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Re: <nettime> Rhizome's revenge
{ brad brace } on Sun, 2 Feb 2003 01:31:52 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Rhizome's revenge

On Tue, 28 Jan 2003, t.whid wrote:


 you have yet to make a decent argument for whatever your alternative
 system may be...

That's merely an old trap that prolongs the misery. Artists
would have much better careers/work if they didn't also have
to pay insipid institutional homage/extortion at every
juncture. Everyone is compelled to pay (on many levels) for
the subsidized institutional artworld -- that 'network'
enslaves. Rhizome's done little for me -- yet I've done
plenty for it: and now it wants me to pay for the
'privilege.' Its desire to join the ranks of major cultural
imperialists on the insufferable 'new media ticket' is
clear. Its priorities are blinkered and suspect. This is how
institutions 'work': they practically prevent individual
creatives from building their own careers, grassroot support
systems, and reliable, integrated networks. How likely is it
for an individual, or even a small alliance, to 'compete'
with (often) million(s)-dollar and 'critically validated'
subsidized art institutions -- institutions that for
centuries have refused to even pay (any) decent
fees/royalties to artists/heirs? Has Rhizome, or any other
art institution really helped you sell your work? Have they
just paid you some trinkets to further _its preemptive
cause? What exposure does it provide that you could not
build (and be better for it) yourself? [You may scoff at my
simple networked delivery of 'old media'(?) but what gallery
these-days would exhibit/sell a subsequent image of mine to
hundreds of dedicated viewers per day every day all over the

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