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Apr 30, 2008

Cause Caller

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

The impressive Fred Benenson has released his ITP master’s thesis project.

It’s called Cause Caller and it makes it easy for anyone to call politicians and bug them about stuff they care about. One can also create a cause and get all one’s friends to bug politicians that might help the cause.

Lots more on the Cause Caller site, including a demo video, so check it out… permanent link to this post

Apr 29, 2008

Self-Selected SuperSt*rs TONIGHT!

posted at 13:28 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Reminder: MTAA is doing a live demonstration TONIGHT!

On April 29 from 8PM to 10PM, in a Sunset Park factory, the artist collaboration MTAA shoot and simultaneously screen two films… starring you.

Two directors/camera operators will set up at Light Industry deep in the heart of Brooklyn. The space will have some cheap/random props and costumes. If you want some acting direction, we’ll have scripts and improv notes ready. If acting isn’t your thing, just come in and be your fabulous self. The shooting will be continuous and casual with both films projected live for your viewing pleasure. Join us for the entire shoot or just walk in for your close-up.

More info here

Plus, as a SPECIAL BONUS, T.Whid will conduct a screening of contemporary loops. It’ll work like this:

while (!handsInTheAir) {loop;}

It will loop and iterate AT THE SAME TIME!

Be there or be something with 4 right angles!

Events take place in Industry City
55 33rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(directions) permanent link to this post

Apr 27, 2008

i like america…

posted at 17:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

i like america and america likes me

New artwork - “i like america and america likes me” is an open wiki history of America and Michael Sarff at

I’m just trying to figure it all out. Yes, I can use your help. permanent link to this post

Apr 25, 2008

Sunday forecast (LOVE + HATE) x 100

posted at 19:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Sunday Forecast
High 53 degrees F
Chance of precipitation 30 percent

ARTWALKING: Eyewash’s 10 year Anniversary Show
Curated by Larry Walczak & Donna Kessinger.
30 artist in 30 storefornts on Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
April 27 through June 8, 2008
Opening Sunday April 27 (2 to 8 pm)

MTAA will be showing (LOVE + HATE) x 100 at Amarcord Vintage Fashion - 233 Bedford Ave between N4 and N5

MTAA will also be hanging out a Spike Hill (Bedford and N7) in a booth in the back around 6pm if you want to join us.

Tom Brumley @ Bedford Fruits & Vegetables
Peter Fox @ Earwax
Asha Ganpat @ Blackbird Parlour
Linda Ganjian @ Catbird
David Kramer @ Trojanowski Liquors
Peter Krieder @ Bedford Cheese Shop
Hiroshi Kumagi @ Bliss
Yuliya Lanina @ Mini Mart
Jeesoo Lee @ Kings Pharmacy
Lisa Levy @ The Health Food Store
Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese @ Reel Life
Rebecca Major @ Peters since 1969
Ben Marxen @ Northside Pharmacy
Sebastian Masuelli @ Spike Hill
Ondi McMaster @ Ella’s
Shari Mendelson @ Uva Wines
Vikki Michalios @ Angelicas Beauty Shop
Jonas Mekas @ Spoonbill
MTAA @ Amarcord
Diane Nerwen @ Ugly Luggage
Rune Olsen @ Victoria’s Coffee Shop
Catya Plate @ Eyeco Vision
Bob Seng & Lisa Hein @ NYC Pet
Amanda Thackray @ Bagelsmith
Ishmael Randall Weeks @ Oculus 20/20
Sante Scardillo @ Kasia’s
Tamika Kawata @ N7 Deli
Gandalf Gavan @ Brooklyn Industries

update - photo from the install, more pics soon…

(love + hate) x 100 on bedford permanent link to this post

Apr 22, 2008

Charges against Kurtz dismissed

posted at 19:15 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Finally some sanity…


April 21, 2008


Buffalo, NY—A process that has taken nearly four years may be coming to an end. On Monday, April 21, Federal Judge Richard J. Arcara ruled to dismiss the indictment against University at Buffalo Professor of Visual Studies Dr. Steven Kurtz.

In June 2004, Professor Kurtz was charged with two counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud stemming from an exchange of $256 worth of harmless bacteria with Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Kurtz planned to use the bacteria in an educational art exhibit about biotechnology with his award-winning art and theater collective, Critical Art Ensemble.

Professor Kurtz’ lawyer, Paul Cambria, said that his client was “pleased and relieved that this ordeal may be coming to an end.”

The prosecution has the right to appeal this dismissal. How the prosecution will proceed is unknown at this time. If an appeal were undertaken the case would move to the New York Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.

Lucia Sommer, Coordinator of the CAE Defense Fund, which raises funds for Kurtz’ legal defense, said, “We are all grateful that after reviewing this case, Judge Arcara took appropriate action.” She added that “this decision is further testament to our original statements that Dr. Kurtz is completely innocent and never should have been charged in the first place.” permanent link to this post

Shvarts update: Yale wants it stopped

posted at 14:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Stolen wholesale from the NYT:

Yale University said on Monday that it would not allow a senior to participate in a campus art exhibition unless she made a written statement that her “performance,” in which she repeatedly inseminated herself and then induced miscarriages, was a fiction that she had concocted. In an article on Thursday in The Yale Daily News, the student, Aliza Shvarts, right, was quoted as saying that she had inseminated herself “as often as possible” over several months while taking herbal drugs to induce miscarriages, which she recorded on video to display for her senior-year art project at a show beginning on campus on Tuesday. Her claim drew intense criticism. Yale said last week that Ms. Shvarts had told three university officials that she had not inseminated herself or induced abortions but had made up the story as part of the project. On Friday, however, Ms. Shvarts insisted she had really experienced “repeated, self-induced miscarriages,” although she said that she had not known if she was actually pregnant. Yale officials said the denials were part of the continuing art performance, and on Monday demanded that it end. Peter Salovey, the dean of Yale College, and Robert Storr, dean of the School of Art, also said that they had found “serious errors of judgment” on the part of Ms. Shvarts’s adviser and an art instructor who knew of the project. They did not identify the adviser or instructor, though Ms. Shvarts has said that her adviser was Pia Lindman. Mr. Salovey said that “appropriate action” had been taken against the two teachers, but did not elaborate. Neither Ms. Shvarts nor Ms. Lindman could be reached for comment.

Me? Ambivalent about it… permanent link to this post

Apr 21, 2008

(LOVE + HATE) x 100

posted at 21:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


New art! From MTAA! It’s on the web! You’ll need QuickTime!

click this: (LOVE + HATE) x 100 permanent link to this post

Apr 19, 2008

Vote for us

posted at 19:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rhizome members!

MTAA has submitted a proposal for the Rhizome Commissions Program. If you would like to get yours truly some cash to make some damn art, then go here and vote for us.

Go here. Vote for us. It’s simple. It’s here.

You can vote for some other people too, but first, vote for us! If you’re not a Rhizome member, you can’t vote for us. You can become a Rhizome member if you have a burning desire to vote for us (and you should vote for us).

Stop reading this and go vote for us already! permanent link to this post

Apr 18, 2008

Starving dogs, aborting fetuses as art

posted at 13:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Is any of it true?


According to MTAA’s highly placed BIG media sources, Aliza Shvarts, abortion artist and Yale student, has said she never knew if she was pregnant and only took herbal abortifacients. Also the AP is reporting that it was a hoax. It’s always nice to see the right-wing blogs get punk’d big time so I’d give her a C.

There’s more here. According to Yale, it’s a fiction. Shvarts is trying to stick to her guns, but ends up sounding clueless. If she’s trying to play everyone, she’s pretty hamhanded. Someone needs to tell her that if you’re going to create fiction, you need to keep the fiction up for everybody.


What about that starving dog? I can’t figure this out. Also seems like a hoax (or, perhaps, a fiction). Ed Winkleman covered this a tad and on his blog he posts a message from the gallerist that they fed the dog and it was only tied in the gallery for 3 hours during an opening. (Is it cruel to chain up a dog?) The dog subsequently got away.

Unless the gallery is lying (they could be, but I’ll take them at their word), I don’t see how this was cruel. Sounds less cruel than walking by the starving animal in the street and doing nothing. I don’t get it. The petition against the artist seems sort of like that right-wing punk of the left where folks signed a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide. But in this case you get to sign a petition against something that never happened to stop it from happening again, though there are no plans to make it happen again (and it never happened in the first place).

(Sorry M.River, stomped on your post, which was really, really funny.) permanent link to this post

m.river on warren ellis on aliza shvarts

posted at 13:30 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

“If she’s doing what I think she’s doing, Aliza Shvarts might be the first “great” conceptual artist of the internet age.”

In the post below, I, M.River, revealed to the artblogshere my blessing and curse of Infallibility. I would like to now reveal my first post Infallible revelation truth.

At first you will think only of this truth as M.River once again just speaking the facts. Please go beyond this point. Please meditate on this truth until you reach the next level where the world becomes clear and your art reality sharp. Here is the truth.

JODI is the first great conceptual artist of the internet age not some student at Yale who punked Gawker.

Go now in peace and love. permanent link to this post

Apr 16, 2008

m.river speaks…

posted at 13:01 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Although I’m not sure what drove T.Whid to write this disclaimer, I thought I’d follow up with my own.


To whom it may concern,

Everything I, M.River, post on the MTAA-RR is true. Not only are the posts true and unbiased, but they should be thought of as truths that point to a greater reality that goes beyond right and wrong.

No… no, that’s nice, but you do not need to thank me, toss flowers at my feet or build small shrines in my honor. I’m here to give you the truth because you deserve it. Yes, I do all this for you.

Take care and try to be nice to each other today or you will feel my wrath.


twhid update:
hahahahahahaha permanent link to this post

Just to be clear…

posted at 02:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

T.Whid’s posts on this blog represent his opinions. There is no objectivity here. I’ll post notices for my friend’s shows but not your show; link to positive reviews of MTAA’s work, but not negative; link to positive reviews of artists I like, but not negative; support Rhizome uncritically; write exuberant things about stuff I love; post mean critiques about stuff I hate; write nice things about my friends, just because they’re my friends; narcissistically post lots and lots and lots of stuff about MTAA — sometimes to the exclusion of everything else; tell lies; and generally spout off all kinds of crazy shit.

I have no institutional affiliation to anything in the art world and my opinions are my own (so leave M.River out of it).

(I finally understand why so many blogs out there post these sorts of disclaimers.) permanent link to this post

Apr 15, 2008

Self-Selected Super St*rs

posted at 13:43 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA’s Self-Selected Super St*rs
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 8pm
at Light Industry


On April 29 from 8PM to 10PM, in a Sunset Park factory, the artist collaboration MTAA shoot and simultaneously screen two films…starring you.

Are you great at off-the-cuff repartee? Look good taking a nap? Able to read bad sci-fi scripts out loud without laughing? Or are you just perfect at hanging out and being you?

MTAA needs you to star in our low budget and barely (if at all) scripted film. Think Chelsea Girls meets Plan 9 from Outer Space while watching Empire. If Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind Rewind” at Deitch Projects is about the positive power of DIY, MTAA’s “Self-Selected Super St*rs” is about the malaise of knowing that all future “it” girls will never really be Edie. It’s about the ever present fear of running out of beer before the night ends.

Here’s how it works:

Two directors/camera operators will set up at Light Industry deep in the heart of Brooklyn. The space will have some cheap/random props and costumes. If you want some acting direction, we’ll have scripts and improv notes ready. If acting isn’t your thing, just come in and be your fabulous self. The shooting will be continuous and casual with both films projected live for your viewing pleasure. Join us for the entire shoot or just walk in for your close-up.

Events take place in Industry City
55 33rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232 permanent link to this post

2 more photos

posted at 12:44 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Mattes' the Surrogates at OTO
Mattes' the Surrogates at OTO

twhid update
Couple more photos here and here too :-) permanent link to this post

Apr 13, 2008

Arc of “The Surrogates”

posted at 21:22 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A contemporary performance art piece by Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) via MTAA.


sur•ro•gate transitive verb: to put in the place of another: to appoint as successor, deputy, or substitute for oneself

On Friday April 11, 2008 as part of its monthly curatorial project, art collective MTAA premiered “The Surrogates,” a performance art piece exploring the nature of perceived identity and representation, credited to European-based art collective 0100101110101101.ORG (in absentia).

Presented at MTAA’s OTO art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the two-hour piece began at 7 p.m. with an open bar and velvet rope welcoming attendees in the hallway.

Inside the OTO space proper, two rows of two chairs (numbered 1-4) faced a low stage featuring a 4’x6’ projection screen (center) and a small television monitor (stage right). Attendees entered the darkened room four at a time, their assigned seats facing a slightly delayed projection of themselves. The monitor revealed hallway activity in real time.

(click for a larger image)

The attendees (now participants) were given no explanation of the piece, though they were invited do as they pleased within the space and to leave at their leisure. Re-entry was not permitted however, and those exiting the piece were immediately replaced by those next behind the velvet rope.

“The Surrogates” reaches its 180-degree apex via this text. Please note that while the Mattes (0100101110101101.ORG.) are credited as the authors of this seminal performance, MTAA designed, built and executed this work in its entirety.

The Mattes graciously agreed to lend their identity to “The Surrogates,” and for their essential contribution, receive 50 percent authorship and financial stake in “The Surrogates.”

MTAA, 2008
http:// 0100101110101101.ORG permanent link to this post

Apr 11, 2008

The Surrogates — TONIGHT!!

posted at 16:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A reminder to everybody — come to our studio tonight for some performance/video/something art!

Eva and Franco Mattes continue their investigations into power, authorship and identity with “The Surrogates” a new performance based video project. Combining elements of theater, video, surveillance, and social interaction, “The Surrogates” transforms OTO into an experimental social space questioning the distinction between the viewer and the viewed.

More info here

7 - 10PM tonight, April 11, at Over The Opening (map) in Brooklyn.

twhid update
Monkeys as surrogate children… (via Boing Boing) permanent link to this post

tinjail at


Oh, Hey. One of my Tinjail photos is up now at I Heart Photograph’s “Is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world?” show.

text about the photo

Last night I rented the 1995 film New Jersey Drive; the top result in the ImDB for the search “New Jersey.” I then photographed the DVD as it played to capture 10 landscapes. The resulting photos are not of Newark, the setting of the film, but of Williamsburg Brooklyn where the film was shot and I called home in 1995.

Apr 09, 2008

Creative Capital ! Wikipedia

posted at 15:22 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Can it be possible that there is no entry for Creative Capital on Wikipedia?

I’ve tried a couple of searches. No dice.

Maybe someone less lazy than I will fix this egregious error. permanent link to this post

Back in NYC

posted at 15:07 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Back from the “secret” Cali recon. I’ll post more pics tonight.


Update - Pics now up at Tinjail and MTAA’s Flickr site permanent link to this post

Apr 06, 2008

Want at the Beall

posted at 21:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

M.River is the official documenter of MTAA activities. Since he’s currently still on secret assignment on the west coast you may have to wait a bit for the photo documentation of the exhibition of Want as part of LIVE (more info) at the Beall Center, but here’s a quick shot from the opening (click for a larger image):


The show was a great success with lots of fine work and lots of folks showing up to check out the art. We were very honored to be included in the exhibition with the other great artists. permanent link to this post

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