Over The Opening

Once a month, from 7PM to 10PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Holiday Rejects

On December 14, from 7pm to 10 pm, OTO is pleased to present Mike Koller’s “THE HOLIDAY REJECTS”

With the proliferation of video and photography equipment and even more so the availability and user-friendly nature of at-home post-production equipment and software, the do-it-yourself documentarian is a driving force behind all our familial interactions. The need to record, in detail, the various persons and their reactions to all the activities has increasingly become the chief activity itself. The time spent face to face becomes second to the execution of a thorough archive of the event. A smiling photo is more important than the argument it took to create it, the video containing each persons thoughts for the New Year takes precedent over the people themselves. In these ways the family becomes the discarded artifact of creating a visual history of events that are largely fictionalized or staged versions of an unknown third party’s expectations.

The Holiday Season, more than any other, creates a steady stream of videos and photos posted for all to see. Presented in a one night “X-mas Party” format are the photos and videos from 69 different family celebrations in a tribute to the discarded persons who were pivotal to their creation, The Holiday Rejects. True to the season, the party will feature food, drink and music to set the mood. Also featured will be three new animated video projections of a Christmas tree, a window overlooking a wintry landscape and the inescapable Yule Log. Come, imbibe, document, post.

Mike Koller is an artist and musician living and working in Brooklyn.

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 4:26 pm  

Monday, November 12, 2007

“Performed Listening” Photos

Olson's “Performed Listening” at OTO

Photos from Olson’s “Performed Listening” now up at
OTO’s Flickr Set
and at Tintype

Thanks to all who made it out.

posted by mriver at 4:26 pm  

Friday, November 2, 2007

“Performed Listening” by Marisa Olson

Performed Listening: H
still from Marisa Olson’s “Performed Listening: H” (2007)

On Friday November 9th from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present “Performed Listening” by Marisa Olson

Marisa Olson’s work often grows out of fan culture and her Performed
Listening series explores the relationship between performer and
spectator by underscoring the performativity of listening and
watching. Began as a series of seemingly-silent performances in which
Olson would listen to music on headphones, in a public context, the
series has evolved into performances that sometimes incorporate other
spectators and an expanded series of videos. In these tapes of Olson
listening to music, the visual qualities are modified according to the
sonic elements of the music being listened to.

For her exhibition, Olson installs two previous works from the
Performed Listening series: “Easy Listening” (2005) and “Black and
White” (2006). Olson also debuts “Performed Listening: H” (2007). In
this new work, video of the artist listening to the Velvet
Underground’s song, Heroin, is distorted by an analog “colorizer.”

Marisa Olson’s work (marisaolson.com) has recently been presented by
the Whitney Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the 52nd
Biennale di Venezia, the Pacific Film Archive, Postmasters Gallery,
and the New York Underground Film Festival.

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 11:33 am  

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