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May 31, 2007

Bill Shackelford’s Blogged

posted at 17:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


“Blogged” is an interactive installation artwork and one day net event dealing with the concept of being ‘blogged’. It attempts to pop 6 feet in diameter red balloon by using traffic from blogs linking to this page.

Go today if you want to pop his balloon :-) permanent link to this post

May 30, 2007

BBurg news — Galapagos moving

posted at 13:52 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Holy shit! moving to DUMBO… and I had to read it in the NYTimes :(

I haven’t been inside Galapagos for years. But this is still big news to me as it represents what I consider the ‘old days’ of Williamsburg.

Galapagos grew directly out of the roving rave/art/performance warehouse parties of Williamsburg’s glory years as an artists’ bastion in the early to mid 90s. It was started by Robert Elmes to be a legit version of Mustard, which was an illegal art/exhibition space that he helped run out the Old Dutch Mustard factory on Metropolitan Ave. Mustard itself grew out of a huge warehouse art party/rave at the factory called Organism.

What is Galapagos going to do without its moat? I hope there are plans for a new moat. permanent link to this post

May 29, 2007

Source Code: Programming Eyebeam Style

posted at 17:55 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Adding to this post.

Here’s the lowdown on “Source Code” opening this thursday at Eyebeam:

The first in a series of three retrospective exhibitions celebrating Eyebeam’s contributions to the art and tech field

Eyebeam is pleased to announce a special exhibition of 14 projects from 10 years of residencies, fellowships and commissions in Eyebeam’s labs. The pieces featured have developed since their life at Eyebeam and/or will be reactivated with events, performances, and workshops demonstrating and sharing the process of their creation.


The noteworthy lineup of artists, technologists, hackers and programmers in Source Code demonstrates diverse and vibrant genres of creative exploration that defy easy categorization. The artists and collectives participating in the exhibition are: Cory Arcangel, Carrie Dashow, eteam, Nina Katchadourian, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MediaShed, neuroTransmitter, Steve Lambert, Alex Galloway and artists using Galloway’s Carnivore client — a surveillance tool for data network that serves that data to various creative interfaces called “clients” to make their work: Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Golan Levin, MTAA and Mark Napier.

More at ArtCal permanent link to this post

RSG + MTAA’s GMCEM (2002)

posted at 12:52 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

I went over to Eyebeam on Monday to install GMCEM as part of RSG’s Carnivore section of the 10 Year Anniversary show (part 1 of 3). Looks like it will be a good show. Sounds like it opens on Thursday.

The Gordon Matta-Clark Encryption Method (GMCEM)

In fall of 2002, RSG gathered 500 printed pages (1 ream) of data from MTAA using the Carnivore client installed at the Eyebeam’s studios. Each 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper was then encrypted by tearing each sheet of paper in half and then sealing the two stacks within a plexi glass display. This lo-fi data encryption attempts to fuse the minimal aesthetics of Gordon Matta-Clark’s cut paper stacks from the 70’s with Patriot Act surveillance of the early 00’s.

Here is a photo of the top of the GMCEM on the studio floor. I hope to get a good install shot when the show opens. permanent link to this post

May 25, 2007

Slideshow of Napier’s work on

posted at 02:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Cool :-) Net Artist’s Power Shift permanent link to this post

May 24, 2007

KDM100 hits 40!

posted at 13:53 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Who knew we could make it this far?

The Karaoke DeathMatch 100 is in it’s 40th round! Only 10 more days to experience the horror that is KDM100!

Go there now. Vote T.Whid. permanent link to this post

May 23, 2007

idol art

posted at 18:13 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

First came Marisa Olson , now Sanjaya is a AI performance artist.

(Yeah…I do not know if this is “real” or not)

In other bad Karaoke performance art news… you can still vote M.River, in round 39 of the KDM100. I’m doing Marilyn Monroe doing Happy Birthday.

Please. permanent link to this post

Elahi on Wired

posted at 15:12 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Check it out…

Hasan Elahi is a Creative Capital 2006 grantee and we met him at the art camp last summer. Not only is his project fascinating, but he’s a great guy (not like I thought a terrorist would be at all).

From the article:
Elahi’s site is the perfect alibi. Or an audacious art project. Or both. The Bangladeshi-born American says the US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list — and once you’re on, it’s hard to get off. To convince the Feds of his innocence, Elahi has made his life an open book. Whenever they want, officials can go to his site and see where he is and what he’s doing. Indeed, his server logs show hits from the Pentagon, the Secretary of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President, among others.
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May 22, 2007

Let’s call our fuck up ‘art’

posted at 13:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

But there is a catch, one that seems in keeping with the surreal nature of the artwork itself. Because of concerns about legal action by Mr. Buchel, the museum will shield all the huge objects in the warehouse from view with tall plastic tarps, as if Christo and Jeanne-Claude had intervened at the last minute. Viewers will be allowed to wend their way through the cavernous hall but they will have to rely on their imaginations, mostly, to appreciate the show.

From NYT: The Show Will Go On, but the Art Will Be Shielded

In a nutshell: artist and museum couldn’t get along so the museum (MASS MoCA) decides to open the show anyway, but cover all the objects.

The decision is intended as an artistic and provocative solution to a difficult situation […]

Please. It’s a total cover your ass move. The museum painted themselves into a corner and then decided to call it a performance.

This is just the pathetic apogee of the curator-as-artist ‘movement’ that I’ve been unhappy to notice over the past few years. The curator-as-artist thing is simply an abuse of institutional power.

Hmmmmm. The more I think about this, the more ambivalent I become. It doesn’t seem like a total scope of the project was decided on in the beginning. To me, that would be negligence on the museum’s part. Working with artists requires some flexibility, but to have a huge airplane fuselage foisted on you at the last minute seems to go beyond mere flexibility. To not have known about that before the project started seems unbelievable to me.

Of course, if it is some elaborate prank on the institution, I give it a thumbs up :) permanent link to this post

May 17, 2007

Drunken Pirate Photos…

posted at 16:34 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

or Why the KDM100 Will Come Back to Haunt Us

MTAA’s fav netiquette guru, Helen A.S. Popkin, advises us today to “cap Myspace in the back of the head…”

Will do.

twhid adds: Just for the hell of it… Help! we’re being held hostage by a chinese web site!

Via Google translation:
Year, they are in front of the camera. […] They are not actors, the only real show for his life in the cabin. […] Never left our sight. […] Who are they? Why sacrificed privacy 24H watch from being the world?
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Nano Corp. as MTAA

posted at 12:20 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

More on Being MTAA, just for a day from nano_CORPORATION

twhid adds: Those photos are great! LOL. I was confused at first — couldn’t find the photos — the nano_Corp’s photos are here. permanent link to this post

May 13, 2007

A short review of T.Whid’s Hey Joe on KDM100

posted at 13:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Today, you have a rare opportunity to see M.River and I go head-to-head with the same song on KDM100

[..] this just gets better & better, & we should be grateful for the scientific precision afforded us here by the simultaneous rendtion of the same song.

T.Whid had it for me, but only by a whisker.

I did love M River’s upstaging hand jive & the advanced catatonia/maddened elephant polarity which seems to get more marked, the more alchohol consumed. The same circumstance, as AnnieA observes, makes T Whid kind of puppy doggish, but of course a puppy dog who has stared straight into the heart of darkness & lived to tell the tale.

Oh & don’t get me started on timing/phrasing: - people would kill for what T Whid is doing here…it’s like we have been hard wired into his soul. Splendid. Splendid & uplifting.
M.River update: I lost 5 to 6? Robbed! permanent link to this post

May 11, 2007

New Baghdad Journal

posted at 20:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Steve Mumford is back from Iraq (thankfully) and has posted a new installment of his Baghdad Journal on

The new piece describes getting back to Iraq via Kuwait and introduces us to some of the interesting characters (journalists and bloggers) that he meets along the way. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the very black humor of Caleb Schaber:

[…] a very tattooed blogger, artist, musician and bartender who once ran for mayor of Seattle and writes for something called the Northern Nevada Newswire. He shows off his latest tattoo: a dotted line around his neck, with the inscription “cut here” (also in Arabic, helpfully, on the back) […]

I saw Steve a few weeks ago at Postmasters and he told me he had been embedded at the 86th Combat Support Hospital (AKA the Baghdad ER). I’m assuming in his future installments we’ll read and see more of that. permanent link to this post

May 09, 2007

KDM100 — halfway home

posted at 13:22 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Today, the 25th round of MTAA’s Karaoke DeathMatch 100 went live!

After almost 4 weeks of warbling, shouting, shrieking, wailing, whispering, screaming, screeching, whooping, bellowing, braying, yawping and yelping the score is T.Whid: 12 and M.River: 11 with 1 tie.

We mark this inauspicious occasion with M.River performing Sweet Dreams and T.Whid performing We Got The Beat.

If you haven’t been listening everyday, we understand. But you should vote everyday! permanent link to this post

May 05, 2007

Commons Art Diagram

posted at 21:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA is releasing a new ‘art diagram’ today.


Introducing the Commons Art Diagram!

Download: (1.5MB)
This package contains the diagram in these formats: .ai, .pdf, .eps, .svg, .gif, hi-res .jpg and hi-res .png.


This new art diagram illustrates how different forms of creativity — on being funneled through the CC process — arrive at the place where the ‘art happens.’

This diagram is the second in a series of “art diagrams” that MTAA began with the Simple Net Art Diagram.

We hope to distribute this diagram at the iCommons Summmit in June ‘07 :-)

We were very successful distributing the image at the iCommons Summit. The image was reproduced on t-shirts, bags and stickers and was basically impossible not to see everywhere you looked! permanent link to this post

AFC interviews MTAA for iCommons

posted at 16:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Check it out…

Art Intercom is a six part series conducted by Art Fag City blogger Paddy Johnson, who will be interviewing the iCommons Summit Artists in Residence. In the weeks leading up to the conference, interviews will be posted once weekly, profiling the artists’ work and describing their approach to Creative Commons licensing. Artists to be interviewed include Ana Husman, Jaka Železnikar, Joy Garnett, Kathryn Smith, Nathaniel Stern and this weeks interviewees, Mike Sarff and Tim Whidden (who go by the names M.River and T.Whid), of MTAA. Tim will be representing MTAA as one of the Artists in Residence at the iSummit in Dubrovnik.

Part 2 is now live. Check it out… permanent link to this post

KDM100 current score

posted at 15:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

For those keeping score at home…

The ‘current score’ section of the KDM100 has reflected the current winner of the round — even for rounds that are still open to votes. I changed that today.

Now, when the ‘current score’ is calculated, the current round isn’t counted. This makes more sense to me as there is no winner of a round unless the voting is over. permanent link to this post

May 04, 2007

Various Creative Commons matters

posted at 20:15 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Obama calls for debates to be licensed under Creative Commons. He wants either public domain or the Attribution license to be applied. Rock on Obama!

Creative Commons and iCommons need support for their scholarship program. MTAA is one of the artists-in-residence at the iCommons Summit this year. permanent link to this post

What am I doing right now?

posted at 11:56 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Posting about Popkin on Twitter

twhid adds: hahahahaha permanent link to this post

May 03, 2007

Artkrush #57

posted at 19:26 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Ed Winkleman reminds me that I should link to Artkrush because our little effort here is included in their list of art blogs (we’re in the new media category).

So check out their feature on art blogs! It includes VVORK and Art Fag City. ‘Nuff said. permanent link to this post

Goddamn motherfucking stormtroopers

posted at 17:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

We love LA.

Land of the free!

Olbermann permanent link to this post

Rick Silva’s Rough Mix

posted at 14:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Just want to hook Rick up with a link to his new video project: A Rough Mix. permanent link to this post

May 02, 2007

Digg revolt

posted at 13:37 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

This is pretty interesting. Digg users have staged a rebellion of sorts over the deletion of stories and comments that contained the 16-digit hexadecimal number that is used to lock HD-DVD movies. For the record, here’s the illegal number: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0. is a social news site founded by Kevin Rose. He finally capitulated to his users demands proving that web 2.0 can bite small smart companies in the ass just as easy as big lumbering companies. permanent link to this post

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