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Jul 31, 2003


posted at 10:16 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Don’t know why I’m so obsessed with this but it’s driving me crazy that the idea of Williamsburg being hip is all the rage right now so I need to make fun of it.

So! If Williamsburg was hip or is hip in 2003, what does that make someone, like ME, who moved here in 1993? A full TEN years before the hipness melt-down we seem to be experiencing today?

Using a very conservative approach of one superlative per 2 years, that would make ME super-ultra-über-mega-extra-HIP (at least in this one very important sphere of NYC life: choosing a neighborhood to live in).

Or, to simplify, you may refer to me as urhip (pronounced ER-hip). permanent link to this post

Jul 28, 2003

NYTimes: Williamsburg is over!

posted at 13:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Seriously? It hasn’t been ‘cool’ since, at least, ‘96 or ‘97. I think the fall of jungle was also the fall of Billsburg. From Gawker from the NYTimes: “He listens to Electroclash music, has 40-plus pals on Friendster and creates art with discarded household paint under the moniker Scooter.” That the NYT mentions Electroclash and Friendster in the same sentence (or at all) is proof that they’re both too mainstream to be cool anymore. So, is Friendster the shortest fad EVER? It’s only been, what? Like 3 months? We need to slow down just a tad, no? permanent link to this post

Jul 25, 2003

our new show that we did not even know we would be in until we got this…

posted at 19:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Press Release
MTAA Postcard Art Show @ IALA Gallery, Baton Rouge.
August 15 - Oct.. 15, 2003
Press Contact:
Contact Information:
Patrick Lichty, Director,
IALA Gallery
355 Seyburn Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808,USA
225 766-3811,
10 AM ­ 4 PM US CST Weekdays, viewings by appointment

IALA gallery is proud to present conceptual artists Whid and River in their presentation of their postcard art exhibition. This is a variation of the installation recently seen at New Yorkıs 31 Grand and Rome Art galleries, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to install this work. Visitors are invited to view and interact with the MTAA postcard art installation, which is unique for the Baton Rouge area in recent decades. IALA gallery recently received the work, which will be given its site-specific installation at IALA, and we are excited to be able to present this form of conceptual abstraction to the Baton Rouge and Southern Louisiana public. 

Whid and River -AKA MTAA- are leading edge conceptualists in the rising genre of technological/new media art.  Their most contemporary and historically-informed works expand the critical issues relating to the nature of art in the technological age, and especially after the rise of the Internet. Their physical and virtual works are widely shown, and have been featured at numerous venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Walker Art Center.

IALA is a private not-for-profit gallery run by curator and owner Patrick Lichty, which promotes the works of experimental and new media artists through our ongoing exhibitions.  Within our permanent collection are works from numerous contemporary and electronic artists, including Peggy Ahwesh, Amy Alexander, MTAA, Roman Verostko, Simon Biggs, Igor Vamos, Yael Kanarek, Barbara Lattanzi, Nancy Buchanan, Melanic Crean, BOME, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Larry Miller, RTMark, Noriko Meguro, The YesMen, Patrick Lichty, Paul Vanouse, and Diamanda Galas only to name a few. permanent link to this post

Jul 21, 2003

Gawker: electoclash is over!

posted at 15:11 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

That’s right kiddies, stop hanging around in front of Luxx bothering the neighbors with your smokin’ and babblin’.

According to Gawker according to the Village Voice the whole electroclash scene is now over now that the Berliniamsburg night at Club Luxx is over.

Personally, I know jack about the entire scene. M.River said it was over about a 1/2 a year ago. He’s cooler than most so I believed him at the time, but now I’m not sure :-) I’ve seen the flyers for Berliniamsburg around the ‘hood for some time but never considered going. 80’s disco-retro? Once was enough for me thx.

Fischerspooner is cool tho, aren’t they the ones who really started it? permanent link to this post

Jul 20, 2003

Coney Island July 2003

posted at 11:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/photos

Yes. Coney Island is grimy. Yes. Coney Island is sticky. Yes. Coney Island can be smelly. But Coney Island IS Brooklyn summer! And on July 19, 2003 there were free bands playing courtesy of the Village Voice’s Siren Festival.

Here are some pics. (On a brand new site which will become shortly. I’ll be using it mostly for commercial stuff, but I may move over there too.) permanent link to this post

Jul 19, 2003

AIOTD - The RR Quarterly Report

posted at 08:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Using material from the mtaaRR as well as from other artist, bloggers and netsters (you know who you are) create a free printed report to be placed in galleries. Iım thinking black and white 11 x 17 folded once. Print around 500. First one to be out on Sept. 22, 2003 permanent link to this post

Jul 18, 2003

Brooklyn Giglio Festival 100th Anniversary

posted at 11:51 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Williamsburg ain’t all hipsters and art galleries.

Williamsburg’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel giglio festival takes place every July and since it’s the 100th Anniversary there is a lot of press this year:

NY Times coverage
With a slide show

There was an audio report on NPR too. [ link to NPR audio report ] permanent link to this post

Jul 17, 2003

3rd Annual Siren Music Festival

posted at 14:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA will be making the scene at the Siren Music Festival down in beautiful Coney Island, Brooklyn this coming Saturday.

Our official excuse (coz, ya know, artists are guilt-ridden the entire time they’re out of their studios and not: a)having sex, b)drinkin’, or c) researchin’. Because you SHOULD be workin’ damnit!) is that we’re going to shoot some video for Pat Lichty’s website unseen, “#9. Images From Our Better Days In Hell (30 sec. loop),” which is due on August something-or-other.

I’m excited to see Northern State (they’re cute, c’mon!), Hot Hot Heat (coz Devin says they’re good), and The Kills (coz they gots a cool name).

I’m sorry that I’ve missed this festival in the past as stupendous acts like The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Liars have all played it in years past. So, be there, or, like, be a rhombus. permanent link to this post

Jul 14, 2003

I promise…

posted at 20:37 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

I promise that hardcore conceptual art will make a comeback sometime very, very soon.
permanent link to this post

Jul 13, 2003

July 2003 Photos

posted at 14:22 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/photos

MTAA had two back-to-back openings this weekend. A group show called Dealer’s Choice at 31Grand opened Friday the 11th of July and then a very small solo show at Rome Arts opened the following night, the 12th of July.

We took some photos of the events, CLICK ON THIS LINK to see them. permanent link to this post

Jul 11, 2003

Manual Zoom Mirage

posted at 09:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

We like to release stuff here first.

We’re releasing digital files of our new piece that we’re showing at ROME Arts called: "IN PREPARATION FOR THE SUMMER AIR IN BROOKLYN TO RISE FROM THE CONCRETE IN A MANNER WHICH DISTORTS ONE’S ABILITY TO JUDGE DISTANCE AND MEANING (AKA MANUAL ZOOM MIRAGE)" under a creative commons license

You can download large and small JPEGs of the image. You can also download the Adobe Illustrator files we used to output the piece (which, in our opinion, is better than getting the piece in some ways).

M.River has been kind enough to let us keep it on

Here it is. permanent link to this post

Jul 09, 2003

Williamsburg Hipster

posted at 21:29 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This was supposed to be a rant against, not the Williamsburg hipster, but against the idea of the Williamsburg hipster. I had this idea that “Williamsburg hipster” was a meme out-of-control and I wanted to stop it. But, unfortunately for my rant, when you search for that exact string on Google, “Williamsburg hipster,” you only come up with 66 hits which are mostly NYC-based blogs.

So, I guess it’s not an out-of-control meme at the moment. So maybe I’m nippin’ it in the bud. I first became annoyed by it on this otherwise uplifting post on the huge clan of Korean-Americans gathered under an elm tree, with the family of Hasidic Jews strolling down the path behind them; the white soccer moms picnicking on the lawn; the Puerto Ricans barbecuing up the hill, with the Williamsburg hipsters playing Frisbee between then; the rap and salsa and acoustic guitars; the old couple reading a Spanish-language paper I’d never seen before. Now, hold on a minute yo! “Williamsburg Hipster” is not a creed or nationality. I found it strange to be mixed in with Koreans and Hasid. Don’t get me wrong, the post was great and NYC parks always get my multi-culti American pride goin’ as well, but I need to stop the MEME!

I’ve lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC since 1993 and I’m not hip AT ALL! You’d think if I had been ensconced within hipsterdom for so long I might become hip but if anything I’ve become less hip, not more. I’m fatter, I dress worse, I don’t do as many drugs, my hair is much thinner, I haven’t owned a meshback cap for years, and I’m desperately trying to find a regular monthly AD & D game!

I live in Williamsburg, I’m not hip, and I got the pictures to prove it! permanent link to this post

Jul 07, 2003

Friendster Warning

posted at 14:54 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Sure, Friendster seems fun and innocent but I believe they sell your email address to spammers! Perhaps the spammers have figured out a way to steal them from Friendster, but I doubt it.

What is my proof?

I received a spam with the name “twhid twhid” in the subject. That was my full Friendster name for a while, the only place the spammer could have gotten it was from Friendster. Be forewarned! permanent link to this post

Jul 05, 2003

AIOTD - Flash Then Cloud

posted at 08:44 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Rumor is the fireworks company that does the show in NYC has a government contract to make simulated nuclear flashes and mushroom clouds.

I want to recreate the Manhattan project as an earth work. permanent link to this post

Jul 03, 2003


posted at 14:16 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

“Our Most Difficult Exhibition Ever”

An exhibition in a rural Ohio public storage facility with all accompanying art world accoutrements including a press release, postcard announcement, email announcements, and a reception to be held in NYC. Special arrangement with the storage facility will allow people to visit the exhibition during business hours.

A small, low resolution, blurry JPEG photo of the exhibition will be made available online.

note: AIOTD™ = art idea of the day permanent link to this post

NYC ‘hood names

posted at 10:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’m kinda confused by this post on Andera Harner’s photo blog. Is she saying that I am the dog? Or is she simply aiming the previous comment at yours truly?

I suppose she’s aiming the neighborhood abbreviation comment at me since I complained about NYC nabe abbreviations in the comments on this post.

My comments were this: re: NoLita

i know, i know, that one’s been around a while, but the NYC ‘hood names are really gettin’ outta hand.

pretty soon, every BLOCK is gonna have it’s own name!

my ‘hood in billsburg is called MidWilly (middle of williamsburg), there is also SoWilly and NoWilly. Those are my names. If you hear anyone use them, they stole ‘em from me.
But c’mon! You know I’m right! I can get more granular and call my block EebeeWeeberGrandMidWilly (East of Bedford, West of Berry, on Grand St. Middle of Williamsburg). permanent link to this post

Jul 01, 2003

DIA 70

posted at 19:50 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Went to the DIA Beacon Sunday. Highlights? Natural light on work. Judd plywood. Serra rubber. Warhol shadows. Nauman and his very strange worlds. permanent link to this post

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