h.f. ullmann. 2009. pp 146-147
  23. ^ "Project Portfolio | Art & Technology Lectures". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  24. ^ Taylor, Claire (2014). Place and Politics in Latin American Digital Culture: Location and Latin American Net Art. New York: Routledge. pp. 125–126. ISBN 0415730406. 
  25. ^ Christina Ulke. "Politics by Other Means". Retrieved 2008-05-01.