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

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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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Artist commits suicide online as a work of art (well, sort of)


May 1, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARTIST COMMITS SUICIDE ONLINE AS A WORK OF ART (WELL, SORT OF)

Video and stills (explicit content): http://www.0100101110101101.org/home/nofun

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Thousand of people watched powerless while a person was hanging from the ceiling, slowly swinging, for hours and hours. It happened yesterday, in the popular website Chatroulette, where people from all over the world can anonymously and randomly see each other through their webcams and chat with perfect strangers.

The hanging man was in fact Brooklyn based artist Franco Mattes, and the whole scene a set up. The artist recorded all the performance and than posted it online. In the video, titled "No Fun", one can see all possible reactions, from the most predictable to the most unthinkable: some laugh, believing it's a joke, some seem to be completely unmoved, some insult the supposed-corpse and some, more cynical, take pictures with their phones. Apparently, out of several thousand people, only one called the police. Watching the video can be a strange experience, at times exhilarating as well as disturbing.

Eva and Franco Mattes are already known for similar interventions done under the name 0100101110101101.ORG. What they wanted to achieve with this bizarre "online performance", as they call it, is not clear. "Since we live online" declared Franco Mattes "than we should get used to die online".

"I'm sorry if somebody was offended" commented Eva Mattes "Actually, I too was shocked by some of the reactions. And I'm not easily impressed".

According to New York University researcher Marco Deseriis "No Fun raises disturbing questions on the hyperreality of the contemporary mediascape as much as on the Orwellian spectacularization of daily life and death. But it would be simplistic to blame the Internet for the dramatic exhaustion of social interaction at a distance. What is more difficult to recognize is our own complicity and desire to be seduced by the latest technological wonders. In our daily obsession with media attention, frequently disguised as search for authentic communication, we end up being so narcissistically preoccupied with looking at ourselves that we can no longer recognize the other".

After the video circulated online the comments started spreading: "This is plain wrong" comments a YouTube viewer "you don't play with death, it may even push people most easily influenced to emulate it".

Science fiction author Bruce Sterling said: "I think it's nice that Franco took the trouble to so visibly hang himself, as opposed to just anonymously hanging his net-culture pseudonym of ones and zeros. This shows unusual personal warmth for a 0100101110101101.ORG project".

The Mattes are not new to this kind of black-humor-provocations: in 1998 they invented an artist, whose works were ultra-violent splatter-like sculptures inspired by atrocity images found online. After obtaining a certain following, the inexistent artist committed suicide to become a cult-figure of the '90s underground art as well as an allegory of media vampirism.

EVENT

No Fun


Dates:
Sat May 01, 2010 00:00 - Sat May 01, 2010

May 1, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARTIST COMMITS SUICIDE ONLINE AS A WORK OF ART (WELL, SORT OF)

Video and stills (explicit content): http://0100101110101101.org/home/nofun

Thousand of people watched powerless while a person was hanging from the ceiling, slowly swinging, for hours and hours. It happened yesterday, in the popular website Chatroulette, where people from all over the world can anonymously and randomly see each other through their webcams and chat with perfect strangers.

The hanging man was in fact Brooklyn based artist Franco Mattes, and the whole scene a set up. The artist recorded all the performance and than posted it online. In the video, titled "No Fun", one can see all possible reactions, from the most predictable to the most unthinkable: some laugh, believing it's a joke, some seem to be completely unmoved, some insult the supposed-corpse and some, more cynical, take pictures with their phones. Apparently, out of several thousand people, only one called the police. Watching the video can be a strange experience, at times exhilarating as well as disturbing.

Eva and Franco Mattes are already known for similar interventions done under the name 0100101110101101.ORG. What they wanted to achieve with this bizarre "online performance", as they call it, is not clear. "Since we live online" declared Franco Mattes "than we should get used to die online".

"I'm sorry if somebody was offended" commented Eva Mattes "Actually, I too was shocked by some of the reactions. And I'm not easily impressed".

According to New York University researcher Marco Deseriis "No Fun raises disturbing questions on the hyperreality of the contemporary mediascape as much as on the Orwellian spectacularization of daily life and death. But it would be simplistic to blame the Internet for the dramatic exhaustion of social interaction at a distance. What is more difficult to recognize is our own complicity and desire to be seduced by the latest technological wonders. In our daily obsession with media attention, frequently disguised as search for authentic communication, we end up being so narcissistically preoccupied with looking at ourselves that we can no longer recognize the other".

After the video circulated online the comments started spreading: "This is plain wrong" comments a YouTube viewer "you don't play with death, it may even push people most easily influenced to emulate it".

Science fiction author Bruce Sterling said: "I think it's nice that Franco took the trouble to so visibly hang himself, as opposed to just anonymously hanging his net-culture pseudonym of ones and zeros. This shows unusual personal warmth for a 0100101110101101.ORG project".

The Mattes are not new to this kind of black-humor-provocations: in 1998 they invented an artist, whose works were ultra-violent splatter-like sculptures inspired by atrocity images found online. After obtaining a certain following, the inexistent artist committed suicide to become a cult-figure of the '90s underground art as well as an allegory of media vampirism.


EVENT

The Influencers 2010


Dates:
Thu Feb 04, 2010 00:00 - Thu Jan 28, 2010

Next week is going to be fun and wild. We are ready for the 6th edition of The Influencers Festival in Barcelona, and this year it's going to be amazing!

THE INFLUENCERS
Festival of media action and radical entertainment

February 4-5-6, 2010
Center of Contemporary Culture Barcelona, Spain
http://theinfluencers.org

Featuring: The Yes Men, ZEVS, James Acord, Donkijote, Black Label Bike Club, Joan Leandre Retroyou, Critical Art Ensemble, IOCOSE

The Influencers is an annual cult festival held in Barcelona, Spain, at the CCCB and in various improbable locations around the city. Created and directed by Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG and Bani, The Influencers promotes controversial forms of art and guerrilla communication, presenting visionary projects that play with popular global culture, infiltrate the mass media and transform everyday things into outlandish spectacles. The Influencers sometimes achieve the impossible.

Please come all and bring your friends!


EVENT

I know that it's all a state of mind


Dates:
Thu Jan 21, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jan 15, 2010

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Hi all,

if you happen to be in England next weekend there is a good reason to come to Plymouth. Marina Abramovic is curating a performance event called "The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow" for which we are performing old and new works live at the Slaughterhouse and in Second Life, for 4 days in a raw.
Last time we performed in Second Life too many people showed up (thanks!) and many could not attend the performances (sorry!) so this time we'll try to resist each day as long as we can, luckily for 4 hours, most probably 'till we throw up on the keyboards. As always if you join us in Second Life you can participate (click the link below), if you come to Plymouth you can just watch.

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG
I know that it's all a state of mind
Live in Plymouth
http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/art.html

and in Second Life
http://slurl.com/secondlife/East%20of%20Odyssey/46/152/33/

Thursday Jan. 21, 6:30pm (UK time); 10:30am (Second Life time)
Friday Jan. 22, 5pm (UK time); 9am (Second Life time)
Saturday Jan. 23, 5pm (UK time); 9am (Second Life time)
Sunday Jan. 24, 2pm (UK time); 6am (Second Life time)

See you there!

Eva and Franco Mattes


EVENT

Pseudo-Futurist Video Game Improvisation Extravaganza


Dates:
Mon Nov 16, 2009 00:00 - Fri Nov 13, 2009

Hi everybody,

as part of PERFORMA09, the New York Biennial of performance art, we are performing a live pseudo-Futurist total improvisation extravaganza thing in Second Life. Forget about museums and galleries, on Monday stay home and play video games.

See you there!

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG
Pseudo-Futurist Video Game Improvisation Extravaganza
Live in Second Life
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/35/25/22/
Monday Nov. 16, 5-6pm (EST time); 2-3pm (Second Life time)

Synthetic Performances are online live gaming sessions inside the virtual world of Second Life, performed by Eva and Franco Mattes through their avatars, which were constructed from their bodies and faces. The series arose out of the artists' polemical stance toward performance art. This lead the Mattes on the one hand to breach the classic rules of performance, and on the other to present these works - the efficacy of which was based on the radical way they explored the issues of the body, violence, sexuality, identity and public space - in a context where these issues acquire completely different, paradoxical meanings.

Anyone can participate from all over the world by clicking the link above. If you don't have a Second Life account you can sign up for free.

Presented by PERFORMA09 - www.performa-arts.org
Produced with the support of Eyebeam
http://0100101110101101.ORG

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