Founded in 1999, the Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of digital art containing over 2,500 art works. Encompassing a vast range of projects from artists all over the world, the ArtBase provides an online home for works that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games and browsers towards aesthetic and critical ends. The mission of the ArtBase is to provide free, open, and permanent access to a living and historic collection of seminal new media art objects.
As any artist who has worked with technology for more than a few years can verify – things break. Browser support disappears, software compatibility changes, links expire. At Rhizome, we aim to ensure the longevity of these works, not only to ensure that years from now an accurate record of this period of creativity and culture exists, but also to enable researchers to interact with and observe these materials in their intended forms. Mitigating obsolescence while respecting artistic intent is a direct extension of Rhizome's primary mission of supporting and promoting art engaged with emerging technologies.
Artworks entered into the archive through artists submissions, annual commissions and special invitation. We welcome submissions to the ArtBase – they are reviewed by our curatorial staff on a regular basis.