Cuckoo is Secret Project Robot's bar... Open every day, with drink specials, DJ's, a garden and very lovely bartenders...
4pm until late 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.
featuring artworks by Kayrock Screenprinting, Will Schmeichen & Rachel Nelson
Opening Tuesday September 12th at 7pm
Ashcan Institute for Self Organizing Pattern Research + Sto Len
Followed by a free performance with: Warm Drag, Sediment Club, Brian Hill
Ashcan Institute for Self Organizing Pattern Research presents documents from it’s investigations with closed loop video feedback. Using mirrors to create a pseudo kaleidoscope between the camera and television the Institute has been able to manipulate the chaotic feedback loop between camera and TV in order to allow certain complexities to blossom from the simple physical process. A collection of still images, video, and interactive viewing interfaces will be on display to allow the spectator to witness and examine the findings. It is the hope of the A.I.S.O.P.R. to convey the ease at which order and complexity rise out of seeming noise and chaos in the natural world.
“Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water
Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong” - Lao Tzu
Sto Len has been researching water as a medium, language, tool, and collaborator for the past 5 years. His meditative style of printmaking captures a moment in time in nature with a mono print. Layers of oil paint, vegetable oils, spray paint, dirt and various debris is built up on the water surface in large kiddie pools, wooden trays and buckets for hours and sometimes days while preparing a print. Outdoor pools collect raindrops and leaves while patterns are allowed time to develop on their own.
Renouncing the fussiness historically associated with paper marbling, Sto’s work instead celebrates chaos by finding the rhythm and pattern within water's movement. For this exhibition, Sto will showcase new experiments on wood and found objects that begin to take on new sculptural forms.
Sto Len is a painter, printmaker, sound and performance artist with interests in improvisation and experimentation within a variety of media. His process-based work employs nature as both a medium and a collaborator in an investigation of our relationship to the physical world.
He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
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
Outside the new Secret Project Robot on opening night!
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...