Dec 03, 2013
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Saturday, Dec 7, 4pm- Music for lOl (Live)- with Aviram Cohen - MTAA and Cohen perform a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening at Auxiliary Projects.
For the second of four IOI performance at Auxiliary Projects, MTAA and Cohen will create a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening. For the past 14 years Aviram Cohen has experimented with different genres in music. Raw punk, Disjointed jazz, Shadowy synthesizers have all been implemented to convey a DIY approach and application. For this performance Aviram will continue with his more recent exploration with cassettes and tape music. Uncovering the dormant rhythmic qualities that occur in our verbal communications with each other. While Aviram manipulates sound, MTAA will be making popcorn and severing you drinks.
Auxiliary Projects is located at 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, space 25, at the corner of Jefferson Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn permanent link to this post
Nov 25, 2013
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Nov 10, 2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MTAA: Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice
** MTAA: Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auxiliary Projects reopens on November 15, 2013, with an exhibition of objects and collaborative performances by MTAA. There will be an opening reception on November 15th, from 7-10pm, and the exhibition will continue through January 5, 2014. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6pm, and by appointment.
MTAA, known for new media conceptualism for over 15 years, presents an intervention into and radical redecoration of Auxiliary Projects. MTAA overlays a fictional identity onto the space, aesthetically and metaphorically reimagining the gallery as a camouflaged quasi-military outpost in an isolated environment. Echoing a cold war aesthetic even as the repercussions of Edward Snowdon cascade, MTAA imagines the elements of isolation, observation, and ice as the defining elements of this bleak, inhospitable place, inhabited by the few and visited by the brave.
Isolation: What materials of culture would we need to survive alone? MTAA provides the answer of a few carefully chosen books, movies, and CDs, precisely stacked in duplicate on shelves as though not to be touched. Among them: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide, a deck of cards, the movie Rear Window.
Observation: Camouflaged, those inside the gallery persist as if in a hunting blind, quietly poised for visitors to make their innocent approach, filmed, seen. At MTAA’s instruction, collaborators will record the smallest activities in the environment, surveilling the bleak view from the gallery’s barred windows, noting changes in the weather or the activity of pedestrians. The work of the record-keepers will be presented as a collaborative drawing; relics of performances will be presented in camouflaged boxes.
Ice: Winter is just beginning but the darkness comes early to Bushwick, the wind growing fierce between the low industrial buildings, under an often grey sky. Ice appears in drinks to a warmer welcome. We will consult the Bartender’s Guide. MTAA will foster conviviality within and from a stark environment.
Saturday, Nov 23, 4pm- Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions)
A live reading from Kubrick’s 1968 film â2001:A Space Odyssey
Saturday, Dec 7, 4pm- Music for lOl (Live)- with Aviram Cohen
MTAA and Cohen perform a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening
Saturday, Dec 14, 4pm- A Very Very Cold Martini
MTAA and Elaine Tin Nyo will make and serve you a very very cold Vesper Martini
Saturday, January 4, 4pm- Group Assembled Klondike Solitaire
MTAA will play a hand of Klondike solitaire as a group performance
Collaborators for the exhibition include Charles Orr, Colleen Rae Smiley, Raphaele Shirley.
Watch out! Auxiliary Projects will be participating in UNTITLED, Miami Beach, December 4-8
2 St. Nicholas Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11237 Auxiiary Projects is a project space run by Jennifer Dalton and Jennifer McCoy.
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Aug 31, 2012
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Once a month from 2007 to 2009, MTAA invited artist to present work in our North 6th street studio. Over the years, we presented 24 one night exhibitions and 1 online artwork under the name Over The Opening (OTO).
In this time, we showed a few bands, a few video installations, a tamale instructional, a LAN party, some durational performances, a wall to wall ballon filled environment, a sound work with a low frequency brown note, and a virtual make out. We gave away paintings, held spoken word karaoke, and held an iPod drum circle in a public park. All of these wonderful artworks and more found temporary homes under the name OTO . The one thing we never did, and I always regretted not doing, was present a formal exhibition of art. That is, until now.
Please join as Over The Opening temporally resurfaces for one night on September 7, from 7pm to 10pm, with #otoshow26. The exhibition presents the works of Michael Buckland, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Steve Ott, Shannon Sberna, and Michael Sarff.
More images from the event are at #otoshow26 flicker set permanent link to this post
Aug 11, 2012
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As it has been a quiet summer here at the MTAA-RR, it might be good to share with you some Tumblr sites I have been working on recently.
tinjail.tumblr is a site for artworks that I see, like and photograph including a poster from M/M (Paris) for Ann Lee: No Ghost Just a Shell I saw this weekend on Governor’s Island.
mriver.tumblr documents some of the things I’m working on in the studio. For the last week, this involves a set of 4 small paintings of magic hats (witch and top). You can see some studies for the hats on the site right now and I’ll post images of the paintings as they are worked on.
flintmix10.tumblr is a one year project that involves building 10 artworks remotely in Flint Mi. A new post for the project will be coming up this Friday.
Jun 03, 2012
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a Live 15 Minute Dramatic Reading of The Forbes 400, The Richest People in American, with Brian Eno’s Music for Airports as the audio background. The work will take place at 2:45 PM, Saturday June 9, 2012 at Momenta Art in Bushwick Brooklyn, as a part of FIPCA’s Telethon for the 1%
#the400 #tele1 #mtaa
You can view #the400 at the #fipca ustream archive
(part 3) starting at 2:04 and going to 2:30 or just click on the vid below.
Video streaming by Ustream permanent link to this post
May 19, 2012
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May 12, 2012
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sreen shot of MTAA’s Infinite Smile, 2005
“Infinite Smile” will be in the exhibition Wywyższeni. Od faraona do Lady Gagi (The Exalted. From the Pharaoh to Lady Gaga) in the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland from May 16th to October 23rd, 2012
For Infinite Smile, MTAA filmed a Warhol like 15 minute screen test. The pose is a 3/4 head shot to the right and looking slightly up into a light with a smile. The heads are framed against a brown felt background. The image invokes the proud workers and bright futures of social realism. The 15 minute shot is play 4x faster in a palindrome loop. The speed distills the 15 minute smile to twitches, strain and humor. The loop allows the smile to reach forward forever.
The online version of Infinite Smile may be seen at mteww.com/infinite_smile/ permanent link to this post
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Images of SGAR #3 at OTO in Brooklyn 2008
SGAR #4, 2012 will be built for the one night exhibition PLAY at Sixteen Tons on Friday May 18 from 6 to 10 pm. Please stop by.
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Apr 18, 2012
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Apr 04, 2012
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big props to Marisa Avelar / AIGA Houston permanent link to this post
Mar 31, 2012
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Let’s join in this big day with some of T.Whid’s Metal favorites…
Happy Birthday Tim!
Note - for your optimal viewing /listening/ net art / birthday experience, please hit play on all videos all at once permanent link to this post
Mar 25, 2012
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Still adding some details to the Universal Backyard Theater 1st Study Model
You can find more information on the UBT at http://universalbackyardtheater.tumblr.com/
and more images at the UBT Flicker Set
If you have a short film or video that you would be interested in screening on Saturday April 14 in Houston Texas at the UBT or a loop that or would like to see projected on the UBT, send me an email at mriver (at) mteww.com The general subject we’re thinking about are “building” and “communities” . permanent link to this post
Mar 21, 2012
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Mar 15, 2012
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Just a reminder…
UBT Brainstorming and Beer in Brooklyn.
Sunday March 18 from 6 to 8pm,156 Franklin Street 2F Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY 11222 (in my apartment and most likely in my living room)
We will gather together some friends and begin to plan how to make a one night environment for media in the backyard of the Aurora Picture Show in Houston Texas this April. We will drink some beer and talk about possible components of a the UBT. We will talk about how the components could be built.
Screen? Screens? Seats? Walls? Bar? Popcorn? Sound? Sounds? Lights? Booth? Windows? Plants? Modular? Tents? Power? Stage? Fence? Barricades? Shack? Tower? What else? etc.
As the goal is to group build the UBT, we will then attempt to construct together the first model of the space. The model does not need to be anything that could be duplicated at the site. It will be more about thinking out loud with our hands. We hope this model building process will guide us to some possibilities for the final UBT. The UBT Brainstorming and Beer in Brooklyn will be streamed at
If you would like to participate in person send me an email. All are welcome - I just want to make sure I have enough hot glue and beer. - mriver at mteww.com
Also…if you have a film, video, slide show, animated gif , or other moving image that you would like to screen at the UBT, please let me know. Short form ( 3 to 5 min) is best and if you have something about building or communities, that would be great. permanent link to this post
Mar 13, 2012
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Mar 03, 2012
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a new MTAA sculpture, environment, performance, curatorial project, net art, film night, social sculpture, participatory, one-night-only good time.
The Universal Backyard Theater (UBT)
Sunday, March 18 from 6 to 8pm
UBT Brainstorming and Beer in Brooklyn
MTAA think tank in Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8:30PM
Brainstorming, Beer and BBQ
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas
Saturday, April 14, 11AM-5PM
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas
Saturday, April 14,
Free Public Screening at 8PM
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas
For all the UBT details, go to http://universalbackyardtheater.tumblr.com/ permanent link to this post
Feb 20, 2012
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