[NetBehaviour] Arc of "The Surrogates".
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Apr 15 10:00:29 CEST 2008
Arc of "The Surrogates".
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
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
"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."
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