Rhizome Names 2018 Microgrant Awardees

Rhizome, the New York–based digital art and culture organization founded by Mark Tribe, has announced the recipients of its 2018 microgrants. This year’s applicants were invited to submit proposals in three different categories: Net Art, Virtual Reality, and Poetry. Three separate juries led by Rhizome staff members selected the grantees, who will receive between $500 and $1,500 for projects ranging from a browser-based, narrative game about an insomniac falling asleep on their computer to an interdisciplinary, interactive pop-up poetry exhibit. More information about the projects can be found on Rhizome’s website.

The 2018 microgrant recipients are:

Net Art

Cassie McQuater for Black Room, a browser-based, narrative game about an insomniac falling asleep on their computer while on the internet

Elisabeth Nicula for her website, about seeing and being seen by the nonhuman world

Dina Kelberman for Into, an experimental browser game in which the player engages with the code itself


Rhizome community manager Lauren Studebaker
Rhizome preservation director Dragan Espenschied
Writer and curator Celine Katzman
Rhizome software curator Lyndsey Moulds

Mobile VR

Theo Triantafyllidis for Studio Visit 360, a site-specific, mixed-reality installation that reimagines the gallery space as the artist’s own virtual studio

Tough Guy Mountain for Guided Meditation, a narrative game about contemporary labor, disguised as a VR application


Rhizome executive director Zach Kaplan
New Museum curator Helga Christoffersen


Display Distribute (Ming Lin & Alexandra Tatarsky) for Shanzhai Lyric, an ongoing inquiry into global logistics and linguistics

Editors Barrett White & Miriam Karraker for their innovative poetry platform Tagvverk’s new website

Bryan Thao Worra for “So You Want to Make a Secret War,” an interdisciplinary, interactive pop-up poetry exhibit on the Laotian Secret War, which began in 1954 and ended in 1975


Rhizome assistant curator Aria Dean
Artist and writer manuel arturo abreu
Writer Brendan C. Byrne