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(photos from perfomances by The Miss Rockaway Armada at Mass MoCA and Williams College, full photo gallery here)

The Miss Rockaway Armada presented performances by Dark Dark Dark, Fall Harbor, Phil Not Bombs, Long Gone Gabe and A Tillion Gallons Of Gasoline as part of their installation Being Here Is Better Than Wishing We’d Stayed at Mass MoCA. There was also a screening of Angela Coppola’s short film about the Miss Rockaway, “The Good Ship Impossible.”

In case you missed it, we’re including some videos of the performances below for your vicarious enjoyment.

Mass MoCA performance:

Williams College performance:

Dark Dark Dark and Fall Harbor rehearsing together the night before:


(Here’s a small peek at the installation to date. We wouldn’t want to spoil it too much, now would we?)

Most of the build crew (plus a friend) outside of Jae’s half-price sushi night.

We are roughly at the halfway point of the installation. From this point on the project will start to divide up into various more personal projects. As this caucaphony begins to build towards its crescendo it should be interesting to see how everything fits and works together. 

Things are looking good though. Just tonight we were able to get the spaceship up into the treehouse successfully. Once we figure out the entrance to the Magic Cave and the. . . er, hmmm. Perhaps I have said too much already. . . 


Mass MoCA at night.

John Vanderslice performing in the crowd at Mass MoCA.

Nona and Marshall show a screw who’s boss.

John geared up and ready to go.

The view from our work space. 

We continue to build, having completed phase one (or “lock n’ dam 1” as we have started calling them) which is the base foundation, and are in the middle of lock n’ dam 2 (seating/eating area). Lock n’ dam 3 will be when each of the build crew begins to focus on their specific interests and personal projects. We are still a few days away from that, but definitely on schedule.

Some of the crew were generously allowed to attend the performance by Stephen Malkmus and John Vanderslice at the museum on Friday. Which was also good since we couldn’t work/use power tools during the perfromance (for obvious reasons).

Communal meals and successful scrapping runs keep spirits up, along with everyone seeming to be excited to be here and working with such a great group of people. There have been a few parties thrown by museum interns or other Mass MoCA installation people, and the MRA crew has made a bit of a reputation for themselves in the process (but that’s not really appropriate for the blog).

Here’s a video of Marshall, Nona (of Dark Dark Dark) and Gabe playing a bit for people still working during a meeting break. They will all be performing twice on Saturday, April 12th. During the day at Mass MoCA, and in the evening at Williams College. Flyer below:


Todd Chandler exploring inside the still-abandoned parts of Mass MoCA.

Down into more decrepitness.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.

Areas of the still-abandoned sections of Mass MoCA.


View from over the Hoosic River.

View from over the Hoosic River.

Marshall talking over the installation design.

Marshall showing us his monster-man impression.

Kevin carrying cleaned scrap lumber from building 6 to the installation space.

Working late into the night.

View of Fransje Killaars’ installation inside the museum late at night.

The Miss Rockaway Armada has been invited to create an installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. We are excited at the opportunity to form something new with the same inspiration and ideas that helped start the Miss Rockaway project back in 2005. There is a crew of MRA members currently at the Museum working day and night on the collaborative project, which will open to the public on Friday, April 18th, 2008.

You can read more about our installation here.

We will also be performing at the Museum and Williams College on Saturday, April 12th, 2008.

The installation will be on view until April, 2009. We will continue to post photos and updates about the installation throughout the process. We hope you enjoy them.