Jul 16, 2014
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We’re still not sure if MTAA is or is not in the exhibition net.art Painters and Poets in Ljubljana, Slovenia curated by Vuk Ćosić & Alenka Gregorič but we do know that Vuk sent us a picture of one of the best SNAD “Physical Outputs” ever. Show runs to August 31, 2014 permanent link to this post
Jul 15, 2014
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Solvent transfer drawing for South First’s Group Material Unrealized Proposals show. List of 10 things I know about Austria and image from my hotel room in Leondig from 2007
GROUP MATERIAL: REACTIVATING THREE “UNREALIZED” PROPOSALS
10 vague things I learned on my only trip to Austria in the Fall of 2005 and then remembered nine years later on the occasion of SOUTHFIRST Gallery’s re-activation of the unrealized curatorial proposal North/South of Bounds, reinterpreted as American/Austrian Boundaries, from the artist-run collective Group Material (1979-1996)
1. Cotton candy is called candyfloss.
2. Grown men, in general, do not wear shorts in Austria unless you count Lederhosen.
3. I was told and I agreed that Americans do not know how to say goodbye.
4. Everyone used the slang “Zuper” to describe something good as in “This beer is Zuper!”.
5. Celebrating your 38th birthday alone in a street cafe in Vienna can be perfect.
6. Vienna is the English name for Wien.
7. As the shouting match in the train station confirmed, Germans and Austrians do not necessarily get along.
8. When in doubt, talk about music.
9. Most people I knew in New York had not been to Austria, most people I met in Austria had been to New York.
10. If new drinking buddy promises at 2am to pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport at 7am sharp, you might want a backup plan.
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Jan 26, 2014
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As part of the Real Estate exhibition at the Ventana 244 Art Space at 244 North 6th Street in Williamsburg , Brooklyn in the city of New York, MTAA has sub-subleased an exhibition space in Raphaele Shirley’s art installation tilted “The Only Property I Will Ever Own” which in turn was subleased from the artist Tamas Veszi, who is leasing the space from Peter Soriano and Philippe Richard who are somehow leasing the space from the Gallery owners from January 24—February 28, 2014 or something like. The lines are somewhat unclear at this point.
Anyways, Raphaele Shirley’s art installation tilted “The Only Property I Will Ever Own” consist of a vintage dollhouse sized barn mounted on top of Tamas Veszi installation. In the barn, Shirley has install a light installation. MTAA, as a sub tenet of Shirley, has installed two almost identical photographs in the barn. The photographs may be viewed via small black and white monitor that is connected to a surveillance camera mounted in the barn.
So, MTAA in agreement with Raphaele Shriley, would like to place for sale on craigslist a work titled MTAA’s Sub-Sublease of Shirley’s The Only Property I Will Ever Own which is comprised of the barn, the light installation, the two photographs, the monitor, the camera and assorted cables for $5,500 OBO.
MTAA is willing to deliver and install the artwork to any location in the city of New York. Delivery costs to location outside of New York City can be negotiated.
Craigslist post for the work permanent link to this post
Dec 30, 2013
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No to spectacle.
No to virtuosity.
No to transformations and magic and make-believe.
Agree with transformation and magic but make-believe is all we have.
No to the glamour and transcendency of the star image.
No to the heroic.
No to the anti-heroic.
We try but that is what we always end up with. Is that fine?
No to trash imagery.
What? No. Maybe.
No to involvement of performer or spectator.
Yes to the no involvement part but only for the performer.
No to style.
No to style always ends up as a style. How about change style often?
No to camp.
No to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer.
Could not seduce the audience with our wiles if we tried, so that works for us.
No to eccentricity.
First misread that as electricity and strongly disagreed.
No to moving or being moved.
Sure. We do not like to be touched while performing as well. Creepy.
Yvonne Rainer - No Manifesto, 1965
MTAA’s Maybe Manifesto in relation to Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto, 2013
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Dec 17, 2013
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The second sample of a 1 hour work performed on Dec 7, 2013 at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn as part of MTAA’s Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice. For the work an audio recording was made during the IOI exhibition opening. A set of four tapes where then made from the recordings. At 4pm on December 7, Aviram Cohen used a 4 track to play and manipulate the tape over 1 hour. While Aviram was in the gallery, MTAA was outside attempting to make Jiffy-pop popcorn on the street. The work outside was captured and projected in the galley by a surveillance camera. The sound heard on this sample comes from Aviram’s performance as well as people in the gallery commenting on the work outside. permanent link to this post
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A 2 min sample of a 1 hour work performed on Dec 7, 2013 at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn as part of MTAA’s Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice. For the work an audio recording was made during the IOI exhibition opening. A set of four tapes where then made from the recordings. At 4pm on December 7, Aviram Cohen used a 4 track to play and manipulate the tape over 1 hour. While Aviram was in the gallery, MTAA was outside attempting to make Jiffy-pop popcorn on the street. The work outside was captured and projected in the galley by a surveillance camera. The sound heard on this sample comes from Aviram’s performance as well as people in the gallery commenting on the work outside. permanent link to this post
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On Saturday Nov 24, 2013 at 4pm, MTAA performed Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions) at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn as part of the exhibition Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice.
This is the fourth time the work has been preformed publicly since 2009. The work has also been presented at OTO in Brooklyn, the Beal center in Irvine, California and at the Aurora Picture show in Houston, Texas permanent link to this post
Dec 10, 2013
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Saturday Dec 14 at 4pm -5pm
Auxiliary Projects - 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, space 25, at the corner of Jefferson Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn
MTAA and Elaine Tin Nyo will make and serve you a very very cold Vesper Martini.
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Dec 03, 2013
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Saturday, Dec 7, 4pm- Music for lOl (Live)- with Aviram Cohen - MTAA and Cohen perform a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening at Auxiliary Projects.
For the second of four IOI performance at Auxiliary Projects, MTAA and Cohen will create a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening. For the past 14 years Aviram Cohen has experimented with different genres in music. Raw punk, Disjointed jazz, Shadowy synthesizers have all been implemented to convey a DIY approach and application. For this performance Aviram will continue with his more recent exploration with cassettes and tape music. Uncovering the dormant rhythmic qualities that occur in our verbal communications with each other. While Aviram manipulates sound, MTAA will be making popcorn and severing you drinks.
Auxiliary Projects is located at 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, space 25, at the corner of Jefferson Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn permanent link to this post
Nov 25, 2013
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Nov 10, 2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MTAA: Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice
** MTAA: Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auxiliary Projects reopens on November 15, 2013, with an exhibition of objects and collaborative performances by MTAA. There will be an opening reception on November 15th, from 7-10pm, and the exhibition will continue through January 5, 2014. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6pm, and by appointment.
MTAA, known for new media conceptualism for over 15 years, presents an intervention into and radical redecoration of Auxiliary Projects. MTAA overlays a fictional identity onto the space, aesthetically and metaphorically reimagining the gallery as a camouflaged quasi-military outpost in an isolated environment. Echoing a cold war aesthetic even as the repercussions of Edward Snowdon cascade, MTAA imagines the elements of isolation, observation, and ice as the defining elements of this bleak, inhospitable place, inhabited by the few and visited by the brave.
Isolation: What materials of culture would we need to survive alone? MTAA provides the answer of a few carefully chosen books, movies, and CDs, precisely stacked in duplicate on shelves as though not to be touched. Among them: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide, a deck of cards, the movie Rear Window.
Observation: Camouflaged, those inside the gallery persist as if in a hunting blind, quietly poised for visitors to make their innocent approach, filmed, seen. At MTAA’s instruction, collaborators will record the smallest activities in the environment, surveilling the bleak view from the gallery’s barred windows, noting changes in the weather or the activity of pedestrians. The work of the record-keepers will be presented as a collaborative drawing; relics of performances will be presented in camouflaged boxes.
Ice: Winter is just beginning but the darkness comes early to Bushwick, the wind growing fierce between the low industrial buildings, under an often grey sky. Ice appears in drinks to a warmer welcome. We will consult the Bartender’s Guide. MTAA will foster conviviality within and from a stark environment.
Saturday, Nov 23, 4pm- Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions)
A live reading from Kubrick’s 1968 film â€ś2001:A Space Odysseyť
Saturday, Dec 7, 4pm- Music for lOl (Live)- with Aviram Cohen
MTAA and Cohen perform a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening
Saturday, Dec 14, 4pm- A Very Very Cold Martini
MTAA and Elaine Tin Nyo will make and serve you a very very cold Vesper Martini
Saturday, January 4, 4pm- Group Assembled Klondike Solitaire
MTAA will play a hand of Klondike solitaire as a group performance
Collaborators for the exhibition include Charles Orr, Colleen Rae Smiley, Raphaele Shirley.
Watch out! Auxiliary Projects will be participating in UNTITLED, Miami Beach, December 4-8
2 St. Nicholas Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11237 Auxiiary Projects is a project space run by Jennifer Dalton and Jennifer McCoy.
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Aug 31, 2012
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Once a month from 2007 to 2009, MTAA invited artist to present work in our North 6th street studio. Over the years, we presented 24 one night exhibitions and 1 online artwork under the name Over The Opening (OTO).
In this time, we showed a few bands, a few video installations, a tamale instructional, a LAN party, some durational performances, a wall to wall ballon filled environment, a sound work with a low frequency brown note, and a virtual make out. We gave away paintings, held spoken word karaoke, and held an iPod drum circle in a public park. All of these wonderful artworks and more found temporary homes under the name OTO . The one thing we never did, and I always regretted not doing, was present a formal exhibition of art. That is, until now.
Please join as Over The Opening temporally resurfaces for one night on September 7, from 7pm to 10pm, with #otoshow26. The exhibition presents the works of Michael Buckland, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Steve Ott, Shannon Sberna, and Michael Sarff.
More images from the event are at #otoshow26 flicker set permanent link to this post
Aug 11, 2012
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As it has been a quiet summer here at the MTAA-RR, it might be good to share with you some Tumblr sites I have been working on recently.
tinjail.tumblr is a site for artworks that I see, like and photograph including a poster from M/M (Paris) for Ann Lee: No Ghost Just a Shell I saw this weekend on Governor’s Island.
mriver.tumblr documents some of the things I’m working on in the studio. For the last week, this involves a set of 4 small paintings of magic hats (witch and top). You can see some studies for the hats on the site right now and I’ll post images of the paintings as they are worked on.
flintmix10.tumblr is a one year project that involves building 10 artworks remotely in Flint Mi. A new post for the project will be coming up this Friday.
Jun 03, 2012
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a Live 15 Minute Dramatic Reading of The Forbes 400, The Richest People in American, with Brian Eno’s Music for Airports as the audio background. The work will take place at 2:45 PM, Saturday June 9, 2012 at Momenta Art in Bushwick Brooklyn, as a part of FIPCA’s Telethon for the 1%
#the400 #tele1 #mtaa
You can view #the400 at the #fipca ustream archive
(part 3) starting at 2:04 and going to 2:30 or just click on the vid below.
Video streaming by Ustream permanent link to this post
May 19, 2012
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May 12, 2012
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sreen shot of MTAA’s Infinite Smile, 2005
“Infinite Smile” will be in the exhibition Wywyższeni. Od faraona do Lady Gagi (The Exalted. From the Pharaoh to Lady Gaga) in the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland from May 16th to October 23rd, 2012
For Infinite Smile, MTAA filmed a Warhol like 15 minute screen test. The pose is a 3/4 head shot to the right and looking slightly up into a light with a smile. The heads are framed against a brown felt background. The image invokes the proud workers and bright futures of social realism. The 15 minute shot is play 4x faster in a palindrome loop. The speed distills the 15 minute smile to twitches, strain and humor. The loop allows the smile to reach forward forever.
The online version of Infinite Smile may be seen at mteww.com/infinite_smile/ permanent link to this post
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