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 17, 2008

Photos from Curt’s OTO

curt's oto part 2

Photos from Curt’s two day OTO performances are now up on OTO’s Flickr set.

Curt Cloninger at OTO from mriver on Vimeo.

more documentation…
in real life

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Curt Cloninger at OTO

Curt Cloninger at OTO
Curt Cloninger at OTO

On November 15th and 16th, Over The Opening is pleased to present two new performances of immanence and time by Curt Cloninger 

Pop Mantra #3 (Tonight)

The third in a series of performances where Cloninger perpetually performs a short excerpt from a single pop song for several hours blindfolded.

Excerpt: “tonight / wait, now” from The Ramones song “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do”
Duration: 6 Hours
Media: Electric Guitar, Voice, Black Felt Blindfold, Black Converse All Stars, Time 
Where: Over The Opening, Brooklyn, New York, US.
When: 6pm - 12 midnight, Saturday, November 15, 2008.

In Real Life

Cloninger will spend 12 hours in a booth at the Black Rabbit Bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn eating, drinking, and talking with anyone who comes by to visit him. Please come by. In between visits, Cloninger will read Michael Nyman’s “ExperimentalMusic: Cage and Beyond” and Richard Schechner’s ”Performance Theory.”

Duration: 12 Hours
Media: Food, Guiness, Language, Time
Where: Black Rabbit, 91 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, US.
When: 1pm - 1am, Sunday, November 16, 2008.

(directions to the Black Rabbit)

Curt Cloninger has presented work at The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Portland, Maine, [DAM] (Digital Art Museum) Berlin, Germany. Seoul Net Festival. Seoul, Korea. FILE (Electronic Language International Festival). São Paulo, Brazil and Free Manifesta. Brooklyn, New York among others. He lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cloninger’s online work may be seen at:

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 8:16 am  

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Big kiss - Abrahams at OTO

Abrahams at OTO

Photos from last nights OTO with Annie Abrahams now up at OTO’s Flickr Set


The Big Kiss from Annie Abrahams on Vimeo.

posted by mriver at 9:39 am  

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss at OTO Oct 10

Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss

Image from the performance “One the puppet of the other” with NicolasFrespech, May 26th 2007, Centre Pompidou Paris.

On October 10, from 7pm to 10 pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present The Big Kiss, a performance installation by Annie Abrahams.

What’s contact in a machine mediated world? What’s the power of the image? How does it feel to kiss without touching? Does the act change because we see it? What does it mean to construct an image with your tongue? And is there still desire? Does the act provoke it? What’s contact in a machine mediated world?

You are invited to participate in the creation of a communal kiss at OTO

Annie Abrahams is a Dutch artist living in France. Her work is featured on her site “Being Human / Etant Humain”: a big interlinked universe that concentrates on the possibilities and limitations of communication and at aabrahams.wordpress.com

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 6:33 pm  

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Photos form Koller’s Campfire Time

koller's campfire time

Photos from last nights OTO with Mike Koller now up at OTO’s Flickr Set

posted by mriver at 10:22 am  

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Mike Koller’s Campfire Time

Picture 1

On September 19, from 7pm to 10 pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present Campfire Time, a new installation by Mike Koller. This marks his second exhibition at OTO. .

“… either sitting around a campfire drinking beer and telling lies, or telling lies and drinking beer while sitting around a campfire. But I wasn’t there so I can only guess.”

- from Bigfoot Has a Long, Lively Local History by Guy Barnes

OTO’s one night format provides an excellent forum to examine social situations and the various activities they surround. Koller’s 2007 instalation, “The Holiday Rejects” looked at the holiday season and the awkward obligations of our interactions during these familial events. In this spirit of experiment, “Campfire Time” examines the intimacy and spirituality of the campfire and our fascination with it. An installation featuring animated projections of the west at sunset, fake logs, terrain, a carefully edited mix of sounds, and of course the campfire itself, “Campfire Time” gives the opportunity for the viewer to develop their own ideas on the nature of our interactions around this timeless and supernatural centerpiece.

Drink beer, tell lies, sing songs, converse intimately, tell ghost stories, or quietly enjoy the recorded crackles and pops of a campfire as you sit beneath the projected sky. Stare pensively into the incandescent glow of the campfire, rest your head on a fake log, and bid a fond farewell to summer.

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 4:34 pm  

Saturday, September 6, 2008

photos from ecoarttech at oto

ecoarttech at oto

Now up on OTO’s Flickr set

posted by mriver at 1:10 pm  

Saturday, August 23, 2008

EcoArtTech’s “Externalities: Wilderness and its Others”

"Externalities: Wilderness and its Others"

On September 5 from 7pm to 10pm, OTO kicks off our second season with EcoArtTech’s “Externalities: Wilderness and its Others”

EcoArtTech (Christine Nadir & Cary Peppermint) continue to rethink relations between humans, technics, technology, and the environment with “Externalities: Wilderness and its Others” a networked, video-based performance piece. The performance will examine the conditions of possibility for getting back to “nature”

Co-founded in 2005 by Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint, EcoArtTech works with digital, networked, and sustainable technologies and contemporary environments to create art about the environmentality of modern life. Drawing on a wide range of literary, artistic, and theoretical fields, our aim is to imagine new, healthy, and sustainable relationships between animals, humans, and their environments and technologies.


documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 8:06 am  

Saturday, July 19, 2008

playscape photos

playscape at oto

some photos from playscape at oto up on flickr

posted by mriver at 9:02 am  

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Playscape at OTO Friday July 18

Playscape at OTO Friday July 18

“Play is the exultation of the possible.” - Martin Buber

On July 18th, from 7 to 10pm, OTO is pleased to present a new installation by Dana Strasser and Isabella Bruno.

Strasser and Bruno create a playspace for the adult set using specifically selected, everyday objects in transformative ways. Immerse yourself in a sea of balloons, and let the play happen.

OTO goes on vacation in August and will return in the fall with a new works by Mike Koller, Mike Sarff, Cary Peppermint, Curt Cloningger, Annie Abrahams, and more.

Playscape at OTO Friday July 18

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 11:36 am  
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