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Jun 30, 2007

Kimmelman on The Splasher(s)

posted at 14:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Until the pranks turned ugly, it was heartening to follow the dust-up between a bunch of street artists and their nemesis or nemeses, identity unknown. As The New York Times reported this week, for some time works of stenciled graffiti art and wheat-pasted posters slapped onto walls in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan have been splashed with paint and scrawled with messages of protest.

Splashing the Art World With Anger and Questions permanent link to this post

Jun 29, 2007

The Amateur’s hour

posted at 19:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

By undermining mainstream media and intellectual property rights, he says, it is creating a world in which we will “live to see the bulk of our music coming from amateur garage bands, our movies and television from glorified YouTubes, and our news made up of hyperactive celebrity gossip, served up as mere dressing for advertising.” This is what happens, he suggests, “when ignorance meets egoism meets bad taste meets mob rule.”

NYT Review “The Cult of the Amateur”

I love garage bands. I feel that some of the best American music, blues, jazz, hip-hop, punk, flows from some “amateurs” sitting around in a garage/shack/public housing party/ dive bar making and sharing music. The net is making the “garage/shack/public housing party/ dive bar” larger. Here is to the unwashed. permanent link to this post

Jun 26, 2007

Mumford’s better

posted at 20:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

There’s another "embedded artist" out there in the world documenting wars the old fashioned way. The differences between Richard Johnson and Steve Mumford? Johnson is Canadian, he’s in Afghanistan and he sucks.

All right, he doesn’t suck (I was just being a dick). But his drawings look much less inspired to my eye than Mumford’s. Johnson’s stuff looks overly illustrative and picky. In short, his drawings lack the confidence of Mumford’s field sketches.

via Boing Boing permanent link to this post

Shortlisted by NYMag

posted at 15:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA is honored to be taking part in Postmasters summer group show "Not Your Parents’ MTV: Music Videos From Hell" and New York Magazine seems to think it’s a damn good idea as the show has been added to their arts shortlist!

NYMag’s blurb on KDM100 makes me chuckle:
An eight-hour, booze-fueled karaoke face-off. In other words, Saturday night in Chinatown.

Even if you’ve enjoyed been tortured by the web version, come to the show (opening 6/28 6-8PM) and check out the installation which includes a pumpin’ sound system, potted plants, bamboo benches and a custom-made net art viewing desk. permanent link to this post

Jun 22, 2007

Not Your Parents’ MTV

posted at 18:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

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We have two pieces in this show opening next week at Postmasters! Note: the opening is JUNE 28, 6-8PM (it was misprinted on the postcard).

We’ll be showing ‘gallery versions’ of Karaoke DeathMatch 100 and 25 Concrete Examples Why John Cage Is Not Our Father.

More below:
Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present our final, not to be missed, show of this season:

Not Your Parents’ MTV: Music Videos from Hell

June 28 - July 28, 2007
opening reception Thursday, June 28 6-8 pm

- a group exhibition featuring unorthodox music videos and related projects by the following artists:

I’m a Slave 4U
The Super N Word

Because Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People

Diva Reincarnation

Shotgun Piano

Abe and Mo Sing the Blogs

Karaoke Death Match 100
25 Concrete Examples Why John Cage Is Not Our Father
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Kimchi alert system!

posted at 13:59 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is great! Hope this system makes it to K-town here in NYC because I like my kimchi hot!

Under the measure, kimchi will be labeled as mild, slightly hot, moderately hot, very hot or extremely hot to indicate spiciness. The index is based on the amount of capsaicin and other substances contained in the chili peppers added to the cabbage to make kimchi.

via BuzzFeed permanent link to this post

your future leader and or myspace pal

posted at 13:05 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

“When do you hang with an old dude online? When he’s running for office!”

MTAA’s fav avatar/ netiquette journalist rates the presidential candidates myspace profiles.

Ha ha…

Third Party candidates
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AIOTD – MTAA Self Portrait as Black Bears

posted at 01:07 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

In a dream last night, I went to an opening as a black bear. I spent most of the opening sitting on the floor drinking a beer. I swear if MTAA ever has a solo show again, I will make this dream come true
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Commons Art Diagram
2007, digital image
The Art Happens Here, as part of iCommons Summit '07, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Commons Art Diagram is a digital image that illustrates where the ‘art happens’ or the ‘art could happen’ within the alternate sharing economy.

read more »

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Jun 19, 2007

Artificial legal add-ons to art

posted at 18:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA have been supporters of Creative Commons since the project was launched. When we can, we release versions of art works with CC licenses and our web sites (both and have CC licenses attached to them. Our digital image ‘Manual Zoom Mirage’ was released under a BY-NC-SA 1.0 license way back in ‘03 (just a few months after the initial license releases according to Wikipedia). And our Simple Net Art Diagram has had various versions of licenses attached to it until we settled on the Attribution 2.5 license.

I say all this to establish MTAA’s street cred when it comes to artists engaging with the ideas that Creative Commons embodies. Also to contextualize where I’m coming from when I try to point out the deficiencies that CC may have for fine artists or how I think most artists of this ilk will respond to CC. Which brings me to this article by Paddy Johnson: Defining Moments at the Artist in Residence Panel. She describes the iCommons Summit 07 artists in residence panel, I’m interested in this part…

[…] according to [T.Whid], no work of art is made better for having a CC license applied to it. Now, this point is clearly debatable, and having observed just yesterday that I liked his work On Kawara Update better for the license I tend to think there are exceptions to this statement, as did a member of the audience who cited the same work. That said, I still suspect most artists would generally agree with his statement.

…in order to clarify my point.

An art work’s meaning will be changed by context. Making a work available via a CC license may change or augment the context of a work thereby changing its meaning somewhat to some viewers (make it better or worse). My point is that the vast majority of viewers of an art work will not notice this contextual shift — they have no idea what sort of copyright laws are being applied to a particular art work. Many of those that do notice will simply disregard it and focus on the traditional measures of an art work’s worth: the form, content, subject, etc. In some cases, drawing a viewer’s attention to the licensing aspect of a work of art may confuse the viewer — making their experience worse.

I personally would never measure a particular work’s value by its license — it wouldn’t even go into the mix. To me (unless the CC license is part of the content of the work) it’s simply a sort of artificial add-on. If I like an art work on its own merit and then notice it’s CC-licensed, I will think the artist is enlightened, but that’s just my opinion of the artist and not the work.

Think of one of your favorite art works. Do you know its license? Do you just assume copyright has been applied? Would you really think it was more [beautiful, intelligent, engaging, enthralling, etc] if the license changed?

Just as I posted this I thought I should explain what I mean by ‘artificial.’ Simply put, artificial in this context means something added on by outside influence and may or may not have any meaning or value vis-a-vis what the artist was trying to communicate in the art work. Some artists simply don’t care about copyright, etc but legal structures force these concepts onto their work anyway.

update 2
Rob Myers has a response. permanent link to this post

Jun 18, 2007


posted at 13:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


AFC’s review of the Art Happens Here exhibition

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Jun 17, 2007

onKawaraUpdate (v2)

posted at 09:35 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


MTAA has released a new net art project entitled onKawaraUpdate (v2).

This piece updates and automates the process-oriented nature of On Kawara’s date paintings. The artist’s labor is essential to process-oriented art. What happens when that labor is removed?

If the web site is visited by anyone on a particular day, a date page is created. If no one visits on a particular day, no date page is created.

It is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL. (Download the source code.) permanent link to this post

Jun 16, 2007

MTAA – weekend posting note

posted at 12:07 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

With T.Whid at the iSummit in Croatia and me Camping at Watch Hill, MTAA is totally out of the office this weekend. It’s summer. Go outside. Last one off the net, please turn off the lights. permanent link to this post

Pix of opening in Croatia

posted at 09:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Joy Garnett has uploaded a Flickr set of the “The Art Happens Here” at the iCommons Summit ‘07 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

photo by Joy Garnett

Check out the photos permanent link to this post

Jun 15, 2007

Hunting for that ship

posted at 18:07 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Here is my CC art story of a project that seems to be somehow cursed.

The ship that I have been using for the project came from an image Joy tossed into the iCommonsair Pool Joy had been posting images of old ships from Croatia. I think she was considering using some of the images for an artwork. Last night, after posting the last image for my project, as I sat in bed, I thought “I bet that ship is not old and I bet it has a copyright on it…shit.

Here is the ship’s trail. The image was taken from Cao Fei’s blog Cao Fei is one of the iCommons Artist in Residence. Cao Fei seem to have got it from the Cape Farewell Project “Art and Climate Change” who picked it up from an artist named David Buckland

“David Buckland is a designer, artist and film-maker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles amongst others.”

more of his bio here

So now, I’m going to email David Buckland to see if I can use his image for non-commercial project. This is, in the end, what CC is all about. Not doing what I’m doing.

I’ll update if I hear from him. permanent link to this post

10 iCSAFGM images

posted at 14:31 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

I finished up my 10 iCSAFGM images last night and tossed a CC license on them via Flicker. You can see the set at Tintype. I still need to do a bit of research on the ship image I picked up from Joy but in general and place some credits on, but it’s almost done.

update: they can alos be found on flickr tagged icsafgm permanent link to this post

Jun 14, 2007


posted at 13:50 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

As I’ve been making new photoshoped images from the commons Summit AiR Flickr group (iCSAFGM), I have been using the “C” of the creative commons license “CC” as a design element. I have also used mirroring as a element. In my mind, when we use images or content from another source we do not reproduce it but renders it in a new way, much like a mirror reflexes back an image but also changes the image.

So, as part of this project, I’ve been flipping the “C” around and doubling it within the images. Tim sent me an email this morning with a strange fact.

“According to the Croats here… the 4 Cs all pointing outward… is a symbol of greater Serbia and is a bit of a local swastika since the serbs attacked Croatia during the Balkan war.”

“It’s not an exact duplicate of the symbol but was close enough that a local artist was kinda freaked to see it… should we delete it from the blog?”

So, I cut two images off the blog. I send my best thoughts of peace and respect to the city of Dubrovnik.

As for the project, I’ll put some more up tonight (sans 4 Cs). I might move the project over to my photo blog ( to give it more space. I’d like to get a good set of 10 done before Firday. permanent link to this post


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Jun 13, 2007


posted at 12:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Jun 12, 2007


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Jun 11, 2007

iCommons Summit AiR Flickr group mixr (iCSAFGM)

posted at 23:41 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


So, I’ve been thinking. As I’m stuck in New York at work, how can I add anything to the iCommons Summit? Answer - a bad photo shopped jpegs mix project taken from the iCommons AiR Flickr group. Ummmmm…rad. If ya want to toss one in as well, send a link. permanent link to this post

iCommons Summit AiR Flickr group

posted at 09:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

If you’re interested in following the action in Dubrovnik for the iCommons Summit 07 AiR program check out these photos!

Go to the iCommons AiR Flickr group. We should be updating it often over the course of the summit (until June 17) :-) permanent link to this post



boat for Joy

Jun 10, 2007


posted at 10:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


Dubrovnik, Croatia

twhid update

snapshot from my room’s terrace… gorgeous! click for a larger image permanent link to this post

Jun 08, 2007

Where is T.Whid

posted at 13:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


After a crushing defeat in the Karaoke Death Match 100, T.Whid has fled the country to represent MTAA at the iCommons Summit 07 June 15 to June 17 in Dubrovnik, Croatia

As well as participating in the summit, MTAA and a group of fellow artist will be mounting an exhibition in Dubrovnik and in Second Life. More details soon.

Yes, some artist will be going to Venice , Münster or Basel this summer to show art to the artworld. MTAA will be in Dubrovnik trying, in some small way, to change the way the artworld works.

Also. Tim made this Simple CC Diagram that explains it all. Sounds like we will have some t-shirst made for the show. permanent link to this post

Jun 04, 2007

M.River wins KDM100 Champion!

posted at 13:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The impossible has come to pass with M.River winning the highly coveted (by me) title of Karaoke DeathMatch 100 Champion. By visiting the previous link, you can view the victory and defeat songs and comment if you like.

It was a rough and grueling championship consisting of 50 rounds of karaoke done over one day while the competitors got progressively more drunk. It was an endurance competition and M.River seems to have endured better over the long haul.

M.River’s victory speech consisted entirely of the following: “Blow me Tim. I won. Fuck you, ha!”

There will be no rematch (unless, perhaps, we can get funding for it).

M.River update:

Although, as Tim points out on the MTAA-RR blog today, my short, sweet and to the point victory speech goes down on record as “Blow me Tim. I won. Fuck you, ha!” I would have rather it been one of these 2 quotes from the fighting wordsmith Muhammad Ali

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”


“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

It kinda work both ways. Actually, good job and well played Tim. No rematch.

Also, again big thanks to all who voted and posted. You are the true KDM100 champs. permanent link to this post

Jun 03, 2007


posted at 13:19 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


With one round to go the score is:

M.River: 24 | T.Whid: 23 | Ties: 2

The only thing I can do is tie it up :(

M.River sucks and doesn’t deserve to win, but a tie would be worse. If we tied, we might need to do this again! That’s not going to happen.

Anyway… this is the last day to vote, so get on over there. You can always visit the archives too. permanent link to this post

Jun 01, 2007

more on the GMCEM

posted at 18:43 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Photo of the GMCEM as it was installed at Eyebeam. permanent link to this post

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