Artists collective, founders of e-flux website
Aside from publishing their bulletins, reviews and journal, and curating exhibitions and projects at their gallery space and across the world, perhaps the most important thing artist collective e-flux did this year was submit an application to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to manage the .art suffix, which would allow them to control all applications to host websites on this top-level domain.
The application cost $185,000 alone, but e-flux is a hugely entrepreneurial collective, and could find itself in a position of great power and responsibility (not to mention earning potential) if successful. Ten percent of revenues from the project – which would be run by a board of experts – would be earmarked, says e-flux, for funding art projects. The organisation has garnered a huge amount of support from the international art community for the bid.