[NetBehaviour] Arc of "The Surrogates".

marc garrett 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 
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

http:// 0100101110101101.ORG

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