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By Rhizome

Have you already subscribed to the video feeds of 'Karaoke Deathmatch 100'? If not, do it now, as you don't know what you are missing. 'Karaoke Deathmatch 100' is perhaps the most significant project ever from MTAA (artists M. River and T. Whid). Well-regarded within the new media community for works such as '1 year performance video (aka Sam Hsieh Update),' it is with 'Karaoke Deathmatch 100' that they reach an audience beyond this field. Unfolding over 50 days, the 'Karaoke Deathmatch 100' features both artists in an 'alcohol-fueled blood feud [...] 50 rounds of sing-along fury,' to use their own words. Taped live over an 8-hour period, these sessions are screened everyday at midnight (New York time). One sees both artists--one singing, the other seated in the back of the studio--both in front of typically cheesy karaoke videos. Viewers can post comments on the performances and vote on the best performer. T. Whid won the first round (with 21 votes) after singing Guns N' Roses' Welcome To The Jungle. One reader commented, 'It's like American Idol, only different. I feel like my vote counts here.' Another noted, 'You suck and so does Guns N' Roses.' The current score is tied at M. River: 6/T. Whid: 6, but the contest is just beginning. The artists, themselves, beg the question,'Who will emerge victorious?,' decrying, 'Only YOU can decide.' So don't miss any other face-off. Log-on today and participate in 'the most brutal performance art smack down of the new millennium.' - Miguel Amado

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