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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DISCUSSION

Plan C: The Ride


Plan C
Clue 3: The Ride


In the Summer 2010 a group of six artists went to Chernobyl to develop Plan C. While they were there they picked through the irradiated remains.

Before they departed, a rural tractor left the Zone, leading west.

A month later a load of scrap metal was sitting in an anonymous warehouse under the railroad in Manchester, UK.

The group moved into the warehouse and started secretly working day and night on The Liquidator.

After two weeks The Liquidator is ready. The strange interactive sculpture was installed last night in Manchester's Whitworth Park and is now fully operational.

Plan C's artists deny The Liquidator is radioactive.

The ride will be operating until the 7th of October.

A video can be seen here: http://www.planc.cc

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DISCUSSION

Plan C: The Park


Plan C
Clue 2: The Park


In the Summer 2010 a group of six artists embarked on a journey to Chernobyl to develop a secretive Plan C.

Once in the Zone, they threw metal nuts. Maybe in search of an answer, they ventured into the abandoned amusement park of the ghost town of Pripyat.

Finally the group located what they were hoping to find, the Red Ride. They picked through the irradiated remains. One of them got contaminated.

While they were there a load of scavenged materials left the Zone.

Where the materials went afterwards is still unknown.

Video: http://www.PlanC.cc

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DISCUSSION

Plan C: The Zone


Plan C
Clue 1: The Zone


In the Summer 2010 a group of six artists who barely knew each other embarked on a journey to Chernobyl, to develop a secretive Plan C. The story is not clear at all, and it will probably never be.

They came from different parts of Europe and the US, and they had an appointment. Nobody knew about their final destination, nobody knew about Plan C. They told friends vague stories about "entering The Zone" and "throwing metal nuts". They had one thing in common: an obsession for Tarkovsky's 1979 movie Stalker.

What happened after is still a secret.

Follow http://www.PlanC.cc It will be as close as you

EVENT

EVA and FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG at Postmasters opening May 15


Dates:
Sat May 15, 2010 00:00 - Thu May 13, 2010

May 15th - June 19 2010

EVA and FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG

Reality is Overrated

opening reception: Saturday may 15, 6-8 pm


www.postmastersart.com - info online

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Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present "Reality is Overrated" by Brooklyn based artists Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG. The exhibition will include several new net-based performances as well as their very first work together, a project that has been kept secret for 14 years. The show will open on May 15th and will be on view until June 19th.

The works in this exhibition engage in charged, high resonance issues of crime, sex, war, and death.

What we see in "Reality is Overrated” is a slow process of disintegration of some of our core beliefs about art and culture: the need for material objects, the authority of institutions, the uniqueness of an artwork and the distinction between reality and simulation. Museums have been mysteriously robbed and art objects become dust gathering, obsolete commodities. In order to get real and spontaneous reactions the artists are looking for their audience outside of traditional art spaces, confronting groups of unaware viewers.

In their work Eva and Franco Mattes manipulate video games and Internet technologies creating a permanent state of insecurity by blurring borders between reality and fiction, art and confrontation, intent and its often unexpected consequences.

For “No Fun” Franco Mattes simulated committing suicide in a public webcam-based chat room. Thousands of random people watched while he was hanging from the ceiling, swinging slowly, for hours. The video documentation of the performance, which was just banned from YouTube, is an unbelievable, at times very disturbing, sequence of reactions: some laugh, some are completely unmoved, some insult the supposed corpse, some take pictures with their mobiles. Notably, out of several thousand people, only one called the police.

In “Freedom” we are faced with a live performance set within the popular first-person shooter videogame “Counter Strike”. Here the artist, Eva Mattes, is refusing to accomplish the basic role of the game: kill the enemy. She instead tries to convince the other players to save her because she is “trying to make an artwork”. The result is the performer being endlessly and brutally killed and abused by the other players.

The artists' earliest work “Stolen Pieces” is shown here for the very first time : over a period of two years (1995-1997) Eva and Franco stole dozens of fragments of works of art - masterpieces by famous artists, such as Kandinsky, Duchamp, Beuys, Rauschenberg, Warhol, and Koons - from the most renowned museums of contemporary art in the United States and in Europe. For 14 years they have never revealed its existence. Besides the fragments themselves, the exhibition features a video, shot with a hidden camera, documenting their last heist. Making a mockery of our belief in the sacred nature of art, this controversial work is an open question: where does the value of a work of art lie? Are objects overrated?

The title of this show refers to the actual human condition in which the perception of reality is more and more filtered by the media. Humanity abandoned reality to live in front of screens, concerned only with media attention disguised as communication, and narcissistically hoping to be the protagonist of this spectacle, while chatting compulsively. For their recent works Eva and Franco went down the dark side of the Internet to meet this humanity.

All the works in this show can also be seen online on the artists’ website.

This is the Matteses third solo exhibition at Postmasters. Their work has also been show at Performa, P.S.1, the Walker Art Center, Manifesta, ARoS Kunstmuseum, The National Art Museum of China, the New Museum and the Venice Biennale. They have been recently invited by Marina Abramovic to perform at Plymouth Art Center, UK. A monograph on their work has just been published by Charta.

Postmasters Gallery: 459 west 19th street, New York


DISCUSSION

EVA and FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG at Postmasters opening May 15


May 15th - June 19 2010

EVA and FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG

Reality is Overrated

opening reception: Saturday may 15,  6-8 pm


www.postmastersart.com - info online

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Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present "Reality is Overrated" by Brooklyn based artists Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG. The exhibition will  include several new net-based performances as well as their very first work together, a project that has been kept secret for 14 years. The show will open on May 15th and will be on view until June 19th. 

The works in this exhibition engage in charged, high resonance issues of crime, sex, war, and death. 

What we see in "Reality is Overrated” is a slow process of disintegration of some of our core beliefs about art and culture: the need for material objects, the authority of institutions, the uniqueness of an artwork and the distinction between reality and simulation. Museums have been mysteriously robbed and art objects become dust gathering, obsolete commodities. In order to get real and spontaneous reactions the artists are looking for their audience outside of traditional art spaces, confronting groups of unaware viewers. 

In their work Eva and Franco Mattes manipulate video games and Internet technologies creating a permanent state of insecurity by blurring borders between reality and fiction, art and confrontation, intent and its often unexpected consequences.

For “No Fun” Franco Mattes simulated committing suicide in a public webcam-based chat room. Thousands of random people watched while he was hanging from the ceiling, swinging slowly, for hours. The video documentation of the performance, which was just banned from YouTube, is an unbelievable, at times very disturbing, sequence of reactions: some laugh, some are completely unmoved, some insult the supposed corpse, some take pictures with their mobiles. Notably, out of several thousand people, only one called the police.

In “Freedom” we are faced with a live performance set within the popular first-person shooter videogame “Counter Strike”. Here the artist, Eva Mattes, is refusing to accomplish the basic role of the game: kill the enemy. She instead tries to convince the other players to save her because she is “trying to make an artwork”. The result is the performer being endlessly and brutally killed and abused by the other players.

The artists' earliest work “Stolen Pieces” is shown here for the very first time : over a period of two years (1995-1997) Eva and Franco stole dozens of fragments of works of art - masterpieces by famous artists, such as Kandinsky, Duchamp, Beuys, Rauschenberg, Warhol, and Koons - from the most renowned museums of contemporary art in the United States and in Europe. For 14 years they have never revealed its existence. Besides the fragments themselves, the exhibition features a video, shot with a hidden camera, documenting their last heist. Making a mockery of our belief in the sacred nature of art, this controversial work is an open question: where does the value of a work of art lie? Are objects overrated?

The title of this show refers to the actual human condition in which the perception of reality is more and more filtered by the media. Humanity abandoned reality to live in front of screens, concerned only with media attention disguised as communication, and narcissistically hoping to be the protagonist of this spectacle, while chatting compulsively. For their recent works Eva and Franco went down the dark side of the Internet to meet this humanity.

All the works in this show can also be seen online on the artists’ website. 

This is the Matteses third solo exhibition at Postmasters. Their work has also been show at Performa, P.S.1, the Walker Art Center, Manifesta, ARoS Kunstmuseum, The National Art Museum of China, the New Museum and the Venice Biennale. They have been recently invited by Marina Abramovic to perform at Plymouth Art Center, UK. A monograph on their work has just been published by Charta.

Postmasters Gallery: 459 west 19th street, New York