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Nov 17, 2011

Use Node.js with BBEdit text filters feature

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

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

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

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

To use the scripts you need to:
  1. have Node installed (there are instructions here (scroll down for OS X)),
  2. update the shebang line at the top of the script to point to your Node installation (if you’re not sure, type ‘which node’ at the command prompt in OS X’s terminal application),
  3. put the files in BBEdit’s text filters folder (prior to BBEdit 10 ‘text filters’ were called ‘unix filters’)
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Oct 06, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs 1955- 2011

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May 14, 2011

Manual Zoom Mirage

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



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

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

Yeah, anyway.

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

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

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

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


Once I started thinking about doing this post I decided I’d like to release something new to go along with it. To that end, I’ve created a new black and white SVG version of the ‘hot head’ illustration in Manual Zoom Mirage. Click on the GIF preview below to download the SVG version. hot_head_bw.gif
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May 05, 2011

Super nice Beuys gif

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

Apr 30, 2011

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MTAA claimin’

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Apr 03, 2011

more SNAD history…

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Don’t forget this one! permanent link to this post

Apr 01, 2011

M.River gave me a troll for my birthday

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Got this email from M.River:

Hey Tim

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

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


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Mar 30, 2011

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Mar 26, 2011

Speaking of SNAD remixes…

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Here’s a one that’s new to me:


by Jon Cates.

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Mar 08, 2011

Weird mix run

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

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

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

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

Angie - The Rolling Stones

Annointing of Seer - High On Fire

Another Love Song - Queens Of The Stone Age

Any Day Now What the World Needs Now - Burt Bacharach

Apache - Sugarhill Gang

Apple Blossom - The White Stripes

Aquarian - Sleep

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MTAA in Milwaukee

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Like Nathaniel says, we’ll be in Milwaukee this week telling everyone what awesome artists we are. And doing some other stuff too.

Here’s the info:
MTAA: a PowerPoint lecture + some other stuff
Wednesday, 12/08/2010, 7:00pm – 8:00PM
Arts Center Lecture Hall, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Part of the Artists Now! Lecture Series
Free and open to the public

So… if you’re in Milwaukee (and why wouldn’t you be?) stop by! Also, I heard that Chicago is nearby. What better excuse could you ever have for coming to Milwaukee? C’mon by!

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Oct 26, 2010

No Customs

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We’re in a show in Abu Dhabi. It’s in the McCoys’ apartment.

Check it out… from the press release:
No Customs
November 4-27, 2010
opening reception: Thursday Nov 4, 7-9 pm
curated by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy

an exhibition of transmissible ideas with:

Vito Acconci
Jason Robert Bell / Marni Kotak
Torsten Z. Burns
Jennifer Dalton / Susan Hamburger
Anthony Discenza
Melissa Dubbin / Aaron Davidson
Bill Durgin
Tara Fracalossi
David Grubbs
Sara Hubbs
Thomas Lail
Michael Mandiberg
Marisa Olson
Jonathan Schipper
Mark Tribe
Karen Yasinsky

A common art-making strategy when one enters into new territory is to listen, to ask, and to wait. As newcomers to Abu Dhabi, we considered this strategy, but then rejected it. Instead of waiting to receive information, we begin our sojourn in the Emirates by making an offer. In curating this show, No Customs, held in our remarkably gallery like living space, we offer the work of artists connected to us from our home community of New York City. When they asked what life is like here, we answered we didn’t yet know. We told them to send what they could send via email, via instructions, via concept. We told them to send it fast. So then, what we have is a show called No Customs. This title is a double entendre. Practically, since no objects have been mailed, we were not slowed by the expense of shipping and the delays of customs. Metaphorically, the show is not about tradition or interpretation, but rather about mapping and transcription. How does form map onto landscape? How does it transform landscape? How do you demarcate space for contemplation, for understanding, for revolution? What happens to the body when its image occupies this demarcated space?

First, the approach to a problem. This is what we hear when listening to Vito Acconci’s audio piece, Research Station, Antarctica, For Your Ears Only (2004-2010). How does an artist (here architect) turn a landscape into a series of constraints to be addressed, to create a form? In the photographs of Melissa Dubbin and Aaron Davidson, the long time collaborators use smoke bombs to test the landscape. They create form with weather, wind, light, and clouds. In a site specific project by Thomas Lail, a series of Buckminister Fuller domes are superimposed over the city view of Abu Dhabi, creating another take on the domes of the city and adding to the enormous architectural speculation already here. In another project, a memory sequence of images by Tara Fracalossi offers a counterpoint to the desert with images of most verdant spring and bleakest winter. These images purport to be memory, but their repetition on the wall creates matrices of classifications that map new space. In the end they are more like letters in an alphabet than like stories of particular landscapes.

Demarcated space
In answering a call to show work in Abu Dhabi, many artists considered the question of mapping, both graphically and metaphorically. In the work of Michael Mandiberg, the artist asked us to find an Arabic map of the USA in which we recreate the laser cuttings of print media that he is known for. In this work the message and the map collide. The artist duo MTAA and the sculptor Sara Hubbs sent ideas for works that, though they are generated very differently, come up with surprisingly congruent projects. MTAA asked us to find “the most colorful place” in Abu Dhabi. Then they provided software that translated this image into an abstract digital image (referred to as “the aesthetic object”). We could then display this any way we saw fit. In Sara Hubb’s project, an abstract form also results from a behind the scenes process. She photographed decaying areas of New York City and asked us to reproduce the patterns they create in plaster, building up a surface to form decoration from blight.

The projects of Jonathan Schipper and the collaborative team of Jennifer Dalton and Susan Hamburger ask us the audience to participate in the creation of the artwork by zeroing in on our patterns of behavior. In the ambitious project by Schipper, entitled A Million Dollar Walk, attendees of the opening reception will be given the opportunity to carry a briefcase full of money on a prescribed path through the building. Dalton and Hamburger ask participants questions about their behavior in Abu Dhabi, creating a changing sculptural bar graph that measures their assumptions about life in the capitol against actual practice.

Four artists in the exhibition deal with space by creating voids some for the viewer to inhabit speculatively others by creating spaces for lost objects. In her video mixtape project, Marisa Olson casts herself as an outsourced worker and creates a mash-up of Arab covers of American karaoke classics. The singers of course, are us by implication. In The New Revolution (2010), Mark Tribe creates an installation that invites spectators to consider their own ideas about revolution. David Grubbs, a noted musician, sent us instructions to render a beautiful wall drawing whose omissions create open spaces for meaning to drift. In an animation by Karen Yasinsky, You’d Better Be Careful, omitted objects and spaces set interpretation even farther adrift.

Several of the artists in the show responded with work implying performative space. In the video Double Face Fantasy by Jason Robert Bell and Marni Kotak this space is a virtual one in that a portrait transforms through a technical gesture. Anthony Discenza’s video, The Future has Already Been Written creates a tour de force collage of science fiction, and we follow the body of Charlton Heston through alternate visions of the future. In the work of Torsten Burns, Resurrectables (Yellow-Mobilers), the artist asked us to curate a selection of performance stills from a huge array of images of costumes, props, and locations. We selected images of vehicles, conveying transmission, speed, and the framing of the body as it moves through space. Finally, the work of photographer Bill Durgin presents work that brings it all together. The body becomes a landscape of skin, finally an abstracted “aesthetic object”.


No Customs is located at Sama Tower, Suite 3708, Abu Dhabi. Sama Tower is at the corner of Airport Rd and Electra Rd., near the NMC (New Medical Center). The exhibition will be open Saturdays from 1-5 through Nov. 27 and by appointment. Please contact Jennifer or Kevin McCoy with questions and image requests:
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Oct 10, 2010

Autotrace #2 (Nocturne; performative)

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Artists MTAA’s Autotrace series is a group of prints, installations and performances where the artists take a digital reproduction (JPEG) of a well-known painting and then use Adobe Illustrator’s Live Trace feature to automatically transform the digital bitmap image into a digital vector image.

Different strategies are then used to present a new, original artwork from the autotraced image.

Performative Autotrace
The performative variety of the Autotrace takes the form of a live, public demonstration of the technique. The mechanics of the autotrace are performed on the artists’ computer and projected before an audience. Usually the performance concludes after a single vector shape is randomly chosen from the autotraced bitmap and presented as a new work of art.

MTAA conducted their first1 performative autotrace during a lecture conducted for the Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use and Copyright in the Digital Age symposium at UC Berkeley on November 7th, 2008. A reproduction of Joan Miro’s Nocturne was used.

Autotrace #2 (Nocturne; performative) is freely available to download. Follow the link below to acquire the artwork.

Download the shape in SVG2 format.


This JPEG reproduction of Joan Miro’s Nocturne was used as the base for Autotrace #2 (Nocturne; performative).

1. Though this was the first performative Autotrace, it is the second in the series. The first in the series is Autotrace #1 (Full Fathom Five).
2. Scalable Vector Graphics; an open and standard XML-based vector graphics format.
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  • We, like you, have often wished while listening to a lecture, panel, speech or newscast to stand up and tell the speaker, "You do not know what you are talking about!" The artists sit behind a desk with two laptops and two microphones before them. Behind them a projection screen displays the text "#mtaa" and a timer. They announce the title of the performance, "You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About," and explain that for the duration of the performance, they will read any, only and all text sent to Twitter with the hash tag "#mtaa." The audience is invited to start twittering. MTAA need your tweets! We'll be doing the two, 10-minute performances of You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About at approximately 2:45PM Eastern Time on Saturday October 2nd and 3:45PM Eastern Time on Sunday October 3rd. Please tweet with the hash tag #mtaa and your tweets will be included in the performance.
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Sep 10, 2010

ARTBarn: first day in San Jose

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ARTBarn Day 1

We arrived in San Jose around 11:30 AM PT and went straight to South Hall. The rest of the afternoon was spent arranging the barn-making materials into the ‘artful’ arrangement you see above (more photos).

We’ll be raising the barn tomorrow!
If you’re in San Jose (or thereabouts) you can come by South Hall any time from 11AM - 7PM. Register on-line if you can so we know how many folks to expect.

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  • A multifunction utility for Mac OS X which allows you to verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, Login window, Spotlight and many Apple’s applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome and more.
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  • "Join ecoarttech at Smackmellon in NYC from June 20th through the 26th as we live and work in Mary Mattingly's Flock House, which will be exhibited as part of "Condensation of the Social." Each day from noon to 2pm ecoarttech will organize urban hikes (originating at Flock House), exploring convergent ecologies in the DUMBO area in support of our work Indeterminate Hikes. In addition we will conduct several evening events involving performance and conversations engaging ecologies of the social, psychic, digital and environmental. All events are open to the public."
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  • from the article: "The future of the web is HTML5. Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C. HTML5 will be very important in advancing rich, interactive web applications and site design. The HTML5 specification describes video support without specifying a particular video format. We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only." I thought that MS had already announced this, but I guess the earlier announcement was that they'd support H.264. This new announcement they'll ONLY support H.264 in the video tag.
  • Handy
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  • BBEdit finally fixes the syntax-highlighting of JS embedded in (X)HTML documents!!!!!!!1!! "Syntax coloring for embedded JavaScript and CSS (in HTML documents, between <script>..</script> and <style>..</style> tags, respectively) will now end at the appropriate closing tag, rather than at the first occurrence of </ after the opening tag. This behavior is correct for XHTML and XML, but not for HTML 4.x and earlier; but it is more closely aligned with browser behaviors and user expectations." (Yes. I'm a dork.)
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Apr 23, 2010

Random Friday post from T.Whid 4-23-10

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Here’s some High on Fire for ya! FROST HAMMER!!!!!!!!
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Mar 27, 2010

#class thesis response

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William Powhida posted to the hashtagclass blog a call for reflections on the project. He specifically asked participants to respond to the original thesis statement:
Art is a luxury commodity for the wealthy that limits the possibility of ownership, understanding, and access based on class, education and geography.

My short reply follows.


Speaking as someone who has created art on the web (& Internet), in comic books, via email and other populist formulations I’d say that this statement is only true for art that is created in such a way as to make it scarce. If it’s not scarce, it’s no longer a luxury. Simple economics.

An artist chooses to make their work scarce. Current media creation and dissemination technologies make it stupidly simple to make one’s work unscarce. If one chooses.

Speaking as someone trained as a painter, I can understand a painter’s objection to this idea. Their expression requires scarcity. A painting, sculpture or drawing can only be in one place at any one time obviously. But artists working in these types of media shouldn’t do so ignorantly — especially if they’re worried about the class implications of the distribution of their work. There are other means of expression.

It’s not required to play in the art world system to make work or find an audience.

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Mar 20, 2010

Guess they are random…

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I guess M.River’s ‘random Friday’ posts really are random as he missed yesterday :-(

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Mar 13, 2010

Reminder: Autotrace #4 at #class THIS WEEK!

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Autotrace #3

Autotrace #4
MTAA will conduct a live demonstration of our art-making technique called “Autotrace.”

The performative variety of the Autotrace takes the form of a live, public demonstration of the technique. The mechanics of the autotrace are performed on the artists’ computer and projected before an audience. Usually the performance concludes after a single vector shape is randomly chosen from the autotraced bitmap and presented as a new aesthetic object i.e. work of art.

More on MTAA’s Autotrace series: Autotrace #2 (Nocturne; performative) and AutoTrace #1 (Full Fathom Five).

The performance will be followed by a Q&A.

When? Thu, March 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm | add to google calendar

Where? Winkleman Gallery as part of #class (organized by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida)
621 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

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Random Video App

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I’m happy to announce that we’re releasing an OS X application that does one thing: plays back a playlist of videos randomly until you make it stop.

We call it Random Video App.

If you want to play back a bunch of videos randomly from a Macintosh computer, this will do it for you. It uses the QuickTime framework so any video that QuickTime can play will be played by this app. We’ve used it to play SD and HD video in real-world gallery situations.

Most of the code was originally written by Alex Galloway for MTAA’s “One Year Performance Video (gallery version).” It was then updated for “Karaoke Deathmatch 100.” It’s been updated and used for other pieces over the years.

For this public release, I’ve updated and streamlined the software a bit and done other little adjustments to make it suitable for distribution.

Again, it does one thing: plays back a playlist of videos completely randomly. It’s been well-tested in the real world where it’s run video installations for hours and hours with no crashes, freezes, panics or other nasty things occurring.

 Download Random Video App

It’s important that you read the readme.txt distributed with the software or you won’t know how to use it. If you find it useful and you use it, let us know. It would make us happy to know it was useful to you.

more notes
  • This version of the software has only been tested on OS X 10.5. If you try it on other versions of the OS and it works. Awesome! Drop us an email and let us know.
  • It won’t work on Power PC-based computers. But it may if you re-compile it, which brings me to the next note…
  • If you want the source let me know. It’s open source, but I’m just too lazy to clean it all up for distribution unless someone actually wants it.
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Mar 07, 2010

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  • from Rhizome, "Ryder Ripps, of Internet Archaeology, along with Tim Baker (Delicious) and Scott Van Damme (MIT Exhibit), recently launched a beta version of, a chat room where participants communicate solely through images. The site combines the creative back and forth of surf clubs, tumblr’s loose and rapid-fire network of image transmission, and the real time spontaneity of an old school chat room."
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Feb 09, 2010

7 years! blog-o-versary

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Pathetically, not much has changed around here since last year. STILL haven’t moved this thing over to Wordpress. Maybe this year…

Luckily M.River’s keeping it running.

The required link to the first post.

More importantly, it’s Alligators in the Sewers Day! permanent link to this post

Dec 24, 2009

Happy Holidays 2009

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This awesome video is from 2004 and was created by the wonderful and talented Bill Hallinan. It stars T.Whid as the guy on the tree.

Happy Holidays everybody! permanent link to this post

Dec 22, 2009

Urgent message from the TSA!

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Captured by M.River’s phone at LGA. permanent link to this post

Dec 18, 2009

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The email reads:
Tired of your Social Network?

Liberate yourself and your ‘friends’ with a web2.0 suicide! The Web2.0 Suicide Machine lets you effectively delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your web2.0 alterego. The machine is developed in the moddr_lab at WORM (Rotterdam), and serves as a metaphor for the website which moddr_ hosts; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide-scripts are maintained…

Our services currently run with, and; simply enter your username and password for the required service, and our machine will systematically login to your account, change your profile picture, and then one by one delete all of your friends.

This guy is committing web2.0 suicide as we watch (love the hat): web2suicide.jpg

Looks fun!

Of course, Cory Arcangel committed “Friendster Suicide” years ago. (Proving that artists are indeed the smartest people on the planet.)

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Nov 26, 2009

Artistic Licenses

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Check it out! By Andy Deck.
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Nov 13, 2009

Pseudo-Futurist Video Game Improvisation Extravaganza

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Generally, I hate Second Life art, but I love the 01s, so here ya go…

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG
Pseudo-Futurist Video Game Improvisation Extravaganza
Live in Second Life
Monday Nov. 16, 5-6pm (EST time); 2-3pm (Second Life time)

Synthetic Performances are online live gaming sessions inside the virtual world of Second Life, performed by Eva and Franco Mattes through their avatars, which were constructed from their bodies and faces. The series arose out of the artists’ polemical stance toward performance art. This lead the Mattes on the one hand to breach the classic rules of performance, and on the other to present these works - the efficacy of which was based on the radical way they explored the issues of the body, violence, sexuality, identity and public space - in a context where these issues acquire completely different, paradoxical meanings.

Anyone can participate from all over the world by clicking the link above. If you don’t have a Second Life account you can sign up for free.

Presented by PERFORMA09 -
Produced with the support of Eyebeam
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Oct 15, 2009

Two new art blogs

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The art market downturn hasn’t harmed one area of the art world — art blogs!

Two new ones made it into my feed reader recently.

The first is Idiom. Published by art lovers, art bloggers and art collectors (just all around awesome art dudes) Barry Hoggard and James Wagner, the site promises “a local, engaged counterpoint to the prevailing discourse of contemporary art.” And so far, so good with longer form, thoughtful articles.

The second is Hyperallergic. It’s edited by the well-known art blogger Hrag Vartanian and published by someone I haven’t heard of named Veken Gueyikian (who looks to be a marketing dude). This one promises “a forum for serious and radical thinking about visual art.” Sounds good!

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Oct 03, 2009

All About Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farms

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This looks pretty cool, via press release no less (I (almost) never post PRs).

PIE IN THE SKY: All About Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farms
w/ Annie Novak


MONDAY, Oct. 5, 7:30pm
(709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)

New York City is a Farmer’s Paradise! Just ask Annie Novak, one of the masterminds behind Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farms, a 6,000 square foot organic farm picture-esquely plopped on top of a warehouse overlooking midtown Manhattan. Her operation — founded in partnership with Ben Flanner, a neophyte to farming, and Goode Green, a green-roofing specialist — currently produces produce for a host of Brooklyn gourmandizers, including Anella and Marlow and Sons. They even run a farm stand featuring fresh picked produce every Sunday! Come hear how this urban Agronomist tells us the unlikely story of how she did it — and learn how you can too!

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Sep 27, 2009

Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship

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Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland
Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship, Maryland

M.River posted photos from our (using ‘our’ loosely as M.River conducted this one on his own) participatory performance coinciding with our show 2Live at The Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University, MD.

Check ‘em out

Also, lots more at Jennifer Poe’s Flickr set as well. permanent link to this post

Sep 17, 2009

I find this hilarious

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a J.Crew ad

Should have pictured him with his fly open at least, wouldn’t you agree? permanent link to this post

Sep 09, 2009

2live @ Salisbury University Electronic Gallery

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2live installation shot: "Want v3" and "(LOVE + HATE) x 100"
2live installation shot: "Want v3" and "(LOVE + HATE) x 100"

We have a solo show up right now. It’s in Salisbury, MD so you won’t see it. But it looks awesome!

…only have this one install shot thus far, more to come soon we hope.

More info on the show at this post permanent link to this post

Aug 12, 2009

Pretty creepy

posted at 17:14 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Yesterday I decided to look into buying a new domain. I have all my domains registered with so I logged in and checked out the prices on a domain. I decided that I didn’t want it and closed my browser window.

All pretty straigt-forward, except that a few minutes later I get a phone call. It’s! And they’re asking why I abandoned the purchase. Number 1: none of your damn business. Number 2: WTF?! OK, I was logged in, so they have my info… but still. To call me up because I abandoned a shopping cart. I thought it was pretty fucked up.

What do you think? Comment here. permanent link to this post

Jul 21, 2009

Want v2 (15min Dogpile June 27, 2009)

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Want v2 (15min Dogpile June 27, 2009) permanent link to this post

Jul 08, 2009

Untitled Art Project — couple thoughts

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If you’re not familiar with it, Paddy’s been covering the new art world reality series starting production soon (if it hasn’t already started).

I’m of a divided mind. On one hand, the general public doesn’t just simply not appreciate contemporary art — it actively has contempt for it. If UAP can help this situation even a tiny bit, it’s all good.

On the other hand, if the artists who are picked for the show don’t actively attempt to hijack it for their own agenda, then I have no respect for any of them. The thing should really never make it to TV. Every artist in the show should be disrupting it for their own purposes. This disruption should be so severe that no mere reality show producer could create anything significant from it. Seriously, any artist that allows their media image to manipulated by some producer is by definition a very bad contemporary artist. permanent link to this post

Jul 04, 2009


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He is Addled,
He’s casting up his Accounts,
He’s Afflicted,
He’s in his Airs.

He’s Biggy,
Block and Block,
Been at Barbadoes,
Piss’d in the Brook,
Drunk as a Wheel-Barrow,
Has Stole a Manchet out of the Brewer’s Basket,
His Head is full of Bees,
Has been in the Bibbing Plot,
Has drank more than he has bled,
He’s Bungey,
As Drunk as a Beggar,
He sees the Bears,
He’s kiss’d black Betty,
He’s had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone,
He’s Bridgey.

He’s Cat,
Cherry Merry,
Wamble Crop’d,
Half Way to Concord,
Has taken a Chirriping-Glass,
Got Corns in his Head,
A Cup to much,
He’s heat his Copper,
He’s Crocus,
He cuts his Capers,
He’s been in the Cellar,
He’s in his Cups,
Non Compos,
Loaded his Cart,
He’s been too free with the Creature,
Sir Richard has taken off his Considering Cap,
He’s Chap-fallen,

He’s Disguiz’d,
He’s got a Dish,
Kill’d his Dog,
Took his Drops,
It is a Dark Day with him,
He’s a Dead Man,
Has Dipp’d his Bill,
He’s Dagg’d,
He’s seen the Devil,

He’s Prince Eugene,
Wet both Eyes,
Cock Ey’d,
Got the Pole Evil,
Got a brass Eye,
Made an Example,
He’s Eat a Toad & half for Breakfast.
In his Element,

He’s Fishey,
Sore Footed,
Well in for’t,
Owes no Man a Farthing,
Fears no Man,
Crump Footed,
Been to France,
Froze his Mouth,
Been to a Funeral,
His Flag is out,
Spoke with his Friend,
Been at an Indian Feast.

He’s Glad,
Booz’d the Gage,
As Dizzy as a Goose,
Been before George,
Got the Gout,
Had a Kick in the Guts,
Been with Sir John Goa,
Been at Geneva,
Got the Glanders.

Half and Half,
Top Heavy,
Got by the Head,
Got on his little Hat,
Loose in the Hilts,
Knows not the way Home,
Got the Hornson,
Haunted with Evil Spirits,
Has Taken Hippocrates grand Elixir,

He’s Intoxicated.

Going to Jerusalem,
Been to Jerico,

He’s a King,
Clips the King’s English,
Seen the French King,
The King is his Cousin,
Got Kib’d Heels,
Het his Kettle.

He’s in Liquor,
He makes Indentures with his Leggs,
Well to Live,

He sees two Moons,
Seen a Flock of Moons,
Rais’d his Monuments,

He’s eat the Cocoa Nut,
Got the Night Mare,

He’s Oil’d,
Eat Opium,
Smelt of an Onion,

He drank till he gave up his Half-Penny,
Pidgeon Ey’d,
As good conditioned as a Puppy,
Has scalt his Head Pan,
Been among the Philistines,
In his Prosperity,
He’s been among the Philippians,
He’s contending with Pharaoh,
Wasted his Paunch,
He’s Polite,
Eat a Pudding Bagg,

He’s Quarrelsome,

He’s Rocky,
Lost his Rudder,
Been too free with Sir Richard,
Like a Rat in Trouble.

He’s Stitch’d,
In the Sudds,
Been in the Sun,
As Drunk as David’s Sow,
His Skin is full,
He’s Steady,
He’s Stiff,
He’s burnt his Shoulder,
He’s got his Top Gallant Sails out,
Seen the yellow Star,
As Stiff as a Ring-bolt,
Half Seas over,
His Shoe pinches him,
It is Star-light with him,
He carries too much Sail,
Been too free with Sir John Strawberry,
He’s right before the Wind with all his Studding Sails out,
Has Sold his Senses.

He’s Top’d,
Tipium Grove,
Double Tongu’d,
Topsy Turvey,
Has Swallow’d a Tavern Token,
He’s Thaw’d,
He’s in a Trance,
He’s Trammel’d,

He makes Virginia Fence,
Got the Indian Vapours,

The Malt is above the Water,
He’s Wise,
He’s Wet,
He’s been to the Salt Water,
He’s Water-soaken,
He’s very Weary,
Out of the Way. permanent link to this post

Jun 13, 2009

Data center as art and architecture

posted at 16:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The Times pays attention to something that’s intrigued me for a while — the aesthetics of data centers (here too). Having visited such places in my duties to commerce, I noticed how a standard rack of servers has the same sort of monumental minimalism of a Judd, but with lots of blinking lights and white fan noise thrown in for good measure.

MTAA has envisioned a sculpture that would comprise a standard 19” rack holding multiple computers running a small website hosting service. This rack would be installed in a ‘heroic’ manner in the center of a gallery raised on computer flooring above the normal floor. I think we wanted to call it “Monument.”

What the NYT article is doing and what “Monument” is intended to do is reveal these hidden systems that we all rely on. In the case of “Monument” — we’d attempt to aestheticize the purely functional (the NYT photos do something similar). permanent link to this post

Jun 02, 2009

Wheel of The Devil playlist

posted at 01:25 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Below, most of the work that comprised The Wheel of The Devil at May’s OTO. Not screened in this order, links where we can…
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May 16, 2009

Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine

posted at 12:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This software claims “Intelligent, Unbiased and Instant Assessment of Photos.” As far as I can tell, it’s based on prior ratings from individuals, e.g. humans rate photos, algorithm rates similar photos similarly.

We all know where that gets us.


(via /.) permanent link to this post

May 14, 2009

Are we still blogging? Um… yes?

posted at 22:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Though we haven’t been posting much this May — don’t fear! We’ve been… ah, busy… yeah… busy.

T.Whid has been doing stuff that looks like this:

And M.River has been doing whatever it is that M.River does when he disappears for a while. I think that it may involve a lot of demolishing stuff and (I’m assuming) alcohol.

If you really miss MTAA you can follow our Twitter updates (M.River; T.Whid) and/or our delicious links (M.River; T.Whid). If you know us, you can find us on Facebook (I don’t accept requests from people I don’t personally know however).

We have some stuff coming up so watch this space!

m.river adds…

1. Done with demo for the next few months.
2. Here is a short loop about it.
3. I’ll facebook befriend almost anyone. Cuz I’m like that.
4. Don’t forget Flickr
5. Yes, new MTAA stuff soon. permanent link to this post

Apr 24, 2009

Wikipedia Threatens Artists for Fair Use

posted at 15:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Can a noncommercial critical website use the trademark of the entity it critiques in its domain name? Surprisingly, it appears that the usually open-minded folks at Wikipedia think not.

Last February, a pair of artists, working with several collaborators, created a Wikipedia article and invited the general public to add to it, following Wikipedia’s standards of credibility and verifiability. The work was intended to comment on the nature of art and Wikipedia. But Wikipedia editors did not take kindly to the project, and it was shut down within fifteen hours for being insufficiently “encyclopaedic.”

Fast forward a couple of months. The artists, Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, have created a noncommercial website that documents the project, called Wikipedia Art. The domain name for the project:

Yep, they used the term “wikipedia” in their domain name. “Wikipedia” is a trademark owned by the Wikimedia Foundation. And now the Foundation has demanded that the artists give up the domain name peaceably or it will attempt to take it by (legal) force.

read the entire article on + Slashdot coverage + coverage [one, two] when the project was first released (Feb 2009)… permanent link to this post

Apr 12, 2009

STAEHLE @ Postmasters

posted at 15:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The one and only Wolfgang Staehle opens a new show at Postmasters this Thursday April 16, 2009! From the release:
April 16 - May 16, 2009

A Matter of Time

Postmasters is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Wolfgang Staehle.

A Matter of Time is comprised of four real time projections of time-lapse photographic sequences and a premier video work of a Yanomami Village in the Brazilian rain forest. The show will be on view from April 16 until May 16, 2009. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, between 6 and 8 pm.

A Matter of Time draws upon mid-19th century painter Thomas Cole’s series The Course of Empire. Cole’s historically critical rumination views pastoralism as the ideal model for civilization, fearing that the ideal of Empire inevitably results in greed and decay. While A Matter of Time holds the mirror of this salient socio-political commentary up to our own time, it is one whose reflection is without indignation to the systems themselves. Perhaps, best encapsulated in the artist’s own 1989 work which avows, “Empires crumble, republics collapse, and idiots live on;” the posit follows that it is our own inordinate ability to destroy the sublimity of any civilization’s ideal that is put on the table.

However, Staehle’s work in no way relies upon homage to Cole’s series, a foray to pastoralism or political satire. Evident in his body of work, the form is always central; and previous works have underscored time-a one-to-one, linear time, a simulative “real time” or the contrivance of frozen time. In this exhibition, A Matter of Time broadly refers to the time lapse photographic sequences (approximately 15,000 photographs per day at 10 frames per minute) but presented here in real time-a rate so methodical that it denudes the image of its cinematographic aspect, while accentuating it pictorially. By allowing us to exact the machinations of nature, through figuratively arresting time, a perceptual shift is created that video does not pose, and thereby realigns our relationship with the real. Each contiguous moment pre-empts the prior, switching out the obsolete image for a perpetually updated “now.” Is it that the representation of an object’s stasis recalls the full force of its movement? Because ultimately, it is this indeterminate relation with time that drives our experience with these quietly unsettling works.
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Apr 08, 2009

Mark Amerika in NYC tonight

posted at 15:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

OG net artist Mark Amerika’s Immobilité opens tonight at the Chelsea Art Museum. Amerika calls the work “[t]he world’s first feature-length mobile phone art film.”

More about the opening…

[…]solo exhibition of new work from artist Mark Amerika, opens Wednesday, April 8th, in The Project Room for New Media at Chelsea Art Museum and remains on view through May 9, 2009. […]

Amerika describes Immobilit as “a feature-length foreign film shot entirely on a mobile phone in Cornwall, UK.” The work includes an original soundtrack by renowned sound artist Chad Mossholder and introduces Camille Lacadee and Magda Tyzlik-Carver as on-screen personas that drift in and out of the film’s otherworldly landscapes and ghostly narrative sequences.

More about the film at the Immobilité website… permanent link to this post

Mar 29, 2009

40th bday cake

posted at 19:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Thanks M.River & Helen! I made sure to eat the lightening bolt (aka where the art happens).

Photo by Adam Hurwitz. permanent link to this post

Mar 23, 2009

Dolsot bibimbap

posted at 01:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This person doesn’t seem to put any hot sauce on, which is a bit of a fail IMHO. permanent link to this post

Mar 21, 2009

Google’s design problem

posted at 13:40 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Recently leaving Google, Doug Bowman writes:
Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can’t operate in an environment like that.

To the geeks that think numbers can somehow bring one to aesthetics: ponder this.

Perhaps one blue will bring more clicks than another; perhaps not. Perhaps the test is flawed. How was the test defined? We need to test the testing methodology! And then test the testing methodology of testing methodology of the test… ak! It’s a rabbit hole. That’s Bowman’s point. permanent link to this post

Mar 12, 2009

Allow directory browsing with .htaccess

posted at 13:24 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Options +Indexes

Just so I remember… permanent link to this post

Smithsonian blog covers Cory

posted at 01:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Nice write-up on Cory Arcangel at the Smithsonian’s Eyelevel blog. It’s interesting to see some perspective from someone who isn’t in the new media/net art/etc scene.

Check it out…

Don’t miss the videos of Cory’s presentation at the American Art Museum too. permanent link to this post

Mar 10, 2009

EcoArtTech’s Eclipse

posted at 00:50 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Our awesome friends Cary and Christine have released some networked art! Check it out…
Eclipse” is a user driven, networked-art application that alters and corrupts United States national and state park images from based on the real-time Air Quality Index (particle pollution data) provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) at the site

“We visit national parks to get away from traffic and smog. But the latter can be hard to shake, even in remote, pristine-seeming places. “Eclipse”, an open-source program created by Cary Peppermint and Leila Christine Nadir of EcoArtTech, will make air pollution’s presence visually — and viscerally — explicit.” Anna Lena Phillips, American Scientist

“Eclipse” is a 2008 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. [snip]
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Mar 04, 2009

Progress Tracing… (Fitting Paths)

posted at 12:41 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

from MTAA’s “Live Demonstration of Autotrace #3 (Number 1A; performative)” last night during Theater of Code at Light Industry.

photo by Flickr username splnlss | link permanent link to this post

Feb 21, 2009

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

posted at 18:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Cool show opening @ Postmasters next weekend!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 6:00pm
Postmasters Gallery
459 West 19th Street (at 10th Avenue)

“the future is not what is used to be” brings together artists engaged in the Internet shaped culture. Through drawings, photographs, sculpture, video, and online projects they explore social interaction in a networked world, reflection in the times of speed, new communication tools and smart technologies affecting cultural and sociopolitical reality, sustainable strategies for contemporary life, connectivity and dis-connect, digital/analog divide, instantaneity and obsolescence, the web as the largest image depository ever, and new forms of appropriation, means of production, and modes of political engagement.


Kevin Bewersdorf
Charles Broskoski
Marc Horowitz
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung
Kristin Lucas
Michael Mandiberg
Eva and Franco Mattes (
Joe McKay
JooYoun Paek
Marcin Ramocki & Paul Slocum (with Spiritsurfers)

If you’re on Facebook, you can check out the event here; there’s lots more info. permanent link to this post

Feb 11, 2009

Uni plays Nightswimming for AFTP

posted at 18:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A short video shot by by Peter Samis.

This video features Uni and her Ukelele. Uni played R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming” as part of MTAA’s “Automatic for the People: (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)” at SFMOMA. permanent link to this post

ATFP: (WSPTNOWGN) — photos

posted at 14:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


SFMOMA posted a flickr set of “AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked).” Check out the photos

There’s a few more here too. permanent link to this post

Feb 10, 2009

6 years? Holy shit.

posted at 01:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Yes, it’s the 6th anniversary of the MTAA Reference Resource. As promised, we didn’t forget it this year.

The required link to the first post.

We’ve been a tad remiss in our blogging and we’ll try to be better. We’ve been planning for years to move to a new platform and we hope to get that done this year at some point.

Thanks to everyone that visits here! permanent link to this post

Feb 03, 2009

Happy 10th Domain-iversary to us

posted at 14:40 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

10 years ago today, MTAA registered permanent link to this post

Jan 26, 2009

The humans are dead

posted at 01:52 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

humans_are_dead.jpg permanent link to this post

Jan 23, 2009

AFTP: ( ) update: BONUS POLL!

posted at 02:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Hey! It was so fun… why stop now? Check it out: it’s a BONUS POLL!!!!!

If you’re in San Francisco, CA don’t miss the performance on Feb 7th @ high noon! It’s at SFMOMA on the 3rd floor.


An update on MTAA’s Automatic for the People: ( ) project
Artists MTAA will conduct a performance on Feb 7 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. What they do during this performance and how they do it is up for a vote.

Go here to participate:


This is the situation:

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!

BONUS POLL!!!!! - Silent Mantra
  • Mind over matter, mouth in motion (Public Enemy, “Rightstarter”)
  • No sleep ‘til Brooklyn (The Beastie Boys, “No Sleep till Brooklyn”)
  • I’m completely operational and all my circuits are functioning normally. (Hal 9000, “2001: A Space Odyssey”)
  • Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves? (Andy Warhol)
  • I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products. (Marcel Duchamp)
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear (Mark Twain)
  • All warfare is based on deception. (Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”)
  • The art happens here. (MTAA, “The Simple Net Art Diagram”)
  • May both of us work together with great vigor. (Shanti Mantras)
  • Nothing’s free but guaranteed for a lifetime’s use. (R.E.M., “Star Me Kitten”)


We suggest that you listen to the museum audio tour when visiting the Automatic for the People: ( ) website to vote.

To do this:
  1. go to
  2. download the audio tour in MP3 format
  3. vote

(You can also listen to the audio tour on your phone: 415-294-3609, 424#)

You can listen to us babble on about the piece even more! Here:

woohoo! permanent link to this post

Jan 19, 2009

MLK day 2009

posted at 16:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid



AND, it’s Edgar Allen Poe’s 200th birthday!

slideshow from the NYT permanent link to this post

Jan 17, 2009

AFTP: ( ) FINAL POLL #10: CONCLUSION! (Jan 15-21)

posted at 16:26 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid



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

“Automatic for the People: (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)” will be held in SFMOMA’s freight elevator at noon on 02/07/09 and last for the exact length as REM’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. We will game, build, dance and photograph during the performance (slowly). We will dress as robots. This performance will be seen by the general public who will enjoy a wine and cheese refreshment. The character of the space will be “all over the place.”

This week’s vote…

the CONCLUSION! permanent link to this post

SFMOMA Artcast January 2009

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

Check out the new podcast from SFMOMA…

The curator Rudolf Freiling talks about “The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now,” we talk about our piece “Automatic for the People: ( )” and visitors to the museum talk about their reactions to the exhibition and how they feel about interactive art in general.

You can download the file in vanilla MP3, M4A (for iTunes; audio with images) or stream it from the SFMOMA website.

You can also subscribe to their RSS podcast feed and get updated auto-magically when they post a new one permanent link to this post

Jan 12, 2009

AFTP: ( ) Update! Poll #9: SPACE (JAN 8-14)

posted at 03:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

M.River is supposed to post these updates but he was really busy this week and didn’t get a chance to do it. So, in case you forgot to vote this week, here’s your reminder!

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

“Automatic for the People: (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)” will be held in SFMOMA’s freight elevator on 02/07/09 at noon 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 who will enjoy a wine and cheese refreshment.

This week’s vote…

SPACE! permanent link to this post

Jan 02, 2009

Robot costumes attack!

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


Yes. It is gonna get wacky. permanent link to this post

Dec 31, 2008

Tom Marioni at SFMOMA

posted at 01:20 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art,” a social gathering hosted by Tom Marioni at SFMOMA. The gathering is an artwork that is part of a current exhibition “The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now.”

via Rudolf Freiling on Facebook… permanent link to this post

Dec 26, 2008

Seasons Greetings ‘08

posted at 22:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

To accompany our well wishes, some winter-ish imagery:

Have a great 09! permanent link to this post

Dec 23, 2008

Support AFC

posted at 02:19 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

From AFC:
• My goal is to raise $6,000 by January 1, 2009.

• Momenta Art has generously offered to umbrella Art Fag City under their 501-C3 status so readers can write off their donations. They process all on and offline contributions, and ensure the funds are not used for profit purposes.

• By contributing to this fundraiser, donors are not only supporting the efforts of one blogger, but staking a claim for the value of independent blogs in a climate of mainstream media arts cutbacks.

Read more and find the PayPal link here! permanent link to this post

Dec 06, 2008

Walton @ JetBlue

posted at 15:23 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

photo credit: Lee Walton’s mom

Lee Walton’s videos are being featured in the JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK until January 1. Organized by Creative Time. permanent link to this post

Dec 04, 2008

Mandiberg’s Bright Bike

posted at 14:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Bright Bike

More here: permanent link to this post

Nov 30, 2008

posted at 20:16 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

From Sorrel Ahlfeld and Fred Benenson…

The joy created by George W. Bush’s impending departure from the Presidency could only possibly be overshadowed by the excitement of Barack Obama’s election.

So now there are two reasons to celebrate!

I’m know you’ve already celebrated Obama’s victory but have you taken the time to really think about what the end of these last 8 years means to you? The end of an era?

I asked myself that question recently and decided that the best way to commemorate the long awaited date of 1-20-09 was to assemble a collection of images and words that could be presented to GWB upon his departure representing the feelings of the American people.

So, as a way to say goodbye to these last 8 years, my friend Fred and I have created a site called, “Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out” where we are collecting farewell notes for Bush. Think of it as catharsis politics:

The basic idea is that you e-mail us images, words, and ideas and we’ll publish them into a book that we’ll try and get into Bush’s hands before Obama is sworn in. We’re looking for as much participation in this as possible, so please share this link far and wide.

I know it’s easy to put things like this off, but if you feel motivated to share your feelings about the last 8 years (I for one have been pretty steamed) please consider contributing something to the collection before the end of the year.
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Nov 12, 2008

Location, location, location

posted at 00:36 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

We launched our new project at SFMOMA last Saturday with a lecture/performance/live poll at the museum. The performance consisted of a slide lecture where we gave some background on MTAA, explained the Automatic for the People: ( ) project and then conducted a live vote on where the Automatic for the People: ( ) performance would take place in the museum.

The vote was really fun and people really enjoyed it. (An image of the ballot we used is below.) We went over each location on the ballot and M.River gave a quick pro and con. Then we opened the floor to debate on each of the different locations in the museum. That went really well with the audience having lots of funny and interesting reasons to choose this or that location. In the end however, it was a landslide victory for…

The freight elevator

On Feb 7th, 2009 MTAA will be doing something in SFMOMA’s freight elevator. Help us decide what by voting at the AFTP website!

AFTP_ballot02.gif permanent link to this post

Nov 11, 2008


posted at 02:14 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


We suggest that you listen to the museum audio tour when visiting the Automatic for the People: ( ) website to vote.

First, go to

Then, dial: 415-294-3609, 424#.

Consider the choices very carefully while you listen to the audio tour. permanent link to this post

Nov 08, 2008

Automatic for the People: ( ) launches

posted at 17:37 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Our new project is live! It was commissioned by SFMOMA for The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now.

Automatic for the People: ( )
Dictate the details of a contemporary art performance! Each week, from November 8 through January 21, vote in a new poll to determine different elements. On February 7, we’ll perform live using the script shaped by your votes.

So get on over there and vote! And then visit each week on Thursdays for the new poll. If you can’t remember to do that, subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified when a new poll goes live (there will be roughly one each week until Jan 21). permanent link to this post

Nov 05, 2008


posted at 04:00 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Joy, joy, joy! permanent link to this post

Nov 04, 2008

Vote for Barack Obama

posted at 18:40 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Yes we can! permanent link to this post

Nov 02, 2008

Two MTAA events in the bay area THIS WEEK!

posted at 14:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Opening Performance Lecture & Museum Hall Meeting
as part of The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, curated by Rudolf Frieling
Saturday Nov 8th @ 3PM

We’ll conduct the official launch of our new SFMOMA-commissioned project Automatic for the People: ( ) with a performative lecture, slideshow and drawing.

See SFMOMA’s website for more info about the exhibition and other events happening on Saturday, November 8th.

We’ll be announcing more info about Automatic for the People: ( ) on Nov 6th so stay tuned…


The Name of This Band is Talking Heads MTAA
as part of Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use and Copyright in the Digital Age
Berkeley Art Museum on the campus of UC Berkeley
Friday Nov 7th @ 1:45PM

We’ll be presenting an overview of some of our work that deals with the themes of the conference. We’ll go over some of our oldies… the updates, The Pirated Movie and other pieces. Plus there will be something brand new.

This is a two day conference (Nov 7–8) with lots happening! Don’t forget to check out all the other speakers and schedule at the website. permanent link to this post

Oct 30, 2008

Rhizome membership drive Oct 29–Dec 31, 2008

posted at 19:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

rhiz logo

Scrape together your pennies and then give ‘em to Rhizome!
Rhizome’s annual membership drive will run from October 29 through midnight December 31st, 2008. Our goal is $30,000 — a figure that is completely vital to our success amidst a particularly difficult year in the arts.

Now is the time to support Rhizome, to make a contribution towards an organization with an open and innovative structure and singular mission to further internet and new media art. Contribute now and help us keep this field moving energetically forward, through commissioning, preservation, criticism and participatory programs, in 2009! permanent link to this post

Oct 29, 2008


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Oct 22, 2008

Pixish closing

posted at 20:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Dumb web site designed to fleece desperate suckers out of free creative work, Pixish, is shutting down. I’ve discussed this site before here.

Derek Powazek, the guy that started the site, seems like an honest and smart person. Not sure why he thought this was a good idea. Luckily, there aren’t enough chumps out there to keep it going.

Usually I’m sorry to see indy web sites shut down. Not this time! Good riddance. permanent link to this post

Oct 18, 2008

The Reason Campaign redux

posted at 15:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A 19 year old college student from Pennsylvania, Megan comes from a household of Independents. This being her first election, she has been trying to pay attention to the conventions and the debates in order to make the most informed decision possible.

I posted about this before but wanted to remind everyone about this great web site/video series.

It’s called The Reason Campaign and it was started by the extremely talented Sorrel Ahlfeld. From the site:
You’ve heard a lot about this election from both the campaigns and the media. Now you can hear from your fellow citizens. Watch below as Republicans, Independents and conservatives explain their reasons for supporting Barack Obama.

The videos are extremely well produced and very engaging. Check it out!

There’s a podcast too! permanent link to this post

Oct 14, 2008

TV panels on easels? ‘Scuse me while I barf

posted at 14:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The same fool that would buy pre-paint-spattered jeans from J.Crew would think this cool:


Of course, all things art-lite and/or art-like are loved by Boing Boing, so they link approvingly.

More of this nonsense here. permanent link to this post

Oct 07, 2008

3K USD for a chapter on networked art

posted at 15:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Check it out!



Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art)
A Juried International Competition
Call for Proposals

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Five writers will be commissioned to develop chapters for a networked book about networked art. The chapters will be open for revision, commentary, and translation by online collaborators. Each commissioned writer will receive $3,000 (US).

Networked Committee:
Steve Dietz (Northern Lights, MN) :: Martha CC Gabriel (net artist, Brazil) :: Geert Lovink (Institute for Network Cultures, The Netherlands) :: Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Institute for Technology, MA) :: Anne Bray (LA Freewaves, LA) :: Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange, LA) :: Jo-Anne Green (NRPA, MA) :: Eduardo Navas (newmediaFIX) :: Helen Thorington (NRPA, NY)

More here: permanent link to this post

Sep 29, 2008

A new idea…

posted at 02:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Two shapes randomly extracted from an autotrace of a JPEG reproduction of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. M.River randomly selected the top, T.Whid the bottom. It would be better if software did the random selection.

This is a sketch or mockup or whatever you want to call something that really isn’t a finished piece.

M.River adds — Two shapes painted directly on a wall. The heights of the shapes are equal to the height of the Last Supper (15’); may involve a live performance. permanent link to this post

Sep 25, 2008

I had sort of given up on politics…

posted at 13:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

… or at least given up on posting about them on this blog. But this has just got to be said…

McCain is such a fucking tool.

photo © Jill Greenberg permanent link to this post

Sep 24, 2008

In the studio (9/23/2008)

posted at 13:59 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

M.River on the mic

Thanks to MTAA’s #1 fan you can see just how exciting the action is in our studio — ANIMATED!

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Sep 07, 2008

Port Huron Project 6: Let Another World Be Born

posted at 14:16 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project today in NYC!!

Here’s the info:

Public reenactment of a 1967 speech by Stokely Carmichael

Sunday, September 7, 2008, 5:00 PM
East 43rd St. at Tudor City Place, New York, NY
All the way east on 43rd Street
Subways 4, 5, 6, 6, S to Grand Central

Lots more info here. permanent link to this post

Sep 05, 2008

BBEdit syntax coloring

posted at 19:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Meta: haven’t done a good old geek post on the MTAA-RR in a while…

I really want to go back to using BBEdit. Overall, it’s better than TextMate (especially the search). But it’s got this syntax coloring problem when editing JS in the head of an HTML page that DRIVES. ME. NUTS. Is pictured below:


BBEdit 9 is a better than the previous version, but it gets tripped up on parans in the string if you put a forward slash in it as well (if you take the parans out it works correctly). As you can see, if you’re putting HTML tags in the string (which is probably a pretty common thing to do) it breaks the syntax coloring for the rest of the JS in the doc. This happens if the doc is set to ‘html.’ If you set it to ‘JavaScript’ then the JS is OK but the HTML doesn’t get proper syntax coloring.

Does anyone know how to fix this? It’s driving me nuts and back to TextMate. permanent link to this post


posted at 14:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

On September 5 from 7pm to 10pm, OTO kicks off their second season with EcoArtTech’s performance Externalities: Wilderness and its Others.

More info:

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.”

Friday, September 5, 2008 Starts at 7:00pm
Over The Opening (AKA MTAA’s studio)
60 North 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY (gmap)
Take the L train to Bedford Ave. permanent link to this post

Aug 19, 2008

The Reason Campaign

posted at 16:25 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I know that I promised to lay low for the rest of August, but this needs to be blogged!

My friend and über-talented film director Sorrel Ahlfeld has launched a great new video series promoting Barak Obama’s candidacy. Via video interviews, normal American’s give their reasons for voting Obama this year.

It’s called The Reason Campaign.

From the site:
The Reason Campaign aims to encourage substantive and productive dialogue between Americans - red state or blue - concerned about the issues facing our country today.

Currently there’s QuickTime video on the site, but they’re planning on expanding to different formats and streams soon.

Check it out permanent link to this post

Aug 17, 2008

OTOs coming up

posted at 16:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

We’ve got two (count ‘em 2) Over The Opening exhibitions happening in September! The first is the 5th with EcoArtTech (aka Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint) and then on the 19th we’ll be showing Mike Koller (his 2nd show at OTO).

Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Otherwise, MTAA is going to be laying low until after Labor Day. We encourage everyone to be as lazy as possible for the rest of August. permanent link to this post

Aug 15, 2008

I should more stuff

posted at 18:51 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

And maybe you should too. permanent link to this post

Aug 13, 2008

Bouncing, bouncing not fun, fun, fun

posted at 17:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Dear anybody that cares,

My email was bouncing. It isn’t anymore. If you sent me email and it bounced. Send it again why don’t ya?

This annoying message was brought to you by T.Whid. permanent link to this post

Aug 06, 2008

Rocketboom sells out!

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

LOL. Just kidding. But they did sell worldwide distro rights to Sony for what NewTeeVee is reporting as 7 figures. And I’ll bet those figures are numbers with some commas.

Get the lowdown from the horse’s mouth.

Congrats to everyone there. Especially our old Eyebeam buddy Kenyatta! permanent link to this post

Jul 21, 2008

Art world reality redux — this time it’s for real

posted at 14:35 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Sarah Jessica Parker’s “American Artist” reality show has been picked up by (who else?) Bravo. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Sarah Jessica Parker’s art competition reality show has found a home at Bravo.

The network has picked up “American Artist,” from Parker’s Pretty Matches production company and wunderkin producers Magical Elves, as part of its development slate. Bravo is expected to announce the deal Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.

The hourlong show has been described by the Elves team of Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as a “Project Runway”-style competition series that takes on the art world. Aspiring artists compete to produce various styles of artwork (painting, sculpting, etc.), which is then judged by a panel of experts. The network declined to comment.
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Jul 20, 2008

MTAA and The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now

posted at 12:28 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

We’re very happy to announce that we’ll be taking part in SFMOMA’s “The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now” November 8 - February 8, 2009.

From the press release:
Organized by SFMOMA Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling, this large thematic presentation gathers more than 70 works by some 50 individual artists and collectives, and will feature projects both on-site and online, as well as several new pieces commissioned specifically for the exhibition. From early performance-based and conceptual art to online works rooted in the multiuser dynamics of Web 2.0 platforms, The Art of Participation reflects on the confluence of audience interaction, utopian politics, and mass media, and reclaims the museum as a space for two-way exchange between artists and viewers.

The exhibition proposes that participatory art is generally based on a notion of indeterminacy—an openness to chance or change, as introduced by John Cage in the early 1950s—and refers to projects that, while initiated by individual artists, can be realized only through the contribution of others. This artistic approach entices the public to join in; questions the conventional divide between artists and their audience; and challenges assumptions about the symbolic value of art, as well as the traditional role of the museum as a container for objects rather than a site for social engagement or art production. Participatory art typically synthesizes a variety of artistic media, emphasizes process over object, and champions the idea of collective authorship.

We’ll be dropping lots more info about this as the exhibition draws nearer. permanent link to this post

Jul 10, 2008

Hirst: screw galleries

posted at 18:58 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

From The Art Newspaper:
The final frontier protecting contemporary art galleries from the relentless encroachment of the auction houses has been emphatically breached with the announcement that Damien Hirst is creating an exhibition of new works for display and sale at the London headquarters of Sotheby’s.

via NEWSgrist permanent link to this post

Jul 08, 2008

Touch My Bright Green Body (Green Screen Version)

posted at 22:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Caspar Stracke responds (.mov 52MB) to Oliver Laric’s “Touch My Body (Green Screen Version)”.

I’ve mashed-up the two together. Here’s some of stills of the video:




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Jul 02, 2008

Suckers to tha side I know you hate my 98

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

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Jun 27, 2008

Epic net art

posted at 22:11 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Another question raised at Rhizome’s Net Ae panel of a few weeks back was the idea of an ‘epic’ net art. Where is it? Is it possible? Who would want to do it?

Is an example of epic net art? Did we not know that we were in the midst of the most epic work of net art ever as it went on?

The first piece of net art that MTAA ever did, BUYING TIME: The Nostalgia-Free History Sale was done in conjunction with G. H. Hovagimyan’s ArtDirt streaming video show on (We didn’t know what the hell we were doing at the time.) There was a lot of art happening at pseudo’s offices (as well as really great parties). Jeff Gompertz (of Fakeshop) was heavily involved as well.

I’m bringing all this up as a way to help bolster Harris’ claim that was a ‘fake’ company and an elaborate piece of ‘performance art.’ Perhaps it was. Did he out-etoy etoy but not tell anybody until now? Can something be an art work if no one knows it’s an art work? Is he simply a revisionist fraud?


Also on Rhizome; comment there if you like. permanent link to this post

Jun 26, 2008

Crazy art links!

posted at 16:14 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Olafur Eliasson’s “Waterfalls” are ON! It’s rainy today so I didn’t bike and will miss out on checking out the perfect view of one of the falls from the Manhattan Bridge. It will suck to bike it if/when the tourists figure out you can get a great view from there.

Roberta Smith’s review of the Waterfalls


Josh Harris: still nuts; calls “an elaborate piece of performance art.” Not so sure about that…


Is it a Warhol? Who knows? Who cares? (Except for the chump that paid millions for it, his insurers, The Warhol Foundation, etc.) Me? I think it’s a damn good Warhol whether he did it, knew about it, or whatever. permanent link to this post

Jun 24, 2008

(I promise that) HARDCORE (conceptual art will make a comeback sometime very, very soon.)

posted at 17:20 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Inspired by Nayland Blake’s merch (check out AFC’s interview), we’ve decided to notify our 10s of readers that we have a t-shirt for sale.

Buy it now! permanent link to this post

Is Beck following Cory Arcangel around?

posted at 17:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

It sort of feels that way to me…

Listen to a full track from Beck’s new album here (login required). permanent link to this post

More Loshadka @ OTO

posted at 02:58 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Petra Cortright has posted a big batch-o-pix @ flickr showing some behind-the-scenes footage of Loshadka’s show at Over The Opening.

Check it out…

m.river updates - also some shots from Kai permanent link to this post

Jun 20, 2008

Don’t go chasing…

posted at 19:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

…Olafur Eliasson’s New York City Waterfalls! (warning: dumb flash site)

The NYC real estate blog Curbed has been doing a good job of following the construction and tests (with some anti-art snark tossed in, but whatev) of Eliasson’s public sculptures. Check out the Curbed waterfall archives.

And don’t miss the Gothamist post on the Brooklyn Bridge Waterfall. permanent link to this post

Jun 17, 2008

post-net art…

posted at 21:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

…is a better label than net art 2.0.


not anti-post-net art

post-net art permanent link to this post

Jun 11, 2008

Kurtz wins

posted at 11:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

If you know the facts of this case there’s no way you can’t be angry about it. The witch hunt finally ends.

PR follows…



June 11, 2008


Department of Justice Fails to Appeal Dismissal
Kurtz Speaks about Four-Year Ordeal

Buffalo, NY — Dr. Steven Kurtz, a Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY at Buffalo and cofounder of the award-winning art and theater group Critical Art Ensemble, has been cleared of all charges of mail and wire fraud. On April 21, Federal Judge Richard J. Arcara dismissed the government’s entire indictment against Dr. Kurtz as “insufficient on its face.” This means that even if the actions alleged in the indictment (which the judge must accept as “fact”) were true, they would not constitute a crime. The US Department of Justice had thirty days from the date of the ruling to appeal. No action has been taken in this time period, thus stopping any appeal of the dismissal. According to Margaret McFarland, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Terrance P. Flynn, the DoJ will not appeal Arcara’s ruling and will not seek any new charges against Kurtz.

For over a decade, cultural institutions worldwide have hosted Kurtz and Critical Art Ensemble’s educational art projects, which use common science materials to examine issues surrounding the new biotechnologies. In 2004 the Department of Justice alleged that Dr. Kurtz had schemed with colleague Dr. Robert Ferrell of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to illegally acquire two harmless bacteria cultures for use in one of those projects. The Justice Department further alleged that the transfer of the material from Ferrell to Kurtz broke a material transfer agreement, thus constituting mail fraud.

Under the USA PATRIOT Act, the maximum sentence for these charges was increased from five years to twenty years in prison.

Dr. Kurtz has been fighting the charges ever since. In October 2007, Dr. Ferrell pleaded to a lesser misdemeanor charge after recurring bouts of cancer and three strokes suffered since his indictment prevented him from continuing the struggle.


Finally vindicated after four years of struggle, Kurtz, asked for a statement, responded stoically: “I don’t have a statement, but I do have questions. As an innocent man, where do I go to get back the four years the Department of Justice stole from me? As a taxpayer, where do I go to get back the millions of dollars the FBI and Justice Department wasted persecuting me? And as a citizen, what must I do to have a Justice Department free of partisan corruption so profound it has turned on those it is sworn to protect?”

Said Kurtz’s attorney, Paul Cambria, “I am glad an innocent man has been vindicated. Steve Kurtz stared in the face of the federal government and a twenty-year prison term and never flinched, because he believes in his work and his actions were those of a completely innocent man. Clients like him are a blessing, and although I have had many important victories, this one stands at the top of the list.”

As coordinator of the CAE Defense Fund, a group organized to support Kurtz from the beginning of the case, Lucia Sommer sees the end of the prosecution as bittersweet, and like Kurtz, is thoughtful about the broader significance of the case: “This ruling is the best possible ending to a horrible ordeal—but we are mindful of numerous cases still pending, and the grave injustices perpetrated by the Bush administration following 9/11. This case was part of a larger picture, in which law enforcement was given expanded powers. In this instance, the Bush administration was unsuccessful in its attempt to erode Americans’ constitutional rights.”

Referring to the international outcry the case provoked, involving fundraisers and protests held on four continents, Sommer said, “The government has unlimited resources to bring and prosecute these kinds of charges, but the accused often don’t have any resources to defend themselves. This victory could never have happened without the activism of thousands of people. Supporters protested, vocally opposed the prosecution, and refused to let it go on in silence. And without their efforts at fundraising, Kurtz and Ferrell would not have been able to defend themselves from these false accusations.”

Sommer added that the next step for the defense will be to get back all of the materials taken by the FBI during its 2004 raid on the Kurtz home, including several completed art projects, as well as Dr. Kurtz’s lab equipment, computers, books, manuscripts, notes, research materials, and personal belongings. The four confiscated art projects are the subject of an exhibition entitled SEIZED on view at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, through July 18:


The case originated in May 2004, when Kurtz’s wife Hope died of heart failure as the couple was preparing a project about genetically modified agriculture for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Police who responded to Steve Kurtz’s 911 call deemed the Kurtzes’ art materials suspicious and alerted the FBI. Kurtz explained that the materials (legally and easily obtained basic life science equipment and two harmless bacteria samples) had already been displayed at museums throughout Europe and North America with absolutely no risk to the public. However, the following day, Kurtz was illegally detained for 22 hours on suspicion of bioterrorism, as dozens of agents from the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Homeland Security, Department of Defense, ATF, and numerous other law enforcement agencies raided his home, seizing his personal and professional belongings. After a federal grand jury refused to charge Kurtz with bioterrorism, Kurtz and Ferrell were indicted on two counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud concerning the acquisition of of harmless bacteria for one of Critical Art Ensemble’s educational art projects. (Critical Art Ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards for its projects, including the prestigious 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant, in recognition of twenty years of distinguished work:

The Department of Justice brought the charges in spite of the fact that the alleged “victims of fraud”—American Type Culture Collection and the University of Pittsburgh—never filed any charges or complained of any wrongdoing, and the fact that in bringing the charges the Department of Justice was acting completely outside its own Prosecution Policy Relating to Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud (

For more information and extensive documentation, including the Judge’s dismissal, please visit: permanent link to this post

Jun 07, 2008

Net Ae 2.0 postmortem

posted at 22:01 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I was more obnoxious than I meant to be and I came off old and cranky.

All around a fine evening.

It was a bit of a set-up between artists of the older generation (T.Whid, the McCoys; artists who took part in ‘net art 1.0’) and artists of a younger generation (Petra Cortright, Damon Zucconi) with Tom Moody thrown in to prove that you can be over 30 and also a member of a surfing club.

But seriously, I was fairly bombastic at one point and it went something like this: “It seems like the artists that were involved in earlier stage of net art have given up on it to a certain degree, my question to the younger artists on the panel: why haven’t you figured out that it’s a dead end?”

This little rhetorical bomb was tossed specifically to spice up the discussion a tad. I’m going to try to expand and clear it up.

Before I get into it I need to make clear that when I talk about net art, I’m using the classic definition: “art that uses the internet as its medium and that cannot be experienced in any other way.” To me, this definition shouldn’t be diluted, it just leads to confusion. I use the term web art for art on the web that can exist entirely in one browser session. Note that I think blogs (including photo, video, or other media blogs) fulfill the classic definition of net art.

First, MTAA hasn’t given up on net art entirely. We’re working on a small piece currently that fits the classic definition of net art and our latest large piece, “Want”, has, at the very least, the possibility of fitting the ole skool definition. So my assertion that we’ve ‘given up’ on net art isn’t really true. Jenn McCoy also mentioned after the panel that she and Kevin haven’t given up either, she likened it to trying to get pregnant but it just won’t happen for whatever reason.

What we’re ‘giving up’ is the idea that this ‘pure’ sort of net art will ever enter the gallery in a way that makes any sense. Many net artists have come up with hybrid net art that does make sense in the gallery space. Examples of MTAA’s efforts in that direction are “Endnode (AKA Printer Tree)” and “Want.”

Second, the ‘dead end’ comment is a red herring. The younger generation never entertained these grand and flawed ideas of a ‘pure’ net art. The artists on the panel made it very clear that their work comprises video, looping animations, photography, holography(!), web sites, etc. I believe that Damon’s first comment was that his work is multi-disciplinary. The earlier generation of net artists learned the hard way that transitioning the ‘pure’ form of net art into the gallery is very problematic. The current generation of digital artists seems to have side-stepped this problem entirely.


A few words on surfing clubs (PDF link to Marcin Ramocki’s thorough essay on the genre).

Mail art is to net art as graffiti art is to surf clubs.

The panel discussion bogged down considerably during the surfing club portion in my opinion. I’m guessing that since the clubs are by their nature somewhat insular and ‘insider-y,’ the audience felt it. There were 3 practitioners of the genre discussing it without a real thought to making it very accessible to the audience. During my live-twittering of the panel, I made a couple of comments to this regard (1, 2).

Apologies to anyone that was insulted by my tweets. It was a rather rude way of offering my criticism.


Cross-posted to Rhizome; comment there if you feel the desire. permanent link to this post

Jun 04, 2008

Net Art 2.5 private beta

posted at 19:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Apropos of my participation in the Net Aesthetics 2.0 panel with Rhizome this Friday, I typed out some words on why I think it’s a bad idea to version art periods. It’s just a couple paragraphs. Hopefully at the panel I’ll be able to flesh out my thoughts off-the-cuff.

Please don’t version art periods…

Oh, alright. I’ve resigned myself to using the term “Net Art 2.0” to refer to the current state of net art. But before I completely give in, I need to put up a bit of a fight.

The main problem with using a software versioning paradigm to distinguish art periods is the implied progression. When a developer delivers new versions of their software new features are added or enhanced, bugs are fixed, new problems are identified and addressed, formats are upgraded and interfaces are streamlined.

Some will say that the progression, though implied, isn’t what people mean when they use the term “Net Art 2.0.” But, when O’Reilly versioned the web with their Web 2.0 conference in 2004 (would there be a Net Art 2.0 without Web 2.0?) it was done specifically to denote that an improvement was happening in regards to business practices on the web. “The pretenders are given the bum’s rush, the real success stories show their strength, and there begins to be an understanding of what separates one from the other” (What is Web 2.0?). So when we describe the current state of net art as Net Art 2.0, the idea that it’s somehow an improvement to artistic or aesthetic practices on the net follows.

But, is so-called Net Art 2.0 a progressive upgrade? Does it add any new features? Does it solve problems that previous net artists ignored? Are there hidden regressions? Is it correct to even think of art history in terms of progression?

If we really want to give net art a number, just call it Net Art 2 — as in the sequel. Otherwise, M.River and I are going to launch Net Art 2.5 in a private beta, and you’ll need to email us for an invite.

update: AFC linked this up, so if you feel like commenting, you can do it there.

update 2: I posted it to Rhizome, you can also comment there.

(One day we’ll have comments back here I promise!) permanent link to this post

Jun 03, 2008

Net Aesthetics 2.0

posted at 12:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

T.Whid (Tim Whidden) of MTAA is on this panel Friday.
The upcoming program in Rhizome’s New Silent Series at the New Museum, Net Aesthetics 2.0, will examine the state of contemporary art engaged with internet art. Convening leading artists, critics and curators, this panel will explore salient topics such as the relationship of artists emerging now to the first generation of internet art, the correspondence between online art and offline exhibition (as well as the phenomenon of “internet aware” art), the current role of the artist on the internet, the position of explicit political content in internet art (and the question of whether internet art practice is undergoing a more “formalist” phase), among other directions and challenges faced by this expansive field.

This talk will be the second in a series of Net Aesthetics 2.0 events. Panelists include artists Petra Cortright, Jennifer and Kevin Mccoy, Tom Moody, Tim Whidden and Damon Zucconi and will be moderated by curator, critic and Rhizome staff writer Ed Halter. Tickets available here.

Friday June 6th, 7:30pm
the New Museum, New York, NY
$8 general public, $6 Members (Rhizome and New Museum)
Presented in conjunction with Internet Week
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Jun 02, 2008

Heeeeeeeeey Bo Diddley

posted at 17:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

You’re dead at 79.

:( permanent link to this post

May 23, 2008

Horvath gets BoingBoing’d

posted at 20:31 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Always nice to see one’s friends get the props they deserve. BoingBoing turns on it’s massive readership to Peter Horvath’s Boulevard.

Congrats Peter, you’ve just gained an entirely new audience! Hope your bandwidth bill is paid up… permanent link to this post

May 22, 2008

AutoTrace #1 (Full Fathom Five), 2005

posted at 13:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

“AutoTrace #1 (Full Fathom Five)” (detail), 2005 permanent link to this post

May 21, 2008

Blackboard pro = dumb

posted at 15:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Why do two (1,2) über-geeks think this is a good idea?

It’s a mind-boggingly stupid idea: #1 chalked-up sleeves; #2 erased messages via the chalked-up sleeves; and #3 you can’t see the to-dos when you’re using your computer (assuming at least *some* of the to-dos would have to be done with the computer). update: Not to mention the dust problem that the Boing Boing commenters point out.

It’s only a good idea if you never, ever remove the laptop from your desk and never open it. Sometimes the techno-nerds really lose all perspective. permanent link to this post

May 20, 2008

Orphan Artworks Bill

posted at 15:54 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Lessig disses the Orphan Artworks Bill (PDF of bill) in the NYT today. The bill is currently making its way through the US Congress on a fast track. Here’s a summary of what’s in it. Ed Winkleman has a post about it as well.

I have to admit that I have no idea what to make of this proposal. But I outsource all my opinions regarding copyright to Lessig so I guess I’m against it.

More on this from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (they strongly support it). permanent link to this post

May 17, 2008

Oreilly remix

posted at 14:51 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is pretty good. permanent link to this post

May 14, 2008

Chicago: feast on foie gras!

posted at 20:42 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The evil Chicago foie gras ban has been overturned!

I only mention it now as it’s been discussed here before.

The thing that really irritates me about these foie gras bans is that the true food demons in our culture — large factory farms — have too much clout for animal activists to have any affect. So they end up picking on small, artisanal farmers creating a relatively rare delicacy.

M.River adds = Here is a NYT article on the “artisanal farmers” of foie gras - No Days Off at Foie Gras Farm.

T.Whid adds… er, ah… oops permanent link to this post

May 13, 2008

Rauschenberg dead!

posted at 14:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


NYT gots the details… permanent link to this post

May 09, 2008

…as goofy and perplexing and overwhelming and sad as the Internet itself

posted at 16:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

WANT, a collaboration between MTAA and Radical Software Group, uses 900 video clips of actors to illustrate search-engine requests. It’s as goofy and perplexing and overwhelming and sad as the Internet itself. The next time you use a search engine with one of those “Other users are currently searching for . . .” features, you won’t be able to resist picturing the forlorn, chubby face that goes with the query for “SALMA HAYEK EATING COOKIES.”

via Get Plugged In By ‘LIVE,’ the New Art Show at UC Irvine’s Beall Center for Art and Technology (OC Weekly ) permanent link to this post

May 08, 2008

Getty goat

posted at 14:20 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Thought this was funny: Goats Eat Free at the Getty (NYT) permanent link to this post

May 07, 2008

Hasan Elahi on Colbert Report TONIGHT!

posted at 18:40 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Just got this email from Hasan:
Tonight (May 7)
The Colbert Report
Comedy Central
11:30 (Eastern and Pacific)/10:30 (Central and Mountaln)

I’m going to be on The Colbert Report discussing my project, “Tracking Transience” and how do deal with being on a terrorist watchlist. Stephen Colbert is supposedly doing a little story on Nelson Mandela still being on the terrorist watchlist…I guess Mandela was unavailable, so they called me.

We met Hasan at the Creative Capital retreat in ‘06. If only all the terrorists on the watchlists were like Hasan, the world would be a happy place…

If you don’t know Hasan’s project, “Tracking Transience,” you should check it out! permanent link to this post

May 03, 2008

Ah, the good ole days

posted at 00:14 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

A Comparative Study of Apples and Oranges


MTAA for Website Unseen #98 (ed: this piece no longer works in contemporary browsers FYI) with support from MT Science.

This introduction will cover the main themes of the larger study soon to be published. The comparison of apples and oranges should be viewed within the 3 main aspects of fruit usage in the United States. These aspects being (1) pleasure, (2) nutrition and (3) decorative display. This study compares apples and oranges within the cultural and national boundaries of the United States.

Areas used for comparison in this study.
1. Color
2. Shape and Texture (includes skin and meat)
3. Taste
4. Nutritional Value
5. Economics (includes price and availability)
6. Traditional and Non-Traditional Uses


MTAA conducted comparison tests of the colors of the two fruits with these criteria in mind. 1) In what quantity does the fruit’s color promote appetite for it, i.e. does the red color of a granny smith promote greater appetite than the orange color of a Sunkist. (For the purposes of this study we’ve included only red apples and no golden or yellow.) 2) Does the color promote each fruit’s decorative display in a domestic or commercial setting, including dining room tables, sideboards, coffee tables, kitchen tables, etc in domestic settings and retail furniture outlets. Boardroom tables, reception desks and marketing and/or advertising materials were judged in non-fruit related industries. These studies involved interviews with lay people and professionals who generally use fruit as decorative devices. MTAA also used laboratory studies designed to elicit responses from subjects as to their proclivity to either apples or oranges as decorative devices. We used only color in these studies and experiments and did similar experiments using shape and texture as the criteria.


MTAA compared these characteristics using the same criteria with similar sampling and testing procedures as the color tests. We measured how the shape and texture promoted appetite and decorative display. These tests were conducted both through visual inspection of shape and texture as well as through a tactile inspection i.e. a “feel” test. With the tactile test MTAA added an identifier section, quantifying which fruit was more easily identified through touch.


MTAA conducted numerous taste tests using people, monkeys, rats and parrots as testers. With each test group we tested which fruit was more preferred. A Crave Test was also conducted, which measured which fruit was more craved by the test groups. The Crave Test is methodologically very complicated and the details will be published in the full study but it measures how often the test subjects thought of, visualized, or sought after the fruit.

MTAA also tested the taste and crave-ability of prepared foods that use the two fruits as a main ingredient including juices.


Using data from the USDA, MTAA compared the nutritional values of the fruits as well as a number of prepared foods that use the fruits as a main ingredient.


MTAA compared the availability and price during different times of the year in different parts of the US using empirical data provided by the National Apple Growers Association and the National Orange Growers Association. MTAA have also created a comprehensive price/nutrition ratio for all parts of the country for the year 1998.


MTAA did extensive anthropological research into the uses of the two fruits in different cultural contexts such as ingredients in recipes, prominence in religious ceremonies, use as motivational awards, depiction in art and architecture, and general status symbols within different cultural categories. These categories included the contemporary dominant culture of the US, contemporary and historical subcultures, indigenous populations, and small-scale societies both contemporary and historical.

These studies yielded data with which MTAA could create an “Importance Factor” within each cultural category.

The wealth of information which these comparison studies yeilded is currently being analyzed at the MT Science Labs. MTAA forecast a 2004 release of the Comparative Study of Apples and Oranges.

published 2/28/00 permanent link to this post

Apr 30, 2008

Cause Caller

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

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

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

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

Apr 29, 2008

Self-Selected SuperSt*rs TONIGHT!

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

Reminder: MTAA is doing a live demonstration TONIGHT!

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

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

More info here

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

while (!handsInTheAir) {loop;}

It will loop and iterate AT THE SAME TIME!

Be there or be something with 4 right angles!

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

Apr 22, 2008

Charges against Kurtz dismissed

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

Finally some sanity…


April 21, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

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

Shvarts update: Yale wants it stopped

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

Stolen wholesale from the NYT:

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

Me? Ambivalent about it… permanent link to this post

Apr 21, 2008

(LOVE + HATE) x 100

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


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

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

Apr 19, 2008

Vote for us

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

Rhizome members!

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

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

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

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

Apr 18, 2008

Starving dogs, aborting fetuses as art

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

Is any of it true?


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

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


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

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

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

Apr 16, 2008

Just to be clear…

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

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

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

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

Apr 13, 2008

Arc of “The Surrogates”

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

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


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

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

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

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

(click for a larger image)

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

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

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

MTAA, 2008
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Apr 11, 2008

The Surrogates — TONIGHT!!

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

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

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

More info here

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

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

Apr 09, 2008

Creative Capital ! Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

Apr 06, 2008

Want at the Beall

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

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


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

Mar 28, 2008

LIVE @ Beall Press Release

posted at 15:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA + RSG’s new multi-channel video/software installation, Want, is being premiered at the exhibition LIVE at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, UC Irvine next week!

More on Want here and here.

Along with MTAA & RSG, LIVE includes artists Karen Finley, Siebren Versteeg, Natalie Bookchin, Ben Rubin, Aphid Stern and Michael Dale and is curated by David Familian.

Read the official press release (format smorgasbord):
Google doc
Word (.doc)
OpenOffice (.odt)

Excerpt below:
What is the meaning of “live” in today’s virtual world? The Beall Center for Art and Technology is pleased to present LIVE, an exhibit which features nine artists who sample and transform data, photographs and video from the Internet and incorporate it into their sculptures and installations. The LIVE exhibit will be open to viewers April 3 – June 7, 2008.


The title of this exhibition poses a question—how do we define and experience what is live when the majority of our daily interactions are increasingly mediated and reconfigured by various technologies? And how does this change our perception of what is considered real or actual versus what is virtual? Līve features nine artists who sample and transform data, photographs and video from the Internet and incorporate it into their sculptures and installations. Either extracting live footage or transmitting data in real time, they cull from diverse sources including Congressional speeches from C-Span, websites with Iraqi war casualties, a critique of consumerism from a peer-to-peer network and on-line video surveillance. As the artists isolate ideas and images from the steady stream of unrelenting data, they produce thought-provoking, aesthetic and “līve” works of art that also challenge our ideas of real and virtual experience.

In 1889 in Time and Free Will, the philosopher Henri Bergson suggested that the “real” and the “unreal” do not exist, there is only the actual and virtual — the actual is that which science describes and quantifies, while the virtual is what we process in our minds. As we take in the input of the actual world through our senses and process a series of physical and quantifiable information, it is transformed into conscious and unconscious responses, as our minds become a repository of virtual experiences.

As communication technologies such as telegraph and telephone were invented, there was suddenly a great physical distance between the sender and the receiver. The innovation of radio and television broadcast media increased this spatial displacement even further, transforming one-to-one personal communication into live events experienced by masses of people. The advent of recording technology increased displacement not just the spatially but also temporally: recordings became like memories fixed in both form and time, just as writing allowed speech to be fixed as text. As Plato noted in his famous account of conversations between Socrates and Phaedrus, throughout history the direct experience and dialogical nature of live speech has always been privileged over recorded text.

Even today it is always emphasized and privileged when any event—a breaking news story, a natural disaster, a sports match or a performance is presented “live.” Since the 1990s with the omnipresence of the Internet and more recently, Web 2.0 technologies such as You Tube, Flicker and social net-working sites, the notion of live experiences has become more spontaneous and democratized. Artists noticed these changes in the mid-1990s in the first generation of web-based artworks.

The artists in Live build upon this early work, but expand that vocabulary, extending their art from the web page into the gallery. Their wide range of approaches, forms and methods explore the space/time displacements of mediated events and how those events are both transmitted and remediated.

Read the entire press release permanent link to this post

Mar 27, 2008

Awareness Test

posted at 16:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

via Boing Boing permanent link to this post

“Off the Grid” Exhibition @ the Neuberger

posted at 14:45 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

(…you know I only post about my friends.)


Via emailed press release:
EcoArtTech will be demonstrating their Environmental Risk Assessment Rover-­AT at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY each evening at dusk on 3/27, 3/28, and 3/29, 2008.

Ecoarttech’s ERAR-AT is part of the Neuberger Museum of Art’s “Off the Grid” Exhibition, March 30 - June 1, 2008. “Off the Grid” features works that subvert and circumvent conventional infrastructures. Co-presented by the Neuberger Museum of Art and free103point9 and curated by Jacqueline Shilkoff, Galen Joseph-Hunter, Tianna Kennedy, and Tom Roe.

Participating artists: Benjamin Cohen, Dylan Gauthier, and Stephan von Muehlen, EcoArtTech, eteam, Max Goldfarb, Louis Hock, Nina, Katchadourian, Kristin Lucas, Joe McKay, Trevor Paglen, Temporary Services, Seth Weiner, Bart Woodstrup
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Mar 21, 2008

NY art fairs 08

posted at 14:22 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

They kinda snuck up on me this year… looks like they’re next week. Sometimes I’m just a tad too out of touch with the art world.

…considering skipping them this year. Is it because I don’t care? Or because I’m just bitter at not being part of the market? Whatever. I hate art fairs — even work I like looks horrid in those packed little stalls. It reminds me of ogling animals in zoos; it always makes me sad. permanent link to this post

Creative Capital scores .5mil for new media

posted at 02:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is good. Via press release:

$540,000 to benefit artists working in alternative gaming, internet-based activism, new media installations, robotics, and more

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2008) — Creative Capital, the premier national artist support organization, is the recipient of a major, three-year gift from The TOBY Fund, established by collector, philanthropist, and former curator Toby Devan Lewis. This $540,000 gift specifically supports the production costs of Creative Capital emerging fields artists, a category that encompasses artists whose work includes imaginative uses of new technologies, as well as genre-blurring applications of familiar creative practices.

“From our very first grant round in 1999, Creative Capital was committed to artists whose work doesn’t neatly fit the usual discipline categories,” said Creative Capital’s president Ruby Lerner, “While the sometimes indefinable nature of these projects is tremendously exciting, it also creates a handicap, as this kind of work often lacks the support infrastructure of more traditionally defined disciplines. Ms. Lewis has always had a similar passion for artists who boldly cross all sorts of boundaries — discipline, aesthetic, thematic — and we’re thrilled that The TOBY Fund for Emerging Fields at Creative Capital will draw more attention to how these artists challenge the very landscape of the contemporary arts.”

The TOBY Fund grant will allow Creative Capital to support more of its emerging fields grantees at the $50,000 level, the organization’s maximum award. These artists will also benefit from the organization’s trademark program of artist services, which is valued at an additional $25,000 per artist. To date, Creative Capital has funded 48 emerging fields projects representing 65 artists, with $1.1 million in direct funding and more than $1 million in artist services. Artists previously supported through this category include Cory Arcangel, Luca Buvoli, Hasan Elahi, Marie Sester and art collectives such as The Yes Men and SubRosa. The organization is currently conducting a grant round that will result in another class of emerging fields grantees being announced in early 2009.
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Mar 17, 2008

MTAA + RSG premier Want

posted at 14:26 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Want @ Beall Apr 3, ‘08

We’re very happy to announce that in our first major collaboration with RSG, we’ll premier a new multiple channel algorithmic video installation entitled “Want” as part of the exhibition “Live” opening April 3rd, 2008 at the Beall Center for Art & Technology.

Watch the ‘teaser’ trailer above. And there’s more here:

+++ a description +++

People want what they want NOW. Instinct tells us to get as much as we can as fast as we can – and the Internet obliges. Instant gratification meets infinite opportunity – be it information, commerce, employment, acceptance or love. And yet the majority of bandwidth is dedicated to base human behavior, i.e. celebrity gossip and pornography.

Nobody needs poorly Photoshopped pictures of naked Britney Spears – but hey! If they’re out there, why not look? The Internet gives our less-seemly desires space to grow, allowing us to anonymously indulge curiosities, perversions and fetishes that most would never pursue in a public space. And yet “virtual reality” has ceased to exist. What we think of as the “real world” now encompasses the Internet. We download movie clips and call our co-workers to watch. We shop online and have goods delivered to our home. We meet through matchmaking web sites. No more virtual vs. real. It’s all real now.

“Want” explores the current climate of society over-stimulated by the bombardment of technological instant gratification, and the very definite, yet-to-be-revealed implications and issues of accountability and responsibility surrounding virtuality. Here, the Internet’s underbelly is exposed; pushing the quiet, anonymous behavior that flourishes in cyberspace into public space, forcing us to reevaluate this behavior if it were to take place in the physical community.

The life-sized six-screen video display uses custom software to monitor real time Internet searches. When the software finds a programmed keyword, it triggers a video clip of one of several actors/avatars who translates the virtual request to reality.

A soccer mom says, “I want French.”
A rocker dude says, “I want Star Trek Enterprise.”
A nondescript middle-aged guy says, “I want Little Girl.”
A girl says, “I want Forever.”

The six video screens are triggered almost concurrently, causing the voiced requests to overlap. The result is an audio-visual cacophony of desire; an online echo chamber of warped reality.


“Want” is funded by a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. permanent link to this post

Mar 13, 2008

Rhizome’s widgets

posted at 18:47 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rhizome released a bunch of widgets for their site. You can now easily add bits of code to your web site that displays your portfolio, Rhizome news and lots more. Check it out…

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Mar 06, 2008

Rhizome Commissions Program

posted at 21:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rhizome logo

We’ve posted about this before, but here’s a reminder for everybody:

Deadline for applications: midnight, March 31, 2008

Rhizome says:
We support: New Media Art, by which we mean projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies and also works that reflect on the impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. Commissioned projects can take the final form of online works, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, or the web.

Amount: 7 commissions in the amount of $3000-5000

Guidelines and application forms can be found here: permanent link to this post

Mar 05, 2008

Net art in polish

posted at 14:54 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Ewa Wójtowicz’s book “net art” features MTAA’s Creative Commons-licensed Simple Net Art Diagram on the cover. It looks like you can get the book here.

Congrats on the book Ewa.

ewa_net_art.jpg permanent link to this post

Mar 03, 2008

Favorite color

posted at 15:55 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Via some meanderings on-line I found this little blog interview with Cory Arcangel in reference to the new show at MoMA “Color Chart.”

In the blog post, the W mag editor asks Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman and Frank Stella what their favorite colors are. None of these icons of color would say they had a favorite color.

Cory, of course, went against the grain and chose red…

As far as I can remember red has always looked good to me—on cars, on Detroit Redwing uniforms.

There is more than the age difference between the oldsters and Cory. First off, the old guys are all painters (more or less) but Cory isn’t. Cory was trained as a musician and I’d bet that if you asked him his favorite note he wouldn’t give you a definitive answer.

I was trained as a painter and in a recent MTAA project I had to answer the favorite color question and confidently stated that artists don’t have favorite colors. I think M.River chose blue….


M.River adds - Yes, blue is good but if you look at my site, you will see that my fav RGB bacground color is


t.whid updates
What M.River doesn’t know is that in CSS shorthand you can type the hexidecimal notation for grey like this:


I put that color in every web project I do… just for fun and because I’m evil. So you could say that ‘#666’ is my favorite color. permanent link to this post

Mar 02, 2008

More on Büchel v. Mass MoCA

posted at 15:08 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The NYT covers the “metaproject” that sprung from the “Training Ground for Democracy” debacle in this article: Accusations, Depositions: Just More Fodder for Art (don’t miss the slideshow).

(We’ve typed things about this fracas previously here and here.)

The work sounds and looks a tad tedious from what I can tell from the article, but one obviously can’t make an informed judgement unless one sees the work.

This quote of Büchel’s no artist should argue with:
“Who is going to decide what art is?” he wrote in an e-mail message. “For sure it is not the art institution if the authors are still alive and can speak.”

Word. permanent link to this post

Mar 01, 2008

Light Industry

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA will be taking part in the inaugural season of Light Industry, a new screening/performance/lecture series covering film and new media. It’s being organized by Ed Halter and Thomas Beard.

Some press release below and lots more on the web site: Looks awesome!
“The Blazing World,” a screening to be held on March 25, marks the beginning of Light Industry, a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project will begin as a series of weekly events this spring and summer, each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator, including Peggy Ahwesh, Cory Arcangel, Rebecca Cleman, Ben Coonley and Michael Smith, Bradley Eros and Brian Frye, eteam, Kendra Gaeta and Laris Kreslins, David Gatten, Lia Gangitano, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Nick Hallett, William E. Jones, Andrew Lampert, Dennis Lim, Mark McElhatten, MTAA, Marisa Olson, Jacob Perlin, Seth Price, Jennifer Reeves, Eddo Stern, and Dan Streible, among others.

Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of time-based media. Bringing together the worlds of contemporary art, experimental cinema, new media, documentary film, and the academy, to name only a few, Light Industry looks to foster a complex dialogue amongst a wide range of artists and audiences within the city.

For its opening seasons, all events will take a place on Tuesdays at 8PM in Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that’s home to a cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of rent-stabilized studios for artists in need of low-cost rental space. This program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial redevelopment—one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that integrates cultural and industrial production.
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Feb 29, 2008

Leap day! 2008!

posted at 16:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


It’s leap day! What are you going to do with your extra day this year? I’m not planning on doing much… pretty much just a normal day. Perhaps next leap day I’ll make some plans to do something that I would only do every 4 years.

[Image found here; #1 hit on Google image search] permanent link to this post

Feb 28, 2008

Andy Warhol eating a hamburger

posted at 18:50 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

via Rocketboom

update I
Kenyatta @ RB tells me they found the video on YouTube where it’s had over 200k views and over 800 comments.

I’m really curious as to the story behind this video… when it was made? where it was made? How this YouTuber got a hold of it…

For more famous artists doing fun things on video: Beastie Beuys.

update II (2/29)
Barry’s found another artist loving the Warhol eating a hamburger video.

And I received an email from Jacob Christensen with this info:
[…] It is an excerpt from a film made in 1981 by the Danish documentary film director and author Jørgen Leth called “66 Scenes from America”.

I remember seeing the excerpt at some time on Danish TV with Leth explaining the story - the point was quite simply to film Andy Warhol (an American icon) eating a hamburger (another American icon). Unfortunately, the film crew forgot to buy a soft drink along with the hamburger, but Warhol took — or rather ate —it in its stride.

More on Jørgen Leth at Wikipedia and IMDB permanent link to this post

Feb 27, 2008

Cory’s Colors

posted at 18:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Cory Arcangel has released the Macintosh software that powers his “Colors” piece (first shown at Team in ‘06). Now anyone can make the work themselves.

Get it from his web site!

Rhizome has more info on this, including the fact that this piece is going to be shown at MoMA. If you hurry, you can exhibit it in your own apartment before it graces the mighty MoMA galleries. permanent link to this post

Feb 21, 2008

Boing Boing tv covers Brody

posted at 15:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Brody Condon’s “Performance Modifcation (Nauman)” gets the BBtv treatment today.

10 performers outfitted in medieval/space/fantasy armor re-create Bruce Nauman’s 1973 work “Tony Sinking into the Floor, Face Up and Face Down”. Performed in slow motion and combined with movements based on computer game death animations, this piece is accompanied by a high volume binaural beats reputed to induce out of body experiences.

It’s pretty lame how BBtv seems to strip out the Nauman reference in the piece. I understand that it’s not their audience, but couldn’t they take a little bit of a stab at it? Boing Boing seems pretty allergic to contemporary art so it’s unsurprising.

Link to Boing Boing tv episode with comments and downloadable video. permanent link to this post

Feb 20, 2008

5 years of MTAA blogging

posted at 14:28 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Nathaniel Stern reminds us *again* that our yearly blog-o-versary passed us by on Feb 9 without any wild celebrations.

Here’s the first post.

I’ve put it in my calendar so it we won’t miss it next time. (Isn’t technology wonderful?)

m.river adds - “OH YEAH! almost forgot, if you want a link on the side bar over there, let me know.” Yeah, never happened…or no one wanted to be in our side bar in the last 5 years. permanent link to this post

Feb 19, 2008

Lee Walton in Boston

posted at 21:14 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Lee Walton’s going to be bombarding Boston with his Lee Walton-ness in the coming weeks.

If I was in Boston I would be there. Since I’m in New York, it might not be possible to attend :(

Two events:

an artist talk at the Art Institute of Boston


a new performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. permanent link to this post

Feb 15, 2008

Various bits 2/15/08

posted at 17:12 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Lots of cool stuff today.

First, don’t forget — Kriegspiel LAN party rescheduled for Feb 22! Check it out!


Second, Montage: Unmonumental Online, Rhizome’s portion of the New Museum’s Unmonumental goes live today. Congrats to the curators Lauren Cornell and Marisa Olson and all the artists involved.


Last, and certainly not least, MTAA has released a brand spanking new piece of web art for 2008! Check it out…

Yes & No


Cool new app on Facebook called ArtShare created by a team working out of the Brooklyn Museum. Check it out if you’re on FB. permanent link to this post

Feb 12, 2008

CAE witch hunt continues

posted at 15:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Federal harassment led one of the folks implicated in the witch hunt of Steven Kurtz to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. The NYT reports that Dr. Robert Ferrell was sentenced today to one year of unsupervised release and a $500 fine.

Lots more at the Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund web site. permanent link to this post

Feb 11, 2008


posted at 18:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

update 2/12
The creator of Pixish, Derek Powazek, has responded to the spec-work criticisms.

more update
I can only ask myself, was Mr. Powazek expecting some other response from creative professionals? Do a search for pixish spec and you can see the design community hating on this idea big time.


Any artist, illustrator or photographer that takes part in Pixish is either a rank amateur or an idiot.

From the site:
  1. Create an Assignment. Ask for what you want.
  2. Get Submissions. People create and submit their work.
  3. Peer Review. Community voting helps find the best.
  4. Pick Winners. Select your favorites and download.
  5. Rewards! Winners get prizes and rewards.

Golly gee willikers — PRIZES!

I love #2 — “people create […] work” — they forget to mention, for absolutely FREE! This is called working on spec. It’s nothing new. Most professional artists, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers won’t work on spec because it devalues their work.

Now, I’m all for free culture, creative commons and sharing ones creative work if one chooses. In fact, MTAA chooses to liberally license lots of our work and we’ve been involved in the creative commons and free culture movements.

I see this Pixish site as something completely different however. If someone is doing their own work for whatever agenda they might have, then decides to share it or license it liberally, that’s one thing. But to set-up an entire operation on-line whose sole purpose is to entice newbies and amateurs into working on spec — perhaps it will be helpful for the creator, perhaps it won’t — and then gussying it with web 2.0 buzzwords, it just doesn’t sit right with me. permanent link to this post

Robbers Steal $160m in Art From Zurich

posted at 14:55 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I was in Brooklyn all weekend. I swear.

AP via HuffPo

Is it wrong that when I read that the paintings were stolen from a collection amassed by a nazi collaborator that my sympathies instantly shifted to the thieves? permanent link to this post

Feb 06, 2008

Can’t get riled over the Jetty

posted at 15:06 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Note that this is only T.Whid’s opinion and M.River may, and probably, feels otherwise…

The NYT picks up on what the art blogs have been discussing over the last week or so: artists trying to stop oil drilling (or exploration) around the Spiral Jetty?

For whatever reason, I don’t really care. It was submerged for 3 decades because of poor planning (or ignorance) on Smithson’s part, there’s an argument whether he would want any preservation of the site and it is an earthwork after all. How ‘earthy’ can it be if it can’t stand a little oil drilling?

M. River adds - I’m fairly certain that Smithson knew what he was doing and was not ‘ignorant’ of entropy. Although, I’m not certain if T.Whid is being sarcastic in this post. “What good is a 20th century art icon if you can’t explore it for oil?” Yikes.

T.Whid responds - I didn’t mean to imply that he was ignorant of entropy, just that he may have been ignorant of the fact that the lake was low due to drought when the Jetty was built. Perhaps he wasn’t and part of the plan was that the Jetty would appear and disappear with the cycles of drought.

I’m not sure if I’m being sarcastic either. But I’m sure that I don’t really care about the Jetty drilling. permanent link to this post

Feb 05, 2008

M.River’s theme song

posted at 14:39 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Ukulele Style

M.River adds - Just in case you have not seen my all-uke all-m.river noise band, here is LOCU - League Of Crappy Ukes. Enjoy. permanent link to this post

Feb 03, 2008

Obama FTW

posted at 16:29 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics


Note: I’m only speaking for myself here: T.Whid. This isn’t an official MTAA endorsement of a candidate. update - With M.River’s endorsement this is now the first ever official MTAA endorsement of a political candidate. We’re hoping that this brings Obama at least two votes.


Not that anyone cares, but I’m voting Barack Obama this Tuesday.

I would vote for Kucinich or Edwards (even though they’ve dropped out of the race) if New York wasn’t Clinton country.

Sadly (or perhaps not), I’m being swayed more by emotional than intellectual reasons. Obama does inspire me. I think with him as President that perhaps the US can finally and completely leave our racial problems behind. Perhaps an Obama presidency would really create true equality and justice in the US. I know that that sounds all too optimistic, but he does give me hope — as cheesy as that might sound.

In addition, Clinton is just more corporate-rule-as-usual. And dynasties are as un-american as can be and we should resist them when we can. Other than that, their policies are very similar. Obama’s health insurance policy has issues, but I’m hoping that when he’s president pressure from the left will force him to make it better, i.e. closer to the Edwards plan.

M.River adds - For the first time, I have registered as a Democrat. The reason is to vote for Senator Obama. I have only one simple reason why. He did not support the war in Iraq and I hope that he will, as president, remove our military from this country. That’s it. It’s time to bring troops home.

Another update - Krugman on Obama’s health plan permanent link to this post

Feb 01, 2008

The MS/Yahoo! thing

posted at 21:57 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Gruber of Daring Fireball talks about exactly what I was scratching my head about when I heard this news.

I was hoping that some Yahoo! OSS goodness might rub off on MS, but it just ain’t gonna happen. I use both OSS stuff (PHP, JS libraries etc) and MS stuff (, Visual Studio, etc) in my day-to-day and they are just completely different beasts. To try to cram the two together in the MicroHoo deal would result in a thing that no one wants to see. MS will kill what it can’t ignore and treat the rest like red-headed stepchildren.

Update - Helen A.S. Popkin of MSNBC (as well as MTAA’s pop culture guru)on MS+YAHOO permanent link to this post

Jan 30, 2008

OH SHIT! art-world ‘Runway’

posted at 14:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches shingle is teaming with reality factory Magical Elves to create a “Project Runway”-type show for the art world.

Potential skein would pit a dozen aspiring artists against one another, following the group as they attempt to produce various kinds of artwork — from painting and photography to sculpting and industrial design. Pieces would be rated by a panel of judges, as well as by the contestants themselves.
Read all about it on Variety.

And this looks like the real deal (not some half-baked attempt on a network that no one gets) — it’s got real TeeeVeee execs behind it! It’s currently a notion that needs money to be worked into a concept and then later it may become an idea.

(Oops, didn’t mean to step on the Kriegspiel announcement — sorry.)

m.river adds - “art-world runway” Ick. This is the a black hole result of the strike.

t.whid adds
I actually like Project Runway LOL.

But, seriously, any artist that allows a bunch of teevee execs and producers to control how they appear in the media is taking a huge gamble. You would think that a contemporary artist would know better. On the other hand, it seems like the biggest dorks from these reality shows go on to infest our television sets for years to come — so what do I know? permanent link to this post

Jan 28, 2008

Nature Version 2.0

posted at 22:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Our good friends Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir (aka EcoArtTech) have organized this exhibition and symposium at Colgate University. The exhibition features a great selection of new media artists.

Lots more info here.
Nature Version 2.0: Ecological Modernities and Digital Environmentalism
Jan. 21 - Feb. 16, 2008 @ Colgate University’s Clifford Gallery, Hamilton, New York.

Featuring works by Natalie Jeremijenko, Brooke Singer, Joline Blais, Jane Marsching, Colin Ives, Alex Galloway, Amy Franceschini, Tom Sherman, Michael Alstad, Don Miller (aka no carrier), and Andrea Polli.

Curated by EcoArtTech (Cary Peppermint & Christine Nadir)

Nature Version 2.0 is a survey of artists who reinvent environmentalism for a digital age in a number of ways: by examining how digital technologies can make ecological problems more salient, by reusing and recycling obsolete technologies for new uses, and by exploring how digital spaces and the public domain may require environmental protection much like nature. Re-imagining the relationship between nature and technology, Nature Version 2.0 suggests an ethics of the network and an environmentalism of natural, built, and digital spaces.

This exhibition is in conjunction with Environmental Art and New Media Technologies: Imagining Sustainable Futures, a two-day symposium on interdisciplinary, digital, and networked art and research that draws upon environmental science, computer science, design, hacking, gameplay, engineering, and ecocriticism. Following the Nature Version 2.0 artists’ reception on February 8, keynote speaker Natalie Jeremijenko will launch the two-day Environmental Art and New Media Technologies symposium in Golden Auditorium, Little Hall, at 7pm. “90 Degrees South,” a multimedia performance by Andrea Polli will follow at 9pm in the Clifford Gallery. The symposium will resume in Golden Auditorium on February 9 for a day of talks and presentations by critics and exhibiting artists, 9am-5pm.

Hosted by Colgate University’s Clifford Art Gallery, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Environmental Studies Program, these events were made possible through funding provided by the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Center for Ethics and World Societies at Colgate University. All events are free and open to the public.

Lots more info here. permanent link to this post

Jan 27, 2008

Pile on Beecroft

posted at 14:53 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Via Paddy

I’ve always detested Beecroft’s work. It’s pure vapidness masquerading as a critique of the same. And I hate it when one not-very-talented but high-profile artist does or makes stupid things thereby justifying all the morleys in the world (as the comments here exhibit).


Of course she tries to kung-fu her racist, colonialist and narcissistic attitudes by admitting that she’s just a messed up white girl:
“I thought, what a freak I am,” Beecroft says softly, almost a whisper. “But it was really me.”

I’m not sure I’m buying this as a critique of the Madonnas and Jolies in the world. Is it any better that she seems to know she’s just as messed up, vapid and of dubious motivation as these high profile celebrities adopting African babies? permanent link to this post

Jan 25, 2008

3 Hours Of My Adolescence Verbatim

posted at 21:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

via here via boing boing permanent link to this post

Nauman FTW

posted at 15:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Bruce Nauman representin’ USA at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

via NYT permanent link to this post

Jan 23, 2008

Understanding art for geeks Flickr set

posted at 18:29 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is pretty dumb, but I’ll link to it anyway.
permanent link to this post

Bad sushi

posted at 03:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Via NYT: permanent link to this post

Jan 22, 2008

EcoTechArt on BBtv

posted at 17:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Our friends Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir’s video Wilderness Trouble is featured on Boing Boing tv today (permanent link to Boing Boing tv post). permanent link to this post

Art Wikimarathon

posted at 16:40 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


The Art Wikimarathon sounds like a good idea:

There’s a lack of art/artist info on Wikipedia, and we’re often too busy to find the time to contribute. So, we’re setting aside one day where a crew of people collectively drop serious knowledge into wikipedia about art.

Not sure I’ll be able to make it, but if someone wants to beef up the MTAA entry perhaps we can wash your back too :-)

(Is quid pro quo against Wikipedia policies?) permanent link to this post

Big changes afoot in web dev

posted at 15:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

First, the IEBlog describes how they ‘broke the web’ when they released IE7, then go on to explain how they plan NOT to do that with IE8.

Crazily enough, Zeldman and the WASP seem to be on board with a blog post and 2 (count ‘em 2) articles on A List Apart (1, 2).

I haven’t read about the new ‘version targeting’ scheme yet, but Microsoft’s ‘web standards guru targeting’ scheme seems to have worked wonderfully. permanent link to this post

Jan 21, 2008

Destroy bigotry

posted at 15:01 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2008 permanent link to this post

Jan 14, 2008

Rhizome commissions not just net art

posted at 22:24 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rhizome has opened up their commission cycle for 2009. They plan on funding 7 new art works with awards ranging from USD3K - 5K. Go to Rhizome’s site for the details.

The big news is that they’re not just funding net art anymore. They’ve expanded the scope to encompass all new media art. From the announcement email:
Rhizome has expanded our scope, formerly focused strictly on Internet-based art, to encompass the broad range of practices that fall under new media art. This includes projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies, as well as works that reflect on the impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. With this expanded format, commissioned works can take the final form of online works, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices.

My initial feeling about this is ambivalence.

On one hand, MTAA’s own work has been moving away from strictly Internet-based work for a few years now. Most of the early net artists (and a majority of the new ones) are using all sorts of digital media with the Internet/web as just one part of their practice. So it seems natural as the net moves from the shiny new thing to just another medium, and artists’ change with it, that Rhizome would also evolve.

On the other hand I liked how Rhizome was holding the torch for net art. Is this another nail in net art’s coffin? Is net art relevant or just a blip on the screen as more and more artists evolve to using digital tools and new media?

Guess that just leaves Turbulence permanent link to this post

Jan 13, 2008

Frank (Again) stills

posted at 01:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This afternoon EST MTAA performed our web performance called “Frank (Again)” at the Panoplie web site (more info here).

The performance was simple. We asked the on-line audience at Panoplie to give us suggestions on drawing a picture of a snowman named Frank. (The name comes from our last snowman who was built from $100 worth of deli materials.) The entire performance lasted 20 minutes.

Thanks to Annie Abrahams for having us. Twas much fun.

Check out some stills from the video:
frank_again_still08.jpg permanent link to this post

Jan 08, 2008

Heroic citizen stands up for the constitution!

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

I finally had to refuse the subway search today.

It was very anti-climatic. I just said that I couldn’t allow a search of my bag without reason and the cop said, “OK, you can’t enter the subway.” Then I left. And walked a half-mile to the next station on the line and came to work.

What a waste of time. permanent link to this post

Jan 01, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

posted at 17:46 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

(Image courtesy of Trevor; used because it’s currently the #1 hit on Google’s image search and I always like to let Google make my decisions for me.) permanent link to this post

Dec 30, 2007

MTAA’s creative practice

posted at 16:23 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

While M.River posts happy i-love-everybody posts about the new year I’m here to rant.

I’m not really sure what Roberta Smith is going on about with this column:
Another lamentable creeping usage is not only pretentious, but it distorts and narrows what artists do. I refer to — rather than reference — the word practice, as in “Duchamp’s practice,” “Picasso’s studio practice” and worst of all, especially from the mouths of graduate students, “my practice.” Things were bad enough in the 1980s, when artists sometimes referred to their work as “production,” but at least that had a kind of grease-monkey grit to it.

I’m here to defend artists’ use of the word practice. If you’re reading this on our web site (as opposed a feed reader or aggregator) you’ll see to the left that we use the term:
The MTAA Reference Resource (MTAA-RR) attempts to archive most information regarding the art duo MTAA’s creative PRACTICE.

Smith attaches all sorts of subjective associations to the word:
It turns the artist into an utterly conventional authority figure. (emphasis mine)

[…] there’s the implication that artists, like lawyers, doctors and dentists, need a license to practice. (emphasis mine)

[…] the implication that an artist, like a doctor, lawyer or dentist, is trained to fix some external problem. It depersonalizes the urgency of art making and gives it an aura of control, as if it is all planned out ahead of time.

It suggests that art making is a kind of white-collar activity whose practitioners don’t get their hands dirty, either physically or emotionally.

I don’t know where she gets all these implications and suggestions. Because she has all these stuffy associations with the term doesn’t mean everyone does. I would argue that few do. To me, ‘practice’ means, simply, the continual conduct of one’s profession.

The dictionary agrees with me:
13. to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation: to practice law.

I’m a professional artist. It’s not my hobby. Artists who cannot earn their living solely at their profession need ways of enforcing the fact that they are professionals (both to themselves and others). Language and conduct help underline the fact that we are professionals even though sometimes we can’t support ourselves entirely from our art careers.

Additionally, MTAA came to the term because we do all sorts of activities (we make web sites, installations, photos, sculptures; we perform; we blog; we curate; we write; we do public appearances and etc) and ‘practice’ seemed to neatly encompass all of them. permanent link to this post

Dec 21, 2007

Merry and etc

posted at 22:11 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is may favorite emailed holiday greeting. It’s from the Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We showed some work there during the iCommons Summit ‘07.

Here’s wishing you good holidays and happiness. permanent link to this post

Dec 17, 2007

Williamsburg is hip! Film at 11.

posted at 22:24 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

How many times can the press discover Williamsburg? It’s seems it goes on forever and ever.
[…] Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood has in recent years become one of New York City’s hippest areas. And with its easy accessibility — just a short ride on the L train from Manhattan’s Union Square — Williamsburg also stands apart as an ideal destination for visitors looking to explore another side of the City.

“Williamsburg is a haven for the young and the hip,” said George Fertitta […]

Now listen up. When I was in college. COLLEGE! (I’m pushing 40.) I read this in Ohio. OHIO! That Williamsburg was the hip ‘hood. I read this tidbit in New York Magazine. The issue was called “The New Bohemia Over the Bridge to Williamsburg” and is dated June 22, 1992. 1992! (I can’t type numbers in all caps but if I could, trust me, I would.)

So. By my calculations, this ‘Williamsburg is hip’ discovery has been going on for over 15 years. 15 YEARS! Please. Seriously. Everyone has figured it out by now. Stop it.

[via curbed] permanent link to this post

Dec 14, 2007

Reminder: Mike Koller — TONIGHT ONLY!

posted at 15:06 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Mike Koller’s “Holiday Rejects” tonight at Over The Opening.

Get all the details here.

This one is going to be great. Not to be missed :-) permanent link to this post

Dec 12, 2007

w00t! Websters is totally PWNED!

posted at 14:33 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Thousands of you took part in the search for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007, and the vast majority of you chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch. The word you’ve selected hasn’t found its way into a regular Merriam-Webster dictionary yet—but its inclusion in our online Open Dictionary, along with the top honors it’s now been awarded—might just improve its chances. This year’s winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t (“leet,” or “elite”) speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double “o” in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for “we owned the other team”—again stemming from the gaming community.

Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2007 based on votes from visitors to our Web site:

1. w00t (interjection)
expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2007 permanent link to this post

Dec 07, 2007

open animated GIF frames in Photoshop CS3

posted at 20:02 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Adobe, the jerks, removed functionality from Photoshop CS3. Specifically, you could, once upon a time, open an animated GIF in Imageready (free with Photoshop). You can no longer do this with CS3 since Imageready (and it’s tight integration with PS) no longer exists. Adobe’s own KB article on it tells you to buy Fireworks to get this functionality! WTF?!

Fuck that. I have a workaround. Note: this is for OSX only. This workaround works for Windows (my workaround is very similar). Here it is:

1. Open the animated GIF in QuickTime.
2. Choose ‘Save As…’
3. Select ‘Save as self-contained movie’ and save it.
4. In Photoshop, select File->Import->Video Frames To Layers…
5. Select your new animated GIF/QuickTime movie and configure how you want to import it in the Import Video To Layers dialog box.
6. That’s it. You should now have all the frames on separate layers and as frames in the animation palette. permanent link to this post

ArtFagCity does Miami

posted at 18:26 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Paddy’s take on the art-fair-a-palooza sweeping Miami this week sounds a lot like how I would probably feel about it if I was there.

I’m really liking her cynical take on the whole thing. So far it’s the only coverage that sounds like a sane person is writing it (as opposed to a person lobotomized by a PR firm).

From: ArtNow Meets Low Expectations
Word on the street tells me ArtNow won’t be the worst fair I see this week, which frankly frightens me. I made it through the first floor of galleries before I gave up on the chance of seeing anything moderately interesting, and walked next door to Flow. […] Consider yourself warned.



For those of us braving the NYC cold, I’m thinking we need to go see Paul McCarthy’s show/business venture at Maccarone Gallery.

Will these butt plug wielding Santa chocolates appreciate? I wonder… permanent link to this post

Dec 03, 2007

Success in Rome

posted at 22:14 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

After speculating that M.River may have been abducted and sold into slavery since I hadn’t heard from him in a week. It now appears that the Super Slow 5K Roma edition was an astounding success!

M.River’s disappearance was due to the fact that he was being feted throughout Rome for the duration of his stay and he was too drunk to figure out how to work the laptop!

M.River is posting a bunch of JPGs on Tinjail of his adventures in Italy.

Check ‘em out… (start there and work back) permanent link to this post

Nov 30, 2007

Google Reader stats, or, I’m a total dork

posted at 15:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Every other art blog is talking about the New Museum but I’m a dork so this art blog will talk about how to get feed stats from Google Reader!


You can see subscriber info and average number of posts per week. To see stats in Google Reader, do this: click on the ‘discover’ link next to the ‘add subscriptions’ link in the sidebar. Then click the ‘Browse’ tab, then do a search in the ‘Search and browse’ section. And that’s it! You’ll see a list of feeds that match your search criteria.

Interestingly you can snoop on other’s stats as well. For example, bloggy has 62 subs, Cory Arcangel has 141 and We Make Money Not Art has a whopping 2,466! Note that these are only Google Reader subscribers.


In other news, M.River has gone missing in Rome. He seems to be maintaining radio silence (voluntarily or otherwise). Guess that’s what I get for giving him a laptop with a fresh install of linux (which he’s never used) and kicking him out the door. permanent link to this post

Nov 27, 2007

NuMu Calvin Klein billboard mashup

posted at 20:28 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid




I can’t even tell anymore…

(Hint: you can see the profile of the New Museum’s new building in the un-dripped portion of the billboard.)

(via racked) permanent link to this post

Nov 26, 2007

Support Turbulence

posted at 14:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

They need $25K by the end of this year! Go to here to donate.

We need your support. If you:

— are one of the thousands of people who regularly visit, Networked_Performance, Networked_Music_Review and/or New American Radio


— are one of the hundreds of teachers who use Turbulence works in your new media/digital art courses


— are an artist who has received a Turbulence, Networked_Music_Review or New American Radio commission


— have presented at or attended Upgrade! Boston (Art Interactive or Massachusetts College of Art and Design), Floating Points (Emerson College), or Programmable Media (Pace Digital Gallery)

now is the time to give something back.

We cannot continue without your help. We MUST raise $25,000 by December 31, 2007.
permanent link to this post

Nov 20, 2007

Comments around the web

posted at 19:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’ve been taking part in two discussions on two different blogs today.

The first, on Chris Fahey’s, where the discussion is about graphic design on the web. I don’t have time to summarize so please go to the thread and check it out. But my point wasn’t well made. If we’re going to discuss graphic design vis-a-vis the web, it doesn’t help to inject the web into what is a conversation about traditional graphic design.

If you want to crit Google’s logo, crit Google’s logo. What does the fact that Google makes its money via the web have to do with anything? Now. If you want to crit Google’s home page in regard to it’s visual design, that’s another story. The main design decision of Google’s home page isn’t the logo. It’s the singular search field. You could put any reasonably designed logo above this search field without significantly changing the function or feel of the page. This distinction, IMHO, embodies the disconnect between graphic designers critiquing the web and web designers critiquing the web.


The other is at ArtFagCity. My comment is still waiting moderation (Paddy please fix these long waits… makes it hard to have a discussion) but here it is:

Tom Moody wrote: “Art about the art world inherently blows”

I can never understand why some folks think certain subjects are inherently bad. It’s obvious to me that no subject is inherently bad — even the art world.

If a certain piece is naval-gazing bullshit, fine. If you think a certain subject is being over-explored (like skulls perhaps?), then say it.

But, to declare one subject off-limits because it “inherently blows” makes no sense.

Actually, good art about the art world is perhaps even harder to pull off because of the risks of a) naval-gazing and b) subject over-exposure.
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Nov 15, 2007

Brody Condon, 3 Modifications

posted at 18:30 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

BTW, you’re a new media art chump if you miss Brody’s show at Virgil de Voldere Gallery. Opening tonight. permanent link to this post

iCommons auction

posted at 14:35 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

From the site
The iCommons Auction runs from 19 November to 14 December, 2007. This is an innovative auction of paraphernalia from some of the world’s leading Internet figures. From Internet activist and Stanford Law Professor, Lawrence Lessig’s coat that he wore in countries around the world that invited him to talk about free culture; to pre-prints from best-selling novelist, Cory Doctorow’s forthcoming, to-be-Creative Commons-licensed novel, Little Brother; and from #13 of only 20 plush toys of Firefox Japan’s mascot, Fox-keh that took the world by storm, to four of Indian intellectual property expert Lawrence Liang’s favorite Bollywood films: this auction is a celebration of free culture from around the world from those who make it and build it every day. All the proceeds of the auction will go to developing and sustaining iCommons’ global projects.

And MTAA donated 3 copies of The Evildoers’ Remix.

Check it out! permanent link to this post

Nov 10, 2007

Support Rhizome ‘07

posted at 16:30 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Support Rhizome - 2007

The new media art site is looking to raise USD30K by the end of the year. Help ‘em out! permanent link to this post

Nov 02, 2007

Weezer cover of Pixies’ Velouria

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

I can’t help but post a link to this cover of Velouria by Weezer. I’m a big Weezer fan. I’m an even bigger Pixies fan. This tune squashes two of rock’s best together in massively awesome track. It came out way back in ‘99, but I just found it (the Amazonians seem to have hated it).

holy shit! There’s a video of the Pixies’ Velouria (found via Wikipedia). It’s real media and I can’t get it to play. Let me know if you have better luck. permanent link to this post

Marisa Olson @ Over The Opening

posted at 16:01 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

still from Marisa Olson’s “Performed Listening: H” (2007)

On Friday November 9th from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present “Performed Listening” by Marisa Olson

Marisa Olson’s work often grows out of fan culture and her Performed Listening series explores the relationship between performer and spectator by underscoring the performativity of listening and watching. Began as a series of seemingly-silent performances in which Olson would listen to music on headphones, in a public context, the series has evolved into performances that sometimes incorporate other spectators and an expanded series of videos. In these tapes of Olson listening to music, the visual qualities are modified according to the sonic elements of the music being listened to.

For her exhibition, Olson installs two previous works from the Performed Listening series: “Easy Listening” (2005) and “Black and White” (2006). Olson also debuts “Performed Listening: H” (2007). In this new work, video of the artist listening to the Velvet Underground’s song, Heroin, is distorted by an analog “colorizer.”

Marisa Olson’s work ( has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, the Pacific Film Archive, Postmasters Gallery, and the New York Underground Film Festival. permanent link to this post

Art blog questionaire

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

Paddy asks us to answer these questions.

Flattered that Paddy is interested in hearing MTAA’s views, but these questions aren’t very interesting to me. Plus they seem more focused on the critic/blogger as opposed to the artist/blogger. I did consider doing a snarky wise-ass reply to the questions, but I don’t have the time or energy right now.

Perhaps M.River will take a crack?

M.River Adds - Yes, Thanks PJ but Ill pass as well. What I do here and on Tinjail makes little sense with this type of questions. The one thing I would say is that art/ review / crit blogs might want to avoid setting up standards and norms. Art needs a wide array of voices and styles. VVORKs, AFGs, MANs, ARTCALs, Reblogs, NNs, Rhizome Raws, Artnets and even Art Forum Diaries all have a role to play. permanent link to this post

Oct 31, 2007 @ Haifa Museum of Art

posted at 19:31 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

We’re very happy and proud to be part of this exhibition in Israel:
“NETworking” is the first Israeli museum exhibition devoted to Net Art. It presents 12 works from the Computer Fine Arts collection of Doron Golan. The works included in this show highlight a number of the fundamental qualities that characterize Net Art: the visualization of data; open-code access and connectivity; hacking and online voyeurism involving critiques of authorities and economic powers; the creation of online behavioral codes and the negotiation of cyberspace from various perspectives.

Check it out: NETworking - Net Art from the Computer Fine Arts Collection

There’s also a PDF (732kb) of the catalog available. permanent link to this post

Oct 27, 2007

Rhizome re-launches!

posted at 15:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


A superb upgrade of the new media community site

Some of the changes:

1. A major change (for RHIZOME_RAW email list subscribers) is the breaking up of the list into 3 different categories: discussion, opportunities and an arts calendar. This required me to redo my email filters a tad, but also gives me the option to filter categories I don’t want or filter them more granularly.

2. The member pages have been transformed into profiles pages with lots more features: enhanced portfolio section (unclear of whether the portfolio entries get added to the artbase automatically), ability to upload audio and video (very cool) and include the feed from your blog. The organizational improvements to the profile page makes it much easier to read and see how the person is interacting with the platform.

3. There has been a major visual re-design. The front page is easier to scan quickly and is laid out more logically. The top navigation has been improved.

4. The discussion board is much better. One can now drill way back in time very quickly. The only problem is that it seems to go back only to 2002. Also, it would be nice to filter these pages (Max Herman is just as annoying now as he was then) but I suppose that’s what the advanced search is for. Which brings me to…

…Bugs. I did run into some bugs. The biggest bug being that the advanced search form isn’t working (I’ve been waiting and waiting this feature). I’m hoping to see major speed improvements in the search. Also with search, it would be nice to have the same sort of pagination in the search results as we get in the discussion area.

But enough of bug talk. This is a major, major upgrade for Rhizome and a big improvement. Lauren, Patrick and Marisa should be very proud. Congrats! permanent link to this post

Oct 26, 2007

NYT’s Brooks: dumb or dumber?

posted at 14:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

[…] then I realized the magic of the information age is that it allows us to know less.

The last person with speed dial to realize this? permanent link to this post

Oct 23, 2007


posted at 15:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was an artist named M.River (or was it Mark River? or was it Mike Sarff?) who made paintings?!

Yes. Paintings! And he’s posting them all on his blog!

Check ‘em out

mriver adds - yep. paintings - thx. t.whid

Some context

I started working on them in 2001 and have made 300 or so. They are all acrylic on canvass with the black line done with ink and a dip pen (bamboo). They are done in long series or sets (like one year was only painting heads using 3 colors). A good deal of them are based on NYT photos (not the ones on Tinjail so far).The reason Ive been posting them on Tinjail is Ive decided to try to document them all before Jan. Im only a small way in so check back to that link in a few months and I will hopefully be done.

Oh…the other thing is that after painting consistently since 01, I suddenly stopped this summer. I think Im using this time of documentation to reset / rethink the whole thing. Dont know yet. permanent link to this post

Oct 20, 2007

Sponsored links — now in hebrew!

posted at 15:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

I’m a bit of a Google freak. I use Gmail and Google Calendar as my main mail and calendar apps. I’m desperately trying to get my wife to use Gmail as her main mail app and I’m always trying to get my collaborator M.River to use Google Docs instead of Word. I use the Gapps.

The other day I received an email from Doron (who’s living in Israel) that had a subject line in hebrew. There was really no text in the message — a quoted line also in hebrew — and one english line. This little bit of hebrew in the message triggered the ‘sponsored links’ section of the Gmail interface to display in hebrew.

I just thought it was kinda funny and it made me wonder how Google decides what language a message is written in. permanent link to this post

Oct 17, 2007

What Chris Fahey learned in art school

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

Chris Fahey has an interesting post up today about how designers think as opposed to non-designers/business people. His site seems to be down right now so I’ll post his bullet points below:
Without further ado: In art school, I learned:
  • How to champion and defend my ideas.
  • How to distinguish between personal and professional critique.
  • How to respectfully and constructively critique my peers. How to attack the ideas of my colleagues and still have drinks with them that same night (and maybe even sleep with them — hey, it is art school)
  • How to test drive a hundred different ideas through sketching, cobbling, and envisioning them, before finally settling on which one to go ahead and build.
  • How to tell when I am done a project that could just as easily be improved endlessly.
  • How to tell when an idea that is precious to me is actually holding me back. And then to feel good about throwing it away.
  • How to have the confidence to present my ideas in public without fearing that they will be stolen. And how to take it in stride when they inevitably are.
  • How to distinguish between taste, technical skill, and empirical efficiency.
  • How to detect bullshit, and to avoid generating it myself (note that not all art school grads learn this).
  • How to go the extra mile to make something high-quality.
  • How to recognize talent in my peers.
  • How to collaborate with my colleagues effectively to reach a common goal.
  • How to be deeply competitive without being a dick.
  • How to make something new just for the sake of being new.
  • How to build off of, and give credit to, the ideas of my predecessors both contemporary and in history.
  • How to save ideas that I’m not ready for and keep them for future use (usually in sketchbooks).
  • How to start all over again from the beginning.
  • How to teach all of the above.

That’s a long list but I think he left off the most important thing that one learns in art school: how to see.

I’ve worked very hard to be able to take in and understand lots of visual information very quickly. It’s a skill that can be learned, but it takes a lot of work. Usually a couple of years worth of work. The one great problem I’ve had to overcome in working as a designer in my day job is how to talk to people about things when I know they are seeing only a small percentage of what I’m seeing in a visual design. (Of course this may be a symptom of my astounding arrogance and I could just be one of those petulant, prima donna, full-of-shit artist/designers.)

Of course Chris is talking about thinking, but the input one gets from one’s eyes will inform almost all of the bullet points above. permanent link to this post

Oct 12, 2007

TONIGHT! Over The Opening launches!

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


MTAA’s temporary gallery in their studio opens tonight for the first time with videos (and some other stuff) by Michael Sarff.

Where: 60 N. 6th St., 2nd Flr Williamsburg, Bklyn (directions)
When: 8 - 11 PM Friday Oct 12, 2007

Be there or be square. More info here. permanent link to this post

Oct 11, 2007

Untitled Landscapes for Portable Media Players

posted at 01:41 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Loving the Untitled Landscapes for Portable Media Players series by Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir AKA EcoArtTech.

My only quibble is that there should be a version just for Zunes™… j/k permanent link to this post

Oct 05, 2007

My Kid Could Paint That…

posted at 14:53 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Paddy Johnson (aka Art Fag City) hits all the right points from an artist’s perspective in her review in The Reeler of My Kid Could Paint That. The NYT review is good too.

My 2¢? I’d never heard of the child before this movie’s PR kicked in. Was she really an art star? It just seems like a bunch of mainstream media hype trafficking on the general public’s ignorance of how actual contemporary art works. Sounds like a decent documentary though. permanent link to this post

Oct 04, 2007

New Baghdad Journal on-line

posted at 13:59 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Check out Steve Mumford’s newest installment
The artist Steve Mumford originally went to Baghdad in 2003 to work as a war artist, embedded with the U.S. military, both writing a journal and making drawings and watercolors of what he saw there. In early 2007 he returned to Iraq for approximately a month, where he worked at an army hospital. This is the second of three reports on that trip. The first, “With Good Company into Iraq,” was posted on Mar. 8, 2007. The archive for Mumford’s original “Baghdad Journal” can be found here.
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Sep 30, 2007

Airstream interior panorama

posted at 16:06 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Last weekend a bunch of us went upstate to celebrate a birthday milestone of M.River’s.

Chris Fahey came along and created this awesome panorama of the interior of the airstream he stayed in with his wife Peggy. See Chris’ blog for lots more info and links to larger images on Flickr. permanent link to this post

Sep 27, 2007


posted at 19:09 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


G.H. Hovagimyan tells us…
Art Under the Bridge Festival in Dumbo, Brooklyn
September 28, 29, 30th, 7pm to 11pm
Front Street & Adams Street, Brooklyn
Video Projection on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage

I’ve been working with a group of artists over the summer. We have been finding ways to collaborate with each other through an open dialogue and discussion about art and group praxis. The name of the group is Artists Meeting;

Participating Artists include Leesa Abahuni, Nicole Abahuni, James Andrews, Daniel Blochwitz, Chris Borkowski, Ursula Endlicher, G.H. Hovagimyan, Thomas Hutchison, Lara Star Martini, Nsumi Group, [PAM], Joao Salema, Raphaele Shirley, Jason Wee, Lee Wells.

We will present our first public collaborative video installation this weekend at the Art Under the Bridge Festival in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We will project two 30 foot by 40 foot videos onto the south side of the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage from the loading dock just off the corner of Front and Adams.
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‘Truth’ in photos?

posted at 01:11 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I would like to write more about this, but time—work—blah.

Two articles in today’s NYT provide a strange contrast to one another. The first is filmmaker Errol Morris’ essay regarding a photo from 1855 by Roger Fenton. (I had never heard of Fenton before today and had never seen the photos discussed.) And the second is an editorial criticizing the idea that the dunes that inspired Edward Hopper should be protected from development simply because they were inspirations to the artist.

First, in the Morris article, I find it bizarre that there is even a debate as to the worth of a photo (or the talent of the photographer) if the photo was somehow staged:

[Songtag] mentions how one of the Fenton photographs was posed or staged. That we’re always disappointed when we learn that a photograph has been posed. Then she goes on to talk about the difference between fake paintings and fake photographs. Namely, a fake painting is a painting with faulty provenance — say, a painting that is purportedly by Vermeer, but turns out to be painted by somebody else. But according to Sontag, a fake photograph is a photograph that’s been posed.

OK, for the layman, sure, they’re disappointed. But experts? Artists? They shouldn’t be disappointed because almost all photos are a fiction to one degree or another. This seems like a very important thing to recognize in this day in age because when people don’t realize this very simple concept things like this happen.

The second article makes more sense. It’s obvious that the landscape has been filtered through the artist. How could it not be? He painted it. Why do people persist in seeing art photos any differently? permanent link to this post

Sep 15, 2007

Super Slow 5K — TOMORROW!

posted at 14:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

All the details here

I’ve got a cold and feel crappy, M.River thinks it’s going to rain — but somehow we’re going to PULL THIS OFF!

I guess we have to because everybody knows about it…
AM New York

RSVP on Facebook or email. permanent link to this post

Sep 12, 2007

Commons Art Diagram v2

posted at 13:57 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This one was drawn by my niece Ivy from life, that is, from the t-shirt I was wearing.


Ivy didn’t specify what license she wanted to release this under, but I assume an attribution license would be fine ;-)

The original is here. permanent link to this post

Sep 06, 2007

The art season opens

posted at 01:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The ArtCal calendar via Google Calendar shows that we’ll all be very busy around 6PM tomorrow. permanent link to this post

Sep 04, 2007

The King of Kong

posted at 02:19 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (official site; IMDB)

I can’t recommend this movie enough, it’s a great documentary. I was originally drawn to it because — hey, the classic arcade games are my generation — but the film goes far beyond any simple nostalgia kick. It’s hard to draw me completely into a film, but this one did it.

It’s not in very wide release (only 2 places in NYC are showing it) but check the web site, it’s being rolled out more widely over the coming weeks. permanent link to this post

Aug 24, 2007

Get yer sleep on…

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


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

These crazy kids today:

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

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

Aug 21, 2007

Big news from Adobe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 18, 2007

San Jose Semaphore cracked

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 15, 2007

You’re living in a computer simulation

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

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

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

But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.
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Aug 03, 2007

Cory Arcangel is finalist for Lucelia Artist Award

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

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

via Eye Level — check it for other finalists!

Good luck Cory! permanent link to this post

Jul 28, 2007

Port Huron Project in NYTimes

posted at 14:21 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Congrats to Mark and his great project for this coverage!

check it out: Giving New Life to Protests of Yore (NYT)

First few graphs:
WASHINGTON, July 26 — It’s not an unfamiliar tableau these days: people gathered on a grassy expanse of the National Mall here, listening to someone deliver an impassioned antiwar speech with phrases like “aggressive, activist foreign policy,” “the war we are creating,” “vigorous governmental efforts to control information” and “distorted or downright dishonest documents.” At some point, the crowd breaks into applause and a young woman yells out, “That’s right!”

She shouts this, however, just after the speaker behind the lectern refers to men with last names like Johnson, Rusk and Bundy and to the destinies of the Vietnamese people. And at its high point, the crowd numbers only about 30 people, many of them involved in videotaping, recording and photographing the event as flags snap majestically in the wind around the Washington Monument.

In other words, if you had wandered into this spectacle on Thursday evening, you would have found yourself not exactly in the midst of an actual protest but somewhere slightly removed, in the disorienting territory where art meets political engagement.

Paul Potter’s Speech (mp3)

The web site for the Port Huron Project permanent link to this post

Jul 26, 2007

Rhizome adds Creative Commons

posted at 23:36 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Press release follows…
Rhizome is proud to announce its integration of Creative Commons licenses into its online archive of art, the Artbase. As of today, artists have the option to license their work under Creative Commons Licenses. This suite of licenses allows creators to shift the terms of copyright from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved,” therefore enabling authors, scientists, educators and artists, amongst others, to mark their creative works with the cultural freedoms they abide by. Rhizome’s hope is that through the use of these licenses, artists will have greater access to each others’ work in furtherance of their goals.

Rhizome would like to thank Wendy Seltzer, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, for her guidance and Fred Benenson, Creative Commons Cultural Fellow and student at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, for his coordination of the project. “By implementing Creative Commons, Rhizome aligns itself with sites like, Flickr and Digg, who nurture not only a community of free creativity, but of free culture,” says Benenson. Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of Rhizome, adds that “It’s in the spirit of Rhizome to foster collaboration amongst artists. I’m happy that Rhizome is able to make these licenses available, and to support the practice of sharing cultural material within the arts.”

About Rhizome
Rhizome is an online platform for the global new media art community. Our programs support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways.

About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach.
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MASS MoCA: Project Is Not Art

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

MASS MoCA is shooting itself in the foot face if they think artists are going to look kindly on these claims…

More alarming is MASS MoCA’s argument that they are the lawful owners of the materials which are the subject matter of this dispute, and thus allowed to display them publicly.

But this isn’t the end of this wonderful yarn of fiction. MASS MoCA further argues that Büchel’s work is not even art, but simply a compilation of materials which, if accepted by the Court, would not be granted protection under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA). If in fact the Court decides that VARA does apply, MASS MoCA argues that any modification to the “materials” which may have happened is allowed by VARA under the “conservation or placement” exception, and/or that the doctrine of “fair use” would allow MASS MoCA to display Büchel’s project without infringing the Copyright or VARA Acts.


background info here

(via Winkleman) permanent link to this post

Jul 19, 2007

Steam pipe explosion

posted at 14:16 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

If you’re like me you’re wondering why there are steam pipes running under New York City. As always, the tubes have all the answers.

I found this:
Some 30 billion pounds of steam every year flow beneath the streets of Manhattan from the Battery to 96th Street. While it is unknown to most New Yorkers, Con Edison’s subterranean steam system is the biggest steam district in the world. There are 7 plants in NYC — five in Manhattan and one each in Queens and Brooklyn. On a cold winter day, nearly 10 million pounds of steam at 350 degrees Fahrenheit flow each hour through 105 miles of underground mains. Steam is efficient and cost effective for high-rise buildings and most of it is used for heating and cooling.

The city’s infrastructure is old, with much of it being built 50 to 100 years ago. Just maintaining this system, which cracks and breaks every day, is a monumental task.

(Check out Coned’s info here and here too.)

Pretty straightforward, except — what? Cooling!? How the hell does steam cool a building? I can’t find any info so I suppose it will remain a mystery… permanent link to this post

Jul 18, 2007

In case you somehow missed it: James and Barry

posted at 19:51 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

James Wagner and Barry Hoggard are profiled in Brooklyn Rail this month.

Of course, as always, MTAA was way ahead of the curve (note: the date on the linked post is wrong, it was actually from June 13, 2005). permanent link to this post

Jul 14, 2007

MTAA’s Portable First Solo Show Audio Tour & Extended Dance Mix

posted at 02:24 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The true MTAA-headz (is there such a thing?) out there will appreciate this (I hope).

Back in January 2000 MTAA had a solo show at a small gallery on the Lower East Side called Walden. The place is long gone, but evidence of our show persists.

For the show we created an audio tour. MP3s of the audio tour have been offline for a while, but I decided to put them back online (unsure why they were offline in the first place). Anyway, here they are:

MTAA’s Portable First Solo Show Audio Tour & Extended Dance Mix.
(Note: each track name links to an MP3 audio file.)

Track 1: The MTAA Promise (it looked more or less like this (PDF))

Track 2: TIME!® @ PS1 aka The Big Blue Summer (this piece had to do with our TIME® project)

Track 3: DYHAP Museum Plan (this piece related to Direct To Your Home Art Projects)

Track 4: V-TAV: "Group Text" Hard Copy Version (check out the exhibition)

Track 5: Site Unseen Tracking Poster (a sculptural version of Website Unseen)

Track 6: 99 Steps to Contemporary Art in Your Bedroom (check out the 99 Steps online)

Bonus Extended Dance Mix: Empty You by Yab Yum (Johnny Gould & Chris Flam)


All the tracks were mixed by Cary Peppermint (working under the alias CP_V70), except the bonus track which was created by Yab Yum. permanent link to this post

Jul 08, 2007

iCommons Summit videos

posted at 17:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

iCommons iSummit07 - AiR panel - MTAA’s Tim Whidden

Last month MTAA participated in the iCommons Summit ‘07 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. I attended as MTAA’s representative and spoke on two panels (we also put an entire exhibition together while we were there).

Videos of the panels are online. You can download the QuickTime versions: The Artist-in-residence panel where all the artists spoke (83MB) and another panel (that was sort of strange and contentious) called Why Don’t Artists Use More Free Software (93MB).

There are also flash versions available via Vimeo:

Paddy Johnson (moderating),
Nathaniel Stern

MTAA’s Tim Whidden

Kathryn Smith

Jaka Zeleznikar

Joy Garnett

Ana Husman

Q&A permanent link to this post

Jul 05, 2007

Eyebeam featured on Channel 10

posted at 19:01 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Channel 10 is Microsoft’s videoblog, billing itself as:
[…] a place for enthusiasts with a passion for technology. Through a world-wide network of contributors, Channel 10 covers the latest news in music, mobility, photography, videography, gaming, and new PC hardware and software.

They also happen to cover a lot of MS technology… imagine that?

Today they’re covering our friends at Eyebeam.

Check it out… (you can download the interview in a variety of formats at their site). permanent link to this post

Jun 30, 2007

Kimmelman on The Splasher(s)

posted at 14:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Until the pranks turned ugly, it was heartening to follow the dust-up between a bunch of street artists and their nemesis or nemeses, identity unknown. As The New York Times reported this week, for some time works of stenciled graffiti art and wheat-pasted posters slapped onto walls in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan have been splashed with paint and scrawled with messages of protest.

Splashing the Art World With Anger and Questions permanent link to this post

Jun 26, 2007

Mumford’s better

posted at 20:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

There’s another "embedded artist" out there in the world documenting wars the old fashioned way. The differences between Richard Johnson and Steve Mumford? Johnson is Canadian, he’s in Afghanistan and he sucks.

All right, he doesn’t suck (I was just being a dick). But his drawings look much less inspired to my eye than Mumford’s. Johnson’s stuff looks overly illustrative and picky. In short, his drawings lack the confidence of Mumford’s field sketches.

via Boing Boing permanent link to this post

Shortlisted by NYMag

posted at 15:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA is honored to be taking part in Postmasters summer group show "Not Your Parents’ MTV: Music Videos From Hell" and New York Magazine seems to think it’s a damn good idea as the show has been added to their arts shortlist!

NYMag’s blurb on KDM100 makes me chuckle:
An eight-hour, booze-fueled karaoke face-off. In other words, Saturday night in Chinatown.

Even if you’ve enjoyed been tortured by the web version, come to the show (opening 6/28 6-8PM) and check out the installation which includes a pumpin’ sound system, potted plants, bamboo benches and a custom-made net art viewing desk. permanent link to this post

Jun 22, 2007

Not Your Parents’ MTV

posted at 18:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

click for larger image

We have two pieces in this show opening next week at Postmasters! Note: the opening is JUNE 28, 6-8PM (it was misprinted on the postcard).

We’ll be showing ‘gallery versions’ of Karaoke DeathMatch 100 and 25 Concrete Examples Why John Cage Is Not Our Father.

More below:
Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present our final, not to be missed, show of this season:

Not Your Parents’ MTV: Music Videos from Hell

June 28 - July 28, 2007
opening reception Thursday, June 28 6-8 pm

- a group exhibition featuring unorthodox music videos and related projects by the following artists:

I’m a Slave 4U
The Super N Word

Because Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People

Diva Reincarnation

Shotgun Piano

Abe and Mo Sing the Blogs

Karaoke Death Match 100
25 Concrete Examples Why John Cage Is Not Our Father
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Kimchi alert system!

posted at 13:59 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is great! Hope this system makes it to K-town here in NYC because I like my kimchi hot!

Under the measure, kimchi will be labeled as mild, slightly hot, moderately hot, very hot or extremely hot to indicate spiciness. The index is based on the amount of capsaicin and other substances contained in the chili peppers added to the cabbage to make kimchi.

via BuzzFeed permanent link to this post

Jun 19, 2007

Artificial legal add-ons to art

posted at 18:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA have been supporters of Creative Commons since the project was launched. When we can, we release versions of art works with CC licenses and our web sites (both and have CC licenses attached to them. Our digital image ‘Manual Zoom Mirage’ was released under a BY-NC-SA 1.0 license way back in ‘03 (just a few months after the initial license releases according to Wikipedia). And our Simple Net Art Diagram has had various versions of licenses attached to it until we settled on the Attribution 2.5 license.

I say all this to establish MTAA’s street cred when it comes to artists engaging with the ideas that Creative Commons embodies. Also to contextualize where I’m coming from when I try to point out the deficiencies that CC may have for fine artists or how I think most artists of this ilk will respond to CC. Which brings me to this article by Paddy Johnson: Defining Moments at the Artist in Residence Panel. She describes the iCommons Summit 07 artists in residence panel, I’m interested in this part…

[…] according to [T.Whid], no work of art is made better for having a CC license applied to it. Now, this point is clearly debatable, and having observed just yesterday that I liked his work On Kawara Update better for the license I tend to think there are exceptions to this statement, as did a member of the audience who cited the same work. That said, I still suspect most artists would generally agree with his statement.

…in order to clarify my point.

An art work’s meaning will be changed by context. Making a work available via a CC license may change or augment the context of a work thereby changing its meaning somewhat to some viewers (make it better or worse). My point is that the vast majority of viewers of an art work will not notice this contextual shift — they have no idea what sort of copyright laws are being applied to a particular art work. Many of those that do notice will simply disregard it and focus on the traditional measures of an art work’s worth: the form, content, subject, etc. In some cases, drawing a viewer’s attention to the licensing aspect of a work of art may confuse the viewer — making their experience worse.

I personally would never measure a particular work’s value by its license — it wouldn’t even go into the mix. To me (unless the CC license is part of the content of the work) it’s simply a sort of artificial add-on. If I like an art work on its own merit and then notice it’s CC-licensed, I will think the artist is enlightened, but that’s just my opinion of the artist and not the work.

Think of one of your favorite art works. Do you know its license? Do you just assume copyright has been applied? Would you really think it was more [beautiful, intelligent, engaging, enthralling, etc] if the license changed?

Just as I posted this I thought I should explain what I mean by ‘artificial.’ Simply put, artificial in this context means something added on by outside influence and may or may not have any meaning or value vis-a-vis what the artist was trying to communicate in the art work. Some artists simply don’t care about copyright, etc but legal structures force these concepts onto their work anyway.

update 2
Rob Myers has a response. permanent link to this post

Jun 17, 2007

onKawaraUpdate (v2)

posted at 09:35 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


MTAA has released a new net art project entitled onKawaraUpdate (v2).

This piece updates and automates the process-oriented nature of On Kawara’s date paintings. The artist’s labor is essential to process-oriented art. What happens when that labor is removed?

If the web site is visited by anyone on a particular day, a date page is created. If no one visits on a particular day, no date page is created.

It is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL. (Download the source code.) permanent link to this post

Jun 16, 2007

Pix of opening in Croatia

posted at 09:18 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Joy Garnett has uploaded a Flickr set of the “The Art Happens Here” at the iCommons Summit ‘07 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

photo by Joy Garnett

Check out the photos permanent link to this post

Jun 11, 2007

iCommons Summit AiR Flickr group

posted at 09:34 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

If you’re interested in following the action in Dubrovnik for the iCommons Summit 07 AiR program check out these photos!

Go to the iCommons AiR Flickr group. We should be updating it often over the course of the summit (until June 17) :-) permanent link to this post

Jun 04, 2007

M.River wins KDM100 Champion!

posted at 13:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

The impossible has come to pass with M.River winning the highly coveted (by me) title of Karaoke DeathMatch 100 Champion. By visiting the previous link, you can view the victory and defeat songs and comment if you like.

It was a rough and grueling championship consisting of 50 rounds of karaoke done over one day while the competitors got progressively more drunk. It was an endurance competition and M.River seems to have endured better over the long haul.

M.River’s victory speech consisted entirely of the following: “Blow me Tim. I won. Fuck you, ha!”

There will be no rematch (unless, perhaps, we can get funding for it).

M.River update:

Although, as Tim points out on the MTAA-RR blog today, my short, sweet and to the point victory speech goes down on record as Blow me Tim. I won. Fuck you, ha! I would have rather it been one of these 2 quotes from the fighting wordsmith Muhammad Ali

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”


“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

It kinda work both ways. Actually, good job and well played Tim. No rematch.

Also, again big thanks to all who voted and posted. You are the true KDM100 champs. permanent link to this post

Jun 03, 2007


posted at 13:19 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


With one round to go the score is:

M.River: 24 | T.Whid: 23 | Ties: 2

The only thing I can do is tie it up :(

M.River sucks and doesn’t deserve to win, but a tie would be worse. If we tied, we might need to do this again! That’s not going to happen.

Anyway… this is the last day to vote, so get on over there. You can always visit the archives too. permanent link to this post

May 31, 2007

Bill Shackelford’s Blogged

posted at 17:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


“Blogged” is an interactive installation artwork and one day net event dealing with the concept of being ‘blogged’. It attempts to pop 6 feet in diameter red balloon by using traffic from blogs linking to this page.

Go today if you want to pop his balloon :-) permanent link to this post

May 30, 2007

BBurg news — Galapagos moving

posted at 13:52 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Holy shit! moving to DUMBO… and I had to read it in the NYTimes :(

I haven’t been inside Galapagos for years. But this is still big news to me as it represents what I consider the ‘old days’ of Williamsburg.

Galapagos grew directly out of the roving rave/art/performance warehouse parties of Williamsburg’s glory years as an artists’ bastion in the early to mid 90s. It was started by Robert Elmes to be a legit version of Mustard, which was an illegal art/exhibition space that he helped run out the Old Dutch Mustard factory on Metropolitan Ave. Mustard itself grew out of a huge warehouse art party/rave at the factory called Organism.

What is Galapagos going to do without its moat? I hope there are plans for a new moat. permanent link to this post

May 29, 2007

Source Code: Programming Eyebeam Style

posted at 17:55 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Adding to this post.

Here’s the lowdown on “Source Code” opening this thursday at Eyebeam:

The first in a series of three retrospective exhibitions celebrating Eyebeam’s contributions to the art and tech field

Eyebeam is pleased to announce a special exhibition of 14 projects from 10 years of residencies, fellowships and commissions in Eyebeam’s labs. The pieces featured have developed since their life at Eyebeam and/or will be reactivated with events, performances, and workshops demonstrating and sharing the process of their creation.


The noteworthy lineup of artists, technologists, hackers and programmers in Source Code demonstrates diverse and vibrant genres of creative exploration that defy easy categorization. The artists and collectives participating in the exhibition are: Cory Arcangel, Carrie Dashow, eteam, Nina Katchadourian, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MediaShed, neuroTransmitter, Steve Lambert, Alex Galloway and artists using Galloway’s Carnivore client — a surveillance tool for data network that serves that data to various creative interfaces called “clients” to make their work: Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Golan Levin, MTAA and Mark Napier.

More at ArtCal permanent link to this post

May 25, 2007

Slideshow of Napier’s work on

posted at 02:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Cool :-) Net Artist’s Power Shift permanent link to this post

May 24, 2007

KDM100 hits 40!

posted at 13:53 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Who knew we could make it this far?

The Karaoke DeathMatch 100 is in it’s 40th round! Only 10 more days to experience the horror that is KDM100!

Go there now. Vote T.Whid. permanent link to this post

May 23, 2007

Elahi on Wired

posted at 15:12 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Check it out…

Hasan Elahi is a Creative Capital 2006 grantee and we met him at the art camp last summer. Not only is his project fascinating, but he’s a great guy (not like I thought a terrorist would be at all).

From the article:
Elahi’s site is the perfect alibi. Or an audacious art project. Or both. The Bangladeshi-born American says the US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list — and once you’re on, it’s hard to get off. To convince the Feds of his innocence, Elahi has made his life an open book. Whenever they want, officials can go to his site and see where he is and what he’s doing. Indeed, his server logs show hits from the Pentagon, the Secretary of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President, among others.
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May 22, 2007

Let’s call our fuck up ‘art’

posted at 13:48 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

But there is a catch, one that seems in keeping with the surreal nature of the artwork itself. Because of concerns about legal action by Mr. Buchel, the museum will shield all the huge objects in the warehouse from view with tall plastic tarps, as if Christo and Jeanne-Claude had intervened at the last minute. Viewers will be allowed to wend their way through the cavernous hall but they will have to rely on their imaginations, mostly, to appreciate the show.

From NYT: The Show Will Go On, but the Art Will Be Shielded

In a nutshell: artist and museum couldn’t get along so the museum (MASS MoCA) decides to open the show anyway, but cover all the objects.

The decision is intended as an artistic and provocative solution to a difficult situation […]

Please. It’s a total cover your ass move. The museum painted themselves into a corner and then decided to call it a performance.

This is just the pathetic apogee of the curator-as-artist ‘movement’ that I’ve been unhappy to notice over the past few years. The curator-as-artist thing is simply an abuse of institutional power.

Hmmmmm. The more I think about this, the more ambivalent I become. It doesn’t seem like a total scope of the project was decided on in the beginning. To me, that would be negligence on the museum’s part. Working with artists requires some flexibility, but to have a huge airplane fuselage foisted on you at the last minute seems to go beyond mere flexibility. To not have known about that before the project started seems unbelievable to me.

Of course, if it is some elaborate prank on the institution, I give it a thumbs up :) permanent link to this post

May 13, 2007

A short review of T.Whid’s Hey Joe on KDM100

posted at 13:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Today, you have a rare opportunity to see M.River and I go head-to-head with the same song on KDM100

[..] this just gets better & better, & we should be grateful for the scientific precision afforded us here by the simultaneous rendtion of the same song.

T.Whid had it for me, but only by a whisker.

I did love M River’s upstaging hand jive & the advanced catatonia/maddened elephant polarity which seems to get more marked, the more alchohol consumed. The same circumstance, as AnnieA observes, makes T Whid kind of puppy doggish, but of course a puppy dog who has stared straight into the heart of darkness & lived to tell the tale.

Oh & don’t get me started on timing/phrasing: - people would kill for what T Whid is doing hereit’s like we have been hard wired into his soul. Splendid. Splendid & uplifting.
M.River update: I lost 5 to 6? Robbed! permanent link to this post

May 11, 2007

New Baghdad Journal

posted at 20:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Steve Mumford is back from Iraq (thankfully) and has posted a new installment of his Baghdad Journal on

The new piece describes getting back to Iraq via Kuwait and introduces us to some of the interesting characters (journalists and bloggers) that he meets along the way. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the very black humor of Caleb Schaber:

[…] a very tattooed blogger, artist, musician and bartender who once ran for mayor of Seattle and writes for something called the Northern Nevada Newswire. He shows off his latest tattoo: a dotted line around his neck, with the inscription “cut here” (also in Arabic, helpfully, on the back) […]

I saw Steve a few weeks ago at Postmasters and he told me he had been embedded at the 86th Combat Support Hospital (AKA the Baghdad ER). I’m assuming in his future installments we’ll read and see more of that. permanent link to this post

May 09, 2007

KDM100 — halfway home

posted at 13:22 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Today, the 25th round of MTAA’s Karaoke DeathMatch 100 went live!

After almost 4 weeks of warbling, shouting, shrieking, wailing, whispering, screaming, screeching, whooping, bellowing, braying, yawping and yelping the score is T.Whid: 12 and M.River: 11 with 1 tie.

We mark this inauspicious occasion with M.River performing Sweet Dreams and T.Whid performing We Got The Beat.

If you haven’t been listening everyday, we understand. But you should vote everyday! permanent link to this post

May 05, 2007

Commons Art Diagram

posted at 21:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA is releasing a new ‘art diagram’ today.


Introducing the Commons Art Diagram!

Download: (1.5MB)
This package contains the diagram in these formats: .ai, .pdf, .eps, .svg, .gif, hi-res .jpg and hi-res .png.


This new art diagram illustrates how different forms of creativity — on being funneled through the CC process — arrive at the place where the ‘art happens.’

This diagram is the second in a series of “art diagrams” that MTAA began with the Simple Net Art Diagram.

We hope to distribute this diagram at the iCommons Summmit in June ‘07 :-)

We were very successful distributing the image at the iCommons Summit. The image was reproduced on t-shirts, bags and stickers and was basically impossible not to see everywhere you looked! permanent link to this post

AFC interviews MTAA for iCommons

posted at 16:13 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Check it out…

Art Intercom is a six part series conducted by Art Fag City blogger Paddy Johnson, who will be interviewing the iCommons Summit Artists in Residence. In the weeks leading up to the conference, interviews will be posted once weekly, profiling the artists’ work and describing their approach to Creative Commons licensing. Artists to be interviewed include Ana Husman, Jaka Železnikar, Joy Garnett, Kathryn Smith, Nathaniel Stern and this weeks interviewees, Mike Sarff and Tim Whidden (who go by the names M.River and T.Whid), of MTAA. Tim will be representing MTAA as one of the Artists in Residence at the iSummit in Dubrovnik.

Part 2 is now live. Check it out… permanent link to this post

KDM100 current score

posted at 15:44 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

For those keeping score at home…

The ‘current score’ section of the KDM100 has reflected the current winner of the round — even for rounds that are still open to votes. I changed that today.

Now, when the ‘current score’ is calculated, the current round isn’t counted. This makes more sense to me as there is no winner of a round unless the voting is over. permanent link to this post

May 04, 2007

Various Creative Commons matters

posted at 20:15 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Obama calls for debates to be licensed under Creative Commons. He wants either public domain or the Attribution license to be applied. Rock on Obama!

Creative Commons and iCommons need support for their scholarship program. MTAA is one of the artists-in-residence at the iCommons Summit this year. permanent link to this post

May 03, 2007

Artkrush #57

posted at 19:26 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Ed Winkleman reminds me that I should link to Artkrush because our little effort here is included in their list of art blogs (we’re in the new media category).

So check out their feature on art blogs! It includes VVORK and Art Fag City. ‘Nuff said. permanent link to this post

Goddamn motherfucking stormtroopers

posted at 17:38 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/politics

We love LA.

Land of the free!

Olbermann permanent link to this post

Rick Silva’s Rough Mix

posted at 14:17 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Just want to hook Rick up with a link to his new video project: A Rough Mix. permanent link to this post

May 02, 2007

Digg revolt

posted at 13:37 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

This is pretty interesting. Digg users have staged a rebellion of sorts over the deletion of stories and comments that contained the 16-digit hexadecimal number that is used to lock HD-DVD movies. For the record, here’s the illegal number: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0. is a social news site founded by Kevin Rose. He finally capitulated to his users demands proving that web 2.0 can bite small smart companies in the ass just as easy as big lumbering companies. permanent link to this post

Apr 29, 2007

John Cage has a secret

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

cage.jpg Here’s John Cage performing Water Walk in January, 1960 on the popular TV show I’ve Got A Secret.

via Rhizome permanent link to this post

Apr 28, 2007

KDM100 @

posted at 02:07 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

by bohaganjr to art karaoke video

by somebaudy to karaoke deathmatch art audio image movie quicktime video

by rimapra to vlog_art

by lafundicio to art karaoke drinking drunk

by harloholmes to admirable hotttt audio image internets art?

by cory_arcangel to art karaoke movie quicktime video

by mccoyspace to art video netart karaoke mtaa

by mjh to karaoke quicktime video movie

by 53os to netart art

by barryhoggard to art netart

by m.river to mtaa netart07

by twhid to mtaa karaoke netart net_art_07 art
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Apr 27, 2007

KDM100 on Rhizome News

posted at 13:27 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid


Thanks Rhizome!

Link to the news item and below…
Karaoke Or Die
Have you already subscribed to the video feeds of ‘Karaoke Deathmatch 100’? If not, do it now, as you don’t know what you are missing. ‘Karaoke Deathmatch 100’ is perhaps the most significant project ever from MTAA (artists M. River and T. Whid). Well-regarded within the new media community for works such as ‘1 year performance video (aka Sam Hsieh Update),’ it is with ‘Karaoke Deathmatch 100’ that they reach an audience beyond this field. Unfolding over 50 days, the ‘Karaoke Deathmatch 100’ features both artists in an ‘alcohol-fueled blood feud […] 50 rounds of sing-along fury,’ to use their own words. Taped live over an 8-hour period, these sessions are screened everyday at midnight (New York time). One sees both artists—one singing, the other seated in the back of the studio—both in front of typically cheesy karaoke videos. Viewers can post comments on the performances and vote on the best performer. T. Whid won the first round (with 21 votes) after singing Guns N’ Roses’ Welcome To The Jungle. One reader commented, ‘It’s like American Idol, only different. I feel like my vote counts here.’ Another noted, ‘You suck and so does Guns N’ Roses.’ The current score is tied at M. River: 6/T. Whid: 6, but the contest is just beginning. The artists, themselves, beg the question,’Who will emerge victorious?,’ decrying, ‘Only YOU can decide.’ So don’t miss any other face-off. Log-on today and participate in ‘the most brutal performance art smack down of the new millennium.’

- Miguel Amado

Don’t forget to visit KDM100 daily and vote for T.Whid! permanent link to this post


posted at 00:37 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Marisa Olson organized this event coming up this weekend FYI…
I’ve organized a conference for my grad students, which is taking place this Saturday, in Williamsburg. These are some of the best students I’ve ever taught and this is certainly the best class ever. In a word, it’s been *legendary* and this conference will be a fun, provocative way to end the semester. It’s my hope that you can join us to participate in lively discussions, offer feedback on artists’ works in progress, and perhaps consume a few bagels and coffees.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Presentations on the theory & practice of tactical media and contemporary protest art, by graduate students in the ITP program at NYU’s Tisch School of the arts.

The presenters’ talks will be grouped into three panels, to be moderated by their Professor, Marisa Olson (Editor & Curator, Rhizome), on the topics of Play & Consumption; Fear, Spectacle, and the Media; and the Interfaces and Architecture of Control. These panels will consist of both artist talks and analytical essays and audience members will be invited to give feedback on a few works in progress.

The Change You want to See Gallery
84 Havemeyer @ Metropolitan, Brooklyn, NY 11211
L to Bedford o Lorimer, G to Metropolitan, J/M/Z to Marcy

Hours: 12-5 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2007
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Apr 23, 2007

KDM100 on Rocketboom today

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

The ground-breaking videoblog Rocketboom gave a shout-out to the KDM100 in today’s show (Apr 23, 2007).

Check it out…

Thanks to Andrew, Joanne and everybody else at Rocketboom for the hook-up!

M.River adds - also thanks to Kenyatta. My next song going out to you and the rest of the RB folks. permanent link to this post

Timex Sinclair 1000

posted at 13:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

Slashdot reminds us that it’s the 25th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Ah. Good days. My first computer was the Timex Sinclair 1000, the US version of the UK Sinclair.

From Wikipedia:
The TS1000 sold for $99.95 in the US when it debuted, making it the cheapest home computer to date at the time of its launch. The black and white display showed 32 columns and 24 lines (22 of which were normally accessible for display and 2 reserved for data entry and error messages). The limited graphics were based on geometric shapes contained within the operating system’s non-ASCII character set. The only form of long-term storage was to plug into an often unreliable home tape cassette recorder.

Good times! permanent link to this post

Apr 22, 2007

On KDM100 [part 1]

posted at 15:49 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

MTAA’s Karaoke DeathMatch 100 has been live on the web for about a week. As the project progresses I thought I would do a post now and then discussing how I think it’s going and my thoughts on the project.

As with any creative project, the creator doesn’t truly understand it until it’s released to the public.


Contemporary karaoke has been debased. The point of karaoke isn’t to entertain strangers with talented renditions of popular songs. It’s point is to entertain your friends with drunken and humiliating destructions of popular songs. Karaoke is best experienced in a private room with close friends who are all completely and totally wasted. Each takes their turn destroying a song with their drunken, fervent attempts at entertainment.

This is Karaoke DeathMatch 100. The web, in general, and net art specifically are MTAA’s best friends. We want to entertain you World Wide Web. We’ll entertain you by humiliating ourselves in drunken buffoonery like good friends should. But, if you deserve this gesture of friendship you have obligations. Art obligations. One or two or even three rounds of drunken, ear-piercing foolishness isn’t enough. You need to commit World Wide Web. This is pop endurance performance art. You need to endure this performance just as much as MTAA if we’re going to have some art happen here.

It’s up to you World Wide Web. Like 1YPV, this thing only works if you’re there for us. We’re there for you. You must watch every day. You must vote every day. If you do, the art WILL happen. If you don’t, the art won’t happen. It’s simple really. permanent link to this post

Apr 21, 2007

MTAA action figures

posted at 23:36 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

For MTAA’s 10th anniversary our friend Bill Hallinan created these amazing MTAA action figures! This has completely blown our minds :-)

The two action figures (in the collector’s packaging) on the wall of our studio (click for a larger image).

Below are small JPEGs of the packaging. Click each one to see a larger, more detailed image. What kills me is the action figures in the playsets hahahahah.





Thanks again Bill! This is one of the coolest presents ever!

M.River adds - When I opened it, I was awe struck. Best gift ever. Thanks B n’D. Now I want to make .5 scale MTAAs now for a show. permanent link to this post

Apr 19, 2007

Re-Staging, Re-Enactment, Remix and Mimetics

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

G.H. Hovagimyan has a new post over at about re-stagings of artworks called Re-Staging, Re-Enactment, Remix and Mimetics.
What is apparent is that none of these artists are doing exact copies of the works they are referencing. They are however playing with the signature style and brand names in varying degrees. The discussion is not however a blatant crowbar tactic of prying out and smashing property rights. It is an understanding that intellectual property has different degrees of meaning and use. While Tribes’ Port Huron project seems to be a desire to get at the emotional heart of a signifier, Kulik’s re-staging of the Beuys work is an escalation. In Kulik’s piece the animal and the human combine. MTAA seems to be researching the banal in Conceptual Art, updating it and presenting it on the networks as a pointer to the earlier works and yet the meaning is lost in a language game. Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley are doing what can only be called remixing by taking Acconci and porno and mixing them together.
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Apr 18, 2007

Best MTAA review EVAH!

posted at 17:53 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

DVBlog reviews KDM100 and I love it!
From the bastard progeny of Marcel Duchamp & the Marx Brothers, the splendid & singular MTAA, comes Karaoke Death Match 100.


It’s great stuff & clearly one to follow closely — we’ll be returning to them here ‘ere close of play in 50 days. Just want to sneak in, though, that actually I found this quite ahem…er… moving: — the sheer effort invoked in the act of singing; T.Whid’s strange shambling captive bear dance & M River’s weird but somehow totally appropriate sudden & violent changes of dynamics. A bit like Bas Jan Ader falling over, there’s something more here than originally meets the eye & ear, & it’s a lot human & a bit wonderful.

(This was in reference to round 2 of KDM100.)

Go to DVBlog now! permanent link to this post

Apr 17, 2007

The LOT-EK lean

posted at 19:24 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

LOT-EK’s design for 87 Lafayette (just below Canal St.) is NUTS!


via Curbed (lots more renderings and other info so go there). permanent link to this post


posted at 18:29 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

New audio by Cary Peppermint, check it out…

seven audio works .mp3 - Cary Peppermint 2007

The audio works of TRACEPLACESPACE were formed loosely in response to ever-accelerating technological developments, passing time, urgent ecological issues, and remarkable events of our globally connected system in process long before but brought to the forefront since the latter part of the year 2001. The works of TRACEPLACESPACE are components of a digital, multi-media, network-infused performance of the same title.

I like to perform this work in small community venues, outdoor gatherings, art-spaces, and galleries where everyone is welcome and can sit on the floor, talk to one another, and drink green tea. However I will perform TRACEPLACESPACE approximately anywhere.

1. curse go back.mp3 - 5.4mb : a utopian template
2. uncanny situation.mp3 - 10.1mb : for Jean Baudrillard, 1929 - 2007
3. mary gone deep.mp3 - 6.4mb : because “we cannot fall out of the world”
4. unreasonable things.mp3 - 3.7mb : democracy containment
5. technics and time.mp3 - 7mb : let it take you as far as you can ride it
6. big.mp3 - 4.2mb : exciting times / exciting life
7. six years.mp3 - 7.8mb : …the dematerialization of… - Lucy Lippard
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Apr 15, 2007

MTAA’s Karaoke DeathMatch 100 UNLEASHED!

posted at 14:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

kdm100 jpg

Karaoke DeathMatch 100 (AKA KDM100)

New rounds daily from April 15 2007 - June 4, 2007!

Artist collaborative M.River & T.Whid Art Associates face off in the most brutal performance art smack down of the new millennium…Karaoke Deathmatch 100! This alcohol-fueled blood feud features 50 rounds of sing-along fury (taped live over an 8-hour period with hardly any pee breaks). No Carpenters hit too cheesy, no heavy metal lyric too trite for these teleprompter warriors to hurl in a battle to the end. Who will emerge victorious? Only YOU can decide.

MTAA’s Karaoke DeathMatch 100 is a video blog performance that takes place over 50 days starting April 15th, 2007 and ending June 4th, 2007. Each day, a new round is posted pitting M.River & T.Whid against each other in drunken karaoke competition. Visit the web site daily to view the sets of videos, vote for your favorite and discuss the artists’ performances. At the end of the competition, the votes will decide who is the Karaoke DeathMatch 100 Champion.

The web version of KDM100 is an official selection of Visual 07. 7º Festival De Creación Audiovisual Ciudad De Majadahonda. The gallery version of KDM100 premiered at the Leonart ‘05 art festival in Leonding, Austria.

KDM100 was shot in May 2005 over 8 hours.

video production:
Bill Hallinan, Andre Sala and George Su

web production:
MTAA; developed using open-source software: Wordpress, X-Poll and embedthevideo.

web site:
iTunes Store: click here
QuickTime feed:
Windows Media feed: permanent link to this post

Apr 12, 2007

Tribe & Jana release New Media Art as an open-source wiki

posted at 21:55 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Mark Tribe and Reena Jana have released their survey of new media and net art, New Media Art (Taschen, 2006) as an open source, cc-licensed wiki. Rock on!

Check it out

From the preface…
This open-source wiki book is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. It is based on the manuscript of New Media Art, a book written by Mark Tribe and Reena Jana and published by Taschen in 2006. The Taschen book is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish in addition to English. This wiki book is not intended as a substitute or replacement for the Taschen book, but rather as an expandable educational resource to which artists, curators, students and others may contribute.

Being the narcissist that I am, the first thing I did was go there and look up MTAA and lo and behold, there I am in my underwear ;-)

Kidding aside, this is a very cool thing for the authors to do. Thanks guys! permanent link to this post

T.Whid’s day job: TVTonic

posted at 14:00 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is a demo of TVTonic (the software that I help develop as my day job) and an interview with our company’s president, Michael Sprague.

If the embedded player isn’t working (or you’re reading this via a news reader that doesn’t support plug-ins) try this link. permanent link to this post

Vonnegut dead

posted at 13:54 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’m sure everyone that isn’t dead knows this already. I just couldn’t let it pass without a mention in this space. He’s one of the great Americans of all time.

NYT obit permanent link to this post

Apr 11, 2007

Napier @ Bitforms

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


Mark Napier’s new show is opening at Bitforms gallery tomorrow April 12!

Be there or…don’t be cool.

From the PR…
April 12 - May 19, 2007 bitforms gallery nyc

bitforms gallery is pleased to announce a third solo exhibition with Mark Napier, April 12 – May 19. This exhibit marks the New York debut of his new software art and print work.

One of the select few artists whose Internet art has been collected and commissioned by prominent art institutions, Mark Napier is known for creating work that challenges traditional rules of ownership, authority, and permanence. Over the past decade he has developed custom software as an art medium, and this exhibition features virtual objects that hover between the material and immaterial.

“Increasingly we live and navigate in a world composed of energy: electrical, magnetic and light,” says Napier. “Digital media infuse our lives as never before. In this media environment, power is no longer associated with physical objects, but with the persistence of ideas in the collective consciousness of the media.”

[lots more at the gallerie’s web site]

There will be an artist’s talk on Saturday May 5 at 4:00PM at the gallery as well. permanent link to this post

JODI in NYC @ vertexList

posted at 01:01 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Rock on!

The low down at vertexList’s blog permanent link to this post

Apr 09, 2007

LeWitt is dead

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

Long live LeWitt!

NYT obit

mriver adds: I Promise
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Apr 06, 2007

Fight art with art

posted at 03:04 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

That’s my new motto.

If M.River agrees, it can be a new MTAA motto. Whaddya think?

m.river adds - Sure. I think this is the list so far:

The Art Happens Here
Save Free TV
Meaning in Misunderstanding
Fight Art with Art

Also, speaking of fighting, I had a dream last night that we remade Jodi’s bomb work with flowers.

twhid update
Cool. A new official motto! BTW, are these slogans or mottos? Probably a motto. permanent link to this post

Apr 02, 2007

DRM dam has burst

posted at 14:12 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

EMI and Apple to sell non-crippled MP3s audio tracks (according to the official press release the tracks will be in the AAC format) via iTunes.

(No, it’s not a late April Fools Day joke.)

This is it folks. The beginning of the end of DRM. permanent link to this post

Mar 31, 2007


posted at 16:43 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid/geek

It looks awesome!

Predictably, NYC politicians don’t like it. What a bunch of n00bs. I give some props to Vallone for knowing what Halo is…

Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland.
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T.Whid is 38 years old this week

posted at 15:10 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I was born this week in 1969 in Elyria, OH. I lived in Elyria until 1987 when I moved to Columbus, OH to attend college. In 1992 I moved to Brooklyn, New York City and have been here ever since.

Can my life be summed up in a Google Map?


More detail: every place I’ve lived in Brooklyn. permanent link to this post

Mar 29, 2007

Rhizome Benefit!

posted at 19:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Image by Takeshi Murata

Purchase Tickets Now

Affiliated with the
presents a Benefit Concert featuring:


On April 16, 2007
at the Hiro Ballroom
in the Maritime Hotel
371 West 16th Street
Doors at 8pm

VIP - $75 / General Audience - $35;
Member & Group - $25

Purchase Tickets Now

Note: MTAA has donated a piece to the silent auction. permanent link to this post

Apple rips off Marclay?

posted at 01:30 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

First, read this (and watch the videos), then come back. I’ll wait.

Everybody back? OK.

This is the key paragraph:
[Marclay] says he looked into legal action but was assured by his lawyer “there’s nothing I can do about it. They have the right to get inspired.” Of course, in other cases, such obvious “inspiration” might be called copyright infringement. In this instance, however, Marclay’s rights may be limited as his own film consisted of copyrighted works by other artists.

I like Apple. I like Marclay. What Apple did was sleazy. But does it strike anyone else as a tad hypocritical that Marclay’s complaining about Apple ‘stealing’ his video when his video is made from ‘stealing’ other people’s copyrighted work? I don’t know how the hell he thinks he can sue. The idea of stringing a bunch of telephone ‘hellos’ together isn’t copyrightable and shouldn’t be.

tipped off via Kottke permanent link to this post

Mar 28, 2007

More mtaa in Swahili

posted at 14:03 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

Received an email this morning providing more info about the word ‘mtaa’ in Swahili:
Here’s the complete definition of mtaa in Swahili:
[link to definition]

Here’s how to pronounce it:
[link to pronunciation guide]


Dr. Martin Benjamin
Yale Council on African Studies

Thanks for the clarification doc!

m.river adds - very cool. thanks dr. martin! permanent link to this post

Burn in

posted at 13:56 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

This is interesting. Two pieces of art about screen burn in:

from 2005, Steven Read’s Screen Burn (please wait)

and the other, from 2007, Cory Arcangel’s Panasonic TH42PV60EH Plasma Screen Burn


What strikes me most about these two pieces is that they are so similar, yet Arcangel’s piece is so much better. Lots better. Infinitely smarter, funnier and more engaging.

Arcangel’s “Panasonic TH42PV60EH Plasma Screen Burn” is brash and bold, it says ‘fuck you, I’m fucking up this expensive piece of equipment. Why? Because I’m motherfucking Cory Arcangel that’s why!” Steven Read’s piece is nitpicky and fussy. His piece says “look! I wrote a program to destroy an obsolete piece of hardware. Why? Because I’m a geek.” Arcangel’s piece is about fucking with consumer dreams. Read’s piece is about… time and phosphors? permanent link to this post

Mar 27, 2007

Mtaa in Africa…

posted at 14:59 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’ve noticed for a long time that the string ‘mtaa’ shows up very often in african blogs and web sites. There is also a web radio station called MTAA FM that focuses on African music. I was very curious to know what ‘mtaa’ meant, but I didn’t even know what language I needed to look into.

Today I figured it out (with some help from Google of course). Mtaa means ‘street’ in Swahili. That rocks!

…wonder how the hell you pronounce it. permanent link to this post

Mar 25, 2007

Support The Artist Deduction Bill

posted at 15:29 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

It’s good for everybody!

via Newsgrist

The Artist Tax Deduction Bill is finally up for action. Please take the time to support this important bill as its passage will impact all individual artists. Go to the link below to send a message to your representatives and senators. Please forward this information to your mailing list!

Artist Deduction Bill Introduced in the House