[artinfo] [UNXposed] Net Art commissions.

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Mon, 10 Dec 2001 19:40:34 +0100

Rhizome.org Net Art Commissions: Call for proposals

Deadline: February 15, 2002

Rhizome.org is pleased to announce the launch of its first net art
commissioning program. With support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts and The Jerome Foundation, Rhizome.org will commission three new
net art projects (works of art that are made to be experienced online).
The fee for each commission will be $5,000.

Rhizome.org is an online platform for the global new media art community. We
are committed to supporting the creation, presentation, discussion and
preservation of art that engages new technologies in significant ways. We
emphasize innovation and inclusiveness in all of our programs and

Artists are invited to submit proposals in one of two tracks: alt.interface
or Tactical Response.

Track 1: alt.interface

alt.interface is an ongoing series of interface artworks that overlay
Rhizome.org's online databases of text and art. These interfaces provide
alternative ways to navigate and/or access the database and its content.
Three alt.interface projects have been completed to date: StarryNight,
Spiral and Every Image. For more information about these alt.interface
projects, and to access them, please go to http://rhizome.org/interface.

For this track of the commissioning program, artists are asked to propose
new alt.interface projects that would function to visualize and allow access
to the data in the Rhizome TextBase and/or ArtBase. These alt.interface
projects will be listed and linked-to on the main alt.interface page and
will be included in the Rhizome ArtBase.

Before submitting alt.interface proposals, artists are encouraged to contact
Alex Galloway at alex@rhizome.org to discuss ideas and request necessary
technical information on our platform, data structures, etc. Although we
will provide some assistance with final integration into the Rhizome.org web
site, artists are expected to develop alt.interface projects independently
and without significant technical assistance from Rhizome.org.

Track 2: Tactical Response

Net art and tactical media have shared similar histories and aspirations.
For the Tactical Response track we solicit projects that address the present
political situation around the globe, particularly events relating to the
terrorist attacks of September 11. We encourage artists to address the
tactical dimension of specific aesthetic or technological concerns. Tactical
Response projects will be listed on the main Rhizome Commission page and
included in the Rhizome ArtBase.

Although we will provide some assistance with final integration into the
Rhizome.org web site, artists are expected to develop Tactical Response
projects independently and without significant technical assistance from

How to Submit a Proposal

Proposals for a Rhizome.org Net Art Commission are accepted via an online
form at http://rhizome.org/commissions. We do not accept proposals via
email, snail mail or other means. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00pm
EST (that's New York time) on Friday, February 15, 2002.

Important: beyond the limited information provided via the online form, your
proposal must take the form of a web site that includes the following key

- Project description (500 words maximum) that discusses your project's core
concept, how you will realize your project and your project's feasibility.
If you plan to work with assistants, consultants or collaborators, their
roles and (if possible) names should be included.
- You are encouraged, but not required, to include a production timeline and
a project budget, which should include your own fee. If you have other
funding sources for your project, please indicate this in your budget.
- Your resume or Curriculum Vitae. For collaborative groups, provide either
a collective CV or the CV's of all participants.
- Up to 10 work samples. Note: more is not necessarily better. You should
include only work samples that are relevant to your proposal. If you
proposal has nothing to do with photography, don't include images from your
photography portfolio. Please provide contextualizing information (title,
date, medium, perhaps a brief description) to help the jury understand what
they are looking at. The work sample can take any form, as long as it is
accessible via the web.

When designing your web-based proposal, please note that the jury will have
limited time, so try to make your site clear and concise.

When your web-based proposal is complete, fill out our online form at


Proposals will be reviewed by a jury consisting of Steve Dietz of The Walker
Art Center, Alex Galloway of Rhizome.org, Ken Goldberg of U.C. Berkeley,
Christiane Paul of The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Mark Tribe of

The jury will select three winners and two alternates. Winners will be
contacted on or after March 15, 2002. Each winner will be asked to sign an
agreement with Rhizome.org governing the terms of the commission.


Winners will be announced on March 29, 2002. Commissioned projects must be
completed by October 1, 2002.


If you have any questions about the Rhizome.org Net Art Commissions, please
contact Mary West at mary@rhizome.org or (00 1) 212.625.3191.

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