Rhizome

The Download is a series of Rhizome commissions that considers posted files, the act of downloading, and the user’s desktop as a space for exhibition.
PublisherRhizome2015
It’s tempting to call sorry to dump on you like this.zip a pornographic work, since an actual porn collection is embedded within it—the artist’s own archive of men accumulated in fifteen years of web browsing. But these JPGs serve only as a substrate: thin scaffolding for an epic textual work that hangs loosely from the files.
PublisherRhizome2016
The .stl and .obj files contained within Material Speculation: ISIS/Download Series (King Uthal) are the first 3D models of a lost artwork openly published by Morehshin Allahyari.
PublisherRhizome2016
Wakeling calls Incantations for the Birth of a Network “a proto-script for a film,” a story that traces the invention of the computer and the atomic bomb as precursors to the internet. As of January 2018, this work has been taken offline.
PublisherRhizome2016
“What are you up to?” asks Worker 7: bot? virtual boyfriend in a computer-generated voice. She replies that she’s busy. As the conversation unfolds, the artist and the online worker, who may or may not be a bot, struggle to understand and connect with each other. Empathy, digital labor, and new ways to serve and care on the network are the subjects explored in Elisa Giardina Papa’s Technologies of Care, commissioned by Rhizome for the Download. Giardina Papa presents portraits of online workers in a 26MB ZIP file; six are identified as women, plus the possible bot. Each portrait is its ...
PublisherRhizome2016
To create his image-based narratives, Cooper arranges found GIFs into vertical sequences, two or three at a time, and then stacks them into tall columns, which are scrolled. On June 27, 2016, Google deactivated the popular blog of writer and artist Dennis Cooper. Visitors to the site were shown this message:   “Blog has been removed. Sorry, the blog at denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs. Did you expect to see your blog here? See: ‘I can’t find my blog on the Web, where is it?’”   Fourteen years of artistic output archived on the Google-owned Blogger site appeared ...
PublisherRhizome2017
The latest Download commission, by Sheida Soleimani, laments the death of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who was convicted and hanged in Iran on October 25, 2014 for the alleged murder of her rapist. to oblivion.zip, a dirge-like work that eulogizes Jabbari’s untimely death, consists almost entirely of Jabbari’s own written and spoken words. Once expanded, the ZIP file presents a multi-layered work of nested folders that contain execution records, letters, photographs, and voice recordings. Soleimani has been creating photographic and sculptural works focused on human rights violations in Iran since 2015. This is the first time that she has used a digital ...
PublisherRhizome2018
!!!Sección A R T E [No. 11+Rhizome] launches simultaneously as a download on Rhizome and as part of El Paquete Semanal, a weekly collection of media distributed via an in-person file sharing network in Cuba. It will be archived permanently on the former, but overwritten within seven days on the latter.

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