“From Black Boxes to Open Systems” is a knowledge-sharing initiative presented by the New Museum’s digital art affiliate Rhizome as part of its 25th anniversary program. The project aims to support artists and art organizations develop a better understanding of the concepts, skills, and infrastructure necessary for the exhibition, collection, and stewardship of born-digital art of all kinds.
Rhizome’s key archive of born-digital art, the Rhizome ArtBase, was initiated in 1999. Accepting open submissions which were lightly moderated, the ArtBase grew over the years to hold more than 2,300 artworks.
This event marks the relaunch of the Rhizome ArtBase, culminating years of research and development. The ArtBase has been re-implemented in a new software infrastructure based on the framework of Linked Open Data (LOD), which is part of the broader concept of the Semantic Web. In this event, Rhizome‘s digital preservation director Dragan Espenschied, software curator Lyndsey Moulds, and designer Lozana Rossenova will unveil this newly reimagined archive.
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