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Artist and curator Mark Tribe founded Rhizome as a small email list in 1996 while living in Berlin. The list included a number of people Tribe had met at Ars Electronica  By August, Rhizome had launched its website, which by 1998 had developed a significant readership within the Internet art community. Originally designated a business, Rhizome became a nonprofit organization in 1998, switching to the domain-name suffix ".org.". In an interview with Laurel Ptak for the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture Archive, Tribe explains "I thought of it as Artforum meets AltaVista (AltaVista was one of the first web search engines), as a kind of bottom-up alternative to the top-down hierarchies of the art world."
Rhizome established an online archive called the ArtBase in 1999. The ArtBase was initially conceived exclusively as a database of net art works. Today, the scope of the ArtBase has expanded to include other forms of art engaged with technology, including games, software, and interdisciplinary projects with online elements. The works are submitted by the artists themselves. In addition to hosting archived work, Rhizome's digital preservation work includes conservation of digital art and updating obsolete code.
In 2003, Rhizome became affiliated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Today, Rhizome's programs include events, exhibitions at the New Museum and elsewhere, an active website, and an archive of more than 2,000 new media artworks.
Rhizome Commissions Program
Founded in 2001 to support artists working with technology, the Rhizome Commissions Program has awarded 72 commissions as of 2012. Projects realized through the Program represent some of the forward-thinking and innovative works of media and internet-based art.
In 2008, Rhizome expanded the scope of the commissions from strictly Internet-based art to the broad range of forms and practices that fall under the category of new media art. This includes projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies or reflect on the impact of these tools and media. With this expanded format, commissioned works can take the final form of online works, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices.
Among the artists awarded a Rhizome commission: Heba Amin, Aleksandra Domanović, Aram Bartholl, Knifeandfork, Mendi & Keith Obadike, Trevor Paglen, Jon Rafman, Tao Lin, Tristan Perich, Angelo Plessas. Brody Condon, Jona Bechtolt, Kristin Lucas, Evan Roth, Rafaël Rozendaal, eteam, Steve Lambert, Zach Lieberman
The Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of new media art containing some 2110 art works. The ArtBase encompasses a vast range of projects by artists all over the world that employ materials including software, code, websites, moving image, games and browsers to aesthetic and critical ends.
Montage: Unmonumental Online
- Exhibition Statement
- Exhibition with work by artists Michael Bell-Smith, William Boling, John Michael Boling, Charles Broskoski, Jessica Ciocci, Petra Cortright, Chris Coy, Cao Fei, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Nina Katchadourian, Oliver Laric, Olia Lialina, Guthrie Lonergan, and Paul Slocum.
- Curated by Lauren Cornell, Executive Director for Rhizome and Marisa Olson, Curator-at-large for Rhizome.
- Time Shares is a series of online exhibitions dedicated to exploring the diversity of contemporary art based on the internet.
- Time Shares
The Gif Show
- Exhibition with work by Cory Arcangel, Peter Baldes, Michael Bell-Smith, Jimpunk, Olia Lialina, Abe Linkoln, Guthrie Lonergan, Lovid, Tom Moody, Paper Rad, Paul Slocum, and Matt Smear (aka 893/umeancompetitor).
- Curated by Rhizome editor and curator-at-large Marisa Olson.
- Exhibition presents 40 selections from Rhizome's online archive of new media art, ArtBase.
- Works are grouped by 10 themes: dirt style, net cinema, games, e-commerce, data visualization and databases, online celebrity, public space, software, cyberfeminism, and early net.art.
Seven on Seven
Since 2010, Rhizome has held an annual conference pairing technologists with artists to create something new in 24 hours. . A piece created by Ryan Trecartin and Tumblr founder David Karp called "River the Net" was later curated in a New Museum exhibition on art informed by internet free culture.
Artists that have participated in Seven on Seven: Evan Roth, Aaron Koblin, Monica Narula, Ryan Trecartin, Tauba Auerbach, Marc Andre Robinson, Kristin Lucas, Michael Bell-Smith, Ricardo Cabello (mr.doob), Liz Magic Laser, Zach Lieberman, Rashaad Newsome, Camille Utterback, Emily Royston, Aram Bartholl, Xavier Cha, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Naeem Mohaiemen, Jon Rafman, Taryn Simon and Stephanie Syjuco.
Technologists who have participated in Seven on Seven: Jeff Hammerbacher, Joshua Schachter, Matt Mullenweg, Andrew Kortina, Hilary Mason, Ayah Bdeir, David Karp, Andy Baio, Ben Cerveny, Jeri Ellsworth, Kellan Elliott-McCrea, Bre Pettis, Chris Poole (moot), Erica Sadun, Jeremy Ashkenas, Blaine Cook, Michael Herf, Charles Forman, Aaron Swartz, Khoi Vinh and Anthony Volodkin.
- Digital Preservation
- List of digital preservation initiatives
- Digital art
- Digital curation
- Surfing club
- Internet art
- New media art
- "Digital Artworks that Play Against Expectations", New York Times, September 30, 2002.
- "Interview with Mark Tribe, Founder, Rhizome", Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, April 29, 2010.
- "Art Site Takes Plunge Into Not-for-Profitability"
- Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
- Preserving the Rhizome Artbase
- Digital Preservation Practices and the Rhizome ArtBase
- "New Museum Joins Forces with Artists' Web Site," New York Times, September 30, 2003
- Rhizome Commissions
- "Rhizome Seven on Seven"
- "River the Net"
- "New Museum Free Exhibition Catalog"
- Trevor Owens (May 1, 2012), "ArtBase and the Conservation and Exhibition of Born Digital Art: an Interview with Ben Fino-Radin", The Signal: Digital Preservation (USA: Library of Congress)
- Smithsonian Institution Time-Based and Digital Art Working Group (April 2013), "Interview with Ben Fino-Radin", Interview Project (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution)
- Conservation and Re-enactment of Digital Art Ready-Made, University of Freiburg and Rhizome, UK: Digital Preservation Coalition, 2014
- "Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future", New York Times, October 2014 (describes Colloq, a "tool that records all the content you experience on a website as you click around, then uses that information to create a simulation of the website")