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Aug 31, 2007

The Internet: A place for friends

posted at 11:54 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Popkin on The Great Internet Sleepover permanent link to this post

Aug 30, 2007

new .mov at Tinjail

posted at 18:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Auto Car Wash permanent link to this post

Aug 24, 2007

MTAA’s Super Slow 5K!

posted at 14:01 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA's Super Slow 5K

MTAA’s Super Slow 5K!
a leisurely 5K (3.11 mile) group performance around McCarren Park’s running track

I’ve read on marathon training web sites, that one can walk 5 kilometers (3.11 miles) at an “easy pace” in 62.5 minutes. I’d like to slow that down a tad. I’d like to slow it down with a group of like-minded noncompetitive “athletes”. I want to race with people who are ready to say - “I’ll finish this 5K when I darn well feel like it and only after I stop by the official MTAA Super Slow 5K refreshment stand for another hotdog”. That’s the race I want to run.

The MTAA Super Slow 5K is a one day race/group performance on the running track in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park. Registration to the SS5K is free and open to the public. It begins at 11AM and ends when it seems right or 4PM, whichever comes first. Refreshments will be served, folding chairs and blankets will be utilized. The performance/race will be overly documented. “Celebrity” judges will be on hand to award trophies for “Best Dressed” as well as the coveted SS5K 07 “Mr. or Ms. Congeniality”.

Sunday September 16th, 2007 from 11AM - 4PM (rain or shine)

Williamsburg Brooklyn’s McCarren Park (map)

Email or just show up around 10:30AM the day of. Free and open to the public!

More details at:

MTAA’s SSK5 is part of Conflux 07


twhid update
We promise that it won’t be like this (Hipster Olympics via Gothamist):

mriver adds
Dang. LOL.

Yeah, it will kinda be like that but done with love and actual effort. Also, as of this morning, we have 0 people signed up so I might be running alone. permanent link to this post

Get yer sleep on…

posted at 13:58 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


(Note: that’s the official title, multiple exclamation points and all.)

These crazy kids today:

Camp out with pro net surfers and net surfing clubs as we talk shop, play games, pitch tents, and make a hypertext mess big enough for mom to clean up in the morning.

When MTAA heard about this, we immediately thought of the Warhol Hijack. The Hijack is lost to history and its success is debatable. permanent link to this post

Aug 22, 2007

YouTube Bye Bye

posted at 14:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Just when I was starting to think about ways to use YouTube more as a site for artworks, Google decideds to go with overlay video ads

Ick. Time to find a new vid site.

twhid adds:
YouTube has always sucked for a variety of reasons. The only thing it has going for it is a huge audience. But video quality sucks and their little bug in the bottom right sucks.

I suggest!

mriver adds:
Yeah, yeah. I understand they do not have plans at this point to slap ads on my little home movies/ artworks - but still… it’s time for me to move. permanent link to this post

Aug 21, 2007

Big news from Adobe

posted at 13:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Adobe’s new flash player will support streaming or progressive playback of H264 encoded video files (.mp4, .m4v, .mov and more…).

There’s lots of very important info in the above link and anyone using video on the web should read it. This caught my eye:

Will it be possible to place H.264 streams into the traditional FLV file structure? It will, but we strongly encourage everyone to embrace the new standard file format. There are functional limits with the FLV structure when streaming H.264 which we could not overcome without a redesign of the file format. This is one reason we are moving away from the traditional FLV file structure. Specifically dealing with sequence headers and enders is tricky with FLV streams.

It’s not exactly clear what he means by the “new standard file format” but I guess he means h.264 in whatever container you like (.mp4, .mov etc). Does this mean Adobe is killing the FLV (Flash Video) format?

Adobe has basically made MP4 (h.264) the MP3 of video on the web. In other words, it’s the default format. XBox supports it now (how long until Windows Media Player supports it?), Flash Player supports it now and of course QuickTime Player. permanent link to this post

Aug 18, 2007

San Jose Semaphore cracked

posted at 13:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I hadn’t even heard of this project by Ben Rubin (of Listening Post fame), but it’s been solved.

From the artist’s web site:
San Jose Semaphore, by artist Ben Rubin, is a permanent public artwork commissioned by Adobe Systems Incorporated in collaboration with the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affair’s Public Art Program.

Located within the top floors of Adobe’s Almaden Tower headquarters in San Jose, California, San Jose Semaphore is a multi-sensory kinetic artwork that illuminates the San Jose skyline with the transmission of a coded message. The content of the San Jose Semaphore’s message is a mystery; cracking the encryption technique and deciphering the message is posed as a challenge for the public.  To the first person or group to successfully crack the code, Adobe will award bragging rights and acknowledgment on both the Adobe website ( and the San Jose Semaphore website.

Fun! Don’t miss the PDF that talks about the solution. permanent link to this post

Aug 15, 2007

You’re living in a computer simulation

posted at 13:31 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Back from vacation in Ohio (‘twas lovely), not much happening art-wise, thought I’d post this (in case you missed it in the NYT):

Check it out: Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch
Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims. Skip to next paragraph Viktor Koen

But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.
permanent link to this post

Aug 10, 2007

Turn That Damn Sculpture Down!

posted at 18:45 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Sonic “glare” is good.
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Aug 07, 2007

T.Whid Week - Art Blog Party

posted at 22:54 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

T.Whid sums up a fun Art Blogger cocktail party host by Edward Winkleman at his gallery

Yes, he had a few. permanent link to this post

OMG! UR totally dead!!!!

posted at 12:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver’s netiquette guru Popkin (and MTAA style council) on Cory Arcangel’s “Friendster Suicide” and

Check it permanent link to this post

Aug 06, 2007

T.Whid Week - Anti War

posted at 20:54 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

T.Whid marching for peace.

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MTAA at Cape Town’s AVA

posted at 15:42 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

We are showing onKawaraUpdate (v2) in “3C - Committee and Critics Choice” at the AVA in Cape Town South Africa from July 30 to August 17 2007.

Big thanks to Kathryn Smith for the show. permanent link to this post

Aug 05, 2007

T.Whid Week - Barney Opening

posted at 11:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

T.Whid’s first take on the show outside the mob scene of Barney’s DR9 opening.

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Aug 04, 2007

T.Whid Week - Art Fairs

posted at 13:55 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Yes, once again T.Whid has foolishly gone off on vacation leaving the MTAA-RR for me to screw up. So, for the next 7 days, I’m going to post some of my favorite clips of T.Whid. I think of them as an ongoing set/ movie called “Hey, Tim”. To start off, here is Tim on art fairs. I hope you will enjoy them.

twhid adds… on vacation, but found an open wireless network at this little lake side cottage-ville in Ohio. w00t! permanent link to this post

Aug 03, 2007

Cory Arcangel is finalist for Lucelia Artist Award

posted at 15:21 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This year marks the seventh Lucelia Artist Award, an annual award in which the Smithsonian American Art Museum recognizes an artist under age 50 for his or her contribution to contemporary art. Funded by the New York–based Lucelia Foundation, the $25,000 prize is awarded to the winner by a distinguished panel of five jurors, who also nominate the finalists.

via Eye Level — check it for other finalists!

Good luck Cory! permanent link to this post

the summer 07 lull report - part 2

posted at 00:13 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

tinjail’s jailhouse online cinema presents
the east coast west coast dance off
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