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Michael Sarff

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Artist's Statement

MTAA is a Brooklyn, New York based artist collaboration begun in 1996 by Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden. The home for MTAA’s various on and off line activities is MTAA's  interest is in open communication and information exchange. Enacted within internet artworks, site sculptures and performances, MTAA approach art as an active stage for connecting.

A gallery desk is raised 3 feet. Another desk is barricaded. A video shows two men screaming forever. Another video shows them smiling in slow motion. The public, invited to vote on details for a performance, pick robots and ukuleles. Another audience selects “a deli at midnight” for the location to gather sculptural materials. In each case, the work exists a platform for an open, if not sometimes, awkward conversation.


Michael Sarff (M. River), born 1967, Iowa City, Iowa
Tim Whidden (T.Whid), born 1969, Elyria, Ohio
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. The collaboration has earned grants and awards from the Creative Capital Foundation,, Eyebeam and New Radio & Performing Arts, Inc.. MTAA resume  -