Eva_and_Franco_Mattes
Since 2004
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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BIO
Eva and Franco Mattes are the Brooklyn based artist-provocateurs behind the infamous website 0100101110101101.ORG. Since meeting in Madrid in 1994 they have never separated, living a nomadic life throughout Europe and the US. They have been pioneers of the Net Art movement, copying and remixing other artists’ works, targeting “closed” websites, and turning private art into public art. Their off-the-wall performances - that have caused them several lawsuits - include stealing dozens of fragments from art masterpieces (Stolen Pieces, 1995), rolling out a media campaign for a non-existent action movie (United We Stand, 2005) and even convincing the people of Vienna that Nike had purchased the city’s historic Karlsplatz and was about to rename it “Nikeplatz” (Nike Ground, 2003).
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A web of flies


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This summer "White Flag Projects" in Saint Louis held an interesting exhibition called "Another Kind of Vapor". Taking inspiration from Dieter Roth's work the show presented artists who use non-traditional and decaying materials, such as Paul McCarthy, Ed Ruscha and Dieter Roth himself.

Roth's piece in the show was a glass jar containing flies collected by the artist from his legendary work "Staple Cheese (A Race)", 1970. This work has disappeared long ago, thrown away in the desert by the gallery owner, nothing else remains beside this 40-year-old jar full of dead flies.

Unfortunately Dieter Roth never made this work, it's a fake. We invented it one evening in a bar with our friend Corazon Del Sol, and put it together the next day. We bought all the stuff on the internet: an old glass jar, a vintage cork and lots of flies (yes, you can buy flies online), and sent the work to the unaware curators.

The piece has been shown for over a month, and nobody questioned its authenticity or worthiness. The image of the jar with flies started circulating on the Internet and it's also mentioned in Roth's biography in Wikipedia.

Maybe one day the jar would have been included in other Dieter Roth shows, and, who knows, even sold for a lot of money.

Sometimes we tend to prefer facts we wish to be true, rather than facts we know to be true. Maybe the little jar fulfilled our desire that the Dieter Roth legendary work wasn't completely lost. Believing is seeing.

More info here http://www.0100101110101101.org/home/rot

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Lies Inc. in the UK


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YES, we refused the invitation to participate in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, due to its ludicrous organization.
NO, we're not wasting time here. Please join us for a fear and loathing week in Sheffield, UK. On the 9th our first solo show in the UK opens at Site Gallery. The exhibition is called Lies Inc. and includes recent online performances such as No Fun (an intervention into an online video chatroom), Freedom (where we enter a multi-user online war game and beg not to be shot), Catt (an online meme turned into an art prank) and many surprises...
After the opening we'll all go experiment the mysteries of nuclear energy in an abandoned factory with Plan C's amusement ride, developed out of an undercover research trip to Chernobyl and the beta-preview of Let Them Believe, the short film Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark shot during the trip.
On June 8th we'll be in conversation with some of our favorite artists & companions: legendary performer Bill Drummond, pranksters IOCOSE and Paolo Cirio, net artist Rafael Rozendaal and Plan C co-conspirator Ryan Doyle.
Details here
God Save the Queen!
0100101110101101.ORG

DISCUSSION

Lies Inc. in the UK


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YES, we refused the invitation to participate in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, due to its ludicrous organization.
 
NO, we're not wasting time here. Please join us for a fear and loathing week in Sheffield, UK. On the 9th our first solo show in the UK opens at Site Gallery. The exhibition is called Lies Inc. and includes recent online performances such as No Fun (an intervention into an online video chatroom), Freedom (where we enter a multi-user online war game and beg not to be shot), Catt (an online meme turned into an art prank) and many surprises...
 
After the opening we'll all go experiment the mysteries of nuclear energy in an abandoned factory with Plan C's amusement ride, developed out of an undercover research trip to Chernobyl and the beta-preview of Let Them Believe, the short film Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark shot during the trip.
 
On June 8th we'll be in conversation with some of our favorite artists & companions: legendary performer Bill Drummond, pranksters IOCOSE and Paolo Cirio, net artist Rafael Rozendaal and Plan C co-conspirator Ryan Doyle.
 
Details here
 
God Save the Queen!
0100101110101101.ORG

DISCUSSION

The Influencers 2011!


THE INFLUENCERS 2011
 
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There's a small kind-of-cult festival that we organize together with our friend Bani every year in Barcelona, it’s called The Influencers http://TheInfluencers.org/en
   
It's a gathering of artists, impostors, conceptual hackers, deviant geographers and crazy characters, those people you can get inspiration from.
    
The next festival is taking place April 14-15-16, 2011
    
And the videos of last year are here http://TheInfluencers.org/en/videos
    
Sadly visionary nuclear sculptor James Acord just left this planet. One of the few, if not the only one, of his filmed appearances was last year at The Influencers. His mind-blowing theories kept us awake for nights. Our recent project Plan C http://PlanC.cc was in fact cooked up in Barcelona with Ryan Doyle after meeting James.
     
The base man who desired only for wealth would always fail. The higher adepts, the true alchemists, knew that what they were really transforming was themselves -- James Acord

DISCUSSION

Radioactive Ride in the Heart of Manchester


October 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RADIOACTIVE RIDE IN THE HEART OF MANCHESTER
A group of artists scavenged it from Chernobyl


A project by Ryan C. Doyle, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG and others

Video and photos www.PlanC.cc
Contact: francomattes (at) gmail.com

Manchester UK - A rusty, soviet-style sculpture, created with contaminated materials scavenged from the site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, appeared overnight in one of Manchester's public parks.

The elaborated project is a collaboration of machine artist Ryan C. Doyle and provocateurs Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, with filmmaker Todd Chandler, gonzo photographer Tod Seelie, DIY organizer Jeff Stark and fabricator Steve Valdez.

In the Summer 2010 the group embarked on a journey to Chernobyl, to develop a secretive Plan C. They had one thing in common: an obsession for Tarkovsky's 1979 movie Stalker.

After obtaining permissions to enter the highly radioactive Zone of Alienation they ventured into the ghost town of Pripyat and found the abandoned amusement park. Built for May Day 1986 as a gift to the power plant workers it was never inaugurated, since the reactor exploded five days before. Finally the group located what they were hoping to find, the Red Ride. They picked through the irradiated remains.

While they were there a load of scavenged materials left the Zone on a rural tractor, leading west.

A month later the scrap metal was sitting in an anonymous warehouse under the railroad in Manchester, UK, where the group started secretly working day and night on The Liquidator. The sinister-looking sculpture-ride was installed overnight in Manchester's Whitworth Park.

"The idea came after meeting sculptor James Acord, the only individual licensed to work with radioactive materials" said Eva Mattes "He thinks that it's inevitable that artists use the materials of their age. I was ten when Chernobyl's radioactive cloud flew over my head, and into my thyroid".

"Manchester was not a coincidence" declared artist Ryan C. Doyle "it was the heart of the industrial revolution and it's close to the first and biggest European nuclear power plant".

Concern spread among Manchester citizens: "They say it's a sculpture but I don't like it, I don't see any beauty", said Rosie Parker, a regular of the Park "It seemed very unsafe in the first place, and this radioactive thing makes me shudder".

The ride operated daily for a whole week at the beginning of October, involving thousands of enthusiastic visitors of all ages and origins. It than disappeared as fast as it had appeared.

"Thousands of tons of radioactive scrap metal leave the Zone everyday to be sold to the Russian and Chinese market and eventually come back to us in the form of spoons, pots and sinks", declared Franco Mattes "Radioactivity has no border. So we must probably just get used to it, starting from the younger generations".

The whole project is shredded in mystery and where the sculpture will go next is still unknown. A short film about the whole affair, directed by Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, is in the making. Plan C is their first collaboration, although they are not new to such adventures. Cumulatively, the group has created jet-powered carnival rides, navigated junk rafts across the Adriatic Sea and organized viral media art campaigns.

More info on the group:
Ryan C. Doyle: http://happybunnypony.com
Eva and Franco Mattes: http://0100101110101101.ORG
Todd Chandler: http://floodtidefilm.com
Tod Seelie: http://todseelie.com
Jeff Stark: http://jeffstark.org
Steve Valdez.

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Plan C was commissioned by www.ANDfestival.org.uk and www.dispariedispari.org