The .art Top Level Domain. It will be one of the new ICANN generic top level domains
. Ten outfits want to manage it
(applicant list is closed, winner will be one of those ten). Of the ten, notables are Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., which has applied for 68 top level domains (at $185,000 US per application) and Donuts (Baxter Tigers, LLC), which has applied for 307 TLDs. At the other end of the scale, two applicants want to create Community TLDs
.These are e-flux
, an association of art professionals, museum directors, gallery owners, etc.; and well-known online art-slash-community site DeviantART
. Here is e-flux's announcement to its members
of its intention to apply. TechCrunch has a copy of deviantart's letter
e-flux also has a page headlined SAVE DOT ART
, "An Open Letter to the ICANN Board and the Governmental Advisory Committee" which starts out in a somewhat orotund manner ("Throughout the history of humankind, art has always been created both inside and outside of structures of government and management.") and goes on (tl;dr version) to grump about there being only two community-TLD applicants that made the final cut compared to eight reeks-of-commerce-only applicants. As would I, if I had a vote. I told esr back in '92 that commercializing the internet was a bum idea. He didn't listen.
The e-flux open letter does note regarding itself and deviantart "Both organizations mutually support each other’s applications" which I take to mean "if we don't win we hope the other community-TLD applicant does." The TechCrunch article, linked outside, also claims "deviantART says the two groups support each other’s applications" which is in the letter TechCrunch has, and "[the two groups] would be involved in policy issues if either gets awarded the domain" but has no link for that.
Some of the other new TLDs are .sex, .dog, .rockwool, .gmbh, .music, .game, .tires, .love, .dds, .lupin, .med, .tube, .clinique, .lego, .baby, .progressive, .corp, .music, .movie, .seat, .mba, .islam, .lifeinsurance, .shriram, and .sucks.
When will we have a decision on .art? Some time in 2014. With luck.