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July 19, 2005

Rhizome ArtBase 101 — 'Counter the impulse to upgrade'


That's how the Rhizome Artbase 101 defines "Dirt Style."

What about Stirt Style?

Hey, Joe: it's not about you, OK?

Get over yourself.

Erm... alright.

"Rhizome ArtBase 101 surveys salient themes in Internet art, a practice that has flourished in the past 10 years."


On the Rhizome website is an archive of new media art — the ArtBase — that currently holds some 1,500 works by artists around the world.

Sarah Boxer wrote about the website and its bricks–and–mortar incarnation, currently up at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, in an article published in the New York Times on June 28.

At the museum 40 works (some pictured above and below) are installed on computers with some additionally elaborated into installations.

Boxer noted that Rhizome is one of the world's premier platforms for internet art.

In her article she wrote, "What kind of art do you have time for? It's a question that comes up over and over with art on the web."

That's so true, not just for art but anything online: there's a different dynamic operating here than in real life.

Time takes on a different quality and texture.

It's no wonder that "internet time" has taken on its own peculiar meaning.


Boxer pointed out that each piece of art in the Rhizome show calls for a different kind of attention.

She noted, "The most effective online works are at opposite ends of a time–grabbing spectrum. At one extreme are the big eaters. They won't let go of you, and you don't mind anyhow. At the other extreme are the quickies. You like them simply because they're fast. You see the whole work, you get the whole point and you move on."

Once upon a time, in quite another context in a galaxy far, far away called Los Angeles, a girl said words quite similar to me that were electrifying and hilarious at the same time.

I'll never forget them.

But I digress.

Oh, not so fast, you say?

She said, "Let's get to the point."

Now where was I?

Nowhere, Joe — that's where you were, where you are, and where you're heading if you don't shape up in a hurry.



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