Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation, as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.
There tends to be either an overly sanguine story about the cyborg self—like, in the future, there will be no disability because, “Oh these legs don’t work anymore? I’ll just strap on new ones.” Or, conversely, there’s a kind of dystopian fascination with our dependence on technological proxies. People either imagine the liberatory cyborg, where we merge bodies and machines in a way that is clean and utopian, or where: Yikes! We’re all going to die, because the machine overlords—they’re coming! But both of those stories make a big leap over harder questions.