22 January 2006, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fake European propaganda movie hits Austria and Bologna Mattes' grand artwork keeps on spreading in both the public and the media space.
'United We Stand' is the title of the much-hyped spy/action movie wholly produced by Europe, a large-scale propagandistic stunt that has in the past few months stirred much controversy. Too bad the movie doesn't actually exist, but it is instead the latest insane provocation of the artists' couple Eva and Franco Mattes, better known as 0100101110101101.ORG. After Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, New York and Bangalore, the gigantic performance has now landed in Austria and Bologna.
While the movie itself doesn't exist, the actors and the flashy poster do. They portray the inspired faces of the main characters surrounded
by the blue of the European flag and by ruesome war scenes. The movie's Web site also exists - www.UnitedWeStandMovie.com - and it is
accompanied by an extensive advertising campaign covering half the globe, causing extreme reactions in both the streets and the media.
"United We Stand" Eva Mattes explains "mimics the typical Hollywood action movie where the US always wins and saves the world. We have used their clichéd visual elements, but we have replaced their flag with the European one. The outcome is quite disturbing, it seems to me that it better communicates what we often take for granted, rather than stating what it truly represents".
In the past months, the movie's posters have appeared on the remains of the Berlin wall, in front of the European Parliament, underneath the
Empire State Building and on the picturesque walls of Bangalore, India. The campaign reaches across small urban centers as well as the
advertising-crowded streets of global metropolises. Right now, as Austria is about to take ...