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International Airport Montello

“International Airport Montello (IAM)” is the collaborative effort to establish the idea of an existing airport in a town with 65 inhabitants in North Eastern Nevada.
The airport’s raison d’être are two abandoned runways located next to “Montello - the town, that refuses to die”. Officially, the airport was inaugurated in August 2005 with a strike by the entire workforce. Since then, conditions improved. During peak-hours airport representatives in Montello established various strategies to substantiate the temporary and permanent operations of the airport, and took on key positions. Airport managers, luggage handlers, sniffing dogs, air traffic controllers, airport chaplains, runway maintenance workers, ticket agents, security officers and cell phone booth operators appeared and got lost, were hired, fired and promoted. Lots of transit passengers spent many hours at IAM waiting for their next connection.
Using Montello as a model for a terminal, a metaphysical structure of the airport was developed and operated collaboratively via a Wiki engine based website. In September 2006 a private plane on it’s way to Las Vegas used IAM as a transit hub. The passengers experienced a 24 hours layover and tried to flag down a plane, that due to severe weather conditions (sand storm) had difficulties to identify the runways.

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eteam & the people of Montello commissioned by Art in General, NY funded in part by: New York State Council on the Arts Experimental Television Center Digital Matrix Commission

About the Creator

eteam’s members are Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger. Since 2002, most of their projects are based on random pieces of land they buy on ebay. Once they have located their lots, they activate the possibilities that are inherent in the site and turn them into temporary realities. This often happens in collaboration with people who live or work in the respective area. Their projects have been featured in exhibitions at the PS1, NY; MUMOK, Vienna; Neues Museum, Weimar; EYEBEAM, NY, Vertexlist, Brooklyn; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain, among other venues. Videos by the eteam have been screened at the Transmediale, Berlin; the Marler Video Kunst Preis, Germany; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei; New York Video Festival, NYC; 11th Biennale of Moving Image, Geneva, and other festivals in the US, Europe and Asia. They have been awarded a NYSCA Grant, a Harvestworks Artist Grant, an EYEBEAM Production Grant, and an Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund. In 2005 they have been selected for the "New Commissions Program" with Art in General, NY and were awarded a Digital Matrix Commission. They are fellows of Yaddo and the Mac Dowell Colony. They live in Sunnyside, Queens and are currently studio artists at the Smack Mellon Studio Program in DUMBO. One of them is Professor of Digital Media at the Art Department, of the City College of New York.