Cuckoo is Secret Project Robot's bar... Open every day, with drink specials, DJ's, a garden and very lovely bartenders...
4pm to 4am Daily...
Secret Project Robot aims to integrate and overlap all the arts into a fluid, artful, casual, friendly environment, to create a perpetual happening and a kind of house party that is run by the people participating, hopefully creating a communal art and work family.
Secret Project Robot desires to be a fully self sustaining artist run art space. Using sales from the Bar we are aiming to create a new way to run and finance an art space and art.
IN THE GALLERY
Dreaming in the Now…
The First intercontinental Summit of Utopians
Opening at Secret project robot May 10th, 2017
1186 Broadway Brooklyn NY 11221
Dreaming in the Now is Secret Project Robot’s first art installation at it’s new location at 1186 Broadway. In this show artists, musicians, collectives and the like-hearted will create handmade flags which they will use to represent themselves, at this first intercontinental summit of Utopians… The flags are to be displayed in the gallery, the great hall of flags, in which the artists will gather to manifest a further vision for the future…
Starting in the 19th century and those year leading up into our own, art was given the capacity, by society, to have collective meaning and a mandate to change the perspective of the world. Art was a place of political mobilization, organization, knowledge of the sublime and divergent competing visions of the future. Even if flawed, by allowing us to see culture, often as it was or could be, art was a call to action amongst the creative, an imperative to imagine and to envision a different world.
At the dawning of the 20th century, in a cynical landscape, in the midst of multiple ideological wars, first against communism and then against facsism and then against communism again, the images of artists and philosophical movements were labled propaganda by which ever authority did not deem them of use at the moment. Art was forced, by the status quo, by governments that killed intellectuals and artists or hunted them down through senatorial hearings, into a postion of impotence. This is not to say that their was not political art, nor is it to say that fringe outliers such as the hippies or punk rock were not succesful in mobilizing, it is rather to say that so often these movements either remained fringe and thus could not be accessible to the masses or they were co-opted by the status quo and comidified, a’ la “OBEY…”
It is no wonder then that art, in the latter half of the 20th century, turned to the self, into a subconscious that could be explored without complicity in a system designed against human interest. Art suffered, philosophically speaking, it became the bantar of existentialism’s narcissitic obsession with individualized experience and even worse the exscuse for post-modern nihlism.
As artists, our 50 year fight against complicity in the system, ironically, has made us part of the problem. It is a game played upon us by the neo-liberal patriarchal system that wants to quantify all human achievement in cash amounts, to trivialize our power to unite, and we have bought in… We no longer think in terms of movements, we no longer seek to change the world, we identify in smaller and smaller groups, we price our work according to time cards and hours just as the rest of society, we see our value only monitarily and think of ourselves as failures when we do not “sell.”
Artists, to a large extent, have been silenced creating art as simply a product, a banal reflection of the consumer society we live in. However, during this period, of rampant political distress that we now find ourselves living, is it not of importance to ask, who does our silence serve..?
Art as only a product is stasis, it is banality, but images and symbols can have meaning. Meaning that is able to transcend political boundries and to seep into the psyche and change the human condition. It is the responsibilty of artists and philosphers, in an age of unreason to design an inclusive vision of the future.
And, that is why this art show Dreaming in the Now, is a call to action, The first intercontintenal summit of Utopian artists of the 21st century to lead in the revolution of ideas against the status quo.
Secret Project Robot is very pleased to have strong curatorial programming in the performing arts and Performance art... Performance is a genre where art is presented "live," usually by the artist but sometimes with collaborators and other performers. It has had a role in avant-garde art throughout the twentieth century, playing an important part in anarchic movements and defying conventional artist forms such as painting or drawing, which can limit expression in the now...
Model Home curated by Monica MIrabile
Opera during Model Home
Jake Diebeler & Ms Will
Greem Jellyfish performing in the Crystal Moon Womb installation
Miss Pussycat's puppet show
IN THIS SECTION YOU WILL FIND OUR UP AND COMING PARTIES, PLUS AN ARCHIVE OF PHOTOS AND POSTER FROM PAST EVENTS...
Friday May 12th
Tortura... Latinx DJ fiesta...
Tortura was created unintentionally as a means to tear down the walls of party constructs. It is a meeting place for people who want to organize and enjoy a community without feeling confined to a certain tribe. We are constantly tortured with frustration, frustrated with the state of existing in our current social and political climate. We developed this feeling Tortura and in turn have a space to make friends and enjoy each others vibe. A collaboration amongst a network of individuals, artists, musicians, performers, singers, djs and poets.
Alex Lopez and Raul De Nieves being Loca at Tortura
Bushwig Drag Show and queen festival
Call of the Wild during one of the last shows on Melrose st.
Colin Self at Super Friends Festival
Highlife, Sleepy Doug Shaw
Pride hosted with the Spectrum
Butt Magazine Party...
Since 1998 Secret Project Robot, previously known as Mighty Robot, has been hosting shows... With an emphasis on the art of the party Secret Project Robot generally tries to maximize performances by throwing bands into strange settings with art installations and intense 360 degree visuals... Thousands of performers have come through the space over the years and we've developed lasting friendships with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, who came back to do their 10 year anniversary party with us...
The Yeah Yeah Yeah's 10 year anniversary...
Bottoms Record Release
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Paper Gardens Festival
Secret Project Robot's fist foray into art was in 1998 with the founding of the Mighty Robot A/V squad, an analogue heavy projection show that used found 8mm film to distort, splice and burn the images into new heavily trance-inflicting visuals for local rock bands...
Since this time, the space has hosted hundreds of video artists such as Larry 7, Brock Monroe, David Linton, Bradley Eros, A Clock-Face Orange, Jinnie Benson and many more.
As a space there is a tremendous emphasis on video to enhance parties and create a feel that is particular to Secret Project Robot
Secret Project Robot is committed to utilizing outdoor space. At our previous location on Melrose street we had a 5,000 square foot garden... The new location's sculpture garden at, 1186 Broadway, is under development with the help of Kathleen Dycaico and Monica Mirabile. It will be a much smaller but more intimate space full of art, plants and seating for nice days.
"Mini-Golf" installation with Chris Uphues, Erik Zajaceskowski and Doug Roussin
A-Frame fall jamboree
A-Frame garden installation made from found wood scraps and plexi
Planter boxes made by Raffie with love...
Monolith or vine support depending on the season and your point of view...
Secret Project Robot is pleased to present "Special Projects" an extra curricular component of the gallery and bar space... A few times a year we will be doing things like recording and releasing record and zines, going to art fairs and parties around the globe and hosting residencies... All of these things will come on top of the in-house programming and will be highly curated projects selected by the legacy board of directors and the partners.
In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Secret Project Robot did video installations at All Tomorrow's Parties, a music festival that took place in weird semi-abandoned hotels on the coast of the UK and in the Borscht Belt and coastal regions of the New York City area.
Erik and Raul De Nieves at the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art doing their noise project "somos monstros"
In 2015 Secret Project Robot did an show of "merch" where we created a whole line for Secret Project Robot stuff using only sweatshirts and shirts found after parties and around the space...
Secret Project Robot Art Show in Mexico City
The Gods We are, curated by Vashti Windish, was Secret Project Robot and Live With Animals group show in Mexico City. With Raul De Nieves, Vashti Windish, Cameron Michel, Erik Zajaceskowski, Rachel Nelson and Micki Pellerino.
In making this website and going through nearly 15 years of information, one of the most compelling archival elements of this project are the posters... Made by so many artists, always conveying memories... the posters of Secret Project Robot have come to represent a kind of momento vivere of the things done... A simple reminder to live, party and make art...
The full Archive of posters holds nearly 5000 electronic files and another 1200 in print... This web space will be a salon and a fun way of highlighting some of them as we fully go through the archive...