There Is Only One Of You - Photographs by Walter Wlodarczyk
ON DISPLAY THROUGH AUGUST
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost." -- Martha Graham
Walter Wlodarczyk has documented the people and art of New York City for nearly a decade. He is best known for his extensive documentation of New York’s self-organizing, do-it-yourself creative communities, work which has led to collaborations with like-minded artists in Miami, Puerto Rico and Japan. A self-taught photographer, Walter has translated his passion into a career as a successful freelance documentarian, shooting for many artists, curators, organizations and publications.
"There Is Only One Of You" -- Walter's largest show to date -- will draw photos from throughout his archive in celebration of the creative spirits of New York City, and beyond. The work will be displayed in a unique, movable installation created by Secret Project Robot's Rachel Nelson and Erik Zajaceskowski.
Opening Reception: August 1st, 7 pm - Midnight Enjoy music and drinks afterward in the bar until closing Music all night by DJ 💯 ("DJ Hundred Points" aka Mike Garcia)
Open every day, with drink specials, DJ's, a garden and the Sweetest bartenders...
We Are located at 1186 Broadway Brooklyn NY 11221 right off the JZ Koskioszko stop or a 12 minute walk from the Myrtle Broadway M train...
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
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 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 Dibeler & 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...
A monthly market on any given Sunday, with homemade baked goods, tattoos, clothing swaps, dj’s… champagne cocktails and DJ’s
usually runs 5pm to 11ish…
check the calendar for official dates… it’s a shopping experience
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.
Room Service: The Exhibition
SECRET PROJECT ROBOT IS GOING TO ART MIAMI at Satellite Art ShowDecember 6th-10th... with a bunch of friends and their lovely art and performances!!! So excited to announce!!
Secret Project Robot Presents: Room Service: The Exhibition Satelite Art Fair: Miami Florida December 6th through 10th, 2017 Room 212
Secret Project Robot is pleased to present: Room Service Prepartions for the next Dimension, an art exhibition at Satelite Art Fair during art week at Basel Miami, 2017. For this exhibition Secret Project Robot will build an art installation highlighting the mundane qualities of a hotel room and transforming them into something surreal, other worldly and as a waiting room, and place of reflection before the next diemension… Artists will use the space as a platform for both performance art and for traditional exhibitions.
Using the subtlely of the room to guide, the art artists will grapple with the space as a kind of banal captured moment, where a hotel is both a product of joy, but also a lifeless home base for alternative adventures, reminding each person of how and why they arrived at this very moment and how they will get to the next…
For the exhibitors, the artists have been asked to create art which fits into a piece of luggage, the luggage will act as both glimpses into the transitory nature of being, bringing only what can fit, but also a flat file and means of display for visual continuity… The luggage will be placed in floor to ceiling racks, both as a surreal glimpse into each artist, like a diarama, and as a not so subtle suggestion that we are all merchants, peddling wares in a maket as victims of late capitalism; artists weighed down by the neccesity to make desired objects…
The installation aspect will be of a hotel room, in a hotel room, a kind of meta- charicature of trying to transform an old Miami hotel room into anything but itself… The installation will entail elements of a hotel room, where there will be performances within… Using the notion of a hotel as a kinod of stage in a space where anything can happen, performers will engage in subjects of identity, anonymity, consumption, celebration, sprituality, fashion, sexuality etc… Performances include works by: Jake Dibeler, Kathleen Dycaico, Monica Mirabile, Mace Cecilia, Carolina Santiago Hita, Timbalerx, Bethany Sick Din and many others…
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.
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
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...