Solvent transfer drawing for South First’s Group Material Unrealized Proposals show. List of 10 things I know about Austria and image from my hotel room in Leondig from 2007 GROUP MATERIAL: REACTIVATING THREE “UNREALIZED” PROPOSALS 10 vague things I learned on my only trip to Austria in the Fall of 2005 and then remembered nine years later on the occasion of SOUTHFIRST Gallery’s re-activation of the unrealized curatorial proposal North/South of Bounds, reinterpreted as American/Austrian Boundaries, from the artist-run collective Group Material (1979-1996)1. Cotton candy is called candyfloss. 2. Grown men, in general, do not wear shorts in Austria unless you count Lederhosen. 3. I was told and I agreed that Americans do not know how to say goodbye. 4. Everyone used the slang “Zuper” to describe something good as in “This beer is Zuper!”. 5. Celebrating your 38th birthday alone in a street cafe in Vienna can be perfect. 6. Vienna is the English name for Wien. 7. As the shouting match in the train station confirmed, Germans and Austrians do not necessarily get along. 8. When in doubt, talk about music. 9. Most people I knew in New York had not been to Austria, most people I met in Austria had been to New York. 10. If new drinking buddy promises at 2am to pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport at 7am sharp, you might want a backup plan. 

Solvent transfer drawing for South First’s Group Material Unrealized Proposals show. List of 10 things I know about Austria and image from my hotel room in Leondig from 2007 

GROUP MATERIAL: REACTIVATING THREE “UNREALIZED” PROPOSALS 

10 vague things I learned on my only trip to Austria in the Fall of 2005 and then remembered nine years later on the occasion of SOUTHFIRST Gallery’s re-activation of the unrealized curatorial proposal North/South of Bounds, reinterpreted as American/Austrian Boundaries, from the artist-run collective Group Material (1979-1996)

1. Cotton candy is called candyfloss. 

2. Grown men, in general, do not wear shorts in Austria unless you count Lederhosen. 

3. I was told and I agreed that Americans do not know how to say goodbye. 

4. Everyone used the slang “Zuper” to describe something good as in “This beer is Zuper!”. 

5. Celebrating your 38th birthday alone in a street cafe in Vienna can be perfect. 

6. Vienna is the English name for Wien. 

7. As the shouting match in the train station confirmed, Germans and Austrians do not necessarily get along. 

8. When in doubt, talk about music. 

9. Most people I knew in New York had not been to Austria, most people I met in Austria had been to New York. 

10. If new drinking buddy promises at 2am to pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport at 7am sharp, you might want a backup plan. 

MTAA’ - Sub-Sublease of Shirley’s The Only Property I Will Ever Own - $5500 (greenpoint williamsburg brooklyn), 2014

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Reading the Maybe Manifesto with Jennifer McCoy at Auxiliary Projects before we start playing Solitaire. Ended the reading with “This concludes the performance part of the performance”.  Photo via Jennifer Dalton

Reading the Maybe Manifesto with Jennifer McCoy at Auxiliary Projects before we start playing Solitaire. Ended the reading with “This concludes the performance part of the performance”.  Photo via Jennifer Dalton

Welcoming people to the last IOI performance at Auxiliary Projects. Jennifer Dalton, who took this shot called it Infinite Mike (TM)

Welcoming people to the last IOI performance at Auxiliary Projects. Jennifer Dalton, who took this shot called it Infinite Mike (TM)

MTAA’s Maybe Manifesto in relation to Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto, 2013

No to spectacle.

Some spectacle.

No to virtuosity.

Agreed.

No to transformations and magic and make-believe.

Agree with transformation and magic but make-believe is all we have.

No to the glamour and transcendency of the star image.

Sure.

No to the heroic.

Yup.

No to the anti-heroic.

We try but that is what we always end up with. Is that fine?

No to trash imagery.

What? No. Maybe.

No to involvement of performer or spectator.

Yes to the no involvement part but only for the performer.

No to style.

No to style always end up as a style. How about change style often?

No to camp.

Really?

No to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer.

Could not seduce the audience with our wiles if we tried, so that works for us.

No to eccentricity.

First misread that as electricity and strongly disagreed.

No to moving or being moved.

Sure. We do not like to be touched while performing as well. Creepy. 

Yvonne Rainer - No Manifesto, 1965

MTAA’s Maybe Manifesto in relation to Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto, 2013  


A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

A Very Very Cold Martini - with Elaine Tin Nyo

MTAA’s A Very Very Cold Martini with Elaine Tin Nyo at Auxiliary Projects
Jen and Jenn  of Auxiliary Projects enjoying a Vesper Martini mixed by pouring and then sucking drink through 25 feet of clear tube cast in a block of ice

MTAA’s A Very Very Cold Martini with Elaine Tin Nyo at Auxiliary Projects

Jen and Jenn  of Auxiliary Projects enjoying a Vesper Martini mixed by pouring and then sucking drink through 25 feet of clear tube cast in a block of ice