New media artists live on the edge. Like the Fluxus performance artists or the Vienna Actionists before them, their work is pretty much unsellable. Did you know that in 1975, Fluxus founder George Maciunas broke four ribs and went blind in one eye after being beaten up for not paying his electric bills? Don’t let it happen again.
Rhizome supports the new media community, and Rhizome needs all the donations it can get before its fundraising window closes in eleven days. Since starting in the late nineties as a net art mailing list, the organization has evolved into a publication, a jobs board, a resource for commissions, and an events host, and it’s still one of the few reliable press outlets for new media art. (If you want to see what that community looks like now, just check out the tumblr they started last summer). Your donation will go toward finding the next Seth Price, the next Ryan Trecartin, the next Cory Arcangel, or the next JODI.
To sweeten the deal, they’re giving some hand-picked art in return. For fifty dollars, you can get a tote bag (A TOTE BAG), an ebook of broken Kindle screens by Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso, and a full year Rhizome membership— which is a pretty great deal, considering a Rhizome membership alone costs $25. Personally, I need.to.have this knit glitch blanket by Phillip Sterns. But it doesn’t come free.