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Mar 31, 2007


posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

It looks awesome!

Predictably, NYC politicians don’t like it. What a bunch of n00bs. I give some props to Vallone for knowing what Halo is…

Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland.
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T.Whid is 38 years old this week

posted at 15:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I was born this week in 1969 in Elyria, OH. I lived in Elyria until 1987 when I moved to Columbus, OH to attend college. In 1992 I moved to Brooklyn, New York City and have been here ever since.

Can my life be summed up in a Google Map?


More detail: every place I’ve lived in Brooklyn. permanent link to this post

Mar 29, 2007

Rhizome Benefit!

posted at 19:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Image by Takeshi Murata

Purchase Tickets Now

Affiliated with the
presents a Benefit Concert featuring:


On April 16, 2007
at the Hiro Ballroom
in the Maritime Hotel
371 West 16th Street
Doors at 8pm

VIP - $75 / General Audience - $35;
Member & Group - $25

Purchase Tickets Now

Note: MTAA has donated a piece to the silent auction. permanent link to this post

Apple rips off Marclay?

posted at 01:30 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

First, read this (and watch the videos), then come back. I’ll wait.

Everybody back? OK.

This is the key paragraph:
[Marclay] says he looked into legal action but was assured by his lawyer “there’s nothing I can do about it. They have the right to get inspired.” Of course, in other cases, such obvious “inspiration” might be called copyright infringement. In this instance, however, Marclay’s rights may be limited as his own film consisted of copyrighted works by other artists.

I like Apple. I like Marclay. What Apple did was sleazy. But does it strike anyone else as a tad hypocritical that Marclay’s complaining about Apple ‘stealing’ his video when his video is made from ‘stealing’ other people’s copyrighted work? I don’t know how the hell he thinks he can sue. The idea of stringing a bunch of telephone ‘hellos’ together isn’t copyrightable and shouldn’t be.

tipped off via Kottke permanent link to this post

Mar 28, 2007


posted at 22:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

jimpunk’s silver.river

thx jp - from all us bald dudes (;) permanent link to this post

More mtaa in Swahili

posted at 14:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Received an email this morning providing more info about the word ‘mtaa’ in Swahili:
Here’s the complete definition of mtaa in Swahili:
[link to definition]

Here’s how to pronounce it:
[link to pronunciation guide]


Dr. Martin Benjamin
Yale Council on African Studies

Thanks for the clarification doc!

m.river adds - very cool. thanks dr. martin! permanent link to this post

Burn in

posted at 13:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is interesting. Two pieces of art about screen burn in:

from 2005, Steven Read’s Screen Burn (please wait)

and the other, from 2007, Cory Arcangel’s Panasonic TH42PV60EH Plasma Screen Burn


What strikes me most about these two pieces is that they are so similar, yet Arcangel’s piece is so much better. Lots better. Infinitely smarter, funnier and more engaging.

Arcangel’s “Panasonic TH42PV60EH Plasma Screen Burn” is brash and bold, it says ‘fuck you, I’m fucking up this expensive piece of equipment. Why? Because I’m motherfucking Cory Arcangel that’s why!” Steven Read’s piece is nitpicky and fussy. His piece says “look! I wrote a program to destroy an obsolete piece of hardware. Why? Because I’m a geek.” Arcangel’s piece is about fucking with consumer dreams. Read’s piece is about… time and phosphors? permanent link to this post

Mar 27, 2007

Mtaa in Africa…

posted at 14:59 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’ve noticed for a long time that the string ‘mtaa’ shows up very often in african blogs and web sites. There is also a web radio station called MTAA FM that focuses on African music. I was very curious to know what ‘mtaa’ meant, but I didn’t even know what language I needed to look into.

Today I figured it out (with some help from Google of course). Mtaa means ‘street’ in Swahili. That rocks!

…wonder how the hell you pronounce it. permanent link to this post

tinjail - part 4

posted at 12:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Dante (aka the Unscary Movie)

For the most part it’s black video with someone screaming…but in a funny way. A cut of this film was first shown in a screening at EFA’s gallery. Turn off the lights, sit back and scream along. permanent link to this post

Mar 25, 2007

Support The Artist Deduction Bill

posted at 15:29 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

It’s good for everybody!

via Newsgrist

The Artist Tax Deduction Bill is finally up for action. Please take the time to support this important bill as its passage will impact all individual artists. Go to the link below to send a message to your representatives and senators. Please forward this information to your mailing list!

Artist Deduction Bill Introduced in the House

03-19-2007: After announcing at the Congressional Arts Breakfast on Arts Advocacy Day that he would be the lead sponsor for the Artist Deduction Bill, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the bill on March 14, 2007, joined by Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN). Identical to a Senate bill introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Robert Bennett (R-UT), the bill supports individual artists by allowing them to take a fair-market value tax deduction for tangible works they donate to nonprofit collecting and educational organizations, and it benefits the public by giving them access to more art.

Send a message to your members of Congress asking them to be a co-sponsor of this important bill, H.R. 1524 (House) and S. 548 (Senate).
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Mar 23, 2007


posted at 13:35 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


MTAA has not, I repeat, NOT! been surgically combined on the body of a female bodybuilder.

See the entire ghastly photoshop monstrosity here

more here, but there’s no permalink so you may want to scroll down.

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note from nano-corp.

posted at 12:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Inspired by your work I built an “update” of roman opalka’s work using the myspace interface. It has been online for 2 weeks, about 30 contributions have already been posted. I would love to have your feedback on this project. You can see it at: opalka_update


mtaa feedback = rock on nano corp. permanent link to this post

Mar 22, 2007

Get yer net art on 2007 (2)

posted at 03:58 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rhizome has an open call for net art commissions. You could score between US$1k and US$3K to MAKE SOME GODDAMN NET ART FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

Deadline is April 2, 2007 and that ain’t no joke.

Get on over there and find out how to submit a proposal for chrissake! Do it now! Do it now! permanent link to this post

Mar 21, 2007

OS X: capture DVD stills — no 3rd party software

posted at 17:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

CLI to the screen cap yo!

Works like a charm on Mac OS 10.4.9. Nice.

Don’t tell M.River about it, he likes to exploit the analog hole.

I had no idea that M.River had just posted about his project when I posted this. Synchronicity…

m.river adds - yes, strange synchronicity. i was just getting ready to add this note - the goal is not to document the dvd’s nor is it about “cool” or even “good” films. the goal is to make interesting images with what’s at hand. it’s a document of some time spent. the tools for this document are distortion and editing. but thanks for the teck tip. it may come in hand with some other projects I’ve been thinking about. permanent link to this post

new tinjail - part 3

posted at 16:46 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

In 2006, I rented and watched 76 DVDs. Each DVD, viewed alone, at night, at my kitchen table, was photographed without pause while playing. One image for each DVD was then placed on the Tintype blog under the category DVD Still Project 06.

A looping slide show, using the ever poplar and ever sad “Ken Burns Effect”, joins the images together as the final document of the work.

DVD Still Project 06, the Movie

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attention interwebites

posted at 00:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

for those about to disco-nnect, we (of MTAA) salute you permanent link to this post

Mar 19, 2007

Ten Years Ago? Fuck…

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

Port at MIT
MTAA’s first online artwork Buying Time

twhid adds:
We’ve been net artists for 10 years… crazy! permanent link to this post

new tinjail - part 2

posted at 12:42 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


Here is the second in a set of new works at Tinjail. Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Random old video stuff

posted at 00:51 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

In my wanderings through MTAA’s art life today, I found these two things. One, never really publicly released and one released a year ago this month.


This page was used to illustrate to some students how one could steal videos from our 1 year performance video and re-mix them. It’s a collection of all the easter eggs in 1ypv.

2. An interview with us by Mica Scalin

We talk about our piece 10 Pre-Rejected, Pre-Approved Performances: Midnight In The Deli. It was recently re-posted to Doron Golan’s DVBlog. permanent link to this post

Mar 17, 2007

MTAA at iCommons Summit 2007

posted at 01:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This isn’t happening until June, but we’re very happy and very excited to be artists-in-residence for the iCommons Summit this year. Check out the announcement. The other AiRs are: Ana Husman, Jaka Železnikar, Joy Garnett, Kathryn Smith and Nathaniel Stern.

iCommons Summit 2007 is from June 15 - 17 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The artist-in-residence program is being coordinated by Nathaniel Stern.

Unfortunately, only one of us can go. My whining skillz worked to full affect and M.River relented and is letting me go. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening and what we plan on doing. Should be fun. permanent link to this post

Mar 16, 2007

McCoys in London

posted at 13:51 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Tiny, Funny, Big and Sad at the BFI Southbank through May 28.

check it out… permanent link to this post

Mar 15, 2007

new tinjail

posted at 12:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


two quicktime palindrome loops of watching a parade pass by and passing by a museum. this is the first in a set of small new works at tinjail under the title permanent link to this post

Mar 14, 2007

Hook me up with an EDU?

posted at 20:58 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Does anyone want to give me an EDU email address so that I can score some free TimesSelect?

Email me! (POP3 access preferred.) permanent link to this post

CO presentation

posted at 14:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A video of our presentation at University of Colorado is online. Check it out…

You can also download a standalone QuickTime version if you don’t like in-browser video viewing: .mov 93MB.

I’ve also been finding some reviews of our work and presentation by CU students (thanks Google Alerts!). The consensus? Thumbs down Mixed. Links: one, two, three, four. permanent link to this post

Mar 13, 2007

from a land down under (myspace)

posted at 00:32 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Once upon a time, I made a site for MTAA on mysapce. (Yeah, I know, I know.) Then, a person named “Penny” from Australia asked to be MTAA’s friend. So I, of course, said, “Yes”. Then she asked if I wanted to be part of a chain of email performances. So I, of course, said, “Yes”. (Yeah, I know, I know.) This is where it gets a bit complicated but stay with me. Penney made a list of performers. The person above MTAA name was to send us an artwork and the person below our name was to get an artwork. Now, the person above our name was Emily. Emily emailed that she thought that email was a bit impersonal (or at least I think that was what she thought), She asked if she could mail us some art. So I, of course, said, “Yes”. Today, in the mail, came Emily’s first project.

Wonderful right? If we get another one, I’ll post it on the blog as well.

Now, as for sending an artwork, the person we got was Penny (who, you’ll remember, also started the project.) What did we send her? We sent her a set of instructions for a performance on how to be “MTAA” that, if she completed and documented, would be the artwork. (Yeah, I know. I know.) Anyways, here is what we sent her:

Being MTAA, Just for one Day
To Be Performed by Penny Spankie

Dress in a black t-shirt, blue jeans, black boots, and a black belt. Perform any or all of the following artworks/ actions. Each performance attempted should be documented with 2 photographs or 2 short videos.

1. lying propped up in bed
2. checking your hair in a mirror
3. tossing a paper airplane out of a window
4. pointing at public sculpture
5. jumping over things on the street.
6. holding an open umbrella inside your home.
7. listening to music with headphones on.
8. drinking a beer not in a bar

So, guess what? She wrote back with this documentation of choice #2 (Checking your hair in the mirror)

Reply Video - for MTAA - Email Art - RCW


So, If we get any more email myspace art, you’ll see it here. That’s all for now. Thanks Emily and Penney. permanent link to this post

Mar 11, 2007

take a hike

posted at 12:43 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

and we now bid a fond found farewell to embed art week at the MTAA-RR permanent link to this post

Mar 10, 2007


posted at 23:17 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Mar 09, 2007

friday dance party at mtaa-rr’s embed art week…

posted at 15:31 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

I went to see Cory and Hanne give a talk last night on art and the net. The talk, at some point, involved placing artist names into YouTube searches. So, of course, I placed “mtaa, art” into YouTube this morning and got the following top result…

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Mar 08, 2007

cory’s blue tube

posted at 15:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

“Embed Art Week” rolls on here at the MTAA-RR with Cory’s “Blue Tube”. Sly. permanent link to this post


posted at 03:43 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Mar 07, 2007

Jean Baudrillard

posted at 02:54 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

got the word from Rick…
Baudrillard dead at 77 permanent link to this post


posted at 01:35 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Mar 06, 2007

t.whid’s away…

posted at 19:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

T.Whid is out on the West cost for the rest of the week. Here is another embed movie while he’s away. permanent link to this post

dull wing

posted at 02:48 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Now that it has become embed movie week here at the MTAA-RR…enjoy. permanent link to this post

Help da police

posted at 00:12 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


via Kottke permanent link to this post

Mar 04, 2007


posted at 13:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Mar 03, 2007

Have you heard my funny faggot joke?

posted at 22:20 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

By now anyone interested in (what passes for) political discourse in the USA is aware of Ann Coulter’s bigoted ‘joke’ in which she called John Edwards a faggot. This is what she said:
I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.

This cesspool of a person received huge applause and laughs for her ‘joke.’ And it wasn’t at some extremist gathering. It was at a mainstream conservative convention that Cheney and many of the Republican presidential candidates attended.

Bigotry is bigotry. Ann Coulter and the rest of her ilk on the right are bigots. Plain and simple. This should be a career-ender for her. She should be radioactive to both the media and mainstream political figures on the right. Would CNN, MSNBC et al have David Duke as a regular guest? No. Racist opinions aren’t condoned in this country. Yet anti-gay bigotry is regularly condoned by the mainstream right and the media. It’s disgusting. permanent link to this post

More from CO

posted at 18:15 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Pix from MTAA’s Colorado trip taken on my phone. If I was cool, I could have SMS’d these right from my phone to this blog, but I’m not that cool (yet).

Denver International Airport tram

Denver Art Museum

M.River pretending he’s a hardcore hiker/mountain man

JonBenet Ramsey’s house permanent link to this post

Back from CO

posted at 04:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Just back from Boulder today where MTAA did some visiting artist duties at The University of Colorado. M.River’s got a bunch more pix at his tintype blog (start here and work back).

We hope the students appreciated our input on their projects and enjoyed the presentation of our work. It was also great fun hanging out with Rick Silva, Mark Amerika and Anne-Marie Schleiner and all the other interesting folks we met.

The most importnat thing I learned? Never to do my Werner Herzog impersonation in public ever again.

m.river adds – or at least no Herzog impressions after two large margaritas at high altitudes. I regret no documentation of this performance. permanent link to this post

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