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Jun 24, 2017

#unmade - report 4 (31-40)

posted at 11:05 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

#unmade - report 4 (31-40)

February 1, 2017 marked the beginning of a year long painting / internet art project titled #umade.

For #unmade, I am posting, via Twitter, 100 titles for 100 unrealised paintings over the course of 2017. A painting (most likely as an acrylic and ink on canvas) is available for each title. Each #unmade painting is priced at $100. To commission a painting, a person may contact me (DM via Twitter) the day the title is posted. If no one commissions the title on the the day of the post (midnight EST) , the painting will remain unmade.

The fourth set of 10 tiles (#31-40) have generated 0 commissioned paintings with 4 likes and 0 retweets. During the fourth set, the mriver twitter account gained 3 new followers for a total of 294. Of the 4 new likes for titles #31-40, 100% are from MTAA member emeritus @twhid.

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The fourth set of #unmade titles came from anagrams for classic paintings. I considered having the title contain both the original painting title as well as the anagram but thought it more interesting to let the anagram stand alone. For the few true hardcore #unmade fans, who at this point may only be @twhid if anyone at all, here are the answers to the last 10 titles.

31. Mona Lisa / A Snail Om
32. Whistler’s Mother / Whether Slims Rot
33. The Starry Night / Thy Shit Granter
34. Olympia / Pay Limo
35. Guernica / Ruin Cage
36. American Gothic / Chaotic Reaming
37. Luncheon on the Grass / A Honor Shuns Neglect
38. The Night Watch / Tight Hat Wench
39. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte / Fantasy Undone Or Data Leg Ran A Donation Shelf
40. The Scream / Cash Meter

…and next up, #unmade adds color with a Monochrome set. permanent link to this post

May 20, 2017

DOT.ART or I guess we are in a show in the UK

posted at 11:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

DOT.ART

6 MAY – 27 MAY 2017, THURSDAY-SATURDAY 12-5

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Heath Bunting, MTAA, Rafaël Rozendaal, Critical Art Ensemble, Lorna Mills and Ryder Ripps.

Dot.Art is is an exhibition and events programme presenting artworks from the first wave of Net.Art alongside more recent projects produced since the rise of web 2.0, social networks and easily accessible search engines. Taking place in Vivid Projects’ physical space as well as occupying hyperlinks on its website, the Dot.Art season explores the internet as a medium and site for art from the 1990s through to the present day and includes an events series incorporating a weekly reading group, talks, performances and workshops. permanent link to this post

#unmade - report 3 (21-30)

posted at 01:29 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

#unmade - report 3 (21-30)

February 1, 2017 marked the beginning of a year long painting / internet art project titled #umade.

For #unmade, I am posting, via Twitter, 100 titles for 100 unrealised paintings over the course of 2017. A painting (most likely as an acrylic and ink on canvas) is available for each title. Each #unmade painting is priced at $100. To commission a painting, a person may contact me (DM via Twitter) the day the title is posted. If no one commissions the title on the the day of the post (midnight EST) , the painting will remain unmade.

The third set of 10 tiles (#21-30) have generated 0 commissioned paintings with 7 likes and 0 retweets. During the third set, the mriver twitter account remained at 290 followers. Of the 7 new likes for titles #21-30, 100% are from MTAA member emeritus @twhid. Thanks @twhid

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I’ve been to art fairs, galleries and museums since #unmade began. In the physical world and world online, I see paintings. Remember the little boy who whispers “I see dead people.”? I feel like this now. I feel it but not in the worn “painting-is-dead” way. It’s more of a feeling of seeing something pass before me and I’m not sure it is real. I’m not sure if others see what I am seeing. I’m not sure if I am afraid. Can these visitations harm me? Should I voice my concerns to adults?

With #unmade, I see each painting as I write each title. Each painting fades as they become unmade. I look back at the titles. I try to remember how I was going to produce each one. They tell us history is the objects we keep. As the images fade and only the the titles marking the spent opportunity remains, I wonder what becomes of all of this.

Speaking of the undead, the next 10 titles (31-40) are appropriated from classic paintings. They are from paintings that seem to appear just by their names. For unmade tiles, I have renamed them with anagrams. Yes, the names of the next ten possible unmade paintings are anagrams of famous made paintings. Yes, I know this cringe worthy and nerdy. I know. I know. You see dead people. I see paintings. First with anagram answers in the comments win bragging rights. permanent link to this post

Apr 11, 2017

#unmade - report 2 (11-20)

posted at 01:17 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

February 1, 2017 marked the beginning of a year long painting / internet art project titled #unmade.

For #unmade, I am posting, via Twitter, titles for 100 unrealised paintings over the course of 2017. A painting (most likely as an acrylic and ink on canvas) is available for each title. Each #unmade painting is priced at $100. To commission a painting, a person may contact me (DM via Twitter) the day the title is posted. If no one commissions the title on the the day of the post, the painting will remain unmade.

The second set of 10 tiles (#11-20) have generated 0 commissioned paintings with 9 likes and 0 retweets. During the second set, (03-15-2017 to 04-09-2017), the mriver twitter account gained 2 new followers and lost 1. This brings the account total to 290 followers. Of the 9 new likes for titles #11-20, 88.9% are from MTAA member emeritus @twhid.

To help compare the two title sets, twitter tells me title #5. I Can See No Greater Beauty, In All the American Landscape, Than Winter Fields and Streets Full Shoulder 2 Shoulder in Resistance #unmade received 192 impressions and 2 engagements and title #15. If The Trees #unmade, received 94 impressions and 1 engagement.

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After the first set of Unmade posts, I decided to write a brief report every 10 tiles. Each report looks at the Unmade data (or lack thereof) as well as documents some of the project’s ideas and processes (or lack thereof). Now that we are done with the data section, let’s turn our thoughts to names.

Although I think of Unmade as a performance with painting, it is also of project of naming. It is naming without the object to be named. Unmade is built with the understanding a painting may or may not appear. “TBD” as I like to say about most things these days.

Let’s talk about names. William tells us a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Gertrude adds Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. In general, I have to go with Gertrude on this one. Although, with the nature of Unmade, a name might be best expressed as “Rose?”. This name might be best vocalized as Stanley calling Stella.

Along with titles for possible paintings, the overall project needed a name as well. Unmade, or #unmade in Twitter lingo, was the choice. As the common usage for unmade refers to the state of a bed, it seemed right for the project. I felt the image of crumpled sheets and dented pillows worked well with my thoughts on painting, labor, language and the internet.

For the first set of 10 post in the project, I wrote long and unwieldy names. The second set was short three word titles. For the next set of ten names over the upcoming 5 weeks, I will use the proven Warhol method of appropriated news headlines. The first title (#21) will be from New York. The rest will be from newspapers across the globe with online translation help via Google. With the ugly state of the world these days, I fear the next set of painting titles might trigger a significant drop in likes and followers. Then again, I might get lucky and hit impeachment week. TBD. permanent link to this post

Mar 08, 2017

#unmade - report 1 (1-10)

posted at 00:41 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

#unmade - report 1 (1-10)

February 1, 2017 marked the beginning of a year long painting / internet art project titled #umade.

For #unmade, I am posting, via twitter, titles for 100 unrealised paintings over the course of 2017. A painting (most likely as acrylic and ink on canvas) is available for each title. To commission a painting, a person will need to contact me (DM) the day the title is posted. Each #unmade painting is priced at $100.

The first 10 tiles have generated 0 commissioned paintings with 11 likes, 1 retweets and 2 new twitter followers. This brings the account to a total of 289 followers. Of the 11 likes, 64% are from MTAA member emeritus @twhid.

My practical art side suggests I should just stop speaking about the workings of #unmade at this point. I should post the titles, report the results and leave the work alone for people to consider. It tells me statements around #unmade may muddle things up.

As I believe only three people in the world are looking at what I make these days, I might as well enjoy the advantage of isolation. I might as well make myself, and you, at home. So, to help us get comfortable with #unmade, I would like to tell you a story.

I closed my North 6th Street Williamsburg studio of 11 years in October 2015. Tim, my partner in MTAA, had already tossed in the towel on the artworld in 2011. A few years later, the financial burden of keeping a solo studio space was taking a toll. I was happy to show some work (link) in my post-MTAA era but lately no museum, gallery or collector was knocking at the door. I seemed to be making work only to make work. With my first child on her way in 2016, I packed up the studio and moved the small mountain of archived MTAA works to a 10x12 storage space in Long Island City. I was now both free of the space and completely restless without it.

Without a physical space in 2016, I decided to quietly return to making online art (link) (link). I was happy with building online work again and wanted to start something new. In early January 2017 I was scratching my head on what to do next when @wagnerblog randomly posted an old painting of mine on Twitter (link) . With this post, an idea and an agreement with myself appeared. Returning to early MTAA working method (link) (link) , I decided I would make a painting only if someone wanted it. If no one really wanted it, then I would at least have a year long text based net artwork to show for the effort.

So here we are, 10 titles into 100. To be honest, I am still thinking of how to work with some details for the project overall. As the delivery method is twitter, I’ve been thinking about character count, hashtags and how immediate the text should be to the moment in time. For process, I do think I will try to bundle the titles into sections of ten. I also think I will keep up with a reporting on the overall project after every 10 posts. For the first 10 titles, I just went with long and unwieldy. I think I will go short for the next 10.

More soon. permanent link to this post

Feb 02, 2017

#unmade 2017

posted at 01:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

@mriver
#unmade
2017

Over the next year, titles for 100 unmade paintings will be posted on twitter from the account @mriver. Each title will be followed by the hashtag #unmade. Only one title will be sent out per day.

An original painting is available for $100 (payable via paypal) for each of the 100 #unmade titles. If a person would like to commission and acquire an #unmade painting, they may Direct Message @mriver before midnight EST on the day of the post. If no contact is made before the end of the day, the painting will not be produced and the title will no longer be available. If more than one person contacts the account, the work will be sent to the first person who DMed. All works will be shipped by mail.

The title, collector and an image of each painting produced, as well as a list of the #unmade titles, will be posted on the #unmade Google Doc. permanent link to this post

Dec 08, 2016

YDKWYTA, 2010

posted at 01:48 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Nov 26, 2016

MTAA - Music 4 Music 4 Airports, 2015

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

MTAA - Music 4 Music 4 Airports, 2015

One day in the mid-1970s, Brian Eno was waylaid in the Cologne Bonn Airport. Annoyed by the airports soundscape, Eno develops a plan to build a sound installation for the space. Eno works out the framework for the installation in his groundbreaking 1978 album - Ambient 1 - Music for Airports. Eno built the album, consisting of only 4 tracks, by manipulating phasing tape loops. The resulting work moves between music, soundscape, and audio wallpaper.

Some time has passed since the 70s. Tape loops have been replaced by computer algorithms. Our airports now function under the watchful eyes of the TSA. Although travel has changed, being stuck in an airport today might be the same drag as it was in the 70s, but with slightly better coffee. As technology skips happily along and our air travel becoming both trauma inducing and mind numbly dull, 2015 felt like a good moment to revisit Eno’s score.

In the work, I live captures four session of online surfing to combine Eno’s tracks (via youTube) with explorations of two European airports - Paris Orly, Cologne Bonn and two American airports - LGA, JFK. Each of the track/ airports is surfed on the internet using a different default web search method. Track 1 / 1 explores Paris Orly by Google street view, 1 / 2 looks at Cologne Bonn’s via the airports live webcam, Tack 2 /1 works with image searches of LGA and Track 2 / 2 sees JKF within You Tube.

The work joins with and pushes against the passive sounds of a bygone ideal for world travel. It plays with and against the sounds not only in the subject of what airports have become decades later but with the medium of the web in which the site and sounds are performed. permanent link to this post

Sep 22, 2016

Frankenstein Admire a Flower

posted at 12:41 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

2 New MTAA works in a weekend group show of recycled pedestals opens Friday as part of Bushwick Open Stuidos

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Further and Further Away from the Flock Slowly Spinning Slightly Hovering, 2016

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Stay Frosty Stay (The New Sprit of Capitalism), 2016 permanent link to this post

Sep 18, 2016

MTAA made some mail art

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

The Queens CorrespondAnce School [did not die]

Academic in LIC
September 2- 24, 2016
curated by Emily Peterson Dunne

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At the opening a friend who I had not seen in some years noted that MTAA does not make art anymore. This is almost true. MTAA does not make art anymore except when it does. permanent link to this post

Sep 03, 2016

Update on onKawaraUpdate

posted at 13:31 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

In which onKawaraUpdate is the subject of scholarly analysis permanent link to this post

May 05, 2016

Untitled Dummy Image, 2016

posted at 02:09 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Untitled Dummy Image, 2016
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Untitled Dummy Image’s pubic Google Doc page permanent link to this post

Apr 23, 2016

MTAA’s Unmade Cassette Tapes, 2016

posted at 13:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Apr 12, 2016

untitled ( the days of this society is numbered/ December 7, 2012), 2016

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

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untitled ( the days of this society is numbered/ December 7, 2012), 2016

7 web generated images from signgenerator.org in the catagory of PEOPLE PROTESTING/RALLY SIGN GENERATORS on public google doc page with text based on Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled ( the days of this society is numbered/ December 7, 2012) permanent link to this post

Mar 21, 2016

my_tombstone

posted at 12:14 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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MTAA - my_tombstone, 2016
jpeg built via www.tombstonebuilder.com/ permanent link to this post

Mar 20, 2016

MTAA - Some Recent Net Art x10 (a very very solo show on the internet)

posted at 14:15 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA - Some Recent Net Art x10 (a very very solo show on the internet)

The result to distinct adopts ambiguous net arts as a legibility of intertextual text syntheses. It is at this point that the result to adopt re-defines the anonymous net art. The text is cross-sectioned through a text ‘s text. The sceptical, intertextual text legitimises and adopts the provocative text. The source of intertextual accomplishments adopts and forces the anonymous, ambivalent net arts. The result is an imperceptible simulation of intertextual synergies that adopts beyond the ambivalent spectrum of databases. These anthropological genres cross-fade texts and net arts to adopt a database in an ambivalent, anonymous agglomeration. Texts adopt the simulation of facsimiles, while the ambiguous, intertextual database inverts and deploys the agglomeration. The text synthesis adopts the ambiguous and unique net art. Ambiguous and anonymous databases verify the absence of ambivalent manipulations, while the intertextual, post-structuralistic text releases and synthesises the result to oscillate.

Introduction text generated via www.art-words.net (Eva Beierheimer and Miriam Laussegger)

Some Recent Net Art x10 (a very very solo show on the internet), 2016
text with hyperlinks on public Google doc page

gifmaker in makeagif, 2016
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Hi - my name is Joel, and I work at Artsy, 2016
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Untitled Morse Code With Fonts x10, 2016
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DP721W, 2016
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50 Painters + Image Searches in No Particular Order, 2016
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Defaults, 2015
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Music 4 Music 4 Airports, 2015
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MoMA Dust Windows, 2014
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MTAA’s Notes on Being Net Artist in relation to Olia LiaLina’s Notes on Being Net Artist, 2014
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Mark River (°1967, Iowa City , United States) makes conceptual artworks and media art. With a subtle minimalistic approach, River tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.

His conceptual artworks question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. With a conceptual approach, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used.

His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, he makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for manoeuvring with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of conceptual art: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. Mark River currently lives and works in Brooklyn .

Artist statement generated via 500 Letters (Jasper Rigole) permanent link to this post

Mar 10, 2016

gifmaker in makeagif, 2016

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

gifmaker in makeagif, 2016 online animated gif
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Mar 09, 2016

Hi - my name is Joel, and I work at Arts

posted at 12:09 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Hi - my name is Joel, and I work at Arts, 2016
text with hyperlinks on public Google doc page permanent link to this post

Mar 08, 2016

Untitled Morse Code With Fonts x10

posted at 12:38 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Untitled Morse Code With Fonts x10, 2016
text on public Google doc page permanent link to this post

Mar 07, 2016

DP721W, 2016

posted at 12:46 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

DP721W , 2016
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Mar 06, 2016

50 Painters + Image Searches in No Particular Order, 2016

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

50 Painters + Image Searches in No Particular Order , 2016
text with hyperlinks on public Google doc page permanent link to this post

Mar 04, 2016

Music 4 Music 4 Airports

posted at 12:42 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Music 4 Music 4 Airports , 2015
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Mar 03, 2016

MoMA Dust Windows, 2014

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

MoMA Dust Windows, 2014
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Mar 02, 2016

on Being Net Artist in relation to Olia LiaLina’s Notes on Being Net Artist

posted at 12:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Notes on Being Net Artist in relation to Olia LiaLina’s Notes on Being Net Artist, 2014 - 2016
text with hyperlinks on public Google doc page permanent link to this post

Jan 04, 2016

AFC best of 2015 - a brief history of the simple net art diagram

posted at 00:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

AFC picks MTAA’s a brief history of the simple net art diagram in the The Best of Art F City, 2015 permanent link to this post

Dec 09, 2015

some OTO press 2015

posted at 13:31 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

A thoughtful review of the OTO curated Approaching -273.15° C at academic on Hyperallergic - The Cool Conceptualism of Artworks at Absolute Zero

Also, here is a good review of OTO’s Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) exhibition at Radiator Arts from March in the Queens Chronicle - With an unworldly pull, art explores the unknown permanent link to this post

Nov 29, 2015

Music4Music4Airports (M4M4A) LGA LIVE

posted at 23:25 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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On Sunday December 6 from 4 to 6 pm, as part of the Approaching −273.15° C exhibition at academic in LIC , MTAA will perform the 2/1 section of Music4Music4Airports (M4M4A) . This section focuses on LGA in Queens.

Along with MTAA’s M4M4A , the afternoon will have live works by C∆N-D, Lo Vid, and Raphaele Shirley.

Academic 47-39 35th St, Long Island City, New York 11101 permanent link to this post

Nov 18, 2015

Music4Music4Airports (M4M4A), 2015

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

MTAA, Music 4 Music 4 Airports (M4M4A), 2015
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Live capture of four online surfing sessions combining the tracks of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports with explorations of Paris Orly via Google Earth, Cologne Bonn via web cams, LGA via Google image search and JFK Airport via youTube

M4M4A was first show at #yaminyc 2015 at the Knockdown Center in a tent on a space blanket with audio run trough a guitar distortion pedal.

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Music4Music4Airports (M4M4A), 2015 from mriver on Vimeo.

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Nov 15, 2015

Marcy Chevali - Circumference

posted at 17:13 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Marcy Chevali

As part of the Approaching −273.15° C at academic , I made a small book documenting a series of performance based artworks by Marcy Chevali created Mexico. The book includes a interview with Chevali, a set of color images and a short essay I wrote on one of the images. The essay is titled “Looking at a photograph of a line drawn by Marcy Chevali into the shore of La Manzanilla.” and begins with…

I would like to tell you, as much as I can, about a photograph. I will tell you almost everything I can discern from the exterior of the image across the perimeter towards a center. Everything I tell you may not be accurate but I will try my best.

Paperback: 32 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517653754
ISBN-13: 978-1517653750
Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 6 x 9 inches
$9.25 + shipping at Amazon.com permanent link to this post

Nov 01, 2015

Approaching −273.15° C

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

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Image - Marcy Chevali - Cirrus (detail), 2015

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47-39 35th Street, #2
Long Island City, NY 11101
http://academicnyc.com/
academicgallery@gmail.com

Approaching −273.15° C
Keith Anderson, Marcy Chevali, James Cullinane, Daniela Kostova and Raphaele Shirley. Curated by Michael Sarff of Over the Opening (OTO)

November 13 to December 12, 2015

Opening reception Friday November 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 pm

Approaching −273.15° C (Live) - an afternoon of performance work and video with C∆N-D, LoVid, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley. Sunday December 6, 2015 from 4-6 pm

Absolute zero (−273.15° Celsius or 0°on the Kelvin scale) is the temperature at which all motion in matter stops. Until very recently this state of perfect stillness and corresponding order was thought to be unreachable. For the exhibition Approaching −273.15° C at academic from November 13 to December 12, 2015, Keith Anderson, Marcy Chevali, James Cullinane, Daniela Kostova and Raphaele Shirley create art in regions that move from active and chaotic towards an ever distant ideal of rest and symmetry. Contained within the metaphors and physicality of this approach, the artist point towards a space that operates just before a perfect cold. It is in this endless state of almost null, the artworks in Approaching −273.15° C float suspended between transformation and resolution.

For the exhibition, Keith Anderson masks out the industrial windows of Academic’s gallery with a detailed installation using black archival tape. Paired against the window installation, titled For Nico, because………………. Anderson presents a sculpture titled In this Box from 2012. The work consists of a mid sized cardboard box displayed open at the top sitting on the floor. The cardboard is completely encased with paint mixed with dry pigment over asphalt saturated cotton fabric commonly used in roofing. As the window installation uses the film of black tape to shutter light and space, the tar paper of the box works in an opposite track by defining a void.

Marcy Chevali installs a group of ethereal nets pulled floor to ceiling. The nets, made of flameworked glass joined to stands of fiber, compress both inward and expand out against the room’s limits. This installation of nets, titled Cirrus, is accompanied by a set of photographs capturing actions performed by Chevali in the landscape of Mexico in 2014. In these actions, titled Circumference, Chevali kneels face down and outlines the space around her as far as her arms can reach. She then waits as wind and water erase the line. In both bodies of work, Chevali sets line and material in active adaption against a bounded space.

In two ink on gesso works, Casement and Portal from 2015, James Cullinane fills a white ground with a methodical system of black lines and points. The resulting image, formed with an internal method of production, pushes at the edges of the doorway sized panels and fills the interior with a near universe of pattern and movement. As with Chevali work, verging edge conditions and the space between provide tension in movement and ideal.

In her recent series of works, Daniela Kostova documents the raising of her daughter Vega. Kostova’s photographic images of Vega’s exploration, adventure and rest are then enlarged and outputted as PVC banners or wallpaper. These large scale skins are adhered to vernacular architecture in a way that brings the images into an active connection to a site. The work jumps from the intimate scale of home and learning to the public scope of industry and commerce. For Approaching −273.15° C, Kostova present images of Vega’s time with her babysitter who is the activist and model Rain Dove.

A set of small gray metal arches are stacked on a black mirrored sheet in Raphaele Shirley’s artwork titled Cracked Arena, 2014. The arches, placed in descending size, are held cantilevered by gravity. The joined arches build two half domes around a darkened center. Echoing this stepped dome structure, a second work, Untitled, 2015 is built of concentric wood rings. The rings expand in diameter outward to build a shallow bowl shape. As the metal arches of Cracked Arena weigh downwards to enclose a space in shadow, the rings of wood inversely are propelled off the white wall by a circle of neon light. This light is amplified by the reflection from the surface of gold leaf partially concealed behind the wood surface. Light, both in absence and abundance, pushes against the ripple-like solid structures of the two works.

About Over The Opening (OTO) - In the fall of 2007, the artist collaboration MTAA (Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden) began to invite artists and art collectives to present one-night exhibitions of time based art in their Brooklyn, New York studio. The monthly event titled Over The Opening (OTO) operated as a blurring of studio space, exhibition venue and curatorial experiment. OTO presented a diverse range of art practices including endurance performance, net art, participatory events, conceptual lectures, as well as painting, installation and sculpture. In December 2009, after 24 exhibitions, OTO morphed from monthly one night event to a nomadic curatorial umbrella.

OTO Contact: Michael Sarff - michaelsarff [at] gmail [dot]com

Marcy Chevali’s project, Cirrus, is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by Urban Glass.

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Aug 27, 2015

Over The Opening (OTO) @ the Internet Yami-ichi (Internet Black Market)

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

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image - Untitled (141729406) set of 4 5x7in. prints, ed. 15+2AP titled & signed greg.org from Greg Allen’s eBay Test Listings

Over The Opening (OTO) @ the Internet Yami-ichi (Internet Black Market)

for immediate release

On September 12, 2015 from 12 - 8pm, Over The Opening (OTO) will take part in the Internet Yami-ichi (Internet Black Market) at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378. The Internet Yami-ichi is a free to attend flea market Internet-ish items.

http://yami-ichi.biz/nyc/

For the event, OTO presents some general “Interneti-sh” merch proudly displayed on a brightly colored beach blanket featuring works by Greg Allen, G.H. Hovagimyan, Yael Kanarek, Raphaele Shirley and MTAA.

For the event, MTAA produces a handsome set of Physical Bookmarks for Vintage Net Art Created Before Facebook (BF-2004). G.H. Hovagimyan displays two rare and slightly used Silent Memorial Shirts from an Artists Meeting performance circa 2008 (as seen on youTube). Yael Kanarek arranges envelopes with IRL Love Letters and Treasure Crumb Capsules from her classic online artwork World of Awe. Raphaele Shirley downloads jpegs of the adorable yet world-wide-mass-extinction-survivor-tough Tardigrades (aka Waterbears or Moss Piglets) straight from Wikipedia to dishwasher safe flatware. Greg Allen brings his print on demand classics, Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA 2:The Appeals Court Decision, plus the Court’s Complete Illustrated Appendix (2013) and Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Selected Court Documents from Cariou v. Prince (2011) as well as a lovely selection of local pickup only *eBay Test Listing* prints

And, as an added bonus, OTO will hold a tent sale featuring the premiere of a new work by Michael Sarff. This new work, titled Music 4 Music 4 Airports, combines the soothing ambient sounds of Brian Eno’s groundbreaking 1978 album - Ambient 1 - Music for Airports with the thrill of live captured internet surfing of LGA, JFK, Paris Orly and Cologne Bonn Airport websites.

Background on OTO - In the fall of 2007, the artist collaboration MTAA began to invite artists and art collectives to present one-night exhibitions of time based art in their Brooklyn, New York studio. The monthly event titled Over The Opening (OTO) operated as a blurring of studio space, exhibition venue and curatorial experiment. OTO presented a diverse range of art practices including endurance performance, net art, participatory events, conceptual lectures, as well as painting, installation and sculpture. In December 2009, after 24 exhibitions, OTO morphed from monthly one night event to a nomadic curatorial umbrella.

http://www.tinjail.com/over_the_opening/

Contact - Mark River - mriver@mteww.com

Update - Some press at…

artfcity.com

and

hyperallergic.com

and some photos

OTO @ #yaminyc permanent link to this post

Jun 03, 2015

Torched and Scorched Live

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Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland


Ventana244 Gallery June 6 - 5-6pm 244 North 6th Street Brooklyn NY, 11211 www.ventana244.org

As part of the Torched & Scorched installation at Ventana244, the artist MTAA and Raphaele Shirley presents two live performances in the gallery starting at 5pm on June 6, 2015

This event begins with MTAA’s Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship II. In 2009, MTAA presented the world’s first Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship in the Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University, Maryland. Six years later MTAA brings all the excitement and thrills of competitive alien drawing to Brooklyn for a one night 30 minute no holds barred melee. Prizes will be awarded and beer consumed.

Following MTAA’s participatory performance, Raphaele Shirley present a 20 minute immersive audio visual environment titled Blue line, running man, spinning circle. First performed at Postmasters gallery in 2011 and again at the Outpost Artist Resources in 2013, this work extends Shirley’s light sculpture series into a performative realm, building an immersive audio and visual environment that includes a rotating video projection-house, fog, water mist and improvised live sound by Laura Ortman on violin and Lynn Wright on guitar.

Both performances are free and open to the public. The exhibition Torched & Scorched with work by Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley continues through June 21, 2015. permanent link to this post

May 19, 2015

SNAD on AFC

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a brief history of MTAA’s SNAD on AFC permanent link to this post

Apr 21, 2015

Torched & Scorched - Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA, Raphaele Shirley

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Main road through White Sands National Monument in New Mexico - Stratosphere + MTAA, 2009/2015

Torched & Scorched
Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA, Raphaele Shirley

May 15 to June 21, 2015
Opening of Exhibition: Friday May 22 from 6-9 pm
Viewing hours: Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 2-7 pm, Saturday–Sunday 12-6 pm
Torched & Scorched performance with Yifan Hu, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley, Saturday June 6, 5-6 pm


Ventana 244 presents Torched & Scorched a multi-media installation assembled with interactive and traditional formats including painting, sculpture and sound.

Drive away from Brooklyn, past the skyscrapers of Manhattan, past the swamps, factories, farms and parking lots of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the highways and suburbs of Virginia, over into Tennessee, crossing the Mississippi via Memphis into Arkansas, and then cross the flats of Oklahoma going on to the expanses of West Texas. If you travel this far, the sky opens up. You see the sun and moon beat down on the earth with punishing, bright light. Keep going west, and you find yourself in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin among the gypsum crystal dunes of the White Sands National Monument of New Mexico. This landscape is where our age, the nuclear age and natural history commingled in a flash.

Two thousand miles east in Brooklyn, Ventana 244 presents Torched & Scorched opening on May 15 featuring a collaboration by Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley. Torched & Scorched integrates a visual and audio environment with conversations about the emotional weight of the landscape that today is a tourist attraction open to the public twice a year; a place where, for a few dollars, people can buy a chunk of irradiated earth that was melted to glass by the blasts of 60 years ago.

Using combustion as a primary working process, Ana Busto approaches core materials of iron, clay, bronze, wood, sand, glass, cardboard and stone as theaters for transformation. For Torched & Scorched she presents elements of a down-on-the-heels park: landscapes painted, cast glass, and ceramic and wood. In Busto’s work, stones look like animals or animals turned to stone. Shapes appear and speak from electronic driven voices.

With Busto’s sculpture as a starting point, Yifan Hu, mixes found and computer processed animal voices to create an audio landscape for Torched & Scorched As the voices cross, overlap and diverge, the boundaries between the identifiability and nonidentifiability come in and out of focus.

For Torched & Scorched, Raphaele Shirley built the fourth of recent series of large scale paint and neon installations. This new orb shaped work, blistering white light and golden skin is set in a dark expanse. In this series Shirley merges differing representations of cosmology generated throughout the ages in both Eastern and Western traditions filtered through the language of post minimal and process based art.

In a set of works titled New Mexico Setlist, MTAA overlays a second exhibition onto the gallery space. Made of text routed onto vinyl backgrounds, MTAA names artist and artworks intertwined with the New Mexico landscape. Combined, the six small works of the New Mexico Setlist create an art historical mixed tape for our wandering through the West as well as provides some background and mind-eye context for the Torch / Scorch installation. permanent link to this post

Apr 18, 2015

MTAA - In Preparation for The Disappearance of MTAA

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In Preparation for The Disappearance of MTAA, 2015
Two black felt hats painted black inside hung by a thread
$600, edition of 1 of 2

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MTAA’s First in Space

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First In Space - 2015
set of four 6”x 8” machine etched black vinyl with white core signs 100 usd each. no edition.

MTAA - First in Space (The Albert II Memorial Atrium), 2015

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Feb 22, 2015

OTO show #27 - Ensign Sgr A *

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OTO - Ensign Sgr A*

Radiator Arts 10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, New York 11106 Tel: 347.677.3418 Email: info@radiatorarts.com www.radiatorarts.com

Ensign Sgr A* March 6 - April 10, 2015 Opening: Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm and by appointment Sgr A* Live Music and Film with Aviram Cohen, MTAA and more - Saturday, March 28, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Artists: Amelia Bauer, Joianne Bittle, Aviram Cohen, G.H. Hovagimyan, Nicholas Knight, Esperanza Mayobre, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MTAA, Shannon Sberna, Raphaele Shirely, Janice Sloane, Colleen Rae Smiley, with exhibition graphic by Charles Orr and OTO. Curated by Over The Opening (OTO)

Every 365.25 days, the Earth revolves once around a star we call the Sun. Approximately every 225 million years, the Sun revolves around Sgr A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-star”) which presides at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. It is now theorized that Sgr A* is not actually a star but a supermassive black hole that is currently eating planets, stars, light and even smaller black holes. Of course, the thought of an unseeable thing / dimensional portal actively swallowing our galaxy is keeping me awake some nights.

Meanwhile back in Long Island City, Radiator Arts and Over The Opening (OTO) are pleased to present Ensign Sgr A* featuring artist using negation and absence as ensigns or banners for states of exploration and loss. The exhibition operates as part wunderkammer and part memory hole with past prime astronomy, geography, technology, and superstition as the backdrop. Battles will be fought and journeys begun but broken and disappeared, in the long view of time, approach.

Amelia Bauer stages alien nocturnes in the Western landscape. Joianne Bittle shows space age couture and found prehistoric displays. Aviram Cohen sets contact mics to trace invisible pathways. G.H. Hovagimyan forms ARs for floating zombie teen avatars. Nicholas Knight renders codes. Esperanza Mayobre maps points with no return. Jennifer and Kevin McCoy scan future ruins. MTAA prepares to disappear. Shannon Sberna sees hypnosis and future luck. Raphaele Shirley enlightens worlds and historic technologies. Janice Sloane performs and documents dark acts. Colleen Rae Smiley sews signals and Charles Orr with OTO design a graphic to inform and educate.

About OTO (Over The Opening) http://www.tinjail.com/over_the_opening/

From the fall of 2007 until the winter of 2009, the artist collaboration MTAA invited artists and art collectives to present one-night exhibitions of time based art in their North 6th Street Brooklyn studio. This ongoing monthly event curated under the name Over The Opening (OTO) operated as a blurring of studio space, exhibition venue and social experiment. The artists who worked with OTO represented a diverse array of practices. Works ranged from a tamale making workshop, to endurance karaoke to experimental computer games. Over the years, OTO presented 26 exhibitions of expansive scope with modest means. Ensign Srg A* at Radiator Arts marks the first OTO exhibition in a gallery setting.

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Jan 02, 2015

Demo Version, 2014

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demo version



demo version from mriver on Vimeo.

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Dec 31, 2014

You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About #mtaa at EMPAC 2010

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You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About #mtaa at EMPAC 2010 from mriver on Vimeo.

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Nov 23, 2014

Leonardo Di Casio

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PMWM
For the one or two people interested in how the training is going for my new career as a male watch model, here is a tumblr site - Leonardo Di Casio. Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Aug 13, 2014

More SNAD.

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The Simple Net Art Diagram seems to be getting around these days….

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SNAD in Domenico Quaranta essay for Art and the Internet (pic thanks to Owen Mundy)

Also, Paddy Johnson writes about it over on Artnet - A Brief History of Animated GIF Art, Part One and I found that Hanne Mugaas put it in Frieze Issue 159 Frieze Issue 159 back in November 2013

Very cool. Thanks all. permanent link to this post

Jul 16, 2014

MTAA may or may not be in summer net art exhibition 2014

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SNAD_VUK

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

Southfirst

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South first

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

MTAA’s Sub-Sublease of Shirley’s The Only Property I Will Ever Own

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MTAA’s Sub-Sublease of Shirley’s The Only Property I Will Ever Own - $5500 (greenpoint williamsburg brooklyn)







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

MTAA’s Maybe Manifesto in relation to Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto, 2013

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maybe manifesto from mriver on Vimeo.



No to spectacle.

Some spectacle.

No to virtuosity.

Agreed.

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.

Sure.

No to the heroic.

Yup.

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.

Really?

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

A Very Very Cold Martini with Elaine Tin Nyo

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IOI Vesper 2013 from mriver on Vimeo.



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2nd Music for IOI music excerpt (popcorn)

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IOI music 2013 excerpt from mriver on Vimeo.



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

Music for IOI (Live) - with Aviram Cohen (2 min sample of 1 hour work

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Music for IOI (Live) - with Aviram Cohen (2 min sample of 1 hour work from mriver on Vimeo.



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

Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions) - 2013

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Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions) - 2013 from mriver on Vimeo.



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

IOI performance #3 - A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

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IOI

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

IOI performance #2 - Music for lOl (Live)- with Aviram Cohen

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IOI

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

IOI images

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IOI

images from the show are now up at the IOI Set permanent link to this post

Nov 10, 2013

MTAA: IOI

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working on IOI

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MTAA: Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice
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** MTAA: Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice
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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.

Performance schedule:

Saturday, Nov 23, 4pm- Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions)

A live reading from Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: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

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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

#otoshow26

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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.

#otoshow26

More images from the event are at #otoshow26 flicker set permanent link to this post

Aug 11, 2012

Default Location - Flint

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New post on the Flint MI x10 site - Default Location - Flint permanent link to this post

Jun 03, 2012

#the400

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400

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
update
The 400
The 400

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.


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May 19, 2012

SGAR #4, 2012 Photos

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video of UBT from APS

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May 12, 2012

The Exalted. From the Pharaoh to Lady Gaga

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MTAA's Infinite Smile 2005
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

SGAR #4, 2012

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Images of SGAR #3 at OTO in Brooklyn 2008

PLAY

SGAR #4, 2012 will be built for the one night exhibition PLAY at Sixteen Tons on Friday May 18 from 6 to 10 pm. Please stop by.


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Apr 18, 2012

UBT Event Images

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UBT Event UBT Event


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Apr 04, 2012

UBT Poster

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UBT Poster
big props to Marisa Avelar / AIGA Houston permanent link to this post

Mar 31, 2012

Guess Who Has a Birthday Today ?

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twhid

Let’s join in this big day with some of T.Whid’s Metal favorites…







Happy Birthday Tim!

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Mar 25, 2012

UBT 1st Study Model (added details) - Call for works

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UBT 1st Study Model (added details)

Still adding some details to the Universal Backyard Theater 1st Study Model

UBT 1st Study Model (added details)

You can find more information on the UBT at http://universalbackyardtheater.tumblr.com/

UBT 1st Study Model (added details)

and more images at the UBT Flicker Set

UBT 1st Study Model (added details)

If you have a short film or video that you would be interested in screening on Saturday April 14 in Houston Texas at the UBT or a loop that or would like to see projected on the UBT, send me an email at mriver (at) mteww.com The general subject we’re thinking about are “building” and “communities” . permanent link to this post

Mar 21, 2012

UBT 1st Study Model

posted at 23:31 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

UBT - First Study Model (1 Hour)

a 1:1 scale report the first model for the UBT permanent link to this post

Mar 15, 2012

UBT RnD Reminder

posted at 23:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



http://universalbackyardtheater.tumblr.com/

Just a reminder…

UBT Brainstorming and Beer in Brooklyn.
Sunday March 18 from 6 to 8pm,
156 Franklin Street 2F Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY 11222 (in my apartment and most likely in my living room) 


We will gather together some friends and begin to plan how to make a one night environment for media in the backyard of the Aurora Picture Show in Houston Texas this April. We will drink some beer and talk about possible components of a the UBT. We will talk about how the components could be built.


Screen? Screens? Seats? Walls? Bar? Popcorn? Sound? Sounds? Lights? Booth? Windows? Plants? Modular? Tents? Power? Stage? Fence? Barricades? Shack? Tower? What else? etc.

As the goal is to group build the UBT, we will then attempt to construct together the first model of the space. The model does not need to be anything that could be duplicated at the site. It will be more about thinking out loud with our hands. We hope this model building process will guide us to some possibilities for the final UBT. The UBT Brainstorming and Beer in Brooklyn will be streamed at


 http://www.ustream.tv/channel/universal-backyard-theater


If you would like to participate in person send me an email. All are welcome  - I just want to make sure I have enough hot glue and beer. -  mriver at mteww.com 



Also…if you have a film, video, slide show, animated gif , or other moving image that you would like to screen at the UBT, please let me know. Short form ( 3 to 5 min) is best and if you have something about building or communities, that would be great. permanent link to this post

Mar 13, 2012

UBT RnD

posted at 12:33 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ubt rnd

new post on UBT RnD permanent link to this post

Mar 03, 2012

Coming Soon - The Universal Backyard Theater (UBT)

posted at 20:53 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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ubt_v5

a new MTAA sculpture, environment, performance, curatorial project, net art, film night, social sculpture, participatory, one-night-only good time.

The Universal Backyard Theater (UBT)

Sunday, March 18 from 6 to 8pm
UBT Brainstorming and Beer in Brooklyn
MTAA think tank in Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8:30PM
Brainstorming, Beer and BBQ
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas

Saturday, April 14, 11AM-5PM
Group Building
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas

Saturday, April 14,
Free Public Screening at 8PM
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas

For all the UBT details, go to http://universalbackyardtheater.tumblr.com/ permanent link to this post

Feb 20, 2012

Flint, MI x10 - 2 for 1 Hot Wings

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



New post on the year long public art/ net art / remote viewing project Flint, MI x10 permanent link to this post

Feb 12, 2012

The Pasta is Terrible

posted at 14:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



new post on user reviews and Chevy in the Hole at Flint, MI x10 permanent link to this post

Jan 31, 2012

Flint MI x 10 - Zone 5b (-15 to -10 Fahrenheit)

posted at 03:14 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



new post on winter and pumpkin seeds at flint mi x 10 permanent link to this post

Jan 25, 2012

Winter Studio

posted at 13:29 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


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Jan 16, 2012

Milwaukee All Stars Report 2.

posted at 20:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

On December 10, 2010 we gave you the first report on The Milwaukee All Star Project. One year, one month and about one week later, here is our second report.



More soon… permanent link to this post

Jan 14, 2012

Flint Owl Letter

posted at 17:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



new post at Flint MI x10 - Flint Owl Letter permanent link to this post

Jan 06, 2012

On Dada and The Public Library of Flint

posted at 13:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

dada

New post at Flint MI x10 - On Dada and The Public Library of Flint permanent link to this post

Jan 04, 2012

Very Short .Mov of Dia’s 150 Warhol Shadow Paintings 1979

posted at 01:52 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



some background on dia’s shadow paintings permanent link to this post

Jan 03, 2012

Marcel Duchamp - Rotary Demisphere (Precision Optics) 1925

posted at 02:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



The copper ring around the dome’s circumference is engraved with words chosen for the way their sounds echo one another. “RROSE SÉLAVY ET MOI ESQUIVONS LES ECCHYMOSES DES ESQUIMAUX AUX MOTS EXQUIS,” or “Rrose Sélavy and I dodge the eskimos’ bruises with exquisite words.” permanent link to this post

Jan 01, 2012

Flint MI x10

posted at 13:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

flint mi x10
flint mi x10

A new year long #MTAA project for Flint, MI in 2012 begins today.
Flint MI x10
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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
snowman permanent link to this post

Dec 03, 2011

ghosts x2

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

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ghost_1
ghostx4 permanent link to this post

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 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) story time again (summer animals)
story time again (summer animals)

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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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

@socrates sculpture park
@socrates sculpture park - 5 out of 5 ulocks for big green bike rack permanent link to this post

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

from the archives - Lo-Fi Message Board, 2001

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

Lo-Fi-Message-Board

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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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)
Jennifer Dalton’s Cool Guys Like You opens tonight at Winkleman permanent link to this post

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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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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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
upstate

also, a before and after of the tomato trellis

k and m cabin
upstate permanent link to this post

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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ahaao picnic / performance
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Aug 19, 2011

friday post 08-19-11

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

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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 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

frame666_3

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

Jul 15, 2011

friday post 07-15-11

posted at 11:44 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

posted at 23:30 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

k and m cabin permanent link to this post

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 17, 2011

friday post 06-17-11

posted at 12:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

AHAAO Day 1
ahaao day 2
ahaao day 2
AHAAO - Two days down, two to go… permanent link to this post

Jun 10, 2011

friday post 06-10-11

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

yard_3
ahaao
ahaao
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

May 27, 2011

Wide Wide World

posted at 14:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

friday post 05-27-11

posted at 14:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

posted at 21:11 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

May 25, 2011

Black (Soap) Box

posted at 20:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

May 23, 2011

Ego Surfing Hot Heads

posted at 22:55 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

posted at 12:51 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA at Lee’s Blog Day 5 permanent link to this post

Hoopers and Dervishes

posted at 02:25 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA at Lee’s blog day 4 permanent link to this post

May 18, 2011

Spiral Jetty IPA

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

Day 3 at Lee’s blog permanent link to this post

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

crashing on walton’s virtual couch this month

posted at 11:08 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

walton

leewalton.com permanent link to this post

friday post 05-13-11

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

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Black Set permanent link to this post

May 06, 2011

friday post 05-6-11

posted at 14:00 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Black Set permanent link to this post

Apr 29, 2011

friday post 04-29-11

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

20%_all_default_borough
20%_all_default_borough
from the default_borough set

11%_all_mtaa_visit
11%_all_mtaa_visit
from the mtaa_visit set
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Apr 24, 2011

All the Holidays All At Once (AHAAO)

posted at 23:38 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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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 22, 2011

friday post 04-22-11

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

manhattan
brooklyn
queens
bronx
staten_island

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 15, 2011

friday post 05-15-11

posted at 13:17 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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mtaa_visit_2
mtaa_visit_7
mtaa_visit_1
mtaa_visit_6
mtaa_visit_8
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mtaa_visit_3 permanent link to this post

Apr 08, 2011

friday post 04-08-11

posted at 13:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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mtaa_freezer_2 2011

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mtaa_freezer_9, 2010

from a new mtaa_freezer set of 9 images permanent link to this post

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 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

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 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 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

posted at 14:49 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

mtaa_glass_3
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

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 11, 2011

friday post 03-11-11

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mtaa_glass_1, 2011

from mtaa_glass set of 9 images permanent link to this post

Mar 04, 2011

friday post 03-06-11

posted at 13:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

mtaa_room_8
mtaa_room_8, 2011

from mtaa_room set of 9 images

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mtaa_barn_9, 2011

from mtaa_barn set of 9 images permanent link to this post

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 22, 2011

vendors

posted at 14:56 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

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

posted at 15:02 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Feb 11, 2011

friday post 02-11-11

posted at 16:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

theveryfirstnetartprojectever.com
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 04, 2011

friday post 02-04-11

posted at 16:25 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

mriver.tumblr.com
ltdform.tumblr.com
crashpop.tumblr.com
sympathyfortheartgallery.com
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Jan 30, 2011

screenshot of a google ad fail

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screenshot of a google ad fail permanent link to this post

Jan 28, 2011

friday post 01-28-11

posted at 13:54 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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mtaa_logos
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more at the mtaa_logos flickr set permanent link to this post

Jan 21, 2011

friday post 01-21-11

posted at 13:46 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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mtaa_warhol

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 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

posted at 13:34 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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mtaa_giacometti

How 2 Soup Mobius Loop
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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

posted at 15:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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

Dec 31, 2010

random friday post 12-31-10

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

The last MTAA-RR RFP of 2010

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Ready for New Year’s Eve 2011

Indulgences 2010
Last new MTAA project for 2010

P1030504
Nothing says the future is now like CRT monitors

MONORAIL!
and MONORAILS!

P1030515
and The Universe of Energy (previously sponsored by Exxon Mobil)

Happy New Year from MTAA. See you in the future. permanent link to this post

Dec 17, 2010

radom friday post 12-17-10

posted at 14:56 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Snow along the lake in Milwaukee

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Concept image for June / October 2011 MTAA exhibition at the Aldrich Museum.

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T.Whid unsanctioned performance with Duane Hanson’s Janitor at the Milwaukee Art Museum permanent link to this post

Dec 10, 2010

Milwaukee All Stars report 1.

posted at 22:11 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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At the entrance to a lecture hall at the University Wisconsin Milwaukee, we stationed a table, a ream of plain, 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper, some markers and two student volunteers. As people entered the hall, each person was asked to draw a star on a sheet of paper.

We were asked to present our work but we decided that we’d incorporate a small performance as well. So, at the end of our presentation, which focused on some of our recent vote-driven projects, we transitioned from a lecture into an artwork we called Milwaukee All Stars.

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We explained that we would make a new work using the stars drawn by the audience. The ‘how’ of how this piece would be created was left to vote by the audience.

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After reading the 10 ideas on how the drawings could be worked with, we opened the floor up to an pro/ con debate on the options. At the end of the town hall style debate, we placed the options up for vote by show of hands.

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The Milwaukee All Stars output method selected by vote is #10 - pulp all stars, make 1 sheet of paper from the pulp, draw 1 star on it.

Sometime in 2011, MTAA will present the next phase of this project. permanent link to this post

random friday post 12-10-10

posted at 17:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

millwaukee all stars

Flying back with T.Whid from our talk in Milwaukee. More details on the talk / performance soon. permanent link to this post

Dec 04, 2010

Freeing Lunch #RANK Day 4

posted at 14:46 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Today is the 4th and last pizza sent to Miami as part of Freeing Lunch #RANK. To review the prices at this point -

Box and print #1 $59.66 (+tip)
Box and print #2 $40.28 (+tip)
and the box and print for the black olives, mushrooms, banana peppers and spinach pizza from yesterday is going for $37.20 (+tip)


More info on pizza #4 later today.

Update - a txt from Dalton notes that Pizza #4 broke the Freeing Lunch #Rank record by disappearing in 20 seconds. Price of Box and print #4 is $35.06 (+ tip) or all 4 Boxes for $172.20 + whatever Dalton tipped.

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Dec 03, 2010

Freeing Lunch #Rank Day 3

posted at 14:49 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

domino's is our brillo

Today is day #3 and it looks like Domino’s Pizza is now MTAA’s Freeing Lunch #Rank official “New Brillo.”

To recap the current prices, Freeing Lunch #Rank box and print #1 is still availiable for $59.66 (+tip). Yesterdays Freeing Lunch #Rank box and print #2 was $20.14 for the pizza + tip + $20.14 for the gallery. That comes to $40.28 + tip. So, you can save $19.35 if you get box #2. Then again, the first one might be the one you want. Anyways, if you are not in Miami and want one of the four works (or all of them), you can always drop me an email (mriver@mteww.com) and we can work something out.

For today, I’m calling in Pizza #3 around 11:45am. I’ll update this post later with more details.

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Update - I have no idea if pizza #3 made it to #Rank today but I did get a call at my work desk in New York from the driver. He just kept saying “PIZZA. PIZZA. PIZZA…PIZZA…Pizzzzzaa.” permanent link to this post

Dec 02, 2010

Freeing Lunch #Rank Day 2

posted at 16:32 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

freeing lunch #rank box 1

As seen in the above Man Bartlett twitter pic, it looks like Freeing Lunch #Rank Day 1 did make it up on the wall at Seven. At least, I hope that is our empty pizza box or I might have to start worrying that things have going down hill at #Rank.

Today for Freeing Lunch #Rank we’ll see if Pizza Fiore picks up the phone. If not, I might have to go with Papa John’s.

pizza fiore

Update - as both Pizza Fiore and Papa John’s will not do a remote credit card, I went with a large veggie thin crust from Domino’s who is seem to be MTAA’s Brillo.

Update 2 - Hey look. Pizza #2 in action via SEVENmiami twitter pics.

pizza #2 live at #rank permanent link to this post

Dec 01, 2010

Freeing Lunch #RANK Day 1

posted at 13:56 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

pizza fiore

Today is the start of Freeing Lunch for #RANK at Seven in Miami.. For day one, we will attempt to send a pizza from Pizza Fiore to Dalton and Powhida sometime between noon and 1pm.

Update: Pizza Fiore did not pick up the phone. I went with the back up plan of 1 large vegetarian plus a bonus non art pizza (I was just feeling generous to Miami I guess) from this Domino’s

dominos

Sorry to the small businesses of Florida but you have to pick up the phone to sell stuff. I’ll try another local joint again for day 2.

Anyways, as of 4:43 I have not heard if the pizzas actually showed up at #Rank but my card was charged by Domino’s. I have some naive hope it all worked. If the pizza did get to the Seven art fair, Freeing Lunch #Rank Box #1 (wall mounted Domino’s box and MTAA signed print) is now priced at $29.83 + tip (if #Rank did tip) + $29.83 for Winkleman Gallery. Yup, that’s a total of $59.66 (+tip) for a signed original MTAA artwork. Think about it. permanent link to this post

Nov 26, 2010

random black friday post 11-26-10

posted at 15:11 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

freeing lunch #rank
signed Freeing Lunch #RANK texts ready to travel to Florida

Today, the United States wakes up from our tryptophan induced slumber and head out to the malls for holiday shopping in what the retail world calls Black Friday. Next week, the art world heads to the Miami Art Fairs to buy, sell, browse, work, network, blog, drink and, in general, hang out.

This year, MTAA will attempt to send four new artworks to Miami as part of Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida #RANK project with Winkleman Gallery at Seven.

Together the artworks are titled Freeing Lunch #RANK. You can find details on the project on the Freeing Lunch #RANK website. The site, along with the MTAA-RR blog, will be updated with documentation as the project unfolds.

So, if you are out shopping today, relax and try to be kind. If you find yourself in Miami next week, stop by #RANK and check out Freeing Lunch. Tag any photos, video or thoughts on the work with #RANK and #MTAA and will add it to the documentation. permanent link to this post

Nov 23, 2010

Hyperallergic on #RANK

posted at 15:19 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Preview from Kyle Chayka of Hyperallergic on #RANK. Like the jpeg they made for Freeing Lunch . I think we’ll use it. permanent link to this post

Nov 22, 2010

Consider The Panda

posted at 14:17 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

If tasked with a Noah’s Ark 2.0 scenario and we come up short on cargo space, let us pack extra earthworms, frogs and bees. Let’s leave the pandas behind.

The current population of roughly 3,000 giant pandas, or panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) spend their slow days snacking on 20 to 30 pounds of bamboo followed by nights of notoriously lousy breeding. Like the unicorns, fabled rejects in the first great world flushing, pandas might be better suited as poster children than Darwinian positive members of our planet. They are perfect fuzzy icons for the World Wildlife crowd. And, perhaps, a perfect icon for the rarefied ecology know as contemporary art.

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Nov 19, 2010

radom friday poot 11-19-10

posted at 22:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

some pics from last night’s AFC Art of Sound record launch

Sound of Art record launch
bands

Sound of Art record launch
paddy

Sound of Art record launch
and merch

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Nov 17, 2010

MTAA short lists the RPAA

posted at 00:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Autotrace #3
MTAA at Light Industry

and now…MTAA short lists the RPAA 2010

Alternative Space of the Year
Light Industry, Brooklyn, New York

Alternative Project of the Year
INDEPENDENT, New York

Artist of the Year
Marina Abramovic

Blogger or Critic of the Year
Paddy Johnson (sorry Jerry but she’s the only one who mentioned MTAA this year)

Curator of the Year
Chrissie Iles

Exhibition outside the United States
“Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form,” Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

Group Show of the Year, Gallery
“Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960–1970,” David Zwirner, New York

Group Show of the Year, Museum
“In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976,” Museum of Modern Art, New York


New Artist of the Year
Liz Magic Laser

The Rob Pruitt Award
MTAA (sure, why not?)

Solo Show of the Year, Gallery
“Gelitin: Blind Sculpture,” Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Solo Show of the Year, Museum
“Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Nov 12, 2010

random friday post 11-12-10

posted at 14:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Group Paintings  - Vernacular Aliens 1:1

Jon Rafman - Francis Bacon Apartment, 2010
William Powhida - Study for Relational Wall, 2009
Hans Haacke - News, 1969/2008 at the New musuem

update:
Tim Lincecum Rookie Card, Signed by Tim Lincecum and Lee Walton.

Also -
#TheSocialGraph opens tonight at Outpost
BYOB NYC tonight at Spencer Brownstone Gallery
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Nov 05, 2010

random friday post 10-05-10

posted at 14:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

No Customs Installation

No Customs Installation - in this view: MTAA (Completely Random Aesthetic Object #1 (Abu Dhabi version) on the wall), Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Thom Lail (window), Vito Acconci (sound player on table), Jennifer Dalton and Susan Hamburger (shelf), and Jonathan Schipper (briefcase of money on table).

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AFC’s Sound Of Art which includes a sound clip from Mike Koller and MTAA’s World’s First, Possibly Only and Probably Last iPhone Drum Circle (aka IPDC) will have a record launch party November 18th at Santos Party House. permanent link to this post

Oct 29, 2010

random friday post 10-29-10

posted at 13:21 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

upstate
upstate

No Customs opens Nov 4 in Abu Dhabi
John Baldessari - A Painting That Is Its Own Documentation’ (1966-68)
Beuys on a Bike
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Oct 15, 2010

random friday post 10-15-10

posted at 13:24 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ARTBarn (East)
ARTBarn (East) Events

GZ Groundzero open mic at MTAA / EMPAC / Filiment ARTBarn. Photo by Brian Chitester permanent link to this post

Oct 14, 2010

Burning Books with RSG

posted at 13:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

10.10.10 x10

As part of 10.10.10 x10 last weekend, we held 10 minute reading and burning of the works of Alexander Galloway (RSG). The work honors what everyone agrees is Alex’s best art idea ever - Public Book Burnings.

Next Wensday, Alex and Jason Smith torch “Introduction to Civil War” by Tiqqun.

A Book Burning — To honor the recent publication of the book “Introduction to Civil War” by Tiqqun.

with your hosts Alexander Galloway and Jason Smith

October 20th @ 8:00pm

at ISSUE PROJECT ROOM, 232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn http://www.issueprojectroom.org


Free admission

“Society no longer exists, at least in the sense of a differentiated whole. There is only a tangle of norms and mechanisms through which THEY hold together the scattered tatters of the global bio-political fabric, through which THEY prevent its violent disintegration. Empire is the administrator of this desolation, the supreme manager of a process of this listless implosion.” —Tiqqun permanent link to this post

Oct 12, 2010

10.10.10 x10 photos

posted at 17:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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10.10.10 x10
“Three Sheets to The Wind” and “Hack” section of performance.

Photos of 10.10.10 x10 are now up at Flickr
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Oct 07, 2010

10.10.10 x10

posted at 23:17 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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On 10.10.10 M.River of MTAA will perform 10 10 minute artworks for the 10th anniversary of the Beall Center for Art + Technology at Claire Trevor School of the Arts 712 Arts Plaza, UC Irvine, Irvine, Ca 92697-2775. The 10 works, commissioned by the Beall Center will begin at Winifred Smith Hall at 5pm and move at a slow crawl to a finish on the steps of the Beall Center.

Here is the list of the 10 works.

Number 1. A Completely Random Aesthetic Object (CRAO) — A single digital image created automatically from random audience input.    

Number 2. Fly Drawings — An attempt to fly audience-made drawings

Number 3. Burning Books (with RSG) — A public reading and burning of the published works of our friend Alexander Galloway.

Number 4. Hack — The term “hack” traces back to an insult about  furniture that looks like it was made with an axe. We will do this.

Number 5. Some New Documentation — a Faux 70’s era MTAA performance documented with black and white photos of the crowd looking on politely. Performance consists of tossing wet beach blankets at blank walls with overwrought intensity.   

Number 6. Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions) — A live reading from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Number 7. Default Location “University of California Irvine” — A virtual visit to the exact default location on Google Maps when ‘University of California Irvine’ is entered

Number 8. iPhone Drum Circle 2 — The west coast premier of the infamous IPDC. We will “Jam” using iPhones with drum aps connected to an ampifier.

Number 9. Snack Time — MTAA loves a good cheese tray and would like to enjoy one with you.

Number 10. Three Sheets to The Wind — MTAA concocts a new cocktail and raises a toast to the Beall Center’s anniversary. permanent link to this post

Oct 06, 2010

YDKWYTA #MTAA live feed

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Along with the All Raise This Barn (East), we presented two 10-minute performances of a new work - You Do Not Know What You Are Talking #MTAA. The work was commissioned By EMPAC, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY as part of the Filament Festival.

YDKWYTA#MTAA

Below are 2 captures from the live feed during the performances. Note: the first capture includes about 11 minutes of us waiting around backstage.


Watch live video from twhid on Justin.tv

Watch live video from twhid on Justin.tv

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Oct 05, 2010

More photos of ARTB (East)

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Slide show of ARTB (East). Enjoy

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Oct 04, 2010

All Raise This Barn (East) build out.

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All Raise This Barn (East)
All Raise This Barn (East)

With Thursday, our first day at the site, being scrubbed due to a heavy downpour, we built All Raise This Barn (East) with a core crew of four in the rain for 9 hours on Friday. We used hand saws and nails for the build with some screw guns used for the joist hangers on the roof. Tim and I added finish details on Saturday and Sunday before our afternoon You Don’t Konw What Your Talking About #MTAA performances. After the YDKWYTA performance, we went back to work on the barn in the late afternoons until the sun went down.

artb(east) day 1
artb(east) day 1
Crew building in rain on Friday.

All Raise This Barn stays on the RPI campus for the month to be used by various groups and clubs. More info on ARTB events as well more documentation of the building to come.

Thanks to all the folks who stopped by to say “hey”, toss paint and hammered nails.

Big thanks to Johannes Goebel and Kathleen Forde of EMPAC and RPI administration and students for their support of the project. permanent link to this post

Sep 24, 2010

radom friday post 09-24-10

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ARTBarn (West)

All Raise This Barn(East) next Friday at EMPAC
artbarn.mtaa.net

+ new MTAA performance work on Sat 0ct 2 at 2pm and Sunday Oct 3 pm in EMPAC’s Studio 2 as part of the Filament Festival 2010. More info soon.

Also 01SJ on Dwell online
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Sep 17, 2010

radom friday post 09-17-10

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Also…
O1SJ is open
MTAA showed a new work in a fast food joint
The iPhone Drum Circle will be on wax someday
Chernobyl is creepy
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Sep 13, 2010

All Raise This Barn (West) Photos

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Outside
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Inside
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more install photos on the ARTBarn (West) Flick page
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Sep 03, 2010

random friday post 09-03-10

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Sep 01, 2010

All Raise This Barn Begins Today

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ARTB

All Raise This Barn (ARTBarn)
A group designed and assembled public building/sculpture
http://artbarn.mtaa.net/

Artists MTAA are conducting an old-fashioned barn-raising using high-tech techniques. The general public group-decides design, architectural, structural and aesthetic choices using a commercially-available barn-making kit as the starting point. The duo then conducts this 21st century barn-raising with volunteers — perhaps including you — on September 11, 2010 in San Jose’s South Hall and October 1, 2010 on the Renselear Polytechnic Institute’s campus. Will it be structure? A deconstructed sculpture? Some combination thereof? That’s for the you to choose

As of right now the online voting and design kicks off at
http://artbarn.mtaa.net/

Continuous voting, live performance, group drawing, and documentation runs until October 1, 2010

artb All Raise This Barn (West)
On September 11, 2010 from 11am to 7pm in San Jose, CA, the first real world wood, saw, nail and sweat barn building begins. We’ll be prototyping and beta-testing the barn-raising performance as part of the 2010 01SJ Biennial’s Out of the Garage, Into the World program in San Jose’s South Hall. Learn more and register to participate on-line.

All Rise This Barn (East)
Then, on October 1, 2010 from 9am to 6pm in Troy, NY we build the final full scale barn. Join us on the campus of Renselear Polytechnic Institute for the barn-raising performance! The barn-building is part of the RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center’s Filament Festival in Troy, NY.

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Aug 27, 2010

random friday post 08-27-10

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elevation (rear / side)
elevation (side / front)

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Aug 21, 2010

random friday post 08-20-10 (day late edition 08-21-10)

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king of stain
setting up kiosks for ARTB (East)

Sorry for the late RFP, but I was upstate getting vote kiosks for All Raise This Barn (East) ready.

In other news…
McCoys move to Abu Dhabi and start a blog
Powhida explains that cable art talent contest.
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Aug 15, 2010

Summary Report on Story Time Again (Summer Animals)

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Story Time Again (Summer Animals)

Goal - Read with visitors at Wassiac Projects two texts (The House at Pooh Corner” (1928) Chapter 7 - In Which Tigger Is Unbounced and Quint’s U.S.S. Indianapolis monologue from the screen play “Stillness in The Water” AKA “JAWS”). Reading takes place outside exhibition space on blankets. Reading is hopefully interactive.

Result - No one came. I read the texts to empty blankets anyways.

story time again (summer animals)
story time again (summer animals)

My friend Charlie was the doorman at a nightclub in Columbus Ohio back in the 90’s. He always looked forward to nights when unknown local bands would play as only a handful of the band’s friends would show up. He could then spend a slow night reading at the door. One older local band was much loved and often booked by the owner. This band was loved by the owner but not so much by the college aged denizens of the club. Charlie also loved this band but for a different reason. He nicknamed them The Negative Guest Lists.

Live performance with an audience has some perils. If you fuck up, or if the audience is not into what’s going on, you know it immediately. Perhaps this is the reason visual artists tend to work with the safety and distance of video and editing. In a live moment, failure is seen and noted. Of the many things that can go wrong with live events, one of the hardest performance fails occurs when the curtain goes up and the theater is full of crickets. It’s a Michigan J. Frog moment and even a “free beer” sign outside the hall will not save you. At this point, you begin to question not only the quality of your work but your grasp of reality.

On the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog or, in my case, a frog. This is, of course, unless you tweet about your #negativeguestlist. Which in my over-share online world I immediately did. Luckily I have some good tweet folks around. A kind reply came back from bhoggard “@mriver It’s still art whether anyone is there to listen.” and amusing update followed from museumnerd “If a sculpture falls out your 19th floor window and no one’s there to hear it. Is it still art? ( @bhoggard @mriver )” permanent link to this post

Aug 13, 2010

Reminder - Storytime

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sarff_michael_storytime

Stop by and say “Hi”. If you want a ride up for the afternoon, shoot me an email. I plan to be back in NYC by 6pm.

http://www.tinjail.com/storytime/ permanent link to this post

random friday post 08-13-10

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garlic
crumhorn mountain

back from vacation. permanent link to this post

Aug 06, 2010

random friday post 08-06-10 (part 2)

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In honor of shark week, here is Quint’s U.S.S. Indianapolis monologue from “Stillness in The Water” AKA “JAWS.” I’m reading this text on a blanket in Wassiac, NY a week from Saturday at 1pm as part of Story Time Again (Summer Animals). Stop by. We’ll have snacks.

update - just to remind, today 08-06-10 is the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima which destroyed Approximately 69% of the city’s buildings and killed, by the end of the year, from injury and radiation 90,000-140,000 people.

QUINT

Yeah. The U.S.S. Indianapolis. June 29th, 1945, three and a half minutes past midnight, two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine slammed into our side. Two or three. We was still under sealed orders after deliverin’ the bomb…the Hiroshima bomb…we was goin’ back across the Pacific from Tinian to Leyte. Damn near eleven hundred men went over the side. The life boats was lashed down so tight to make the bomb run we couldn’t cut a single one adrift. Not one. And there was no rafts. None. That vessel sank in twelve minutes. Yes, that’s all she took. We didn’t see the first shark till we’d been in the water about an hour. A thirteen-footer near enough. A blue. You measure that by judgin’ the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know… of course the Captain knew…I guess some officers knew… was the bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signals was sent. What the men didn’t know was that they wouldn’t even list us as overdue for a week. Well, I didn’t know that — I wasn’t an officer — just as well perhaps. So some of us were dead already — in the water — just hangin’ limp in our lifejackets. And several already bleedin’. And the three hundred or so laying on the bottom of the ocean. As the light went, the sharks came crusin’. We formed tight groups — somewhat like squares in an old battle — You know what I mean — so that when one come close, the man nearest would yell and shout and pound the water and sometimes it worked and the fish turned away, but other times that shark would seem to look right at a man — right into his eyes — and in spite of all shoutin’ and poundin’ you’d hear that terrible high screamin’ and the ocean would go red, then churn up as they ripped him. Then we’d reform our little squares. By the first dawn the sharks had taken more than a hundred. Hard for me to count but more than a hundred. I don’t know how many sharks. Maybe a thousand. I do know they averaged six men an hour. All kinds — blues, makos, tigers. All kinds.

(Pause)

In the middle of the second day, some of us started to go crazy from the thirst. One fella cried out he saw a river, another claimed he saw a waterfall, some started to drink the ocean and choked on it, and some left our little groups — our little squares — and swam off alone lookin’ for islands and the sharks always took them right away. It was mainly the young fellas that did that — the older ones stayed where they was. That second day — my life jacket rubbed me raw and that was more blood in the water. Oh my. On Thursday morning I bumped up against a friend of mine — Herbie Robinson from Cleveland — a bosun’s mate — it seemed he was asleep but when I reached over to waken him, he bobbed in the water and I saw his body upend because he’d been bitten in half beneath the waist. Well Chief, so it went on — bombers high overhead but nobody noticin’ us. Yes — suicides, sharks, and all this goin’ crazy and dyin’ of thirst. Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura swung around and came in low. Yes. He did that. Yes, that pilot saw us. And early evenin’, a big fat PBY come down out of the sky and began the pickup. That was when I was most frightened of all — while I was waitin’ for my turn. Just two and a half hours short of five days and five nights when they got to me and took me up. Eleven hundred of us went into that ocean — three hundred and sixteen got out. Yeah. Nineteen hundred and forty five. June the 29th.

(pause)

Anyway, we delivered the bomb. permanent link to this post

random friday post 08-06-10

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durango drawing
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Jul 30, 2010

Story Time Again - (Summer Animals) 08.14.10 Wassaic, New York

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Story Time Again - (Summer Animals)

An unauthorised live dramatic group reading of A. A. Milne’s “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928) Chapter 7 - “In Which Tigger Is Unbounced” followed by an unauthorised 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.

On Saturday August 14, 2010 at 12 noon, a verbatim reading of “The House at Pooh Corner” Chapter 7 - “In Which Tigger Is Unbounced” will take place on a large picnic blanket in or near the grounds of Maxon Mill in Wassaic, New York as part of The Wassaic Project Summer Festival 2001. Snacks will be served and the reading will be filmed.

The next reading will take place on the blanket at 1pm. This will be a verbatim reading “Stillness in The Water” AKA “JAWS” centering on Quint’s U.S.S. Indianapolis monologue. Snacks will be served and the reading will be filmed.

http://www.tinjail.com/storytime/
http://www.wassaicproject.org/
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random friday post 07-30-10 (part 2)

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battlelake_1sm
10 new jpegs in flickr set battlelake x10
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random friday post 07-30-10

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maine
maine
maine
maine
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Jul 16, 2010

random friday post 07-16-10

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cherry pie

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An email came in late June from Elaine Tin Nyo. - “Yes, it’s that time of the year again. I’ll start making sour cherry pies this coming week–about one pie a day–until the sour cherries stop coming to the greenmarket.

Let me know if you would like to meet me for a slice. You can come to my place or I can meet you somewhere else. It’s perfectly acceptable to invite your friends too. I’d love to see you this July.”

Yesterday, what may be the last pie of the project came to work for the afternoon crew break. The pie, I think she said it was number 14, was still warm. It was delicious.

More on Elaine Tin Nyo’s projects at Nothing Happened Today
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Jul 12, 2010

new work at Tinjail

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Greenpoint - video loop 2008 - 2010

15 minutes of sunrise looking East from the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the end of summer 2008 played at x15 speed and upside down above 15 minutes of sunset looking West from the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the beginning of summer 2008 played at x15 speed. permanent link to this post

Jul 09, 2010

random friday post 07-09-10

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warhol at the brooklyn museum
warhol subway poster
roxy the catus

update: and some random links…
VVORK’s »MULTIPLEX«
Revealing Jon Rafman at BOMBLOG
BSNY’s BRA tour at Google HQ
Versions, 2010, Oliver Laric
some opening pics from Postmasters Defrosted
What are net art dorks wetting themselves over today?
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Jul 02, 2010

random friday post 07-02-10

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coney island
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Jun 25, 2010

random friday post 06-25-10

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wassaic
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Jun 18, 2010

random friday post 06-18-10 (part 2)

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random friday post 06-18-10

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dish made of shell on wet salt base
twhid in studio
dentist ofice decor permanent link to this post

Jun 11, 2010

random friday post 06-11-10 (part 3)

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R.I.P. Sigmar Polke

Images of Polke’s work on Flickr
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random friday post 06-11-10 (part 2)

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ARTBOOM Festival 2010 and Marcin Ramocki have the pleasure to introduce Made in Internet, an online showcase featuring 23 international web based artists.

Made in Internet

June 11-28, 2010, Krakow, Poland Featuring works by: 0100101110101101.ORG, Tamas Banovich, Michael Bell Smith, Petra Cortright, Paul B. Davis, Ursula Endlicher, Eteam, Joel Holmberg, JODI, Guthrie Lonergan, Kristin Lucas, Joe McKay, Tom Moody, MTAA, Luke Murphy, Marisa Olson, Paul Slocum, Jessie Stead, Harm Van Den Dorpel and Cj Yeh. Organized by Marcin Ramocki.

Also: Ramocki’s Assumed Mobility
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random friday post 06-11-10

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gsc oyster bar
gcs oyster bar

also:
tinjail.tumblr.com/
mriver.tumblr.com

Have a good weekend. permanent link to this post

Jun 04, 2010

random friday 06-04-10

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k and m's cabin
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Jun 01, 2010

back from upstate

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k and m's cabin permanent link to this post

May 28, 2010

random friday 5-28-10 (part 2)

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LeRoy Stevens

LeRoy Stevens: his very own financial meltdown (telegraph.co.uk)

From The Birds Mouth permanent link to this post

random friday 5-28-10

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Michael Asher - No title, 2009-10
7am visit to the wb2010 with some very sleepy guards. Did not see Man Bartlett on his #24hOpen unless he was one of the two people I woke up with a camera flash in one of the video rooms. Oops.

Update - Some background from the LAT (via T.Whid) permanent link to this post

May 21, 2010

random friday 5-21-10 (part 2)

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10 speed

get yer fred on

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random friday 5-21-10

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1071
ARTB permanent link to this post

May 14, 2010

random friday post 5-13-10

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May 07, 2010

radom friday 5-7-10 (part 2)

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Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland
VA 1:1

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland - group drawing performance on paper, 2009

VA Transfer 1:1 - silver paint marker with sliver paint on canvas (diptych), 2010 permanent link to this post

AutoTrace #2 (Miro’s Nocturne; performative) How To Part 3

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In Part 2 we transferred the image to the canvass. It’s now time to paint.

Auto Trace #2
Auto Trace #2
Auto Trace #2
autotrace #2
autotrace #2

We then used a “magic” eraser to soften the back grid.

autotrace #2
autotrace #2

Here it is post “magic.”

autotrace #2

Next up, finishing details. permanent link to this post

random friday post 5-7-10

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Frank (Again)
frank (again) 1:1

Frank (Again)- performance drawing, 2007
Frank (Again) Transfer 1:1 - painting, 2010

Frank (Again) Chat Transcript 2007
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Apr 30, 2010

rocket boom’s kym finds out..

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random friday post 4-30-10

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mtaa
k and m's cabin

Ah, little lad, you’re staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I’ll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging, one agin t’other. Now watch ‘em! Old brother left hand, left hand he’s a fighting, and it looks like love’s a goner. But wait a minute! Hot dog, love’s a winning! Yessirree! It’s love that’s won, and old left hand hate is down for the count!

Night of the Hunter, 1955



Do the Right Thing 1989

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Apr 29, 2010

AFTP: ( ) interview on Rhizome

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Automatic for the People: ()

David Duncan’s AFTP:() interview is up at Rhizome.org
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Apr 19, 2010

AutoTrace #2 (Miro’s Nocturne; performative) How To Part 2

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Welcome back to Autotrace #2 How To.

When we left off in Part 1, the canvass was stretched and ready for image transfer.

For the image transfer, the first thing you will need to do is print out an image of Autotrace #2 and place a grid over it. Here is the one we used.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

Next, you will need to grid the canvass. We used a 6” grid drawn in with pencil.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)
AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)
AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

You are now ready to transfer the image. Using the grid for reference points, we started by free handing the lines. Then, using 1/4 inch plywood cut into a 2 inch by 4 foot strip, we bowed the wood (on edge) over the lines and retraced. This gave the archs a crisper line.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

It will take some time to transfer the image. Using your drawing as a guide, you should feel free to erase lines and retrace them until they seem correct.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

Next up, painting. permanent link to this post

Apr 16, 2010

random friday post 4-16-10

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flight permanent link to this post

Apr 10, 2010

untitled iphone photos

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iphone prints

For all you fans of the tintype photo blog and m.river’s flickr site who have wondered how you can get your hands on a print, you’re in luck. Next week, 2 prints go up for purchase for 2 local art group benefits

untitled iphone photo

A COMMUNIST GALA “
a benefit for artists by artists”
SATURDAY APRIL 17, 12 - 7pm
at CUCHIFRITOS Gallery/Project Space
Essex Street market - 120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
http://aai-nyc.org

untitled iphone photo

I Heart Art WORK/Wassaic Spring Fundraiser
SATURDAY, APRIL 17th, 2010 1pm - 5pm
at WORK - 65 Union Street, Brooklyn NY 11231
http://wassaicproject.com/wp/springfund.html
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Apr 09, 2010

random friday post 4-9-10

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back from iowa permanent link to this post

Apr 04, 2010

AutoTrace #2 (Miro’s Nocturne; performative) How To Part 1

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AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

As you might recall, back in 2008 MTAA conducted their first Performative Autotrace during a lecture conducted for the Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use and Copyright in the Digital Age symposium at UC Berkeley. For the lecture we autotraced a reproduction of Joan Miro’s Nocturne and placed the resulting vector graphic online for download in SVG2 format. We then encouraged people to output their own version of the work but so far, we have not heard of anyone attempting it.

So, now that we have Autotrace #4 under our belts, we thought it might be a good time to go back and output the Berkeley work. We will be posting our progress and instructions so that you can follow along at home.

First thing you will need to do is download the work from the link above and print it out. Next go to your local paint store and match the color.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

or just copy the Ben Moore formula we picked out.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

After that you will need to stretch a canvass. We went with “as-big-as-we-can-make-it-and-still-fit-it-out-the-studio-door-without-unstretching” (108” x 72”) size. You can go with any size canvass you want or just pick out a wall you like.

AutoTrace #2 (Miro's Nocturne; performative)

Once we got the canvass together, we sealed it with matte medium

That’s it for this week. Next up - image transfer. permanent link to this post

Apr 01, 2010

BERSETZUNG IST EINE FORM. | TRANSLATION IS A MODE.

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ÜBERSETZUNG IST EINE FORM. | TRANSLATION IS A MODE.

UEBERSETZUNG IST EINE FORM. | TRANSLATION IS A MODE.

Location/duration:
Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna/Austria, kunstraum.net
08 April 2010, 7 pm (Opening), 09 April - 29 May 2010

Featuring works by:
Eva Beierheimer / Miriam Laussegger, Aylor Brown / Arend deGryuter-Helfer, Gerhard Dirmoser, Aleksandra Domanovic, Jochen Hoeller, Michael Kargl - aka carlos katastrofsky, Annja Krautgasser, Michail Michailov, MTAA (M. River & T. Whid Art Associates), Joerg Piringer, Arnold Reinthaler, Veronika Schubert, Johanna Tinzl / Stefan Flunger

“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)

Manner, quality, version, condition, design, look, shape, arrangement, fashion, style, way, cut, type, structure and form… a quick search of any dictionary and online translation programme gives numerous results for the English term mode. The path of translation, however, is a long one when a text is to be transferred into another language and ascribed new purposes in order ultimately to learn that each new reception entails a change in meaning in the sense of interpretation n translation, a mode?

Based on philological-linguistic translation theories, the exhibition “Uebersetzung ist eine Form. | Translation is a mode.” shows 13 contemporary positions of language-based conceptual art relating to the broad subject area of translation. The focus of consideration is, on the one hand, on translation processes inherent in the work, which are scrutinised regarding their mutual relationship at the level of the content, the medium and the form. On the other hand it illuminates context-related interpretation processes, which influence the individual works of art from a curatorial as well as from the recipientis perspective and locate them as an indispensable practice in the world of mutual dependences and networking. As a result, linguistically critical elements come into view that are related to socio-economic, socio-political and not least (art-) institutional contexts and transferred to the phenomenon of translation.

curated by CONT3XT.NET

For the exhibition, CONT3XT.NET selected 2 MTAA works.
Simple Net Art Diagram (ca. 1997) | Commons Art Diagram (2007)
Installation, web page on server | paper poster, black and white

As an agreement to the nature of the exhibition, we gave the curators the sole responsibility of translating these two digital works into the physical exhibition. From this quick first jpeg of the instalation, it looks they made great choices with the output. The following is their text about the works.

Two computers, linked by a cable with a flashing red spark sign on it captioned The art happens here. As early as 1997, with Simple Net Art Diagram (ca. 1997), the artist duo MTAA (M. River & T. Whid Art Associates) were visualising the fundamental processual approach of internet-based art. Their diagram, however, is not just an attempt to relate to the technological and media conditions of net art, but also to the questions that are immanent in art, which had already been posed by predecessors in the 1960s/70s. If in Simple Net Art Diagram it was just two computers illustrating the network, in Commons Art Diagram (2007), produced ten years later, it is a strictly market-regulated commercialisation system in which the internet-based art ihappensi today. Again, The art happens here is the accompanying text to the spark, but this time it is surrounded by symbols for music, data, moving images, texts and logos of alternative copyright licences. permanent link to this post

Mar 31, 2010

t.whid birthday

posted at 14:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

tim whidden (twhid of mtaa) permanent link to this post

Mar 26, 2010

random friday post 03-26-10

posted at 12:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

greenpoint

Abramovic photo tinjail.tumblr


Brand New Paint Job (Jon Rafman) - Gerhard Richter Delorean


Happy 10 to Newsgrist
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Mar 20, 2010

Autotrace #4 (Fishman’s Moving and Being; performative) report

posted at 14:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Autotrace is series of works in which we use software to trace jpegs of paintings. The resulting vector graphics are used to create new artworks. Thursday night at Winkleman Gallery, we presented the 4th piece in the series as a part of #class.

Autotrace #4

In the heart of the Autotrace #4 performance, we asked the audience to pick one painter. They selected Louise Fishman. Then, from a Google Image search, one jpeg of her work to Autotrace. They selected the painting Moving and Being.

Fishman's  Moving And Being

Using customized software to automate Adobe Illustrator, we have distilled the tracing process down to a simple drag-and-drop action. In this one action, the jpeg of Fishman’s “Moving and Being” was dropped onto the Autotrace software. The script launched, the software centered the image, traced each brush stroke and shape in the painting creating vector graphics for each, matched a color to each vector graphic, picked one random shape from the painting, deleted the other shapes and finally scaled-up the selected vector graphic to the size of the projection screen.

To output this new work we picked a stick of chalk that was close in color to it and I traced the outline of the shape onto the chalkboard-painted gallery wall.

Autotrace #4

Once the image was one the wall, T.Whid deleted all traces of the work from his computer’s hard drive. The artwork, now erased from the gallery wall, exists only in written and photographic documentation.

Autotrace #4

Thanks to
#class,
Winkleman Gallery,
Jennifer Dalton,
and William Powhida

so, remember kids…

autotrace #4

Update - Here is some video posted by Kai Vierstra
(Note: T.Whid copy-edited this a tad after publication.) permanent link to this post

random friday 03-19-10 (late edition)

posted at 13:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

1071

a day late but by popular demand (and by that i mean at least tim seems to have noticed it was missing ) here is your random friday mtaa-rr post

although the random friday post are for the most part random, this one points to the reason the random friday post is late.

coming up next week, the random friday post goes on the road to troy, ny permanent link to this post

Mar 19, 2010

Autotrace #4 (Fishman’s Moving and Being; performative)

posted at 12:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Autotrace #4

photos from last night’s Autotrace #4 at #class

more details later today… permanent link to this post

Mar 18, 2010

autotrace #4 tonight

posted at 13:19 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

mccoys at #class

mccoys at #class

reminder - mtaa’s autotrace #4 tonight (6:30) at #class
winkleman gallery 621 west 27th street, new york, ny 10001 permanent link to this post

Mar 12, 2010

random friday post 03-12-10

posted at 15:20 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

untitled  2010 permanent link to this post

Mar 10, 2010

cory’s new painting

posted at 16:36 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

My photo on Canvas from CanvasOnDemand.com

It said click to embed, so I did. permanent link to this post

Mar 05, 2010

random friday post 03-05-10

posted at 13:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

thinner_3 permanent link to this post

Feb 26, 2010

random friday post 02-26-10

posted at 13:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

columbus zoo

snowman with shovel tagged “poop” at columbus zoo. permanent link to this post

Feb 24, 2010

did not make it to colgate

posted at 18:52 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

amtrack to colgate
amtrack to colgate
amtrack to colgate

power out on tracks south of albany. sucks. permanent link to this post

Feb 22, 2010

Autotrace #4 at #class March 18

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

Autotrace #3

MTAA’s Autotrace #4 at #class
Organized by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida
http://hashtagclass.blogspot.com/
http://www.winkleman.com/


When - Thu, March 18, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Description - Artists MTAA will demonstrate “Autotrace,” a completely automatic, software-generated appropriation and shape creation system.

Winkleman Gallery
621 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 permanent link to this post

Feb 18, 2010

1071

posted at 20:02 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

1071
1071

this is a test. this is a test of the mtaa-rr blog system. if this was an actual blog post, information about stuff would be down here. this is only a test.

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Feb 12, 2010

random friday post 02-12-10

posted at 13:52 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

heart 1

Heart shaped template for group drawing project at Colgate February 24.

and

Untitled 100 Steps via Twitter
March 17, 2009 to February 6, 2010
twitter.com/mriver

also

magdasawon “I propose a parlor game: categorize art stars as: “clown”, “candy” or “other” - see where we end up with.” MTAA would like to be thought of as “part-other-candy-part-other-clown and a bit other-other” Hope that clears that up. Thanks. permanent link to this post

Feb 09, 2010

Lee Walton WAPPENING #4 NY/SF right now

posted at 00:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

At this moment, a man is locked to a bench in Union Square Park, SF.

To unlock him, find the woman in the red scarf at Atlas Cafe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is the only person that knows the combination to the lock. She will give it to you.

more info via facebook

Sigh. I just put a pizza in the oven.

Update 7:58pm EST. Fine then. I’m going to get my thermals on and bike over to the cafe. Back in about an hour.

Update 8:55pm EST 07-33-15

Update 9:20pm EST Looks like he is free. permanent link to this post

Feb 05, 2010

race news

posted at 16:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Greg in Daytona
Greg in Daytona

Best of luck to my brother Greg and his team for this weekends ARCA race in Daytona. In general, I don’t know much about stock car racing and I’m not sure how much my brother knows much about contemporary art but we both agree that car 38 looks bad ass this year. permanent link to this post

random friday post 02-05-10

posted at 13:45 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

barn roof

what a misunderstanding


thinner_6

NYT - At London Sale, a Giacometti Sets a Record
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Feb 02, 2010

barn rnd

posted at 15:45 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

barn permanent link to this post

Jan 30, 2010

fanboy builds PS3 game based on Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 2

posted at 23:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



via cremasterfanatic permanent link to this post

Jan 29, 2010

random friday post 01-29-10

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

Man Ray - Indestructible Object
Man Ray - Indestructible Object

field-notes.tumblr.com
tinjail.tumblr.com
tigerloveschimp.tumblr.com
urmean2computer.tumblr.com

and

If not you not me. Annie Abrahams at HTTP Gallery, London. 12 February - 20 March 2010

and (an update)

Black Bania. Elaine Tin Nyo’s sauna/ snack tipi on frozen Medicine Lake near Minneapolis MN as part of Art Shanty Projects. She posted on FB this morning that is -4. Dang.
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Jan 22, 2010

random friday post 01-22-10

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

Bruce Nauman - Window or Wall Sign

Bruce Nauman - The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967 permanent link to this post

Jan 18, 2010

alternating pink and “gold” x 2

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

from mriver's iphone 01-15-10
from thwid's iphone 01-16-10

Dan Flavin - alternating pink and “gold”, 1967 shot from mriver’s phone on 01-15-10 and twhid’s phone on 01-16-10 permanent link to this post

Jan 15, 2010

random friday post 01-15-10

posted at 13:57 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Autotrace #3
Autotrace #3

AutoTrace #3 (Number 1A, performative) at Light Industry, NY, 2009 - unique vector file autotraced from Jackson Pollack’s Number 1A. The file was created before of a live audience at Light Industry, Brooklyn. A sample output method of the file was demonstrated as a two minute blue tape drawing on the wall. The file was then transferred onto a flash drive. All copies of the file were deleted from laptop. Flash drive with sole file was given away to audience member permanent link to this post

Jan 08, 2010

random friday post 01-08-10

posted at 22:05 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

moof permanent link to this post

Dec 31, 2009

mtaa 09 sum up

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

Want v2 (15min Dogpile June 27, 2009)

As we end 2009, here are some photos of MTAA works and artist we presented in our studio under the name OTO. See you all in 2010. Best for the New Year - M.River and T.Whid of MTAA

Automatic for the People: ()
ipdc
$
Camera/Chimera
2live installation shot:
Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland
purple reign in miami
SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3
You Tunes at OTO
The Feraliminal Lycanthroparty
The Wheel of The Devil (aka the loop lecture)
SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP
secret school 04: gold
Jan OTO permanent link to this post

Dec 18, 2009

random friday post 12-18-09

posted at 14:56 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

cpz permanent link to this post

Dec 11, 2009

random friday post 12-11-09

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

cpz permanent link to this post

Dec 08, 2009

Purple Reign still going…

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

purple reign in miami
Some pics from Miami now up on Flickr.

Digi A Go Go and The Purple Reign are still going on this week…”Closing reception is December 12th (7-11pm) THIS SATURDAY!!! Come & see us @ 2724 NW 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 - Reg hours are 1ish -4ish day!” permanent link to this post

Dec 07, 2009

MTAA - 30 Secounds On Stage.

posted at 16:01 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

empac empac

A very very short MTAA performance for an audience of 1. permanent link to this post

INTERNET

posted at 14:11 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

empac

FYI - We found the INTERNET. It is in Troy, NY and seems to be doing fine. permanent link to this post

Dec 04, 2009

tonight in miami

posted at 13:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

digi a go go

Digi a Go Go kicks off tonight at 2724 NW 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 7-11pm


View purple reign in a larger map

Meanwhile, I’ll be in my studio back in Brooklyn at that time painting a wall. Pour one out for me. permanent link to this post

Dec 02, 2009

horn - pink tons

posted at 14:25 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

pink tons permanent link to this post

Dec 01, 2009

Day With(out) Art: The Banner Project 2000

posted at 13:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

day without art web action

almost a decade later… permanent link to this post

Nov 29, 2009

The Purple Reign in Miami Dec 3 to 12

posted at 15:08 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



OTO is pleased to present Brinson Renda, Preston Poe and Michael Sarff’s The Purple Reign - live and prerecorded dramatic readings of the 1984 classic Purple Rain

Prerecorded readings at The Purple Reign’s YouTube channel -

http://www.youtube.com/digigogo

Installation for live readings Dec 3rd to 12th at Digi a Go Go - 2724 NW 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 - corner of NW 2nd Ave & 28th St. Opening Friday Dec 4, 2009 from 7-11pm

With some new MTAA projects being worked on in the N6th studio, this will be the last OTO event for the near future. OTO archive of past events may be found at here permanent link to this post

Nov 25, 2009

pre-turkey day post

posted at 18:00 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

tinjail.tumblr – a few month old tumblr blog in which I take and post random photos using one of my two digital cameras (the good one and the crappy one on my iphone with the scratched lens) of art with little or no curatorial intention on my part other than I saw the work, I’m into the work, and I like the photo I shot of the work.

enjoy and cook/eat well permanent link to this post

Nov 23, 2009

Brody Condon: Case

posted at 15:01 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Brody Condon: Case

Brody Condon: Case
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Nov 22, 2009

gh at oto

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

SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3

photos from G.H.’s SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3 now up on OTO’s Flicker set permanent link to this post

Nov 21, 2009

SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3 - tonight

posted at 13:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3

reminder - SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3, a new three-channel projection by G.H. Hovagimyan at OTO tonight 7 to 10pm

more information permanent link to this post

Nov 20, 2009

random friday post 11.20.09

posted at 15:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

marclay at ps1

Christian Marclay: 2822 Records (PS1), 1987-2009
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Nov 17, 2009

The Purple Reign

posted at 00:51 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

As a serial and/or compulsive collaborist, I’m sometimes asked to do difficult, if not downright awkward, acts in the name of art. The following is a prime example and I hope you will join me in the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat of group performance art.

I’m working, with Brinson Renda and Preston Poe, on an online and real world performance project - The Purple Reign.

http://tinjail.com/purple/

The script for the performance is basic. Read the lyrics of the 1984 classic Purple Rain.

You can do it right now and load it as a response video on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/digigogo

…or come down to the madness that is Miami in December (3rd – 12th ) and do it live at the DIY video art fair Gigi a Go Go

In either case, we need your help. Desperately. No, I mean it. HELP.

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend, hey
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain

Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changin’
It’s time we all reach out for something new, that means you too
You say you want a leader, but you can’t seem to make up your mind
And I think you better close it and let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
If you know what I’m singin’ about up here, come on raise your hand

Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you, only want to see you in the purple rain






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Nov 13, 2009

random friday post 11-13-09

posted at 13:46 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

to be looked at

“To be looked at (from the other side of the glass) with one eye, close to, for almost an hour,” Marcel Duchamp 1918

recapping the week so far - work, studio, sleep, work, sleep, studio, talk with gh, studio, sleep, work, beer (x2), studio, sleep + 29 bike miles + one roasted chicken. permanent link to this post

Nov 11, 2009

G.H. Hovagimyan’s SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3 at OTO Nov 21

posted at 14:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3

On Saturday November 21, from 7 to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present SUBWAY • 1 • 2 • 3, a new three-channel projection by G.H. Hovagimyan.

The subway is a defining urban experience across cultures. Underground and in the subconscious, every rider experiences a disjunctive experience when entering one place and emerging in a different one. In day to day experience, time spent on a subway ride can resemble lost footage between cuts in a movie. But when a movie includes scenes shot in a subway, the subway passage becomes a shared, collective experience. Familiarity with subway scenes from movies have become part of the contemporary vernacular, creating “Oh I remember that film!” reactions. Movie scenes shot in subways also trigger deeper feelings as the viewer defines and redefines personal and shared experiences. In the work I have created using subway scenes from movies, narrative conventions of standard film techniques have been removed to further the exploration of submerged emotions.

more at oto… permanent link to this post

Nov 09, 2009

Quantum Bicycle

posted at 14:44 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

quantum bicycle

Runkeeper, a GPS iPhone ap, discovers that my bike has the strange ability to be in 10 places at once.



Also, my top speed in now 662 mph. permanent link to this post

Nov 06, 2009

random friday post 11.06.09

posted at 19:45 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Hayden Planetarium permanent link to this post

Nov 04, 2009

Creative Commons and the Arts Meet Up

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

snad

Creative Commons and the Arts Meet Up

Nov 18 at 7pm
The Open Planning Project (TOPP) HQ 148 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013
212.796.4220

This month’s meetup will feature a panel on the topic of Creative Commons licensing and open culture as it applies to cultural institutions and the arts. We’ll take a look at some of the ways museums are opening up their content, and explore the limitations and rights restrictions they’re still having to contend with. We’ll also take a look at how artists are using CC licensing and working with CC materials.

7pm - Doors
7:15pm - Brief presentation from artists M.River & T.Whid of MTAA
7:30-8:30pm - Panel discussion, Q&A
8:30-10pm - Informal networking

Panel speakers include:

Fred Benenson of Creative Commons, Shelley Bernstein of the Brooklyn Museum, Steven Masur of Masur Law and Tim Whidden (T.Whid) from MTAA and more…

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Nov 03, 2009

no sun

posted at 14:35 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event

Killing time at MOMA last night before Brody Condon’s No Sun, I started to follow women across the permanent galleries. She seemed to be conducting her own audio guide to the collection. It was a semi public performance or she was having a breakdown. Not an over-the-top-kick-me-out-of-the-museum-breakdown but more of a here’s-the-facts public service announcement. Highlights? A Clyfford Still abstraction: “You see it’s just a bunch of dead cats. DEAD CATS.” Pollack’s drips “This is what painting are. You see this …smelly urine?” I followed at a safe distance, amazed at her dedication, imagination and strange theater craft.

Speaking of public service announcements at MOMA, I would like to suggest that when they play the museum is closing in 15 minutes announcements in the 6 or so languages at the end of the day; they conclude this long message with a brief whale or bird song. permanent link to this post

Nov 02, 2009

halloween week - all souls’ day (day of the dead)

posted at 12:58 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ohio permanent link to this post

Nov 01, 2009

halloween week - sunday (new york city marathon/ all saints day)

posted at 12:50 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

greenpoint bunny permanent link to this post

Oct 31, 2009

halloween

posted at 16:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

pumpkin blaze permanent link to this post

Oct 30, 2009

halloween week - friday

posted at 11:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

greenpoint cat permanent link to this post

Oct 29, 2009

halloween week - thursday

posted at 13:45 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

thehaunting permanent link to this post

Oct 28, 2009

halloween week - wednesday

posted at 11:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

coney island permanent link to this post

Oct 27, 2009

halloween week - tuesday

posted at 12:19 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

aftp trial robot permanent link to this post

Oct 26, 2009

halloween week - monday

posted at 17:38 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

witch permanent link to this post

Oct 11, 2009

You Tunes at OTO

posted at 16:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

You Tunes at OTO

some photos from You Tunes at OTO last night on Flickr

Participants answer questions on a form, such as favorite superhero or cake. The You Tunes band (Preston Poe, Kyle Hester, David and Tara Gladden, Monica Hurtado and Clinton Wilkins) with about 1 min prep, played your song and burned it on CD. They asked Tim and I to kick it off by attempting to each do a song. Here are the awkward-but-fun results.

M.River Song by T.Whid
T.Whid’s Song By M.River permanent link to this post

Oct 10, 2009

inaction painting at work

posted at 14:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

inaction painting at work

just to prove that it could be done – claw hammer 90 degrees to desk using only 2 sided tape for 48 hours permanent link to this post

Oct 05, 2009

OTO Sat Oct 10 - “YouTunes”: a performance sound project

posted at 22:52 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

YouTunes-Logo

On October 10, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present “YouTunes”: a performance sound project with Preston Poe and Kyle Hester.

YouTunes is a personalized song customization and distribution system. Poe and Hester invite you to participate by filling out a simple primarily multiple-choice form. Based on your answers, the artists will craft a custom-made song just for you.

“We’ll write, play, sing, record and burn a CD just for you on the spot- all for 99 centavos”

In an effort to compete with iTunes, the artists will be charging 99 cents per song. You bring a dollar bill and they will give you back your very own song burnt on CD and penny for your thoughts change. Choose your themes, rhythm, key phrases, and musical style, and they will match it to a carefully considered, spontaneous, personally crafted melody - with lyrics to boot!

Poe and Hester’s cache of musical YouTunes styles and instruments includes (but is not limited to) Theremin, electric “micro” pipe organ, washtub, fingerpickin’ guitar, ukulele, various percussion instruments, and many other surprises.

Free beer and wine will be on hand as well as a variety of international culinary tastes that will appeal to one and all.

Over The Opening (OTO) - Once a month, from 7PM to 10PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

OTO direction and map permanent link to this post

Oct 03, 2009

some mtaa art likes for 10.03.09

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

NY Art Book Fair at PS1
NY Art Book Fair at PS1

A Voyage of Growth and Discovery
A Voyage of Growth and Discovery - Mike Kelly and Mike Smith at the Sculpture Center

Jack Early
Jack Early at Southfirst
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Sep 27, 2009

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland

posted at 15:19 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland

On September 25, 2009, people gathered in The Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University. In the gallery, two large sheets of paper had been tapped on the floor. Each sheet was divided into 4 horizontal sections.

As we sat on the floor, I explained that we were about to stage the world’s first Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship.

I began by talking about the choice of aliens. Although most people would not say they have seen an alien, we all know what they look like. We may even have drawn one before. As an example, I image-searched Google for “aliens.”

I also explained that although we know what aliens look like, we don’t have examples of “vernacular aliens.” We then looked at a Google for “vernacular aliens.” At the time, it resulted only with images announcing the Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship and other MTAA works.

I explained that they would be working together on two vernacular alien images using a modified exquisite corpse drawing method / game. We then looked at a few examples of exquisite corpses.

I promised them that they could make better “vernacular aliens” than some of the exquisite corpse examples. I told them that in the future, when people Googled “vernacular aliens,” their work would be seen.

The Vernacular Aliens Drawing Method

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland

I divided the room into two teams (Team M.River and Team T.Whid) and selected 3 judges. I selected 2 team captions and had a coin toss to see which team would draw first. Team M.River won the toss and deferred to T.Whid. I explained that the team would need to self-organize into head, shoulders, knees and toes drawing groups and that they would have until the end of one song to complete their Vernacular Alien. I tossed 10 black Sharpies markers down on the paper and hit play on a YouTube video for David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”.

Team M.River was up next with the same song playing.

After Team M.River finished, we then went to the bonus round. I read a list of ten things a Vernacular Alien might have or see in Salisbury, Maryland (UFO, phaser, death ray, robot dog sidekick, sammy the seagull, the moon, satellites, pizza, salty snacks, the duck decoy museum, and a walkie-talkie). Both teams had one song to fill in the background with these items. I divided the markers (5 per team) and hit play on the YouTube video for Klaatu’s “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft.”

After that, we hung up the drawings.

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland

The judging round began with an open pro and con town hall-style review. We then had a vote by show of hands. Team M.River took it with a decisive 3-0 win.

We all clapped and cheered and then ate pizza.

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland

Every so often, someone would ask what would become of the drawings. I said they would get mailed back to NYC where they would sit in the bottom of a flat file waiting some further use. The images of the drawings and the performance on the other hand will go onto the net and become the objects that define Vernacular Aliens.

More Vernacular Aliens images:
M.River’s Vernacular Aliens Flickr set
Jennifer Poe’s Vernacular Aliens Flickr set

Big MTAA thanks to Preston, Jennifer, Mieke, Dick and the students of Salisbury University. permanent link to this post

Sep 21, 2009

IPDC’s Documentation

posted at 00:20 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ipdc

IPDC Flicker Set
…more documentation soon.

Update
Here are 2 short quicktime clips
Teck Si-Fi Jam
Pet Sounds
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Sep 18, 2009

IPDC Reminder

posted at 17:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


View IPDC at McCarren Park , Brooklyn in a larger map

World’s First, Possibly Only and Probably Last iPhone Drum Circle (aka IPDC) is on for Sunday (2-3pm). Still need an app? Here’s a few cheap or free ones…

Bongo - Bongo
Drum - Kit - Lite
80’s Drummer
Pocket - Shaker

Kai showed me the Shaker App today. Comes with “Gong” and “Cow Bell.” Needless to say…Awesome. permanent link to this post

Sep 13, 2009

IPDC

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ipdc poster

OTO and Conflux 09 are proud to present MTAA + Mike Koller’s World’s First, Possibly Only and Probably Last iPhone Drum Circle (aka IPDC)

Who: MTAA in collaboration with Mike Koller and anyone with an iPhone and a drum or bongo application.
What: a 1-hour iPhone drum circle in a park.
Where: McCarren Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Driggs and union near Green Dome Garden).
When: September 20, 2009 from 2 to 3pm
Why: it is an idea that needs to be attempted at least once.

more info at tinjail/ipdc

Rain location at OTO - 60 North 6th Street 2nd floor permanent link to this post

Sep 01, 2009

MTAA September 09

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eham

Camera/Chimera
Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ
Saturday, September 12 - October 3, 2009
Curated by Ethan Ham
opening reception September 12, 2009 7-10pm

Camera/Chimera is a series of photographs, each by a different artist. The artists are asked to replicate the previous artist’s photograph. The result is a visual game of “Telephone” in which the image slowly (and sometimes abruptly) mutates through the process of recreation.

Artists: Becca Albee, Holly Andres, Patterson Beckwith, Chase Browder, xtine burrough, Cassandra C. Jones, Adrianne Davis, Stephanie Dean, Dennis Delgado, Joel Fisher, Harrell Fletcher, Joy Garnett, Greta Ham, Tim Hutchings, Steve Lambert, Gus Meisner, Robin Michals, Hajoe Moderegger, MTAA, Shani Peters, Anne Schiffer, Christian Marc Schmidt, Tom Thayer, Mariana Tres, Angie Waller

ipdc poster

Conflux City 2009
McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, September 20, 2009 2-3pm

OTO, MTAA, Mike Koller and Conflux 09 present the World’s First, Possibly Only and Probably Last iPhone Drum Circle (aka IPDC)

2live

2live
MTAA solo show at The Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University
September 08 to Oct 23, 2009
live performance Friday, September 25, 2009

Since 2005, the Brooklyn-based artist duo MTAA (Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden) have produced a series of dual video self-portraits. Salisbury University Electronic Galley will show these pieces together for the first time. Additionally, a new piece, produced at Salisbury University, will be shown. In these often humorous performances of conflict and communication, MTAA use their images as avatars for the vast chatter of our current media society. Along with the exhibition of the dual portraits, MTAA will return to the Electronic Galley on September 25, 2009 for a live performance/lecture having something to do with vernacular aliens. permanent link to this post

Aug 28, 2009

random friday post, part 2

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random friday post

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coney permanent link to this post

Aug 22, 2009

back from lake tear of the clouds

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Adirondacks
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Aug 15, 2009

Lake Tear of the Clouds

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Camping in the Catskills and Adirondack High Peaks Region. Going over Mt Marcy (5,383 feet) from Lake Tear of the Clouds side. Back next weekend.


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Aug 04, 2009

Black Acid Co-Op

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Black Acid Co-op at Deitch Projects
Black Acid Co-op at Deitch Projects

Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman at Deitch Projects
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Jul 27, 2009

Salisbury Maryland

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Salisbury Maryland
Salisbury Maryland
Back in town from a long weekend shoot/edit in Salisbury Maryland. We’ll be doing a show down there in September focusing on our dual talking head/ portrait projects including a new work in HD. More info soon. permanent link to this post

Jul 17, 2009

OCSL

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OI
Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) - expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification opened yesterday. The center will treat more than 5 million gallons of wastewater annually via 4 constructed wetlands each about the size of a basketball court. Cool. permanent link to this post

Jul 11, 2009

graham at the whitney

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graham at the whitney
graham at the whitney

top image - Public Space / Two Audiences, 1976
lower image - Performer/Audience/Mirror at P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY, 1977 permanent link to this post

Jul 09, 2009

flavin at zwirner

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flavin at zwirner

flavin’s “monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P.K. who reminded me about death)” 1966. Part of 6 works, 6 rooms at zwirner. permanent link to this post

Jul 06, 2009

Kaaterskill Falls x 4

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Kaaterskill Falls
Kaaterskill Falls
Kaaterskill Falls
Kaaterskill Falls permanent link to this post

Jun 29, 2009

large dark wind chime (tritone westy)

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weber

klaus weber’s large dark wind chime (tritone westy) at creative time’s this world and nearer ones on governors island, ny permanent link to this post

Jun 25, 2009

secondary market and american muscle

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hanne mugaas @ no soul for sale

Hanne Mugaas’s “Secondary Market” at Dispatch’s space at No Soul For Sale

jonathan schipper @ pierogi

Jonathan Schipper’s “The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle” at Pierogi’s Boiler Space
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Jun 15, 2009

photos from The Feraliminal Lycanthroparty

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The Feraliminal Lycanthroparty

some photos from Kai’s OTO, The Feraliminal Lycanthroparty, now up on OTO’s Flickr set

What is a Feraliminal Lycanthroparty?

Two sinewaves — one 3hz, the other 9hz played together via 2 amps. These two frequencies (one acting as carrier, the other as program) generate a lower third, .56hz. The amps run into 3 large magnets (“but kickers” - like the kind sometimes used in immersion theme park rides) place under a wood platform. The platform transmits the pulse from the magnets up to a wood bench. Around the bench, 3 sets of speakers play 6 palindrome loops of the words “yes” and “no”. Behind the bench a set of flashlights turn on and off, projecting onto a large stretched canvas in sequence. The room, ideally, is pitch black, sweltering hot, with a garbage can full of ice and beer. permanent link to this post

Jun 12, 2009

tv is dead.

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ohio

Back in 1999, I was sitting in a noisy club by myself watching the bar’s TV with the sound turned off. They had on what looked like some vintage 50’s propaganda cartoons that I had not seen before. As I watched, the scene cut from some cartoon war to an image of the globe. Coming out of the globe was a huge red banner that said something like “Save Free Television.” As the cartoon cut back to the war, I thought - ”wait… did that really say Save Free TV? Why would anyone need to save TV? It’s like saying save tall buildings. I should start a nonsensical digital campaign to save analog TV.”

And so came to pass MTAA’s first, and on this last day of TV, our most prophetic misunderstanding to date.

http://www.mteww.com/savefreetv/
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Jun 10, 2009

The Feraliminal Lycanthroparty

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The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer

On June 13th from 7 to 10pm, OTO is pleased to present a new sound environment by Kai Vierstra

The Feraliminal Lycanthroparty is a celebration of one of the most diabolically wacky inventions science has ever seen (or at least whispered about). It’s the feraliminal lycanthropizer and it’s a low frequency thanato-auric wave generator, and it’s at OTO for one night only. Expect some serious relaxation of muscles and mores with vibrations and party favors. It’s gonna be an awesome night. The feraliminal lycanthroparty is brought to you by the Brooklyn based artist, Kai Vierstra, who bases this and most all his other work on the continuation of what little he knows and can guess about his father’s wave research with MIT/Lincoln Laboratory’s group 38 “Air Defense Systems”.

For more information on the feraliminal lycanthropizer, please visit- http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/log/archive/8/feraliminal/

and for more of Kai’s work - http://kaivierstra.com

more info on OTO at Over The Opening
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May 30, 2009

photos from oto loop lecture

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The Wheel of The Devil (aka the loop lecture)

some photos from last nights OTO - The Wheel of The Devil (aka the loop lecture) now up on OTO’s Flickr set

Update
Ed began the night by screening Bruce Conner’s Report (1963-1967) and Marilyn Times Five (1968-1973) as people entered into the space. He then spoke a bit on the history of the film loop from the ‘Daedalum’ (aka ‘the wheel of the devil) or as it was later renamed ‘Zoetrope’ (aka ‘wheel of life’) to early porn loops. He then turned to the structural/ materialist approach to loops in which film is treated physically as a object (using tape to create a loop), editing looping sections into a film, and the act of reprinting sections of a film over and over to create a linear work that loops.

He then showed, as examples, two 16mm works - George Landow’s “Film in Which There Appear…” 1965 and Malcolm Le Grice’s Berlin Horse from 1970 (single screen) with a looping Brain Eno soundtrack (think music box) and ended with a section of Jack Goldstein loops including “The Jump” 1979 shown from DVD.

Next, Tim began to present the 17 digital works. He introduced each work with the artist name, the title of the work and the original format (and a note if it was translated from the original format for the screening). The rule was set up that each loop would run until a majority of the audience raised their hand to move to the next loop. Counter to what one might expect, each loop played for some time until people even began to consider looking at the next.

Once Tim ran through the 17 works, he returned to the top of the list and began again. Some people left, some people stayed and the length of duration people looked at the work stayed about the same or in the case of a few works became even longer.

Two thoughts from doing this project:

1. Work in translation is never the same. Goldstein’s loops on DVD from a digital projector are not the same as the film loops showing at the Met right now. I am thankful that translations occur as it allows more people to see the work and hopefully seek out source material.

2. Although we tend to think of loops both film and digital (and sound as well) as infinite, the act of perception always has a start and stop. permanent link to this post

May 21, 2009

The Wheel of The Devil (aka the loop lecture)

posted at 19:14 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

wheel of the devil promo image
stills from “The Horror! The Horror! (.info)” by Jon Rafman

The Wheel of The Devil (aka the loop lecture)
curated by MTAA with Ed Halter
presented by T.Whid of MTAA

The infinite loop is the perfect form for expressing the reality of contemporary existence. From the endless boom-bust cycle of capitalism to the repeating right/left swings of American politics to the misbehaving computer code frustrating our days, we are the society of the loop. We’re doomed to repeat history ad infinitum (not to mention ad nauseum) with no progress nor resolve needed. These observations are nothing new; how could they be? We’ve always been Sisyphus.

while (history) { history = true; }

Come celebrate the horrific beauty of the infinite loop at “The Wheel of The Devil,” a one-night-only screening of historic and contemporary loops at Over The Opening. Each loop screened until the audience votes to move to the next.

Artists include (in no particular order):

JODI - Rick Silva - Brody Condon - Jon Rafman - Deidre LaCarte - Michael Sarff - MTAA - Hayley A. Silverman - Mathwrath - Chris Coy - Michael Bell-Smith - jimpunk - and more… JODI - Rick Silva - Brody Condon - Jon Rafman - Deidre LaCarte - Michael Sarff - MTAA - Hayley A. Silverman - Mathwrath - Chris Coy - Michael Bell-Smith - jimpunk - and more… JODI - Rick Silva - Brody Condon - Jon Rafman - Deidre LaCarte - Michael Sarff - MTAA - Hayley A. Silverman - Mathwrath - Chris Coy - Michael Bell-Smith – jimpunk - and more…

* where:*
Over The Opening (OTO)
60 N. 6th St. 2nd Flr (btw Wythe & Kent)
Brooklyn, NY, 11211

* when:*
Friday May 29th, 2009 7-10PM (one night only)
Doors open at 7PM, the lecture starts looping at 8PM sharp!
free and open to the public

more info at Over The Opening (OTO)
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May 02, 2009

The Interview (AKA Proust Questionnaire)

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The Interview

The Interview (AKA Proust Questionnaire)
shot 2007. finished 2008. web version released 05/2009. permanent link to this post

Apr 23, 2009

photos from SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP at OTO

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SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP

in the oto flickr set
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Apr 17, 2009

UCT2010

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Here is my proposal to the Rhizome Commission 2010.
Untitled Computer Typeface 2010 (UCT2010)
Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Apr 15, 2009

i’m the last splash

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MTAA Splash page for Rhizome 2001 - 2002



Updated Version



Rhizome’s Splashback



AFC on Splash



i could go on but i think i’ll stop here permanent link to this post

Apr 14, 2009

Artists Meeting’s SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP at OTO

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SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP  at OTO

On April 18, 2009 from 7pm-10pm, OTO is pleased to presents SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP by Artists Meeting

SOAP BOX OPERA WORKSHOP is a project developed by the collective Artists Meeting. Honing in on the dramaturgy of theory, the group has adapted excerpts from a variety of scholarly and art-theory-based texts from different eras and genres to a “Soap Opera” filmic format whereby plots are reduced to one liners, drama is played out in an exaggerated manner and scenes rely on emotional turmoil and ambiguity to capture the distracted viewer.

More info…
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Apr 10, 2009

crunch time for bunnies

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greenpoint bunny

t.whid adds:
This image (sited on Boing Boing yesterday) seems apropos for the day…
pioneer_meat.jpg

(maybe that’s bunny in that paper…?) permanent link to this post

Apr 06, 2009

“The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’”

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kippenberger at moma

Martin Kippenberger, “The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’” (1994) at MOMA

The young European immigrant Karl Rossmann tries to get a job of which he need not be ashamed…He asked for nothing better; he wanted to find some way of at least beginning a decent life, and perhaps this was his chance. Even if all the extravagant statements in the placard were a lie, even if the great Theatre of Oklahoma were an insignificant traveling circus, it wanted to engage people, and that was enough. Karl did not read the whole placard over again, but once more singled out the sentence: “Everyone is welcome.” permanent link to this post

Apr 04, 2009

Experimental Deviations in Psychogeography

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tiam jodi screen shot

This Is A Magazine
New cover by JODI
from geogoo.net
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Mar 24, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day - Olia 1996

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Ada Lovelace Day

In the late 90’s, I started to look for net art. I was looking for art not just displayed via net, but art that used the media and subject of the net in the core of the work. Olia Lialina’s 1996 work “My Boyfriend Came Back From the War” was one of the first works shown to me that made clear the possibility of the net as a location for, and of, art. I looked at again today, a decade + and a internet boom later. It still seems like a note for a future art. permanent link to this post

Mar 20, 2009

spring begins in nyc

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spring nyc permanent link to this post

Mar 17, 2009

from netmares/netdreams at capricious space - in real life

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netmares/netdreams

well played netmares/netdreams, well played permanent link to this post

Mar 08, 2009

photos from secret school 04: gold

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secret school 04: gold

on m.river’s flickr page
and in the oto flickr set
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Feb 28, 2009

MTAA in Theater of Code at Light Industry

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$'## $"##'

Theater of Code at Light Industry
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:30pm
Curated by Christiane Paul

Theater of Code will present three performance/interventions that explore how computer code, scripting language, and software applications relate to the movement of bodies and the staging and choreography of our lives. Curated by Christiane Paul

Adrianne Wortzel’s A Re-enactment of The Battle of the Pyramids

Ursula Endlicher’s Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited (Facebook)

and

MTAA returns to Light Industry with two new performances of code-based art. In the first work—titled $”##’—MTAA re-stages John Cage’s 4’33” within a framework of a new media lecture. The second project is a demonstration of Autotrace, a software-generated appropriation and shape creation system. As part of the Autotrace performance, MTAA will use one of the newly generated “Autotraced shapes” to create a ridiculously large, two-dimensional, site-specific work right in front of the audience’s eyes.

Tickets - $7, available at door.

more info and directions to Light Industry
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Feb 27, 2009

Secret School 04: Gold at Over The Opening (OTO) March 7

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gold

On March 7, 2009 from 7-10PM, OTO
welcomes back Huong Ngo for Secret School 04: Gold

Secret School is pleased to collaborate with a team of economists led by Daniel J. Martin to create a functioning and participatory economy based on the gold standard. They will examine the global and political forces that drive the continued mining and hoarding of gold, and the ecological and humanitarian crises that result. Secret School and Martin will present a text that reframes, in a contemporary context, Adam Smith’s argument for the use of the gold as a medium of exchange.

Secret School explores the importance of the hidden and invisible in the social identity of a community through a series of time-based events and collaborations. Ranging from the political to the personal, epic to the quotidian, unknown to unknowable, how do secrets function in the transfer and preservation of power? At a time in which oversaturation of readily available information already exceeds our capacity for adequate synthesis, how can the poetics of secrets cut through the logic of facts? When does the form of a secret supersede its content, and under what circumstances must information remain a secret? Secret School spans an indefinite number of sessions and range of spaces and extends from the aesthetic practice of building systems of social exchange.

For more information, visit Secret School or email s3Cr37.5ch00l@gmail.com

Once a month, from 7PM to 10PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

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Worst. Tweet. Ever.

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First off, if you are not familiar with micro bloggin’, just skip this post. It’s kinda nerdy and it’s not that great of a post – so, you will not be missing anything.

Twhid, on the way to Brooklyn D.I.Y. at the MOMA last night, mentioned that he was twittering about going to the show (note Twhid twitters but I do not do any microblog stuff — unless you count my occasional updates on Facebook). He talked about the weird feeling he gets on seeing the constant flow of tweets from people who go out every night and have hip, action-packed lives. I reminded him tweets are a type of fiction and that people edit their lives. People tend to avoid the low parts like “sitting alone on the couch eating ice cream out of the carton” or “just vomited on my shoes” or “tending to bills at work” or, what we decided would be the worst tweet ever, “just finished masturbating — off to lunch now”

Yep. That’s about it. If you have a worst Worst.Tweet.Ever, send it on over to Twhid.

Update - Oh, hey. Guthrie Lonergan sent us some real world examples of the Worst.Tweet.Ever

http://twitter.com/TheMonarch/statuses/1070154402
http://twitter.com/DaRave/statuses/1126749351

Thanks Guthrie. Enjoy permanent link to this post

Feb 25, 2009

DVD Stills (2 flickr slide shows)

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2the decent

One photo, shot without pause, from each of the DVDs I rented and watch alone in 2006 and 2007

Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Feb 24, 2009

Beautiful Breath: Veil Water

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Duchamp’s Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilette
1921, New York
perfume bottle with collage label
inside oval violet cardboard box
assisted readymade
bottle: 15.2 cm tall
box: 16.3 x 11.2 cm


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Feb 22, 2009

tintype reopens

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fyi - tintype, m.river photo blog, is back from winter hiatus. comments open. rss. enjoy. permanent link to this post

Feb 02, 2009

Please join us this Saturday at SFMOMA for the final act of AFTP ( )

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automatic for the people ( ) - mtaa

Automatic for the People: (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked) will begin on Saturday Febuary 7, at SFMOMA outside the frieght elevator on the 3rd floor at 12 noon.

Prologue - a live audience at SFMOMA votes that the Automatic for the People: ( ) performance should happen in SFMOMA’s freight elevator

Poll 1 - the people decided that the performance should be titled: Automatic for the People: (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)

Poll 2 - it is decided that the duration of the performance should be “the exact same length as R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic for the People’ album”

Poll 3 - house plants, 2x4s, lawn chairs and a PA are to be used as props during the performance

Poll 4 - we’ve been directed to refer to these themes during the performance: Marcel Duchamp, chat rooms, ukuleles and take-out food

Poll 5 - we will game, build, dance and photograph (slowly) during the performance

Poll 6 - we’ll be dressed as robots

Poll 7 - the general public will be allowed to attend the performance

Poll 8 - and they’ve chosen to have wine & cheese for refreshment

Poll 9 - the nature of the space will be “all over the place”

Poll 10 - the performance will conclude in a dance party.

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Jan 27, 2009

more RnD on robots / humans

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Jan 07, 2009

Secret School with Hong-An Truong Jan 17 at OTO

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Wheel In the Sky

On January 17, 2009 from 7-10PM, Over The Opening (OTO) is pleased to present the first installment of Huong Ngo’s nomadic project Secret School featuring the work of Hong-An Truong.

The metaphysicians of Tlön are not looking for truth, nor even for an approximation of it; they are after a kind of amazement. They consider metaphysics a branch of fantastic literature. — Jorge Luis Borges, “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”

Secret School explores the importance of the hidden and invisible in the social identity of a community through a series of time-based events and collaborations. Ranging from the political to the personal, epic to the quotidian, unknown to unknowable, how do secrets function in the transfer and preservation of power? At a time in which oversaturation of readily available information already exceeds our capacity for adequate synthesis, how can the poetics of secrets cut through the logic of facts? When does the form of a secret supersede its content, and under what circumstances must information remain a secret?

Secret School Session 01 is pleased to present Wheel In the Sky, a three-channel video installation by Hong-An Truong. Wheel In the Sky investigates the possibilities of media to bear witness to moments of trauma and moments of poetry when human memory fails. As the video unfolds, the artist questions her father about his interest in the band Journey, and his responses reveal a frustration and acute sensitivity to the loss of meaning in the translation from their native Vietnamese tongue into English and vice versa. The conversation also suggests what impact the years of colonization have had on his perception of Vietnam’s most treasured art form, the poem. Secret School will collaborate with Hong-An Truong to create a text that reveals, complicates, and further conceals what is lost in translation, creating a liminal space out of what is inexpressible.

Session 01 takes place at OTO, Brooklyn, NY on January 17, 2009 from 7-10PM. 
Secret School spans an indefinite number of sessions and range of spaces.

OTO - ONCE A MONTH, THE ARTIST COLLECTIVE MTAA CONVERT THEIR N6TH ST. BROOKLYN STUDIO INTO A VENUE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF TIME-BASED ART.

Directions to OTO
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Jan 02, 2009

AFTP() Update - #8: REFRESHMENTS (JAN 1–7)

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rome

Here is the script as voted by museum and online viewers so far…

“Automatic for the People (aka We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)” will be held in SFMOMA’s freight elevator on 02/07/09 at 1 PM for the exact same length as R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People” album. We will use house plants, 2x4s, lawn chairs and a PA as props. We will refer to Marcel Duchamp, chat rooms, ukuleles, and take-out food. We will game, build, dance, slow and photograph during the performance. We will dress as robots. This performance will be seen by the general public.

This week’s vote…
Refreshments
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Dec 21, 2008

Photos from DEC OTO

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DEC OTO

Photos from 10 More Awkward Metaphors for Sex and Death (The OTO Holiday Show) now up at OTO’s Flickr Set


HAL from mriver on Vimeo.

Meridith and Kai’s video of the Live Dramatic Reading (Princess Leia’s Hologram Message)
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Dec 19, 2008

black play doh

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Here is the basic recipe for the “Black Play Doh” I’m making for OTO on Saturday. It’s a modified version of a recipe found on the net with some trial and error.

black play doh

Ingredients

2 cups flour

2 cups warm water

1 cup salt

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

1 bottle food coloring (Mc-Cormick, black )

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. When the dough pulls away from the sides, remove the pan from heat. Let the dough cool.

black play doh

Place the dough into a large bowl and knead until it becomes smooth. Shape the dough into a ball. Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the dough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands (gloves are best). Work the dye through, a bit at a time, until the entire bottle is empty.
black play doh

When you’re done store it in an air-tight container.

black play doh

So, try it at home. If you get a good batch , bring it to OTO and we’ll toss it on the pile. See you on Sat. permanent link to this post

Dec 18, 2008

Sad To See Ya Go. Give Me A Call Some Day

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sad to see ya go

Hope you will stop by the OTO show Saturday. If you are out and about in NYC that night, please check out 31 Grand closing one night show. Tim and I are sending over one of my paintings – “Sad To See Ya Go. Give Me A Call Some Day” (see above) to give our final respect.

Death Is Not The End
At 31GRAND
143 Ludlow St. NY, NY 10002
Saturday, December 20, 2008, 6-9 PM
Music by DJ Kid Magic

We’re sad to announce 31GRAND is closing after nine wonderful years. We’ve had a great run, and all the artists we have worked with have been such amazingly wonderful talented people. Please join us on this Saturday for the exhibition, Death is Not the End, to celebrate their talent and toast a sad farewell.

Artists include: Adam Stennett, Barnaby Whitfield, Carol “Riot” Kane, Elizabeth Huey, Fanny Bostrom, Randy Polumbo, Francesca Lo Russo, Helen Garber, Jade Dylan, Jason Clay Lewis, Jason Cole Majer, Jason Weatherspoon, Jeff Wyckoff, Jeph Gurecka, Joel Adas, Jon Elliott, Karen Heagle, Kristen Schiele, Kyle Simon, Lauren Gibbes, Magalie Guérin, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Leborious, Michael Anderson, Michael Cambre, Gina Magid, Michael Pope, MTAA, Nelson/Electric Chaircut, Orly Cogan, Paul Brainard, Rebecca Chamberlain, Sean McDevitt, Spencer Tunnick, Tim Wilson, Tom Sanford, Ursula Brookbank, and MORE permanent link to this post

AFTP update: Audience

posted at 13:56 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

1. stairs

Here is the script as voted by museum and online viewers so far…

“Automatic for the People (aka We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)” will be held in SFMOMA’s freight elevator on 02/07/09 for the exact same length as R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People.” We will use house plants, 2x4s, lawn chairs and a PA as props. We will refer to Marcel Duchamp, chat rooms, ukuleles, and take-out food. During the performance we will be dressed as robots.

This week’s vote…
Audience
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Dec 09, 2008

curt at oto

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Curt Cloninger at OTO from mriver on Vimeo.

9:54 min. documentation from Curt Cloninger’s 6 hour performance at Over The Opening (OTO)

Pop Mantra #3 (Tonight)

Excerpt: “tonight / wait, now” from The Ramones song “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do”
Duration: 6 Hours
Media: Electric Guitar, Voice, Black Felt Blindfold, Black Converse All Stars, Time
Where: Over The Opening, Brooklyn, New York, US.
When: 6pm - 12 midnight, Saturday, November 15, 2008.


update -
tonight/wait, now
in real life
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Dec 06, 2008

DEC 20 OTO

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DEC OTO

On December 20, 2008 from 7pm - 10pm, Over The Opening (OTO) is pleased to present new works by Michael Sarff -

10 More Awkward Metaphors for Sex and Death (The OTO Holiday Show)

1. Live Dramatic Reading (Princess Leia’s Hologram Message)
2. Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions)
3. Group Assemble (Home Brewed Black Play-Doh)
4. Group Assemble (Puzzle of Google Map of Puzzle Location)
5. Give Away (edition of Tyvek Jump Suits)
6. Give Away (5 Paintings of Market Collapse Charts and 5 Paintings of Birth Rates Charts)
7. Wheat Paste Posters of 6 Word Cliches (Youth Is Wasted On The Young x10 )
8. Wheat Paste Posters of 6 Word Cliches (Let The Punishment Fit The Crime x10 )
9. Screen (1 Hour Sunset 90 Degrees Counter Clockwise - Summer 08)
10. Screen (1 Hour Sunrise 90 Degrees Clockwise - Winter 08)


LEIA: Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.
HAL: Hey, Dave, what are you doing?



About OTO - ONCE A MONTH, FROM 7PM TO 10PM, THE ARTIST COLLECTIVE MTAA CONVERT THEIR N6TH ST. BROOKLYN STUDIO INTO A VENUE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF TIME-BASED ART.

Map and Directions to OTO
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Dec 04, 2008

AFTP Vote #5 is now up

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AFTP() at SFMOMA

Automatic for the People (aka We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked) will be held in SFMOMA”s frieght elevator on 02/07/09 for the exact same length as R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People” album. We will use house plants, 2x4s, lawn chairs, and a PA as props. We will refer to Marcel Duchamp, chat rooms, ukuleles, and take-out food during the performance.

This week’s live vote… Actions
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Nov 29, 2008

Hey, M.River, what’s up with Tintype?

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njcat

click here for more info on Tintype is sleeping (REM)…
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Nov 27, 2008

Vote #4 is now up

posted at 12:37 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

9. freight elevator

The score so far…

Automatic for the People (aka We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked) will be held in SFMOMA”s frieght elevator on 02/07/09 for the exact same length as R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People” album with house plants, 2x4s, lawn chairs, and a PA as the props

This week’s live vote… Cultural References
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Nov 20, 2008

Prop Vote is Up

posted at 16:58 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

AFTP() at SFMOMA

Here is score so far…

Automatic for the People
(aka We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)
will be held in SFMOMA”s frieght elevator
for the exact same length as R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People” album.

This week’s live vote… Props
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Nov 17, 2008

curt’s oto part 2

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curt's oto part 2

Photos from Curt’s performance double header (in real life)is now up on OTO’s Flickr set.

Curt is in a booth at the Black Rabbit Bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn for 12 hours (1pm to 1 am) It’s still going on. Stop in and say “Hey” permanent link to this post

Nov 16, 2008

photos from curt’s oto part 1

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curt

Photos from the first leg of Curt’s performance double header (playing a loop of “tonight / wait, now” from The Ramones song “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do” for 6 hours) is now up on OTO’s Flickr set.

For the second phase, Curt will be in a booth at the Black Rabbit Bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn for 12 hours (1pm to 1 am). Stop in and say “Hey.” I’ll send some pictures from the booth later in the afternoon. permanent link to this post

Nov 15, 2008

tonight / wait, now

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Artist: Curt Cloninger
Excerpt: “tonight / wait, now” from The Ramones song “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do”

Duration: 6 Hours

Media: Electric Guitar, Voice, Black Felt Blindfold, Black Converse All Stars, Time 

Where: Over The Opening, Brooklyn, New York, US.

When: 6pm - 12 midnight, Saturday, November 15, 2008.
more info at OTO


ready for curt permanent link to this post

Nov 10, 2008

aftp() at sfmoma

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AFTP() at SFMOMA permanent link to this post

Oct 31, 2008

boo 08

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pumpkin

t.whid update
This has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, but here’s a review of Our Political Work on ‘…might be good.’

m.river update
Also, here’s a review (in french) of Annie Abrahams The Big Kiss at OTO on ‘Fluctart’ permanent link to this post

Oct 29, 2008

pencil_2

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pencil_2

m.river adds — I think t.whid posted a jpeg of a golf pencil last night to remind me to buy some at Staples this morning for our show. It was that or he really liked this pencil jpeg. Anyway, here is another pencil.

twhid adds
I really liked the pencil image (it’s invaded all parts of my FB account as well). Once posted, I realized it would be a good reminder for you too :-) permanent link to this post

Oct 28, 2008

Opening Performance Lecture & Museum Hall Meeting

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automatic for the people ( ) - mtaa

On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from November 8, 2008 through February 8, 2009, The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now presents an overview of the rich and varied history of participatory art practice during the past six decades, exploring strategies and situations in which the public has taken a collaborative role in the art-making process.

Organized by SFMOMA Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling.
http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/306

MTAA’s Opening Performance Lecture & Museum Hall Meeting
for the artwork Automatic For the People: ( )
Saturday Nov 8, 2008 @ 3PM

Artist in The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now:
Abramović/Ulay; Vito Acconci; Francis Alÿs; Chip Lord, Curtis Schreier and Bruce Tomb (former members of Ant Farm); John Baldessari; Joseph Beuys; Blank & Jeron and Gerrit Gohlke; George Brecht; Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Mike Bennett; John Cage; c a l c and Johannes Gees; Janet Cardiff; Lygia Clark; Minerva Cuevas; Maria Eichhorn; VALIE EXPORT; Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin; Fluxus Collective; Jochen Gerz; Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz; Matthias Gommel; Felix Gonzalez-Torres; Dan Graham; Hans Haacke; Lynn Hershman Leeson; Nam June Paik; Allan Kaprow; Henning Lohner and Van Carlson; Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; Tom Marioni; MTAA (M.River and T.Whid Art Associates); Antoni Muntadas; Yoko Ono; Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv; Raqs Media Collective; Robert Rauschenberg; Warren Sack; Mieko Shiomi; Torolab; Wolf Vostell; Andy Warhol; Stephen Willats; and Erwin Wurm.

more details on MTAA’s Automatic For the People: ( ) soon… permanent link to this post

Oct 27, 2008

Annie Abrahams - the Big Kiss at OTO on Vimeo

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The Big Kiss from Annie Abrahams on Vimeo. permanent link to this post

Oct 24, 2008

MTAA at UC Berkely - Nov 7

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<STRIKE>Talking Heads</STRIKE> MTAA

The Name of This Band Lecture Is Talking Heads MTAA

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Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use and Copyright in the Digital Age

Nov 7, 2008 UC Berkely 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

“We’d love for you to speak about your work, especially in regards to how it intersects with appropriation, participatory culture, the commons, and intellectual property. I am thinking of works like On Kawara Update, Vito Acconci Update, Pirate Movie, the Commons and Net art diagrams, and so on.” — Kris Paulsen

http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/takeovers

twhid adds
Check out the link above for the full schedule and line-up of the conference. Other speakers include Marisa Olson, Michael Mandiberg, Rick Prelinger, Richard Rinehart and lots more!

We’re also going to be making another public appearance on Nov 8 @ SFMOMA — stay tuned for more info on that! permanent link to this post

Oct 11, 2008

The Big Kiss - Annie Abrahams at OTO

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Abrahams at OTO

Photos from last nights OTO with Annie Abrahams now up at OTO’s Flickr Set permanent link to this post

Oct 01, 2008

Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss at OTO Oct 10

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Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss

Image from the performance “One the puppet of the other” with NicolasFrespech, May 26th 2007, Centre Pompidou Paris.

On October 10, from 7pm to 10 pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present The Big Kiss, a performance installation by Annie Abrahams.

What’s contact in a machine mediated world? What’s the power of the image? How does it feel to kiss without touching? Does the act change because we see it? What does it mean to construct an image with your tongue? And is there still desire? Does the act provoke it? What’s contact in a machine mediated world?

You are invited to participate in the creation of a communal kiss at OTO

Annie Abrahams is a Dutch artist living in France. Abrahams work is featured on her site “Being Human / Etant Humain”: a big interlinked universe that concentrates on the possibilities and limitations of communication as well as at aabrahams.wordpress.com

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Sep 20, 2008

koller’s campfire time at oto

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koller's campfire time

Photos from last nights OTO with Mike Koller now up at OTO’s Flickr Set permanent link to this post

Sep 13, 2008

Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event

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Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event

Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event - Strand Bookstore, NYC - Lee Walton signs books form the Strand’s outdoor $1 book bins. (that’s Lee in the green hat)

Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event

This is the book I got for Lee to sign (not one from the $1 bin)

Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event

I had him sign page 148 on a the image of Manzoni signing one of his “Living Sculpture”. I think Tim and I will sign it on the page with Gilbert and George and then put it up for auction on eBay. permanent link to this post

Campfire Time - Mike Koller at OTO - Sept.19

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Campfire Time

On September 19, from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present Campfire Time, a new installation by Mike Koller. This marks his second exhibition at OTO.

“… either sitting around a campfire drinking beer and telling lies, or telling lies and drinking beer while sitting around a campfire. But I wasn’t there so I can only guess.” - from Bigfoot Has a Long, Lively Local History by Guy Barnes

OTO’s one night format provides an excellent forum to examine social situations and the various activities they surround. Koller’s 2007 instalation, “The Holiday Rejects” looked at the holiday season and the awkward obligations of our interactions during these familial events. In this spirit of experiment, “Campfire Time” examines the intimacy and spirituality of the campfire and our fascination with it. An installation featuring animated projections of the west at sunset, fake logs, terrain, a carefully edited mix of sounds, and of course the campfire itself, “Campfire Time” gives the opportunity for the viewer to develop their own ideas on the nature of our interactions around this timeless and supernatural centerpiece.

Drink beer, tell lies, sing songs, converse intimately, tell ghost stories, or quietly enjoy the recorded crackles and pops of a campfire as you sit beneath the projected sky. Stare pensively into the incandescent glow of the campfire, rest your head on a fake log, and bid a fond farewell to summer.

directions and info on OTO permanent link to this post

Sep 09, 2008

Dante’s Inferno RIP

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coney

Astroland is now closed for the summer and forever. The 1970 dark ride Dante’s Inferno is up for sale ($225,000). Here is some video I shot on the ride a few years back. Tim and I took the video and looped it, slowed it, and ran it back and forth to make this 3 min film. For the most part, it’s just black with a person screaming. Go ahead and take one last ride.


USM from mriver on Vimeo. permanent link to this post

Sep 06, 2008

photos of ecoarttech at oto

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ecoarttech at oto

Now up on OTO’s Flickr set
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Sep 03, 2008

Conflux 08 (September 11 - 14)

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ss5k

Photo of Kate’s big win in MTAA’s Super Slow 5k durring Conflux 07

Conflux is an “art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space.” Last year, MTAA performed the Super Slow 5K as part of the festival. This year, I was asked to be part of the juror committee. Here are a few (of the many ) 08 projects that I’m looking forward to checking out.

Lee Walton: Official Book Signing Event - Strand Bookstore, NYC - Lee Walton signs books form the Strand’s outdoor $1 book bins.

Woody’s Ghost - Preston Poe performs the songs Woody wrote in the very locations where he wrote and sang them.

Open House - Finishing School opens the home of Matt Fisher and Todd Cooper.

C-Town Echolocation - Jeff Sisson and Bennett Williamson tour and map NYC’s C-Town supermarkets.

Speculation Station - The Eh-Team builds a faux subway entrance.

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Aug 25, 2008

EcoArtTech’s “Externalities: Wilderness and its Others” at OTO

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Externalities: Wilderness and its Others

On September 5 from 7pm to 10pm, OTO kicks off our second season with EcoArtTech’s “Externalities: Wilderness and its Others”

EcoArtTech (Christine Nadir & Cary Peppermint) continue to rethink relations between humans, technics, technology, and the environment with “Externalities: Wilderness and its Others” a networked, video-based performance piece. The performance will examine the conditions of possibility for getting back to “nature”

Co-founded in 2005 by Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint, EcoArtTech works with digital, networked, and sustainable technologies and contemporary environments to create art about the environmentality of modern life. Drawing on a wide range of literary, artistic, and theoretical fields, our aim is to imagine new, healthy, and sustainable relationships between animals, humans, and their environments and technologies.

ecoarttech.net

About OTO - Each month the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

map and directions

Next up on Sept. 19 - OTO’s 2nd September show with Mike Koller permanent link to this post

Aug 22, 2008

1ypv — q and a

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1ypv

Back in 2004, MTAA launched the 1 year peformance video (1ypv). A few months ago the finish sequence became buggy (AKA stopped working) due to ‘undiagnosed server configuration issues’ (yeah, yeah MTAA — excuses, excuses). Although this has been a drag (mostly for T.Whid, all I do is ask Zoolander-like questions, “You mean the files are IN the computer?”) it has given me a chance to chat with a recent 1ypv Hall of Famer named Blake. Up until now, I’ve more or less avoided contact with 1ypv viewers. The silence is for no other reason than the fact that automation is an important part of the work. The wall came down when Blake and a few other recent Hall of Famers contacted us about the bug. It seemed like a good time to ask some basic questions of someone who felt the need to watch T.Whid and I sit around for a year. Following is a brief Q and A with an actual 1ypv survivor. Warning: 1ypv spoilers ahead!

M.River - So, how was the work?

Blake - Honestly, I found it amusing on a few levels: me actually looking at it for lengths of time (more on that with the next answer), the fact of timing it so one sees certain “time appropriate” sequences, (dark at night, etc), and the overall idea of someone (you folks) actually putting the “success” of the execution on the viewer.

MR - What made you decide to attempt a year with it?

B - I thought it was a fun idea; that seems so “unartistic” a response, but hey, that’s the truth of it. I liked the idea of committing myself to something like this (even if passively) for a year just to see if I’d remember to do it.

MR - How did you do it? I mean did you just turn on an old laptop, stick it on a shelf and check back in a year? I think that’s how I’d try it.

B - At first I turned it on everyday at work and let it run for the 8 hour day, checking here and there. off and on (probably for the first half of my viewing) I’d forget a day or two and come back to it. Then, when I decided to quit my job I started running it 24 hours a day in the background, and I was excited when the screens would “buffer” for hours because then I could listen to music without the sounds of the piece. The last 20 or so days were run almost nonstop on my laptop, but I’d take breaks for fear of overheating (I obviously wasn’t concerned with the work computer…ha!). When I realized I could time it to Marilyn’s death date, I started getting strict about keeping stuff running. Also, for the latter half, I’d sometimes watch for 15 or so minutes at specific intervals just to see what loops came up (tossing the wallet and toilet paper rolls were probably my favorites, why I don’t know…)

MR - Is your understanding of the work different after a year than what you expected? I mean, was doing the project different than understanding the project?

B - Well, I liked the ideas behind Tehching Hsieh’s year art, and I knew that since I was only seeing recorded loops (and not even “watching” the whole thing for an entire year) I wasn’t expecting some revelation at the end. I have thought more about time / duration and what delineates art from life (I know, gettin’ arty again), but overall, I am down with the idea of having gotten my name on the wall, as it were. Oh yeah, as a side note, I was kinda hoping that the last minute would have been yet another pre-determined / triggered loop so that no matter what time it was it switched to a sequence where you both approached the camera (breaking the 4th wall / 4th computer screen) to say “congratulations” and then blackout, but at the same time it was almost better that the time just kept rolling as if to say “it’s been a year; so what? think about ~that~, pal!” permanent link to this post

Aug 20, 2008

GRL’s James Powderly held in China

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Foto di Achille Filipponi
Foto di Achille Filipponi

James Powderly was detained by Chinese authorities in Beijing early Wednesday, according to a message received by Students for a Free Tibet around 5PM Beijing Standard Time, said an SFT spokesperson. The message, sent through the social networking site Twitter, read “held since 3AM”, said friend and SFT board member Nathan Dorjee. Powderly has not been heard from since-more than 24 hours later-and his whereabouts remain unknown, he said.

Photo - GRL in Rome (Enzimi 07)
Students For a Free Tibet (SFT)
Graffiti Research Lab (GRL)


Update According to BoingBoing it looks like Powderly and a few others are going to do 10 days in jail… permanent link to this post

Aug 06, 2008

Born to Run - Cory’s Glockenspiel Addendum at Light Industry

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cory
Photo via T.Whid’s new iPhone
cory
Photo via my old 3.2 Mega Pixel Pentax
Blog post about the show by Diane Hatz

background on Cory’s Glockenspiel Addendum
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Aug 04, 2008

Plan 9 (scenes 1-3)

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An Attempt to Re-film Plan 9 from Outer Space (scenes 1-3) at Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY

Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here.


An Attempt to Re-film Plan 9 from Outer Space (scene 1)

An Attempt to Re-film Plan 9 from Outer Space (scene 2)

An Attempt to Re-film Plan 9 from Outer Space (scene 3)

Staring
Ed Halter as CRISWELL
T.Whid as DANNY
Thomas Beard as JEFF
Cory Arcangel as OPERATOR
Hanne Mugaas as EDITH
Christopher Fahey as GRAVEDIGGER #1
T.Whid as GRAVEDIGGER #2
and Margaret (tinydiva) Jameson as VAMPIRA
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Aug 02, 2008

GRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMAT

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GRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMAT

67 artist-made animated GIFs
Curated by Laurel Ptak iheartphotograph.com
Part of the exhibition Young Curators, New Ideas
Bond Street Gallery
297 Bond Street, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, August 13 – Saturday, September 6, 2008

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Curator’s Statement:

GIFs are a modest 8-bit-per-pixel bitmap image format introduced to the world by CompuServe in 1987. They have the distinction of being the very first color compression format widely used for images online (predating the JPEG by 7 years). One of the beauties of the GIF is that a single file can contain multiple images shown in a timed sequence, giving the effect of motion, known fondly as an animated GIF. In the ’90s these proliferated onscreen in the form of dancing babies and rotating globes, maladroitly articulating a kind of humanist optimism about the internet. Looking back at them now, animated GIFs seem at once gleefully lo-fi and ineffably poignant, almost desperate to communicate something beyond what the bounds of their humble technology could allow.

Curious how this lo-fi form might fare in a contemporary context, I commissioned 26 photographers, designers, and new media artists to embrace this more than 20-year-old technology. They were given only 3 days to work on their projects and were encouraged, though not required, to incorporate photographic materials. Some had never made an animated GIF before and some were notorious for it. The approaches, aesthetics, and meanings to be found in their GIFs really impressed me. Some use the form epically like a novelist or a film director; others are self-reflective about the limits of technology and representation; many challenge photography’s usual atemporal disposition; and then some just make me giggle.

Their full results are on view at Bond Street Gallery from August 13–September 6, 2008, shown on 44-inch flat screen in an infinite loop. Each GIF is sold in an unlimited edition for $20, accompanied by a personalized note from the artist.

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Featuring work by Victor Boullet, Tyler Coburn, Petra Cortright, C.Coy, Daniel Everett, Thobias Fäldt & Per Englund, Martin Fengel, Jason Fulford, Nicholas Grider, Pierre Hourquet, Konst & Teknik, Eke Kriek, Emily Larned, Matt MacFarland, Katja Mater, Kelci McIntosh, Ilia Ovechkin, Robert Overweg, M. River, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Asha Schechter, Trevor Shimizu, Jo-ey Tang, Anne De Vries, Karly Wildenhaus and Damon Zucconi.

I’ll be showing my vacation 08 gifs - vacationoitacav
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Jul 30, 2008

Jenny Holzer’s PROJECTIONS at MASS MOCA

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Jenny Holzer

Web cam of the install through November 16, 2008 permanent link to this post

Jul 28, 2008

Desert Bus

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bug_splat

As part of my 5 min presentation of Want at the CC art camp this year, I showed the 1ypv. I mentioned my amazement that 24 people have spent a year watching us hanging out in a cell. The next day I was talking with George Fifiel about durational performance / media art and he told about this strange lost game by Penn & Teller from 1995. Part of the game was a driving simulator called “Desert Bus”. In this game you have to drive a beat-up bus through the Nevada desert for eight hours in real-time to reach Las Vegas. Once you get to Vegas, you are told to turn around and drive home. In the game the bus veers to the right so you have to keep your hands on the joystick the entire 16 hour trip.

Love it.

More background on Desert Bus
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Jul 21, 2008

Photos from Playscape at OTO

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playscape at oto

Photos from Dana Strasser and Isabella Bruno’s OTO event “Playscape”, are now up on the OTO Flickr set. permanent link to this post

Jul 18, 2008

Rhizome Ghost - 24-Hour DOA

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rhizghost

You enter a small candlelit library. A crowd of mourners mill about an open coffin in the center of the room. In the coffin rests a body wrapped in a white sheet. The sheet has two black spots painted on for eyes.

T.Whid approaches you dressed in black, two whiskeys in hand. As he offers you a drink, he begins…

T. Whid — Hell. Glad you could make it out tonight, didn’t think you’d make it. Here, have a drink, find a place to stand. M.River is going to start soon. Lauren, Patrick and Luis are already here. I think they’re over at the buffet table. Please, help yourself. Thanks again for coming out.

As you make your way through the crowd to the buffet table, M. River, dressed in a white suit with black armband, climbs onto a chair near the coffin. He raises his arms into the air and begins.

M. River — Dearly Beloved, a few months ago Luis Silva asked T.Whid and I to participate in an email-based exhibition hosted on Rhizome. We had recently been thinking about how Rhizome has, in the past, been used not only as a place to announce and talk about art, but also as a platform to create art. We were also thinking about some MTAA projects like vieweratstar67@yahoo.com, Endnode AKA Printer Tree and Karaoke DeathMatch 100 all of which incorporated open, group interactions.

We were thinking about a key on the floor, a group identity, and an empty room. We were also thinking about, as we often do when we think about the Internet, ghosts.

We worked with Rhizome to set-up an open account using the ghost@rhizome.org email address. We then submitted this text as our work for the FW: Re: Re: exhibition:

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a one-month email haunting of rhizome.org (aka ghost@rhizome.org) user name: ghost@rhizome.org (rhizomeghost@gmail.com)

password: boobooboo 11-07-2008 to 11-08-2008
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Less than 24 hours after the ghost was released, it was locked down. The ghost’s password was changed barring the public from interacting with the piece. The ghost’s controller next bombed Rhizome with spam, racist rants and sexist screeds for a few hours then stopped.

Two options presented themselves: 1) continue the project with a smaller group of people or 2) kill the project. Of the two choices, killing the project after 24 hours seemed like the only honest thing to do.

So, here we are one week later to bid farewell to ghost@rhizome.org.

Now, If you would all please raise you glasses with me. A toast! To the belief that utter and complete failure is still a viable option in art. The ghost is dead. Long live the ghost!

As you file out with the sobbing crowd, you notice T.Whid preparing to pound a stake into the ghost’s heart as M.River douses the sheet with gasoline while waving a dead chicken over it.

===

P.S. You can find an archive and comment on all the ghost’s posts over at Rhizome on the BOO thread. permanent link to this post

Jul 17, 2008

m.river in the studio

posted at 22:27 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

studio

Hey all. M.River here of MTAA. I’ve been in the studio this summer working on some new paintings. Can’t wait to show them. Wish me luck. permanent link to this post

Jul 15, 2008

Playscape at OTO Friday July 18

posted at 19:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Playscape at OTO Friday July 18

"Play is the exultation of the possible." - Martin Buber

On July 18th, from 7 to 10pm, OTO is pleased to present a new installation by Dana Strasser and Isabella Bruno.

Strasser and Bruno create a playspace for the adult set using specifically selected, everyday objects in transformative ways. Immerse yourself in a sea of balloons, and let the play happen.

OTO goes on vacation in August and will return in the fall with a new works by Mike Koller, Mike Sarff, Cary Peppermint, Curt Cloninger, Annie Abrahams, and more.

For details and directions check Over The Opening. permanent link to this post

Jul 11, 2008

rhizome_ghost

posted at 20:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

rhizghost

a one-month public haunting of rhizome.org

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Jun 22, 2008

xandxx

posted at 17:22 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

xandxx

10 netartworks I was interested in around 10 years ago and 10 from the last few years.

Note - This is not a “best of” list. It is just some works that I think about for time to time. I’ve added a MTAA work in the netart_x section only because it was done with Eryk Salvaggio and his webiste from that time (one38.org), like so many works from that time, is gone. Seeing as I’ve left off a good many netartworks that I like, I may (or may not) change the list from time to time. I think of xandxx as an netartwork. I hope to live long enough to add a netart_xxx section in 2018 on the longest day of the year. permanent link to this post

Jun 14, 2008

LOSHADKA at OTO (Photos)

posted at 19:41 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

LOSHADKA at OTO

Photos from last night in OTO’s Flickr set
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Jun 12, 2008

1 hit

posted at 02:23 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


1hit from mriver on Vimeo. permanent link to this post

Jun 10, 2008

LOSHADKA at OTO on Friday June 13

posted at 14:32 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

poster

OTO is pleased to present on Friday June 13th from 7 to 10pm, an new installation by LOSHADKA (http://www.loshadka.org/)

ILIA OVECHKIN
PETRA CORTRIGHT
DAN WICKERHAM
WILL SIMPSON
TRAVESS SMALLEY
JAY PEYTON
BILLY RENNEKAMP
THOMAS GALLOWAY
HAYLEY SILVERMAN

SPEED LIL-LIZ_GUY69: HELLO pup
PIXL_lixxard: SUOP SUP SUP SUPSUPS
lil-liz_guy69 of sup: hé foutue attacks you with armed hand where you with for this praise with neon I heard it descends U To the bottom
PIXL_lixxard: spout out some wwtf go to the hell go to your tomb which I do not go anywhere with a witch
lil-liz_guy69: U are dry everywhere of the United States in your shorts of spoils eating a meat pie
PIXL_lixxard69: I hold a cat which I make of drugs and im energy with the swimming pool of stuffing of space
lil-liz_guy69: a good number of drugs and drinks and music and hot hot hot babies in an oil factory functioning for dollar$
PIXL_lixxard: each one there will be sexy AM completely foutu I right or amirite
lil-liz_guy69: honey bee which you know that I am ready with the ready git and obtain pumped
PIXL_lixxard: hehehebreaking all the rules on this ground


more at oto…
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Jun 07, 2008

when push comes to shove…

posted at 13:53 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

From the epilogue of Defunct in Ohio , a work I wrote for SMAC! in 2003:

Machines and systems come into this world. They thrive and then grow old. Technology gets updated, replaced or just fades off on its own. Sometimes, because we miss them, we dig up graves and let the dead walk the earth. We love seeing undead lurch around, bloody limbs and all. New media is growing old. We are already writing the eulogies. While some prepare for last rights, others will contact voodoo priests and sharpen their spades. Me? I’m ironing my plaid thrift store shirt, excited for the funeral. permanent link to this post

May 10, 2008

Church of the Rough Guide at OTO

posted at 14:16 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

May's OTO

Photographs from the Church of the Rough Guide at OTO last night are now up at Flicker. Yes, some people ate the shrimp off the walls.

OTO’s Flickr set permanent link to this post

May 06, 2008

Conflux 08

posted at 15:34 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ss5k brooklyn

Conflux 07 - MTAA’s Super Slow 5k

Conflux is the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space. The 2008 festival takes place September 11 - 14 throughout New York City. You can now submit a proposal to participate in the 08 festival here.

The deadline is May 31, 2008. permanent link to this post

Nick Lesley and Eben Lillie’s Church of the Rough Guide

posted at 12:42 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


On May 9, from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is please to present “Church of the Rough Guide”, a new installation by Nick Lesley and Eben Lillie. “Church of the Rough Guide” continues the themes and characters found in recent their performance “Rough Guide to the Grotesque”.

“Church of the Rough Guide” is devoted to the lessons of the “Rough Guide to the Grotesque” as written by the great travel writer, Boreas. “Rough Guide to the Grotesque” is a tall tale that depicts an idealistic hero whose principles live on in all of us today. On a quest for love and companionship he faced many dangers. He was deceived by a false idol of love and engaged in a battle of sexual appetites with his apparent soul mate, Sophia of the Forest. He died tragically shortly after finding happiness in joining the Caridea tribe; a juicy, fleshy commune. The story contains lessons of love, comradery, lust, and community which are valuable to us all.

The performance of “Rough Guide to the Grotesque” was made possible with the help of the cast, The Living Theatre, Materials for the Arts, and the House of Yes (RIP). The work premiered at The Living Theatre in April of 2008.

Rough Guide To The Grotesque
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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 http://americaandme.wetpaint.com/

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 18, 2008

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.”

warrenellis.com

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.

SS5K ROMA

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

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

ssss

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.

FREE

lightindustry.org
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 09, 2008

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.

IMGP0468

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

Mar 30, 2008

going

posted at 13:49 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Oh yeah…I just got a flickr “pro”. You can now enjoy all 493 nuggets of on line snaps and art…like this littel gem of pain -

small performance

Need more? Don’t forget ye ol’ Tintype
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The Surrogates - Eva and Franco Mattes at OTO on April 11

posted at 12:49 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

01s

On April 11, from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is please to present a new video performance work by Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.org)

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.

Eva and Franco Mattes works have been shown internationally including: Collection Lambert, Avignon; Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Florence, Postmasters Gallery, New York; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; ICC, Tokyo; Manifesta4, Frankfurt.

They received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Center, and are among the youngest artists to ever participate to the Venice Biennale. In 2006 they received a fellowship from Colombia University, New York.

Mattes’ works are part of several private and public collections such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MEIAC, Spain; MAK, Vienna.

More info at Over the Opening
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Mar 25, 2008

not fairs

posted at 13:06 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

buck hunter

With our email boxes full of press and the sound of art blog engine revving, the NYC art world heads into Fair Week. Here are two “Alt. Fairs” that I would like to note. Why? I just like the idea that they exist.

Disarmory
Dark Fair
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Mar 23, 2008

photo from last night’s Masolit with the Creationists show at OTO

posted at 15:37 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Masolit and the Creationists at OTO

Happy Easter. Photos from last night’s Masolit / Creationist show at Over The Opening show are now up at OTO’s Flickr set and Tintype

We are also as happy as bunnies with gifts of chocolate eggs to announce that the April 11 OTO show will be a new performance based video installation by Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.org). Word. More details soon. permanent link to this post

Mar 17, 2008

Masolit and the Creationists at OTO Saturday, March 22nd (7pm to 10pm)

posted at 20:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

masolit

On Saturday, March 22nd from 7pm to 10 pm, OTO is pleased present the debut live performance of Masolit, a new music project featuring vocalist/producer Margaret Jameson (also known as tinydiva), mix master/producer Phil Painson, and guitarist/melodist extraordinaire Tom Jameson. Before forming Masolit, Phil and Margaret performed together at many New York City venues including Bowery Ballroom, Galapagos, Brownie’s, CBGB’s and Fez as members of the downtown ensemble Market. Influenced by a wide spectrum of musical styles embracing hip-hop, funk, old-ass blues, French Impressionism and electro, Masolit seeks to create an innovative original music culture for the masses.

Opening for Masolit will be the Creationists, consisting of Abe Maneri (keyboards) and Tom Jameson (guitar). They will present a set of eclectic preludes comprising both unpremeditated and intelligently designed phases.

Saturday, March 22nd (7pm to 10pm)

7pm The Creationists

8pm Masolit

To hear Masolit’s latest recording “NSA” go to www.myspace.com/masolit or www.masolit.net

OTO is located at 60 North 6th Street (2nd floor) Brooklyn, NY, 11211
L train to Bedford Avenue
3 Blocks west on North 6th - just shy of Kent
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Mar 12, 2008

just thinking out loud on del.icio.us

posted at 16:26 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

about artist who visualize communication

http://del.icio.us/m.river/vc permanent link to this post

Mar 07, 2008

a song for tim on friday

posted at 13:45 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver



“Losing My Edge” was the first LCD Soundsystem single released on 8 July 2002.

When I was DJing, playing Can, Liquid Liquid, ESG, all that kind of stuff, I became kind of cool for a moment, which was a total anomaly. And when I heard other DJs playing similar music I was like: ‘Fuck! I’m out of a job! These are my records!’ But it was like someone had crept into my brain and said all these words that I hate. Did I make the records? Did I fuck! So, I started becoming horrified by my own attitude. I had this moment of glory though. People would use me to DJ just to get them cool. They’d be like ‘It’s the cool rock disco guy’ and this was really weird. And to be honest I was afraid that this new found coolness was going to go away and that’s where ‘Losing My Edge’ comes from. It is about being horrified by my own silliness. And then it became a wider thing about people who grip onto other people’s creations like they are their own. There is a lot of pathos in that character though because it’s born out of inadequacy and love.
— James Murphy

twhid: haha, thanks dude! permanent link to this post

Feb 23, 2008

Photos of RSG’s KRIEGSPIEL LAN Party at OTO

posted at 15:03 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

KRIEGSPIEL LAN Party at OTO

Photos from last night are now up at the OTO Flickr set and at Tintype

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Feb 22, 2008

Let’s GET REAADYYY TO RUUUUUUMMMMBLE…

posted at 14:28 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

RSG’S KRIEGSPIEL LAN Party
Tonight Only
BYOL (Bring your own Laptop)
(7pm to 10pm) at OTO
More info here

twhid update
And if the snow stops you then you were never really any competition anyway. permanent link to this post

Feb 15, 2008

RSG’s KRIEGSPIEL LAN Party is back

posted at 13:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

We sadly had to cancel this OTO event at the last minute but we’re back on for Friday February 22 (7pm to 10pm). Time to get your war on.

BYOL (Bring your own Laptop)

More info here permanent link to this post

Feb 08, 2008

Tonight’s OTO canceled

posted at 16:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Darn. Due to circumstances out of our control, we’re going to cancel the KRIEGSPIEL LAN Party at OTO tonight. We’ll reschedule soon and let you know the new date. Looks like late Feb, early March. permanent link to this post

Feb 07, 2008

Restless Crowd Control, 2001

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


Restless Crowd Control (RCC) from mriver on Vimeo

Restless Crowd Control (RCC) was a one night installation at the Good Bad Art Collective in Brooklyn (2001).- slide projections, video projections, internet video-conferencing, custom police barricades, music by Willing (Fritz Welch, Ian Christe) and special guest Stephen O’Malley (of Sunn 0))), Khanate and Lotus Eaters). The linked vid is a 20 mins still shot of Willing’s performance. Play loud. Enjoy.

twhid sez - Awesome! I didn’t even know we had video of this. Whatever happened to Good Bad anyway?

M.River updates - Fritz just emailed to note that the secound guitar (off screen with Ian) is Stephen O’Malley of Sunn 0))), Khanate and Lotus Eaters. Also, I’ve been told that the Good Bad Art Collective (Denton /Brooklyn) split soon after. permanent link to this post

Jan 30, 2008

KRIEGSPIEL - Guy Debord’s 1978 “Game of War” Produced for computer by RSG

posted at 14:35 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

KRIEGSPIEL screenshot

On February 08, from 7pm to 10 pm, OTO is pleased to present -

+ LAN party! +

KRIEGSPIEL
Guy Debord’s 1978 “Game of War”
Produced for computer by RSG


* bring your own laptop *

In 1978 the French Situationist Guy Debord designed and fabricated a board game called “The Game of War.” Thirty years later RSG is resurrecting this largely forgotten game, translating the game instructions from French to Java and releasing it as an online computer game. We explore the contradiction between Debord, a symbol of radical politics and art in 1960s France, and the Napoleonic war game he created. In Debord’s own words the game was the only thing in his entire body of work that had any value. Was it nostalgia, or a vision of things to come?

Founded in 2000, RSG is a collective of programmers and artists working on experimental software products. The Kriegspiel team consists of: Alexander R. Galloway, producer and programming; Carolyn Kane, research; Adam Parrish, programming; Daniel Perlin, sound; DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek, music; and Mushon Zer-Aviv, design.

* bring your own laptop *

More info at OTO
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Jan 26, 2008

USM

posted at 20:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver


USM from mriver on Vimeo.

MTAA’s very unscary 3 min movie of a Coney Island funhouse made in under 3 hours for a screening at EFA’s gallery in 2007 curated by Marina Zurkow. Play it loud, alone and in the dark. permanent link to this post

Jan 24, 2008

young laptop

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


laptop from mriver on Vimeo.

Teaching net art skills to the next generation. permanent link to this post

Jan 12, 2008

Photos from last nights OTO with Elaine Tin Nyo

posted at 14:32 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Elaine Tin Nyo’s “I Want to Make Some Tamales”

more at Tintype and Flickr

Thanks to Elaine and all the tamale people. Good times.

Update - Tamaler Michele O’Donaghue has some photos at her I wanna make some Tamales …(hell yeah!)
Flickr set. Thanks Michele. permanent link to this post

Jan 08, 2008

Frank (Again) - a performance for Breaking Solitude

posted at 18:59 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

frank

Frank(Again), a performance by MTAA (New York) in the frame of Breaking Solitude a project of panoplie.org and Annie Abrahams.

Saturday January 12 20h 8 PM GMT+1 (Paris local time), 2pm New York time at http://panoplie.emakimono.org/index.php/projets/voir/16

MTAA will draw, with input from the online audience, a larger than life snowman named Frank.

Only 30 places available. Please sign up before the perfromance at Panoplie.org permanent link to this post

Jan 05, 2008

Elaine Tin Nyo’s “I Want to Make Some Tamales”

posted at 20:38 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Elaine Tin Nyo

On January 11, from 7pm to 10 pm, OTO is pleased to present “I Want to Make Some Tamales”, a cooking lesson by Elaine Tin Nyo

Hands-on cooking lesson 7-8:30
Open public feeding 8:30 until the tamales run out

Enrollment is limited for the cooking lesson. Please contact mriver@mteww.com to reserve your place (materials fee: $5).

Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist with a computer and kitchen in Harlem, New York and a locker in Chelsea filled with dance shoes.

Elaine’s works explore the structures of sensual experience and social interaction. Her primary subjects have been social structures such as dinners, classrooms and ballroom dance. Her photographs, recipes, videos, installations and performances have been presented by BlindSpot, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, The New Museum, Creative Time, Bronx Museum, Fargfabriken, Neueberger Museum, Leslie Tonkonow Projects, Chez Bushwick, and French Culinary Institute.

Upcoming shows at Over The Opening
February 08 - RSG
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Dec 31, 2007

still07

posted at 20:14 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

the decent

the wild blue yonder, the decent, la jetee, fearless, street fight, loud QUIET loud, a sound of thunder, enemy at the gate, so wrong they’re right, the illusionist, stop making sense, heart of gold, the departed, storefront hitchcock, my country, my county, requiem, the host, minority report, the good shepard, the last days, the last king of scotland, darshan, the embrace, flesh + blood, robo cop, hannibal rising, at worlds end, old joy, acid house, the last waltz, letters from imo jima, matthew barney - no restraint, high tech soul, blood and chocolate, the call of cthulha, star wars episode v - the empire strikes back, primeval, the good german, factory girl, 300, unbreakable, bug sonic youth - corporate ghost, blood simple, miller’s crossing, undead, mouth of madness, roma, the thing, mr. brooks, spiderman 3, the lives of others, bloody child, b.i.k.e, gerry, good will hunting, live free or die hard, the king is alive, blood diamond, eastern promises, elephant

Take one image, without pausing the film, from each DVD I rent and watch alone in 2007. Show each of the 60 images for 1 second in 5.7 MB QuickTime movie.

still07

update


still 07 from mriver on Vimeo. permanent link to this post

Dec 28, 2007

Cya 07. Hello 08

posted at 20:33 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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http://triptych.tv/
http://www.jimpunk.com/iPod.Movies/last_rain.php3
http://www.williamboling.com/peel/index.html
http://www.hotornot.com/r/?eid=RMN8NRH&key=GXC
http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/disco-nnect/
http://www.seecoy.com/matrYOshki.html
http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/sailing/
http://letsturnthisfuckingwebsiteyellow.com/
http://meineigenheim.org/dumpster/
http://www.loshadka.org/wp/?p=398
http://twitter.com/jennyholzer
http://www.ecoarttech.net/untitledlandscapes/index.html
http://thegreatinter.net/sleepover

http://www.peterpaulchocolates.com/
http://creativetime.org/programs/archive/2007/chan/events.html
http://the-eat-in.blogspot.com/
http://www.artcal.net/event/view/1/5808
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/art/9470/marcel-broodthaers-decor
http://www.geartekcorporation.com/passingtime/


a big end of 07 hug to Postmasters, James and Barry, the mighty AFC (sorry about that “brawl”), Rhizome (congrats LC - the new digs look fab), iCommons, Haifa Museum, Computer Fine Arts, Enzimi, Glowlab/Conflux, the “All Night Roma” folks, Eyebeam, Creative Capital, C. Jones, Bryce Wolkowitz, RSG, MO, Mikey Koller, Kate (our unofficial super hypothetical and under, if not even, paid studio assistant) and all who came to the OTO. See you all in 08. We have 2 big museum shows in California next year and a great group of artist lined up for OTO.

Peace in 08. permanent link to this post

Dec 20, 2007

Mark River is out of here…

posted at 17:53 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

buck hunter

Going to Columbus for Christmas. I might try posting some in Ohio. Might.

t.whid adds:
I love this pic. Have fun in Ohio M.River. permanent link to this post

Dec 17, 2007

Photos from Mike Koller’s HOLIDAY REJECTS

posted at 13:42 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Mike Koller’s “THE HOLIDAY REJECTS”
“Naughty” and “Nice” slide show of found (Googled) holiday photos - faux mantel with projected Yule log loop and found (Googled) holiday photos - projected flash animation Christmas tree

Some more shots from the show at Tinjail (start at link and scroll back) and at Flickr in the OTO set. Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Dec 14, 2007

It’s A Very Special Holiday OTO Tonight only (7- 10)

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Mike Koller’s The Holiday Rejects

M.River of MTAA calls it “…a heart warming celebration of the holidays fueled by sugar, eggnog, and forced photo ops. What could go wrong?”

t.whid update
oops. Our posts collided. M.River’s is funnier. permanent link to this post

Dec 05, 2007

December at OTO - Mike Koller’s ‘THE HOLIDAY REJECTS’

posted at 15:00 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

holidayrejects

One night only!
Friday December 14 7PM to 10PM
Over The Opening is pleased to present Mike Koller’s
THE HOLIDAY REJECTS

With the proliferation of video and photography equipment and even more so the availability and user-friendly nature of at-home post-production equipment and software, the do-it-yourself documentarian is a driving force behind all our familial interactions. The need to record, in detail, the various persons and their reactions to all the activities has increasingly become the chief activity itself. The time spent face to face becomes second to the execution of a thorough archive of the event. A smiling photo is more important than the argument it took to create it, the video containing each persons thoughts for the New Year takes precedent over the people themselves. In these ways the family becomes the discarded artifact of creating a visual history of events that are largely fictionalized or staged versions of an unknown third party’s expectations.

The Holiday Season, more than any other, creates a steady stream of videos and photos posted for all to see. Presented in a one night ‘X-mas Party’ format are the photos and videos from 69 different family celebrations in a tribute to the discarded persons who were pivotal to their creation, The Holiday Rejects. True to the season, the party will feature food, drink and music to set the mood. Also featured will be three new animated video projections of a Christmas tree, a window overlooking a wintry landscape and the inescapable Yule Log. Come, imbibe, document, post.

Mike Koller is an artist and musician living and working in Brooklyn.

Upcoming events at OTO:

Jan 11 - Elaine Tin Nyo
Feb 08 - RSG (Alex Galloway)

More OTO info and directions… permanent link to this post

Dec 04, 2007

back from the SS5K Roma

posted at 16:15 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

SS5K ROMA group photo
M.River of MTAA at the SS5K ROMA

Back from the SS5K ROMA. Loved it. I’ll have some updates soon. (Sorry T.Whid. I’m sad to say the lack of web updates and contact was not so much due to the great wine but lack of sleep and wifi. Shame really.) permanent link to this post

Nov 23, 2007

Time has come today (Hey)

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

T.Whid fixed the dates in the MTAA-RR archive

Yeah, I know. It’s been broke forever.

T.Whid update
It’s *mostly* fixed. There’s still some funkiness here and there. Especially in Feb 06 — bah! permanent link to this post

Nov 20, 2007

When in Rome…

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

MTAA´S Super Slow 5K - ROMA (SS5K Roma)
A leisurely 5K (3.11 mile) group performance around the city of Rome

SS5K ROMA Map

Following the success of the Super Slow 5K at Brooklyn´s McCarren Park in September 07, MTAA brings the SS5K to Italy. The SS5K Roma is a one day race/group performance in the streets of Rome. Registration to the SS5K Roma is free and open to the public. It begins at 12PM in the Mattatoio in Testaccio and ends when it seems right or at 5PM, 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 Roma.”

The Super Slow 5K Roma takes place on Sunday December 2nd, 2007 at 12PM to 5PM (rain or shine) and starts at Mattatoio di Testaciio at Campo Boario , Rome, Italy

MTAA´s SSK5 ROMA is part of Enzimi 07
With thanks to Christina Ray and the fine folks at Glowlab

For more info visit http://mtaa.net/art/slow/roma/ permanent link to this post

Nov 12, 2007

“Performed Listening”

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Olson's “Performed Listening” at OTO

Photos from Olson’s “Performed Listening” now up at OTO’s Flickr Set and at Tintype

Thanks to all who made it out. permanent link to this post

Nov 04, 2007

MTAA-RR en LOLCATS Pidgin

posted at 14:53 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

thiz websiet containz information regardin artist mtaa
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Oct 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

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greenpoint cat permanent link to this post

Oct 30, 2007

James and Barry Live

posted at 17:19 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Tonight at 6:30 ath the Cue Art Foundation - Brian Sholis, writer and Editor of Artforum.com at Artforum in conversation with bloggers Barry Hoggard (bloggy.com) and James Wagner (jameswagner.com)”

more info here

Will not be able to go, but wanted to give some link props back to our 2 fav hybrid collectors/blogers/critics/curators/photographers/political activist/web gurus/and all around underdog art fans, James and Barry. Have fun guys. permanent link to this post

Oct 27, 2007

2 newish projects now up on Tinjail - Walk and Flight

posted at 17:47 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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still from Flight


walk
still from Walk

“Flight” is video loop (x 4) of a wing over Ohio. It was first presented as a projection at OTO’s Transporter Again

“Walk” is 2 videos, shot one year to the day apart, in the same location. permanent link to this post

Oct 13, 2007

OTO Pics

posted at 19:07 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

SGAR

Thanks to all who came out to the first OTO last night. Tons of fun. More Pics of the show now up on Flickr in the OTO Set
and even more at Tintype’s OTO Set

Update - 2 cool photos of the SGAR on Bloggy permanent link to this post

Oct 02, 2007

OTO starts Oct 12 (8pm to 11pm)

posted at 16:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Over The Opening (OTO)

Please join us for the launch of our once a month DIY exhibition space.

60 North 6th Street, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
L train to Bedford Avenue
3 Blocks west on North 6th - just shy of Kent

On the second Friday of each month, from 8PM to 11PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

The OTO project begins on October 12 with “Again Transporter,” new works by Michael Sarff.

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still from Michael Sarff’s “Kingdom”, 2007

More details at tinjail.com/over_the_opening permanent link to this post

Sep 25, 2007

SS5K Post Event Report

posted at 00:01 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

MTAA’s Super Slow 5K

I’ve been thinking of how to sum up the SS5K. I have to say it has been hard to shape the event into a solid thought. I felt the urge to retell the performance/ action in some solid documentation narrative. I think I’ll let that go. I’ll let that others tell the story at some other time. All I would like to say is that a very small group got together one afternoon and performed the SS5K and that, in the end; everyone said it was a wonderful afternoon. You can view some images here.

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Sep 19, 2007

SS5K Post Mortem…Soon

posted at 17:03 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

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Keeping with the overall pace of the SS5K, I’m still working on a final report and set of images. Until then, here is a shot of Kate - winner of the SS5K best dressed trophy.

More on the SS5K soon… permanent link to this post

Sep 10, 2007

Update on this Sunday’s SS5K

posted at 13:12 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

ss5k print

It’s less than a week until the start of the Super Slow 5K.

I hope you have all been training. As an incentive for participation, we would like to unveil the SS5K limited edition print (edition of 100). Free if you come run, walk, stroll or just hang out.

twhid update:
Here’s a closer look at the limited edition bib/print:

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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

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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”.

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

Where?
Williamsburg Brooklyn’s McCarren Park (map)

Registration?
Email superslow5K@gmail.com or just show up around 10:30AM the day of. Free and open to the public!

More details at: http://mtaa.net/art/slow/.

MTAA’s SSK5 is part of Conflux 07 www.confluxfestival.org

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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

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 Blip.tv!

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 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

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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

msnbc.com’s netiquette guru Popkin (and MTAA style council) on Cory Arcangel’s “Friendster Suicide” and MyDeathSpace.com

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

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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Jul 30, 2007

CHASING THE NEW IS DANGEROUS TO SOCIETY

posted at 15:18 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Yes, it could be a fake, but Jenny on Twitter is a great mesh of a social network and art. (via AFC)

This, however, does not change my ambivalence about Twitter best summed up by Helen A.S. Popkin’s article Twitter Nation: Nobody cares what you’re doing. permanent link to this post

Jul 26, 2007

The Summer 07 Lull Report - Part 1

posted at 13:49 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Yes, things are slow right now. This is the last weekend to see KDM100 and 25 Reasons at Postmasters. Please check it out.

Next up, on September 16, we will present new performance/ event called MTAA’s Super Slow 5 K. This is a leisurely 5k (3.11 mile) group artwork/ 5k race / 5 hour picnic around McCarren Park’s running track in Williamsburg Brooklyn. This work is part of Conflux 07. It should be a hoot. More details soon. permanent link to this post

Jul 14, 2007

another summer .mov

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feast
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Jul 13, 2007

New Media Art in the Daylight?

posted at 17:39 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

Yup, it can happen. If you are in NYC this weekend, check out Solar One’s City Sol 07 located at 23street next to the East river featuring the Frontier Mythology installation by our palls Cary Peppermint + Christine Nadir (EcoArtTech)

Need more reasons to go?

I’ll have some pics from the Thurs night opening up soon.

Update:

EcoArtTech's Frontier Mythology at City Sol 07 permanent link to this post

Jul 10, 2007

summer movs

posted at 15:37 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

disco-nnect E4sy scr4t(hN’ fun permanent link to this post

Jul 06, 2007

at Eyebeam

posted at 21:57 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

GMCEM

GMCEM

MTAA +RSG’s Gordon Matta-Clark Encryption Method (GMCEM)

In fall of 2002, RSG gathered 500 printed pages (1 ream) of data from MTAA using the Carnivore client installed at the Eyebeam’s studios. Each 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper was then torn in half and stacked in a plexi box permanent link to this post

at Postmasters

posted at 12:04 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

There’s a slideshow of some of the work in Not Your Parents’ MTV on New York Magazine’s web site :-) Woohoo!

M.River took the snaps below, there’s more at his Tintype blog

kdm100
Karaoke DeathMatch 100 (2007, video, software, web site, computers, benches, desk)

25 reasons (4'33")
25 Concrete Examples Why John Cage Is Not Our Father (2001, DVD-Video loop) permanent link to this post

Jul 05, 2007

new summer .movs

posted at 11:51 GMT by M.River in /news/mriver

2 new slooooooooo loadin browser crashin summer .movs at tinjail.com/jailhouse

garden and fun 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 22, 2007

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…

Democrats
Republicans
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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Jun 18, 2007

AFC on AHH

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AFC’s review of the Art Happens Here exhibition

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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

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

Dubrovnik.

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 (tinjail.com/tintype) to give it more space. I’d like to get a good set of 10 done before Firday. permanent link to this post

iCSAFGM 5

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boat4 permanent link to this post

Jun 13, 2007

iCSAFGM 3

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ccdeck permanent link to this post

Jun 12, 2007

iCSAFGM 2

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airport permanent link to this post

Jun 11, 2007

iCommons Summit AiR Flickr group mixr (iCSAFGM)

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

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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

Jun 10, 2007

dc

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

dc
dc

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

jellomix
jellomix

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 01, 2007

more on the GMCEM

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