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Michael Sarff / MTAA

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Brooklyn, NY 11222



The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics, New Museum, New York, NY



#unmade, 2017 Online Project

one year text based work on twitter archived as a Google doc


Some Recent Net Art x10 (a very very solo show on the internet), 2016 Online Project

text with hyperlinks on public Google doc page


Approaching −273.15° C, Academic, Long Island City, NY (MTAA curated group show)

OTO at Internet Yami-ichi (Internet Black Market), Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY

Scorehd & Torched, Ventana 244 Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Ensign Sgr *, Raidiator Art, Long Island City, NY (MTAA curated group show)


#separationanxiety, Wallplay, New York, NY

MTAA’s Sub-Sublease of Shirley’s The Only Property I Will Ever Own,, Brooklyn, NY

Desk Mod #4: Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice, Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, NY (solo exhibition)


FIPCA’s Telethon for the 1%. Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

The Exalted (From the Pharaoh to Lady Gaga), National Museum, Warsaw, Poland

Play, 16 Tons, Brooklyn, NY

Universal Backyard Theater, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas (solo exhibition)


All The Holiday All at Once, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Graphics Interchange Format, Denison University’s Mulberry Gallery, Granville, OH


No Customs, SAMA Tower, Abu Dhabi, UAE

10th Anniversary,  Beall Center for Art + Technology, UC Irvine, Irvine, Ca

Filament Festival, EMPAC,Troy, NY

2010 01SJ Biennial -- Build Your Own World, San Jose, CA

Made In Internet, ARTBOOM Festival, Krakow, Poland

un(process)ed, Blue Box Gallery, New York, NY

Übersetzung ist eine Form. | Translation is a mode, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria


2Live, The Electronic Gallery, Salisbury, Maryland, (solo exhibition)

Theater of Code, Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY

World’s First, Possibly Only and Probably Last iPhone Drum Circle (aka iPDC), Conflux, Brooklyn, NY

Camera/Chimera, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ


The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

LIVE, (with Alex Galloway), Beall Center For Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine, CA

ARTWALKING, Eyewash Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Self-Selected Super St*rs (SSSS), Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY


Talents Out, Enzimi 07, Rome, Italy

NETworking: Net Art From The Computer Fine Arts Collection, The Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

Not Your Parents’ MTV, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

The Art Happens Here, part of the iCommons Summit ‘07 conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Source Code, Eyebeam, New York, NY

Character Reference, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY


All Systems Go, Scope New York, curated by, New York, NY

Link-a, MediaLabMadrid, Madrid, Spain

PodART, Fine Art In Space, Long Island City, NY

E7: Aljira Emerge 7 Exhibition, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia

D.I.Y. or DIE, on-line exhibition, curated by, Turbulence and Upgrade! New York


Rhizome ArtBase 101, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Marking Time, video screening, curated by Glenn Phillips, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA

We Are All Together: Media(ted) Performance, in conjunction with Performa ‘05, Artists Space, New York, NY

FILE 2005 — Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil

There’s a City In My Mind, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Leonart ‘05, art festival, Leonding, Austria

Second Annual Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Championship,  Bar Matchless, Brooklyn, NY


Villette Numerique, as part of Carnivore Is Sorry, Paris, France

The Infinite Fill Group Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY

Netizens II, Galleria Sala 1, Rome, Italy

DC 9/11 - The Evildoers’ Remix, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

HYPER-RUNT, National Products Building in Old City, Philadelphia, PA

VideoZone2 — The 2nd International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Tel Aviv Cinemateque, Tel Aviv, Israel

A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

<PAUSE>, Oboro, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

First Annual Drinkin’ & Drawin’ Championship, Bar Matchless, Brooklyn, NY


Manual Zoom Mirage, Rome Arts, Brooklyn, NY (solo exhibition)

Pirated Movie, event, Postmasters, New York, NY

Dealer’s Choice, 31Grand, Brooklyn, NY

Seoul Net & Film Festival, Seoul, Korea


Beta Launch: Eyebeam Artists in Residence ‘02, Eyebeam Atelier, New York, NY

(718): A Bridge to Brooklyn, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Omega Manuel, Smack Melon, Brooklyn, NY

Multiple Personalities, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Artport, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Leisure, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pixel Plunder, Year Zero One, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tipping Point, White Columns, New York, NY


New Stealth Model of Careerism, Walden, New York, NY (solo exhibition)

Dystopia & Identity, Tribes Gallery, New York, NY

Cell Rules, (organized by Creative Time) Meat Market Art Fair, New York, NY

Me & My Friends, 57 Hope, Brooklyn, NY

Friendly Fire, Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Use Nor Ornament, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Verbal 3: Call & Response, The Kitchen, New York, NY

A Day at The Beach, PS1 Art Center, New York, NY

Through the Looking Glass, The Beecher Center, Youngstown, OH

Protocol Prone, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Let’s Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

BI Virtue, Star 67, Brooklyn, NY


Outer Boroughs, White Columns, New York, NY

Three Suitcases, Art and Idea, Mexico City, Mexico

Come One! Come All! to the Outdoor Galleries, PS1 Art Center, New York, NY

Vessel Language, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY


Local Color, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

Four Walls Slide and Film Club, Art in General, New York, NY

Not Four Walls Slide and Film Club, Brooklyn Anchorage, Brooklyn, NY


Convergence X, citywide sculpture festival, Providence, RI

Art Dirt Im-Port, part of Port: Navigating Digital Culture, List Center (MIT), Boston, MA


 iCommons Summit artist in residence, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2007

Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Emerging Fields (Digital Arts/New Media), Want, 2006 Net Art Commission, To Be Listened To…, 2005

Aljira Emerge, professional development program and residency, Newark, NJ, 2005

New Radio & Performing Arts, Inc commission, 1 Year Performance Video, 2004

The Alternative Museum commission, Five Small Videos About Interruption & Disappearing, 2003

The Whitney Museum’s Artport website commission, vitoAcconciUpdate, 2002

Eyebeam Atelier artist-in-residence program, 2002

Creative Time grant, Buying Time: The Nostalgia-Free History Sale, 1997

Convergence X Festival commission, Dig: A Search For Captain Paine’s Ill-Gotten Loot, 1997



The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology, Rhizome, 2019

The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, (exhibition catalogue), Rudolf Freiling, Thames & Hudson, 2008

The Art Happens Here: The Full Exhibition Review, (press), Paddy Johnson,, June 17, 2007

New Media Art, (historical survey), Mark Tribe and Reena Jana, Taschen, 2006

Tristate Talent Search Hits a High Note, (press), Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, August 6, 2006

Web Works That Insist on Your Full Attention, (press), Sarah Boxer, The New York Times, June 28, 2005

New Media in Art (2nd Edition), (historical survey), Michael Rush, Thames and Hudson, 2005

Video Personalities, (press), Marisa S. Olson, SOMA Magazine, February 2005

A hard-driving new medium ‘updates’ performance art, (press), The Globe And Mail, Nov. 2004

Internet Art, (historical survey), Rachel Green, Thames and Hudson, 2004

The Screen of Net Art, (press), Valerie Lamontagne, Parachute #113: Digital Screens, 2004

MTAA: The Art Happens Here, (press interview),, Issue 02, 2004

The Infinite Fill Group Show, (press), Roberta Smith, The New York Times, August 6, 2004

Chaos Happens, (curated publication), This Is a Magazine, Compendium #3, 2004

Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization, Alexander Galloway, The MIT Press, 2004

(I promise that) Hardcore (Conceptual art will make a comeback very, very soon), cover story, This Is A Magazine, February 2004

Let’s Entertain, (cat), Philippe Vergne, Walker

9/9, Journal of Practical Art #3, (curated publication), Paris, France, 1999

Net Art With a Groove, (press), Wired News, 2000

Three Suitcases at Art and Idea, (press), Art Nexus, November 1999 - January 2000

Finders Keepers, (press), Jon Thompson,, 2000

The Art of Commerce, (press), review of Protocol Prone,, 2000


 Net Aesthetics 2.0, panelist, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2008)

The Name of This Band is Talking Heads MTAA, presentation, Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use and Copyright in the Digital Age, Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley (2008)

The Art Happens Here: The Work of M.River and T.Whid, presentation, University of Maine, Orono, ME (2005)

At a Distance: The Prehistory of New Media, panelist, University of Maine, Orono, ME (2005)

Creators and the Commons: Why and How to Share, panelist, Copyright, Scholarship, and the Case for Open Access: Conference on the Intellectual Commons, University of Maine, Orono, ME (2004)

Blogging And The Arts, panelist, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2004)

Introduction to Net Art: Conceptualism, lecture, Williams College, Williamstown, MA (2002)

The Upgrade, presentation, Eyebeam, New York, NY (2000, 2002)

Digital H@ppy Hour, presentation, The Kitchen, New York, NY (1999, 2000)