bloc // September 23, 2010

All Raise This Barn by MTAA. ⁄⁄

Location: online


Eric Dymond interviews MTAA artists Michael Sarff (M.River) about their project – All Raise This Barn – a group-assembled public building and/or sculpture.

Artists MTAA conducted an old-fashioned barn-raising using high-tech techniques. The general public group-decided design, architectural, structural and aesthetic choices using a commercially-available barn-making kit as the starting point. Part construction project, part participatory performance, All Raise This Barn explores the positive and also persuasive power of the community vote and its prevalence in contemporary society, from the Internet to reality television competitions.

About MTAA (M.River & T.Whid Art Associates).

Both members of MTAA live and work in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden formed the artist collaboration MTAA in 1996. MTAA has presented artworks and performances at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Postmasters Gallery and Artists Space, all in New York city; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; The Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine, CA, The Getty Center in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. International exhibitions include the Seoul Net & Film Festival in Korea and Videozone2 – The 2nd International Video Art Biennial in Israel. The collaboration has earned grants and awards from the Creative Capital Foundation,, Eyebeam and New Radio & Performing Arts.

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