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Dec 28, 2011

ready for 2012

posted at 21:53 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



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Dec 11, 2011

december in the studio

posted at 20:24 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

snowman
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Dec 03, 2011

ghosts x2

posted at 19:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Nov 20, 2011

slots/atms

posted at 21:25 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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slots/atms - a new set of jpegs on flickr permanent link to this post

Nov 17, 2011

Use Node.js with BBEdit text filters feature

posted at 05:12 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

I was poking around the jQuery git repo the other day and noticed that they’ve started using Node for all their build scripts (I’m assuming, or maybe remembering faultily, that they were using Ant or Ruby for the build stuff previously). Makes sense: jQuery — make it 100% JavaScript, even down to the build scripts.

Then a little bulb went off in my head. “Oh yeah,” I thought to myself, “with Node one can now use JavaScript to write shell scripts.” (Duh!? I know.)

Later that day I found myself needing to de/unencode URIs to be used as URI components. “Simple,” I thought, “I’ll just use JavaScript’s decodeURIComponent and encodeURIComponent methods via Node and a BBEdit text filter.” But. Um. Turned out it wasn’t that simple (or maybe I’m just dumb).

Anyway, after a bit of head-scratching and digging around Node’s and BBEdit’s documentation, I got it working. The two scripts linked below are very simple, single-serving tools. You can run JavaScript’s encodeURIComponent with one and decodeURIComponent with the other. That’s it. One can imagine that it will now be very easy to port many useful JavaScript programs to be used as BBEdit text filters. JSLint or JSONLint come to mind.

To use the scripts you need to:
  1. have Node installed (there are instructions here (scroll down for OS X)),
  2. update the shebang line at the top of the script to point to your Node installation (if you’re not sure, type ‘which node’ at the command prompt in OS X’s terminal application),
  3. put the files in BBEdit’s text filters folder (prior to BBEdit 10 ‘text filters’ were called ‘unix filters’)
Have fun!

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Nov 10, 2011

From The Archives - Midnight In The Deli, 2005

posted at 01:55 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

frank

Pre-Rejected, Pre-Approved Performances: Midnight In The Deli

We are all Together: Media(ted) Performance

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Nov 05, 2011

From The Archives - Autotrace #3 2009

posted at 15:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

In 2009 at Light Industry we presented $’##” followed by Autotrace #3 (Pollock’s Number 1A; performative)

Autotrace #3
Autotrace #3
Autotrace #3 (Pollock's Number 1A; performative)
Autotrace #3
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Oct 29, 2011

From The Archives - Frank (Again) 2008

posted at 18:54 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Frank (Again)
frank (again) 1:1

performed for Breaking Solitude” at for Panoplie.org

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Oct 23, 2011

From The Archives - Story Time Again - (Summer Animals) 2010

posted at 03:13 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Story Time Again - (Summer Animals) story time again (summer animals)
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An unauthorized live reading of A. A. Milne’s “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928) Chapter 7 - “In Which Tigger Is Unbounced” and an unauthorized live dramatic reading of the screenplay for “Stillness in The Water” AKA “JAWS” (1975) by Carl Gottlieb and Peter Benchley from the novel by Peter Benchley. The readings took place during the Summer Arts Fest at The Wassiac Project in 2010

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Oct 16, 2011

From The Archives -

posted at 14:02 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

On January 26-28, 2001, MTAA, along with the artist Ricardo Dominguez, G.H. Hovagimyan, Yael Kanarek Tina LaPorta, Diane Ludin, Kevin & Jennifer McCoy, Cary Peppermint and curator Jennifer Crowe took over WeLiveInPublic.com The site was Josh and Tanya’s loft in Soho that was wired to the Internet with chat, sound and 32 cameras. The group named this action The Warhol Hijack. During our stay, MTAA 1.) always wore Elvis sunglasses 2.) slept in a tent pitched in the living room 3.) wrote the words Warhol Hijack in blue tape across the living room floor 4.) recored brief interviews and 5.) presented a online lecture about conceptual art.

The following is the last section of T.Whid’s lecture formatted for chat from the control room and the first section of M.River rebuttal from the bathroom. The transcript for T.Whid’s lecture is here.

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Oct 15, 2011

friday post 10-14-11

posted at 01:55 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

I recently posted some documentation of MTAA’s first attempt at a scene by scene remake Plan 9 back in 2008. We filmed the first four scenes that night, got board and moved onto something else. Altough it was dull, I also thought it was a good idea. I thought over the next few years we could shoot a few scenes every so often. Eventually we would have the complete work. I figured we’re in no rush as no one would be interested in remaking that film. I was wrong.

Apparently someone else started filming a remake in 2009 and it is slated to be released in 2012.



Granted it’s not the pointless line by line homage ala Gus Van Sant’s Psycho 1998 with a lo-fi veneer and Warhol Chelsea Hotel rift that I dreamed of…but it does looks like he’s going to beat me to being first. Dagnabbit. (Shakes fist at Hollywood)

Anyways, if you’re looking to kill some time in the next few months, please feel free to shoot any scene (or 2) from the script. Load it up on Ye ole Youtube and send me a note. permanent link to this post

Oct 10, 2011

From The Archives - The Surrogates, 2008

posted at 14:38 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Mattes' the Surrogates at OTO

It began with a basic idea. Stage a performance in which the artwork is watching people standing in line to view the artwork. We decided to present this idea during one of our monthly OTO presentations at our studio. To expand the idea, we planned on presenting the installation as the work of another artist. We selected Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.ORG.) as our surrogates and contacted them with an outline of our plan. They graciously agreed. In exchange for the use of Mattes identity, we gave them half ownership of the work.

Once we had our Surrogates, we sent out a press release and posted on the OTO website an announcement for the show.

surrogate - substitute, proxy, replacement; deputy, representative, stand-in, standby, stopgap, relief, pinch-hitter, understudy.

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.

On Friday April 11, 2008 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 lawn 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 faced a slightly delayed projection of themselves. The monitor revealed hallway waiting activity in real time.

The attendees in the room (now participants) were given little 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.

Mattes' the Surrogates at OTO

The day after the exhibition, MTAA posted online that while the Mattes (0100101110101101.ORG.) are credited as the authors of “The Surrogates”, MTAA designed, built and executed this work in its entirety.

Mattes' the Surrogates at OTO

The following roughly 15 minute video is documentation of the first four participates in the 2 hour Surrogates performance.

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Oct 07, 2011

friday post 10-07-11

posted at 12:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

secret school 04: gold

In a March 2009 OTO, Secret School collaborated with a team of economists led by Daniel J. Martin to create a functioning and participatory economy based on the gold standard. In a new blog post, they recap the event and explain the some for the engines behind the system.

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Oct 06, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs 1955- 2011

posted at 11:20 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

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From The Archives - Self Selected Super St*rs

For Self Selected Super St*rs, MTAA simultaneously filmed and screened two new works during a one night performance at Light Industry in 2008.

In the first work of the evening, MTAA asked the audience to join us in an attempt to refilm Plan 9 From Outer Space.


Scene 1 and 2 with Ed Halter as CRISWELL


Scene 3 with T.Whid as DANNY,Thomas Beard as JEFF, Cory Archangel as OPERATOR and and Hanna Magnus as FLIGHT ATTENDANT EDITH


Scene 4 with Chris as GRAVEDIGGER #1, T.Whid as GRAVEDIGGER #2 and Peggy as VAMPIRA

In the second work that night, T.Whid gave Screen Tests to anyone who sat down in a pair of beach chairs on a blanket.


Screen Test with Chris and Peggy

Along with Plan 9 and Screen Test, T.Whid conducted a screening / performance of contemporary loops titled while (!handsInTheAir) {loop;}

Sep 30, 2011

friday post 09-30-11 (fall museum lockings)

posted at 22:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

@whitney
@whitney - no bike rack but one street sign by the door - 2 out of 5 Ulocks

@ps1
@ps1 - lone bike rack right by door and another nearby - 3 out of 5 Ulocks

@new_museum
@new museum - 4 out of 5 ulocks. a nice three wide bike rack near the front door

@sculpture center
@sculpture center - 1 out of 5 ulocks. not much to work with here

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Sep 25, 2011

from the archives - Happy Fun Summer Rebellion

posted at 13:08 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Happy Fun Summer Rebellion

at PS1 for a family day in 2000

MTAA barricaded themselves into an area of the PS1 courtyard on a misty summer day. Armed with wooden placards bearing revolutionary PRO FUN PRO SUMMER ANTI COLD slogans, MTAA encouraged visitors to take part in their Happy Fun Summer Rebellion. To ensure participation, MTAA provided cookies and hot dogs for the kids and beer for the adults.

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Sep 23, 2011

friday post 09-23-11

posted at 20:55 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Warning - video contains acoustic guitar soundtrack and a close up shot of my legs



Also - this video from the museum opening with techno soundtrack



Update - and here is the MTAA’s All the Holidays All at All Once Time-Lapse with Mozart soundtrack

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Sep 18, 2011

links for 2011-09-18

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from the archives - Lo-Fi Message Board, 2001

posted at 16:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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In 2001, Creative Time commissioned MTAA to create a work for the Cell Lounge at The Meat Market Art Fair in New York

MTAA provided Meat Market Art Fair-goers with a lo-fi method to leave messages for one another, to rate the galleries (very popular), access important phone numbers (pizza delivery, car services, etc), and a casual cell phone friendly hang out. We also asked some artist friends to place audio artworks on their answering machine for the weekend and let us post the numbers on the board for people to call.

Lo-Fi Message Board

The video shows the last few minutes of the fair as T.Whid erases the work.

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Sep 16, 2011

friday post 09-16-11

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

I went to the MOMA’s exhibition deKooing’s late paintings in 97 and plan on seeing his retrospective that opens to the public on Sunday but I will always think of his work with Paul McCarthy’s 1995 performance “Painter” in mind. Here is the full 50 min video of comedy and pain.

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Sep 11, 2011

from the archives - $’##”

posted at 22:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

$’##”

$'##"

On March 3, 2009 Christiane Paul curated a one night program of performative new media works at Light Industry. MTAA presented two works that night - $”##’, and a Live Demonstration of Autotrace #3 (Number 1A; performative)

Although we reviewed the script with Christiane before the event, we requested the work only be described in the program notes as $’##”—MTAA re-stages John Cage’s 4’33” within a framework of a new media lecture.

Tim and I had a long ongoing joke about new media lectures. New media art lectures tend to begin with someone trying to plug something into something, a projector failing, a power point in the wrong format, and some poor soul trying to make the microphones work. We thought it might be good idea for a presentation to just plug a bunch of stuff together frantically, call it art and say goodnight.

This idea on how to circumvent failure evolved into the script for $’##”.

The work begins with a table set up in the middle of an audience. On the table is a laptop connected to a projector and an amplifier. Also connected to the amplifier is a single microphone. Behind the table are two folding lawn chairs. A video camera is pointed at the table. The laptop projects a .jpg of the text $’##”. The projector is pointed at a wall that is not in the front of the audience.

$"##'

M.River and T.Whid of MTAA sit in the folding chairs. Each have a iPhone with a timer set to count down from 4’33”

Without curatorial introduction, the work begins with Tim saying “Hello. We are MTAA and this is $’##”. At this point Tim hits play on audio file we made for the 2001 online work “Twenty-Five Concrete Examples of Why John is Not My Father”

The song used in this work is The Sweet’s 1975 hit Fox on The Run slowed down to exactly 4’33” in length.

$'##"

As audio for Fox on The Run launches, MTAA stands up begins to power off, unplug and move the entire set. In the dark, we wrangle everything though the audience to the front of the space where we rebuild the set and plug everything back in. As the song finishes, we make last hurried adjustments and then sit down. Tim then says the title of the work again and “Thanks”.

Autotrace

Below are two videos of the work. The first is a rehearsal with the lights on. The second is from the event.


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links for 2011-09-11

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Sep 09, 2011

friday post 09-09-11

posted at 12:16 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

WOLFGANG STAEHLE - 2001 at the GOETHE-INSTITUT Wyoming Building on view Saturday, September 10 through Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Content | Form | Im-material—Five Years of CONT3XT.NET
Dan Graham talk at the BMW Guggenheim Lab tonight (free)
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links for 2011-09-09

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Sep 06, 2011

AHAAO Picnic / Performance August 21, 2011 Video

posted at 12:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Every 15 minutes for 2 hours, we played a song. For the duration of that song we attempted to celebrate All the Holiday All at Once. Thanks to all who joined.

Here is a 3 minute video with some youtube clips played during the performance cut with some documentation of the work.

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links for 2011-09-06

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Sep 05, 2011

Labor Day - The MTAA Grill Oath

posted at 14:07 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

For those about to light a grill on this Labor Day, please place your hand on a can of warm beer and repeat after me…

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links for 2011-09-05

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links for 2011-09-04

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Sep 02, 2011

friday post 09-02-11

posted at 12:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

works in progress - a banisters, a greenhouse and a mushroom bed

upstate
upstate
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also, a before and after of the tomato trellis

k and m cabin
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Sep 01, 2011

AHAAO Picnic / Performance August 21, 2011

posted at 12:30 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

photo via Casey McKenna of the Ridgefield Patch

Except from AHAAO intro script….

Here now is The Ceremonial Lighting of the Holiday Grill - For this task, I will need one brave volunteer.

Now, Please place your right hand on this can of warm Bud repeat after me.

I - (state your name) - do solemnly swear - to light this Holiday Grill - I promise - to get this dang party started - I promise - in 10 minutes - when the coals are totally dead - to fan the coals furiously - with this paper plate - I promise to then - look concerned - and then - to pour an ungodley amounts of highly flammable liquids onto the coals - I promise to then - toss a lite match onto said coals - and then - to then run like hell - After the fire ball - I promise - to smugly drink this beer - and act - like it’s all under control - This I promise - So help me to a Beer.

photo via Casey McKenna of the Ridgefield Patch

And now to our main task. To begin I would like to review two performance concepts that will guide us on our path.

The first concept is The Loop. A Loop in computer science is a series of instructions in a program, performed repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied. We will use the concept of the loop to create a form for our performance.

The second concept we will need to bear in mind is The Relativity of Simultaneity. In physics - the simultaneity of two events is dependent on the observer’s frame of reference. According to the special theory of relativity, it is impossible to say, in an absolute sense, whether two events occur at the same time if those events are separated in space.

What’s all that to do with us? The loop will be our structure and the impossibility of simultaneity or, if you will, “All at Once” is our arch nemesis.

So, here is the basic plan. Over the next 2 hours, I would like to, with your input, collaboration and direction, create a small 5 minute loop in which we will attempt celebrate all the Holidays All At Once. This loop is then repeated every 15 minutes over the 2 hour window. The loop script can be modified as we go along but the basic idea is the same. Attempt to celebrate everything all at once.

Ridgefield Patch on the AHAAO Picnic / Performance

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Aug 22, 2011

links for 2011-08-21

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Aug 19, 2011

friday post 08-19-11

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Ready for AHAAP Picnic / Performance at the Aldrich - Sunday, August 21 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm







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Aug 13, 2011

links for 2011-08-12

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Aug 12, 2011

friday post 08-12-11

posted at 12:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ahaao day 2

Next Sunday, AHAAO Performance/Picnic permanent link to this post

Aug 06, 2011

Pairs (x 100)

posted at 19:40 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



Did I ever post this here? Work from 2010

Update - Yes, it looks like I did post this before. Feel free to enjoy it again and again. permanent link to this post

Aug 05, 2011

friday post 08-05-11

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

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MTAA’s Remix of the 666 Frame in Mark Amerika’s Remixthebook permanent link to this post

links for 2011-08-04

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Jul 28, 2011

links for 2011-07-28

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Jul 24, 2011

links for 2011-07-23

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Jul 22, 2011

links for 2011-07-21

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Jul 19, 2011

links for 2011-07-18

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Jul 17, 2011

links for 2011-07-16

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Jul 15, 2011

friday post 07-15-11

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ahaao opening

AHAAO in Art News

Join us at the Aldrich for the the AHAAO picnic / performance on Sun Aug 21 from 2 - 4 pm permanent link to this post

Jul 08, 2011

friday post 07-08-11

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Jul 02, 2011

links for 2011-07-01

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Jul 01, 2011

friday post 7-1-11

posted at 23:35 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

twhid at protools
twhid enjoys some open wifi at cory’s protools opening



although twhid did not believe it at first, this really me doing a back flip last saturday on governor’s island permanent link to this post

Jun 28, 2011

AHAAO Opening

posted at 11:50 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Jun 24, 2011

firday post 06-24-11

posted at 12:01 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

AHAAO cell phone photos
AHAAO cell phone photos
AHAAO cell phone photos
AHAAO cell phone photos

AHAAO E-invite from The Aldrich

AHAAO Web page on the museum site and page with information to the opening

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Jun 18, 2011

links for 2011-06-17

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Jun 17, 2011

friday post 06-17-11

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AHAAO Day 1
ahaao day 2
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Jun 14, 2011

links for 2011-06-13

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Jun 10, 2011

friday post 06-10-11

posted at 11:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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ahaao studio mock-ups

AHAAO E-invite from The Aldrich

AHAAO Web page on the museum site and page with information to the opening

AHAAO on MTAA.net permanent link to this post

Jun 02, 2011

links for 2011-06-01

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Jun 01, 2011

links for 2011-05-31

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May 27, 2011

Wide Wide World

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friday post 05-27-11

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ahaao

Getting ready for All the Holiday All At Once in June and my kitchen is getting full. permanent link to this post

May 26, 2011

Restless Crowd Control

posted at 21:20 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

backtracking a tad. here is MTAA at Lee’s blog Day 7 permanent link to this post

SUMMEr oF HTML

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MTAA at Lee’s blog Day 9 permanent link to this post

May 25, 2011

Black (Soap) Box

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MTAA at Lee’s blog Day 8 permanent link to this post

May 23, 2011

Ego Surfing Hot Heads

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MTAA at Lee’s blog Day 6 permanent link to this post

May 20, 2011

friday post 05-20-11

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

AHAAO

hey. look what i got in the mail yesterday. i’m so ready for the end of the world on saturday. permanent link to this post

Jetty Home Movies

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Hoopers and Dervishes

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May 18, 2011

Spiral Jetty IPA

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MTAA’s Tour of the Backwaters of the Internet: (part II)

Day 2 at Lee’s blog

May 16, 2011

mtaa at lee walton’s blog day 1

posted at 16:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

you enter lee walton’s living room to find two strangers sitting on his couch… permanent link to this post

May 14, 2011

Manual Zoom Mirage

posted at 13:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA will be web residents on Lee Walton’s blog this month (or week or something). I have no idea what M.River plans to do but I’m thinking I might revisit some of our (what I consider) under-appreciated past work.

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The first piece in this little nostalgia trip is 2003’s IN PREPARATION FOR THE SUMMER AIR IN BROOKLYN TO RISE FROM THE CONCRETE IN A MANNER WHICH DISTORTS ONE’S ABILITY TO JUDGE DISTANCE AND MEANING (AKA MANUAL ZOOM MIRAGE).



We did this in the early summer of ‘03 for our friend Dan’s gallery, Rome Arts. The gallery was in a storefront on Havermeyer St. in Brooklyn.

It was a solo show! The catch? The gallery couldn’t really be open all summer so the show had to be viewable from the sidewalk. You’re thinking and we said at the time, “you must be joking.”

Yeah, anyway.

We decided the show would consist of 1 image. The image would be printed on a postcard announcing the show. The postcard WAS the show.



The piece was very formal in a way. It was very interested in where the digital image lies, where does it exist? We put a big print of the image in the gallery, yet everyone had the *exact* same thing on the postcards they received. In the gallery it was just printed bigger. It was also on the web, freely-licensed (Creative Commons licensing was very new at the time).

It’s purpose was to try to get the viewer to question their relationship to a digital, infinitely-reproducible image. To try to get them to notice that that the image exists in a sort of invisible blur across time and space. Except, it doesn’t. You and it are here and now. So in point 8 in the text in the image:

Due to the fact this artwork contains a 1:8 scale model card, the “actual artwork,” the prediction of the hottest temperature ever, and an act of looking through the window into Rome Arts, we need to note that the “really, really actual artwork” is the accumulation of all these objects and moments.


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Once I started thinking about doing this post I decided I’d like to release something new to go along with it. To that end, I’ve created a new black and white SVG version of the ‘hot head’ illustration in Manual Zoom Mirage. Click on the GIF preview below to download the SVG version. hot_head_bw.gif
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crashing on walton’s virtual couch this month

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May 06, 2011

friday post 05-6-11

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Black Set permanent link to this post

May 05, 2011

Super nice Beuys gif

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By John Michael Boling, lot’s more here, check it out… permanent link to this post

Apr 30, 2011

links for 2011-04-29

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Apr 29, 2011

friday post 04-29-11

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Apr 24, 2011

All the Holidays All At Once (AHAAO)

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All At Once MTAA’s All the Holidays All At Once (AHAAO)
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum June 26 to October 2, 2011

The year slips by and winter turns to spring, then summer, then fall. One day you hang a flag on the Fourth of July, the next day you take down the ghosts of Halloween.

In the summer of 2011, in a new installation for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s sculpture garden, the artists MTAA will attempt to collapse time and space with a celebration of “All the Holidays All At Once”!

For the installation we are looking for temporary loans of your favorite holiday-themed lawn ornaments and decorations. Send us your Valentine’s Day heart hanging down in the basement, the inflatable Thanksgiving turkey stored away in the attic, and your giant electric Easter bunny out in the garage. Together they will create a procession of celebration at the museum from June 26 to October2, 2011.

In exchange for your help, MTAA would like to give you a 11x17 signed “Print of Thanks.” The print will certify your decorations are not only Museum-quality but also much loved and appreciated.

For more information - http://holiday.mtaa.net/ permanent link to this post

Apr 23, 2011

MTAA claimin’

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Apr 22, 2011

friday post 04-22-11

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The screen shots of the default Google Maps locations for New York’s 5 boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. permanent link to this post

Apr 19, 2011

links for 2011-04-18

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Apr 15, 2011

friday post 05-15-11

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links for 2011-04-14

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Apr 08, 2011

friday post 04-08-11

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mtaa_freezer_2 2011

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Apr 05, 2011

more SNAD + jimpunk

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Jimpunk sent this Scri.ch SNAD last night. Nice. permanent link to this post

Apr 03, 2011

more SNAD history…

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Don’t forget this one!

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Apr 02, 2011

SNAD card at Bard

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SNAD on the card for Protocol Prone at center for Curatorial Studies Bard College 2000



Remember the Good! permanent link to this post

Apr 01, 2011

M.River gave me a troll for my birthday

posted at 02:33 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Got this email from M.River:

Hey Tim

I know you’ve been wanting one, so I went all out and got you one of those ‘Old School’ or you might even say ‘Retro’ Trolls for you b-day. It’s in the comments section of this AFC post. Happy Birthday.

http://www.artfagcity.com/2011/03/25/introducing-the-graphics-interchange-format-exhibition-website/

Oh, and along with the Retro-Troll gift, you can scroll down and hit ‘Like’ on my M.River comment over and over… then watch your Troll go bananas.

Enjoy.

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Mar 31, 2011

Speaking of SNAD remixes…

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

It’s T.Whid birthday and here is a SNAD output as a cake. This cake was from his Four-Oh which was like eons and eons ago.

SNAD cake

Happy Birthday Tim. permanent link to this post

Mar 30, 2011

links for 2011-03-29

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Mar 25, 2011

Simple Net Art Diagram - Notes on Outputs

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Just as a tangent touches a circle lightly and at but one point, with this touch rather than with the point setting the law according to which it is to continue on its straight path to infinity, a translation touches the original lightly and only at the infinitely small point of the sense, thereupon pursuing its own course according to the laws of fidelity in the freedom of linguistic flux.

— Walter Benjamin (quote used as an introduction to the UEBERSETZUNG IST EINE FORM. | TRANSLATION IS A MODE exhibition)

Using a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic (CC BY 2.5) license and general lazy disregard, MTAA give our 1997 artwork iThe Simple Net Art Diagrami (SNAD) over to academics, artists and the general public for re-purposing. We hand it over carte blanche. Have at it. Go nuts.

The Simple Net Art Diagram (SNAD) 1997

Along with random Internet re-mixes, we occasionally receive requests to display the piece in physical spaces. In 2006, the first request to show the SNAD in an exhibition came our way. Removed from the context of the Internet and translated into physical form, we began to refer to the non-web displays as outputs.

The first request came from Marisa Olsen as part of a Rhizome.org-curated exhibition for the 2006 Scope Art Fair, NY. The request came with the caveat that the exhibition space would not have an Internet connection. For this output, we fabricated a small (20in x 24in) C-Print in a black frame. Although we saw other possibilities and methods for creating a SNAD output, we chose a simple, concise route: print the image; frame the print; hang the print on the wall; call it a day.

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In 2010, Birgit Rinagl & Franz Thalmair of CONT3XT.NET asked if weid like to show the SNAD, as well as the 2007 iCommons Art Diagram,i in a show based around the idea of translation. The show was entitled Übersetzung ist eine Form. | Translation is a mode.” We excitedly agreed, though with a catch. As an experiment for both our working process and in response to the theme of the exhibition, we asked the curators to be solely responsible for the output of both pieces.

Recently we asked Birgit and Franz to share their process in preparing these two outputs for the show and how results worked for them as translations.

In the exhibition “Übersetzung ist eine Form. | Translation is a mode.” the SNAD was presented on a CRT monitor known from the mid-1990s. Thus, the display refers to the date of the origin of the artwork. The monitor, simply placed on the floor, was connected to a computer hidden behind the wall of the exhibition space to be unviewable from the visitors point of view. The SNAD was shown as a fullscreen version of the animated GIF with its characteristic red flashlight blinking in the middle of the diagram. The EPS-files of the artwork were downloaded and enlarged to the size of the computer screen to guarantee a high quality reproduction. The CAD was presented as a printed black-and-white poster with the format of 150 x 150 centimeters. To emphasize the ostensive casual and ephemer character of its display, it was fixed on the wall with four stripes of black Gaffer tape. The CAD was installed nearby the computer based installation to make both diagrams viewable at the same time — but not in line and with a spatial distance.

It was important for us to show both diagrams in order to focus on the historical dimensions of the artworks and to give an insight in how the mode of the Internet has changed over ten years lying between their releases. Our intention to show the SNAD as a computer-based installation was to keep its original characteristics and to transfer the typical format of general Internet-based culture — the animated GIF — to the exhibition space. Although we basically try to avoid presenting Internet-based Art on computer screens to distinguish the modes of viewing in virtual space from those in real space, we decided to show the SNAD — dated with “ca. 1997” — in its ‘original’ context. To reinforce the idea of this very early context of Internet-based Art — we selected one of those yellowish and heavy computer screens, dating from a time when there was no talking about flat screens, mobile devices and portable mini screens.

In contrast, we presented the CAD as a large paper print: this artwork does not have animated traits and it is downloadable as a static file. The display of the CAD was originally thought as a simple poster. During the process of installing the artwork we figured out how it communicates with other artistic diagrams shown in the exhibition. To avoid a form of presentation much to neat and clean for an open source file — which has been shown in so many different contexts and in so many different formats — we decided to stuck it onto the wall with black Gaffer tape, normally used for the temporary fixation of cables and other loose objects. Thus a kind of temporary situation was created — referring to the ephemera functionality which can be found in the popular cultures of the Internet.


UBERSETZUNG IST EINE FORM. | TRANSLATION IS A MODE.

The Winter of 2011 brought about the third output of the SNAD . The exhibition, iGraphics Interchange Format,i centered on artistis use of animated GIFs. Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City asked to show the SNAD as an early example of artists using GIFs as stand-alone artworks. Again, we agreed and left the output method and results in her hands.

We asked Paddy to describe the physical installation, her thought process on around the SNAD output and to compare the installation with viewing the work online.

The installation is at Denison University’s Mulberry Gallery and the exhibition design is fairly clean. There were a number of ways I could have gone with the design in this respect but I decided against a messier look because it didn’t suit the displays for the work. Also, I wanted the exhibition to be accessible even to the complete novice. I got lucky with the wood floors as a cement floor would not have created nearly so inviting a space.

The decision to mount SNAD on the wall was a collaborative one that came out of discussions with Christian Faur, the director of Mulberry Gallery. I knew I wanted the display to reflect the spirit of SNAD, which is to say I wanted to contribute to an ongoing conversation the GIF has inspired. For this reason we did not display the GIF on a monitor but recreated it using vinyl lettering that stretched across two walls. We recreated the flashing lightening bolt in-between the computers as a means of indicating that we too located art as a communication point but that it wasn’t a principle guided by a single technology. This is a guiding principle in the design of the show. While Graphics Interchange Format highlights GIF making in the art making community, the exhibition itself does not limit itself to displaying work in that medium. So long as the original file inspiring the work is a GIF, the work is fair game.

Viewing SNAD in person is very different. Online a viewer is looking at a representation of what they are doing and using. Offline the image tells them what they have or will do. In each case though the work tells us where to locate art. Today, that message couldn’t be more relevant.


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Mar 20, 2011

links for 2011-03-19

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Mar 18, 2011

In Memoriam: Meredith Allen (1964 - 2011)

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Sad news. Winkleman on Meredith Allen (1964 - 2011)
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friday post 03-18-11

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mtaa_glass_3, 2011

blog post from This Japanese Life - “Watching the Western media in Japan can feel like watching a caveman explain the future.”

READ/WRITE Curated by JstChillin at 319 Scholes March 17 – March 30, 2011

Bad At Sports on the DDDDoomed essay

Petra’s price guide permanent link to this post

links for 2011-03-17

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Mar 16, 2011

Want v3 (web version) 2009-2011

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Want v3 (web version) 2009-2011
http://mtaa.net/art/want.v3/ (NSFW audio)

In a 2009 performance filmed in a Maryland sound studio, M.River and T. Whid of MTAA read queries streamed live from the Internet. The searches, ranging from pornographic to banal to the strangely undefined, voice the wants of an unseen population.

The performance returns to the web via a two-channel software-controlled video. Hundreds of requests, replayed in an endless randomized feed, exist as a snapshot of desire, want and need on the Internet in the late aughts. permanent link to this post

Mar 15, 2011

links for 2011-03-14

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short bio

Michael Sarff (M. River), born 1967, Iowa City, Iowa
Tim Whidden (T.Whid), born 1969, Elyria, Ohio

Both members of MTAA live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden formed the artist collaboration MTAA in 1996. The home for MTAA’s various on- and off-line activities is http://mtaa.net.

MTAA has presented work at The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Whitney Museum, Postmasters Gallery and Artists Space, all in New York City; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; 2010 01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Beall Center for Art and Technology, UC Irvine, CA; The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA; and SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA.

International exhibitions include Translation is a mode, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria; Made In Internet, ARTBOOM Festival, Krakow, Poland; The Art Happens Here (part of iCommons Summit ‘07), Dubrovnik, Croatia; Link-a, Madrid, Spain; Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia; Netizens II, Rome, Italy; and The 2nd International Video Art Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel.

The collaboration has earned commissions, grants and awards from Creative Capital, 01SJ Biennial, EMPAC, SFMOMA, Rhizome.org, Eyebeam and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.

Mar 11, 2011

friday post 03-11-11

posted at 14:09 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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mtaa_glass_1, 2011

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Mar 08, 2011

Weird mix run

posted at 13:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The app controlling the playlist on my iPhone died today while I was on my morning run. The iPod app took over and started playing from the last song, not from my running playlist, but from the entire library. The result was the strange playlist below.

Starting with Angel of Death, where the app died, here’s the list:

Angel of Death - Slayer (one of the best rock songs ever recorded)

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes - Elvis Costello

Angie - The Rolling Stones

Annointing of Seer - High On Fire

Another Love Song - Queens Of The Stone Age

Any Day Now What the World Needs Now - Burt Bacharach

Apache - Sugarhill Gang

Apple Blossom - The White Stripes

Aquarian - Sleep

Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Experience (one of the best rock songs ever recorded) permanent link to this post

Mar 04, 2011

friday post 03-06-11

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mtaa_room_8, 2011

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mtaa_barn_9, 2011

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links for 2011-03-03

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Feb 26, 2011

links for 2011-02-25

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Feb 25, 2011

friday post 02-25-11

posted at 14:34 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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and some misc.links…
http://www.leewalton.com/
http://paintfx.biz/
http://johntransue.net/

also…
The Second Time as Farce by Martha Rosler on IDIOM

and for you Cory and Sabbath fans…
Arcangel Studio Last FM permanent link to this post

Feb 24, 2011

links for 2011-02-23

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Feb 22, 2011

vendors

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a set of photoshopped installations of coke vending machines in empty gallery spaces permanent link to this post

links for 2011-02-21

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Feb 18, 2011

friday post 02-18-11

posted at 13:37 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA is the exhibition Graphics Interchange Format in Ohio at Denison University’s Mulberry Gallery curated by Paddy Johnson. Feb 18 to March 25. More info here and here

Update. Here is a link to a short video Paddy shot of how she installed the Simple Net Art Diagram permanent link to this post

Feb 15, 2011

happy phil collins day …or whatvever.

posted at 15:30 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Phil Collins Day Parade Tonight in Greenpoint Brooklyn permanent link to this post

Feb 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day… or whatever

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Feb 11, 2011

friday post 02-11-11

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scanned drawing (sharpie on bar napkin), date unknown, collection of Alexander R. Galloway (RSG)

05.03-30.2001: net.ephemera at the Moving Image Gallery

net.emphemera installation cu | Mark Tribe

Mandiberg’s personal copy of the Net.Ephemera Catalogue, from the show which Shop Mandiberg was included in at the Moving Image Gallery and then placed for sale on Shop Maniberg ($40)
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Feb 08, 2011

links for 2011-02-07

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Feb 04, 2011

friday post 02-04-11

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mriver.tumblr.com
ltdform.tumblr.com
crashpop.tumblr.com
sympathyfortheartgallery.com
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Feb 02, 2011

links for 2011-02-01

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Jan 30, 2011

screenshot of a google ad fail

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Jan 28, 2011

friday post 01-28-11

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more at the mtaa_logos flickr set permanent link to this post

Jan 22, 2011

links for 2011-01-21

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Jan 21, 2011

friday post 01-21-11

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From Clubs to Affinity: The Decentralization of Art on the Internet

POST INTERNET SURVIVAL GUIDE

Ed Halter’s essay for “Free”

HIGHWAYS CONNECT AND DIVIDE includes works by: Cory Arcangel, Bureau of Inverse Technology, I/O/D, Nam June Paik, JODI, Sterling Ruby, and Kerry Tribe.”

Update:

Uneven Google, Chris Collins 2010
Internet Rotisserie 2010, as the internet turns. , Constant Dullaart 2010 permanent link to this post

Jan 19, 2011

links for 2011-01-18

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Jan 17, 2011

UNTIL THE LAST GUN IS SILENT: CORETTA SCOTT KING 1968/2006

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from Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project Port Huron Project



5-minute high-definition video based on an 18-minute speech.

Description: Public reenactment of a speech given by Coretta Scott King at a peace march in Central Park on April 27, 1968, three weeks after her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. In this speech, which was based on notes found in the late Dr. King’s pockets, King addresses the war in Vietnam, domestic poverty, and the power of women to effect social change. Gina Brown, a New York-based actor and former welfare mother, delivered the speech on location in Central Park on September 16, 2006. permanent link to this post

Jan 14, 2011

friday post 01-14-11

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How 2 Soup Mobius Loop
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Jan 12, 2011

links for 2011-01-11

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Jan 07, 2011

friday post 01-07-11

posted at 13:38 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

heads (mock up)

In 2011, the MTAA-RR “Random Friday Posts” will be called “Friday Posts”

Character Development: Brody Condon’s Level 5 and the Avant-LARP of Becoming Self
archive of baldessariyourlife.com
From Clubs to Affinity: The Decentralization of Art on the Internet

update - the image is the first study for MTAA as Brancusi’s Muse permanent link to this post

Jan 04, 2011

some stray thoughts

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about twitter, net art and #rank permanent link to this post

links for 2011-01-03

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