From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Apr 28 2008 - 15:16:48 PDT
Self-Selected Super St*rs
April 29, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
On April 29 from 8PM to 10PM, in a Sunset Park factory, the artist
collaboration MTAA shoot and simultaneously screen two films...starring you.
Are you great at off-the-cuff repartee? Look good taking a nap? Able to read
bad sci-fi scripts out loud without laughing? Or are you just perfect at
hanging out and being you?
MTAA needs you to star in our low budget and barely (if at all) scripted
film. Think Chelsea Girls meets Plan 9 from Outer Space while watching
Empire. If Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind" at Deitch Projects is about the
positive power of DIY, MTAA's "Self-Selected Super St*rs" is about the
malaise of knowing that all future "it" girls will never really be Edie.
It's about the ever present fear of running out of beer before the night
Here's how it works:
Two directors/camera operators will set up at Light Industry deep in the
heart of Brooklyn. The space will have some cheap/random props and costumes.
If you want some acting direction, we'll have scripts and improv notes
ready. If acting isn't your thing, just come in and be your fabulous self.
The shooting will be continuous and casual with both films projected live
for your viewing pleasure. Join us for the entire shoot or just walk in for
Artists M. River and T. Whid formed MTAA in 1996 and soon after began to
explore the internet, video, software and sculpture as mediums for their
conceptually-based art. The duo's exhibition history includes group shows
and screenings at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Postmasters Gallery
and Artists Space, all in New York City, and at The Getty Research Institute
in Los Angeles. International exhibitions include the Seoul Net & Film
Festival in Korea and Videozone2 - The 2nd International Video Art Biennial
in Israel. In New Media Art (Taschen, 2006), authors Mark Tribe and Reena
Jana describe MTAA's 1 year performance video (aka samHsiehUpdate) as "a
deftly transparent demonstration of new media's ability to manipulate our
perceptions of time." The collaboration has also earned grants and awards
from Creative Capital, Rhizome.org, Eyebeam, New Radio & Performing Arts,
Inc. and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
About Light Industry
Light Industry is 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 in Sunset Park this spring and summer,
each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. 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 and foster a complex dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.