Open Call: Rhizome Microgrants 2017





If you have an online artwork that you are trying to make or finish, or a story about the contemporary web that you want to tell, it’s time to submit a Microgrant proposal as part of our open call. For this year’s expanded Microgrants, our jury—Marisa Olson, Eileen Isagon Skyers, and Aria Dean—will select 4-6 projects to support.

Since 2014, the Rhizome Microgrant Program has awarded small grants for the creation of new artworks, online exhibitions, and other web-based projects. This program is run as an open call, and awards range from $500 – $1,500. Past funded projects have included a website critiquing a notorious internet misogynist, an excavation of the emails left behind by one of the largest corporate frauds in history, an exploitation videogame inspired by the Kardashians, and an analysis of the use of language in Egyptian social media during the 2011 revolution. This year, we invite proposals for online artworks and exhibitions from artists of any nationality. We aim to support a diverse range of experimental practices, and we particularly encourage proposals that engage with gender and internet culture.

In addition to the usual microgrants, we will also fund additional projects in these categories:

  • Projects that use Webrecorder—Rhizome’s tool to create and share interactive high-fidelity web archives—to create what we call “archival narratives.” An example of this type of project is our work with the Obama White House to reflect on the former president’s social media legacy. Grantees whose projects use Webrecorder will receive initial training and regular technical support from the Webrecorder team. This microgrants thread is funded by the Knight Foundation, as part of their significant outreach support for the Webrecorder initiative.
  • Artworks that engage with digital citizenship and the networked city, to be a part of Rhizome’s presentation at New Museum’s IdeasCity this September. Works can be video- or computer-based, and should be finished by early September.

Additionally, a set amount of programs funds, generously provided by Jerome Foundation, are intended exclusively for artists living in New York.

Submissions comprise a simple 150-word statement, a single sketch or image, and a brief statement of the project’s budgetary needs. Upon the close of the open call, the proposals will be considered by a jury, with four to six Microgrants awarded. The Microgrants application deadline is August 14, 2017. Recipients will be announced September 1, 2017.

This year’s jurors are Marisa Olson, Rhizome Editorial Fellow Eileen Skyers, and Rhizome Assistant Curator Aria Dean.

Deadline: August 14, 2017


One thought on “Open Call: Rhizome Microgrants 2017”

  1. Wow! a wonderful Blog-
    so many interesting articles and illustrations
    and most of all we get to see Eric’s work.
    The image of the vulnerable Eric is most poignant and arresting.
    I am so glad I found this site and I will follow it as often as I can!
    Thanks, Eric


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