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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RHIZOME ARTBASE REACHES 1,000 ART WORKS

NEW YORK, NY, June 10, 2003 - Rhizome.org, an online platform for the global new media art community, today announced that the Rhizome ArtBase, its archive of new media art, now contains 1,000 art works.

The Rhizome ArtBase is a web-based archive of new media art assembled and maintained by Rhizome.org. The ArtBase includes net art, software art, computer games, and documentation of new media performance and installation. The goals of the Rhizome ArtBase are to provide public access and exposure to a comprehensive collection of new media art and to preserve this art for the future.

Works in the Rhizome ArtBase are submitted by artists in the Rhizome Community. Artists retain ownership of the work and drive the submission process. "The ArtBase has grown rapidly since we launched it in 1998," said Mark Tribe, Founder and Executive Director of Rhizome.org. "Now that it contains more than 1,000 works of new media art, is it without question the world's largest and most comprehensive archive of new media art."

The Rhizome ArtBase has been growing steadily since its inception in 1998. "We've been adding 25 new works per month on average," said ArtBase coordinator Alena Williams. "At this rate, we'll have more than 3,000 works in 2010." Rhizome.org will take a breather this summer by halting new submissions, but plans to resume acceptance of new work in September 2003. Rhizome.org has participated in several field-wide preservation initiatives, including the Variable Media Network, CIAO and Archiving the Avant Garde.

+ About Rhizome.org +

Rhizome.org is a nonprofit organization that provides an online platform for the global new media art community. Founded in 1996, Rhizome.org has more than 2,500 members, including new media artists, curators, educators, students and enthusiasts. Rhizome.org's programs support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways.

Rhizome.org takes its name from the botanical term for an underground stem that connects plants into living networks, a metaphor for the organization's non-hierarchical structure. Widely considered to be the world's leading online resource for new media artists, Rhizome.org connects, supports, and educates the new media art community and the public through email-based discussion groups and publications, online archives for new media art works and writings, an online calendar, opportunity listings and a new media art commissioning program.

Rhizome.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Major support for Rhizome.org has been provided by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, & Technology, the David S. Howe Foundation, the Florence V. Burden Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and by the members of the Rhizome community.

Contributions are accepted online at http://rhizome.org/support.

CONTACT: Mark Tribe, Executive Director
180 Varick Street, Suite 1126
New York, NY 10014
Email: mt@rhizome.org
Tel: 646-552-2313
Fax: 212-989-2335

URL:http://rhizome.org/artbase

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