Voting for the five $500 internet art microgrants begins today.
Rhizome community members (you’ll need to log in to vote) will narrow the 140+ proposals to a list of 20, from which our (to be announced soon) special guest juror will award five microgrants. Each voter will have three votes to be apportioned to three separate projects — once you vote for something, it disappears from the list. The proposals are spread out over 19 pages, but their order randomizes with each voter.
As we’ve noted before, the proposals were beyond heartening. In particular, the diversity of projects — from a parody celebrity game, to a weblog for a cooling tower sculpture, to gifs, to culture jamming — illustrates the richness of browser-based work in 2014.
“Please record your message after the tone.” What follows are the sounds of hanging up, butt-dialing, someone desperately trying to get a hold of you, short stories, “Hey, just returning your call,” and emotional digressions. These messages are often saved and revisited over time for various reasons. With this grant, I plan to create an online archive of the individual and collective cadences, structures, and subjects found in voice messages. In collaboration with a web designer, this project will invite international participants to anonymously upload their voicemails, tag them, and share them with others. The project will allow participants to sift through the archive and curate their own auditory experience, thus giving each user an intimate space to focus solely on the voices emanating from the web page.