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Indepth Arts News:

"Call to Artists: Net Art Commissions"
2001-12-03 until 2002-01-15
New York, NY, USA United States of America

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 activities.

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 Rhizome.org.

+ 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 elements:

+ 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 http://rhizome.org/commissions. The form requires the following information:

+ Name of artist or collaborative group
+ Email address
+ Place of residence (city, state/province, country)
+ Brief description of project (50 words maximum)
+ URL of web-based proposal

+ Jury +

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 Rhizome.org.

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 +

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

+ Questions +

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

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