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

Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur


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June 2 - August 29, 2007
Eva and Franco Mattes a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG
"Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur"
Dockswiss, Luzern, Switzerland
Opening reception with the artists Friday June 1, 6 - 8 pm

Dockswiss media lounge is pleased to present "Annoying Japanese Child
Dinosaur", a portrait series from "Second Life" by Eva and Franco
Mattes a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG.

"Annoying Japanese Child Dinosaur" is Mattes never-before-seen series
of portraits of Japanese children avatars. They have been living in
Second Life for over a year, shooting thousands of photos. After a
process of selection, the photo-portraits get printed on canvas in big
format, bridging Virtual Life with Real Life. At times eccentric,
weird, cute or eerie, these images reflect one of Second Life's most
lively subculture and aesthetics.

When ask to give an explanation of the enigmatic title of the
exhibition the artists have referenced James Patrick Kelly's novella
"Mr. Boy": "the tale of a genetically stunted 12-year-old" says Franco
Mattes "who literally lives inside his mother, who has turned herself
into a three-quarter-scale model of the Statue of Liberty. And his best
friend, Stennie, is a child-dinosaur".

"Franco and me have always been very much into subcultures, like
Cyberpunk, Skinhead, Hip-Hop, Punk and Hooligan" adds Eva Mattes "and
Japan is the only place I've been where new subcultures are exploding:
Gothic Lolitas, Ganguros and the whole Otaku and Kawai culture. So put
all of this together and you get an explanation of the title. Sort of".

Mattes works in Synthetic Worlds include the well known portraits
series "13 Most Beautiful Avatars" recently shown at Postmasters
Gallery in New York - and the ongoing series of "Synthetic
Performances".

Over the last months these portraits of avatars have been both
acclaimed as "eerily effective as paintings" (Roberta Smith on the New
York Times) and dismissed as nothing more than "a prank" (Julia
Bryan-Wilson on Art Forum).

For more information and images: http://www.0100101110101101.org

Dockswiss is located at Hertensteinstrasse 156, CH-6353 Weggis,
Switzerland
+41.41.3901414 info@dockswiss.com http://www.dockswiss.com

DISCUSSION

Eva and Franco Mattes reenacting Joseph Beuys' "7000 Oaks"


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Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) reenacting Joseph
Beuys' "7000 Oaks" in a synthetic world

Beuys' project begun on March the 16th 1982, at Documenta 7, in Kassel.
His plan called for the planting of seven thousand trees, each paired
with a columnar basalt stone. Beuys intended the Kassel project to be
the first stage in an ongoing scheme of tree planting to be extended
throughout the world as part of a global mission to effect
environmental and social change.

The Mattes are reenacting Beuys' work "7000 Oaks", staging the new
performance in the synthetic world of Second Life. The first virtual
tree and stone were planted on March the 16th 2007, exactly 25 years
after the original oak was planted.

The 7000 basalt stones have been stacked on Mattes' island in Second
Life: Cosmos Island. The diminishing pile of virtual stones will
indicate the progress of the project, which will go on until all 7000
oaks and stones will be placed. Second Life inhabitants will have the
chance to take part to the performance, placing stones and trees in
their lands.

This work is part of Eva and Franco Mattes series of "Synthetic
Performances": reenactment of historical performances inside synthetic
worlds where body, space and time can be completely reinvented. The
series started at the beginning of 2007 and will feature works by
artists like Vito Acconci and Marina Abramovic.

"Joseph Beuys' 7000 Oaks" is commissioned by Centro de Arte Juan
Ismael, Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain), for the exhibition
"Deambulatorios de una jornada, en el principio y el proyecto Tindaya",
curated by Nilo Casares.

More information and contacts: www.0100101110101101.org

DISCUSSION

13 Most Beautiful Avatars


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February 17 - March 17, 2007
EVA and FRANCO MATTES (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG)
"13 Most Beautiful Avatars"
Postmasters Gallery, New York
Opening reception: Saturday February 17, 6-8 p-m

Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present "13 Most Beautiful Avatars,"
a portrait series from Second Life by EVA and FRANCO MATTES (a.k.a.
0100101110101101.ORG), for their second solo show at the gallery.

The Matteses have been living in the virtual world, Second Life, for
over a year, exploring its terrain and interacting with its peculiar
inhabitants. The result of their "video-game flanerie" is a series of
portraits, entitled "13 Most Beautiful Avatars." Not unlike Warhol's
entourage of stars, captured in the "13 Most Beautiful Boys" and "13
Most Beautiful Women" portrait series, the Matteses' "13 Most Beautiful
Avatars" captures the most visually dynamic and celebrated "stars" of
Second Life.

The portraits reflect Second Life aesthetics, featuring the bright
colors, "artificial" light, broad flat areas, 3D shapes, and surreal
perspectives that are typical of this virtual world. Overall, the
series draws on the technological developments which allow the creation
of alternate identities within simulated worlds. Despite the relative
newness of using video game-derived source materials, the avatars'
icons recall questions common to earlier eras of portraiture, including
the cultural and psychological context of the images, and the
relationships between high art and subculture, between contemporary art
and "traditional" art forms, and between art and life itself.

The project was created during the artists' stay at The Italian Academy
for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. The Matteses are the
recipients of 2006 New York Prize for most promising young Italian
Artists.
A portfolio of prints produced by Jean-Yves Noblet Contemporary Prints
will also be available.

Born in 1976, Eva and Franco Mattes, (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) have
been pioneers in the net.art movement remixing famous digital art
pieces and performing Life Sharing: a real-time digital self portrait,
during which they even submitted to satellite surveillance for an
entire year. In the last decade they have created unpredictable
mass-scale performances staged outside the traditional art venues and
involving an unaware audience, where truth and falsehood mix to the
point of being indistinguishable. They created and released the code
for a computer virus, erected fake architectural heritage signs, run
media campaigns for non-existent action movies (United We Stand), and
even convinced the entire populace of Vienna that Nike had purchased
the city's historic Karlsplatz and was about to rename it "Nikeplatz".
Their controversial performances, often bordering on illegality, have
been widely discussed in the media earning them the name "Bonnie and
Clyde of Contemporary Art". Their works have been shown internationally
including: Collection Lambert, Avignon; Fondazione Pitti Discovery,
Florence; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz; New Museum of Contemporary
Art, New York; ICC, Tokyo; Manifesta 4, Frankfurt; Galleria Civica di
Arte Contemporanea, Trento and the Venice Biennale.

For more information on the Second Life project and an interview with
the artists:
http://www.0100101110101101.org

Postmasters Gallery located at 459 west 19th street between 9 and 10
Avenues is open Tuesday through Saturday 11

DISCUSSION

13 MOST BEAUTIFUL AVATARS


PRESS RELEASE

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia
University invites you to the Opening Reception for the Fall, 2006
Premio New York Exhibition:

Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG)
"13 Most Beautiful Avatars"

November 30 - December 19, 2006
Opening: Thursday, November 30, 6-8pm
The Italian Academy, New York

EVA and FRANCO MATTES (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) present "13 Most
Beautiful Avatars," a portrait series at the Italian Academy and in an
online exhibit organized by Rhizome and co-presented by the New Museum
of Contemporary Art. The Matteses have been living in the virtual
world, Second Life, for over a year, exploring its terrain and
interacting with its peculiar inhabitants. The result of their
"video-game flanerie" is a series of portraits, entitled "13 Most
Beautiful Avatars." Not unlike Warhol's entourage of stars, captured in
the "13 Most Beautiful Boys" and "13 Most Beautiful Women" portrait
series, the Matteses' "13 Most Beautiful Avatars" captures the most
visually dynamic and celebrated "stars" of Second Life.

The portraits reflect Second Life aesthetics, featuring the bright
colors, "artificial" light, broad flat areas, 3D shapes, and surreal
perspectives that are typical of this virtual world. Overall, the
series draws on the technological developments which allow the creation
of alternate identities within simulated worlds. Despite the relative
newness of using video game-derived source materials, the avatars'
icons recall questions common to earlier eras of portraiture, including
the cultural and psychological context of the images, and the
relationships between high art and subculture, between contemporary art
and "traditional" art forms, and between art and life itself.

Concurrent with the show at the Italian Academy is an online exhibition
organized by Rhizome and co-presented by the New Museum of Contemporary
Art. The exhibition, in Second Life's increasingly popular Ars Virtua
gallery, mirrors the Italian Academy's art gallery, and is visible
here: http://rhizome.org/events/timeshares.
Highlights of the online exhibition will also be projected during the
opening reception.

Eva and Franco Mattes are known for their controversial artworks, such
as staging high-profile hoaxes and defeating the Nike Corporation in a
legal battle over a fake advertising campaign. Their works have been
shown worldwide including the Venice Biennale, Manifesta and
Postmasters Gallery, New York.

The Premio New York is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the Italian Academy and the Italian Cultural Institute of New
York.

Few of the avatar paintings will be shown by Postmasters, the Matteses
New York gallery, at the PULSE Art Fair in Miami, and a portfolio of
prints produced by Jean-Yves Noblet Contemporary Prints is also
available.

The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (just south of 118th
Street), New York.
Subway #1 to 116th Street
Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
CONTACT: Allison Jeffrey, 212 854-8942, aj211@columbia.edu

http://www.italianacademy.columbia.edu/IA_premioFall2006.html
http://www.0100101110101101.org

DISCUSSION

Unusual sign appeared overnight causes controversy


October 3, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNUSUAL SIGN APPEARED OVERNIGHT CAUSES CONTROVERSY
A new artwork by the Mattes duo (aka 0100101110101101.ORG)

On the night of September the 20th 2006 a sign appeared on a building
in the center of Viterbo, an ancient city in central Italy, not far
from Rome. Apparently put by the City Council it has already caused
quite a stir. The sign is in fact an art piece by controversial artist
duo Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG). Looking as
official as any other street sign, it reads:

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An Ordinary Building

This building was designed by an unknown architect in an irrelevant
epoch and never belonged to an important person. The complex does not
show any original architectural solutions, nor does it conserve any
important works of art within. No memory is kept of any significant
historical events occurring on this site. No known personality was
born, lived or died here, nor is any excellent artist or sublime poet
still working here.

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Hundreds of unaware passersby have been staring at the sign: "It's
brilliant!" comments an elderly woman "But I have no idea how to
interpret it". While an outraged citizen living nearby comments "This
is just unacceptable, look around, there are buildings much worse than
this one, especially in the suburbs".

When asked to give an explanation of the sign, Franco Mattes, currently
in New York, declared "It means what it says".

Italian curator Claudio Zecchi, who commissioned the work, comments:
"This piece has a strong provocative nature like all their previous
ones. The ideal stage for their art is not the official places where
artworks get recognition and celebration like galleries and museums,
but the city itself. It is only there that they can obtain the most
genuine reaction".

The artists plan to leave the sign on the building until mid October,
but whether or not the City Council and citizens will allow this, is an
open question.

"History is not given" adds Eva Mattes "it has to be constructed, it's
pure fiction, like in a novel".

The Mattes are not new to this kind of interventions. Over the last
decade they drawn worldwide acclaim - and contempt - for producing some
of the most paradoxical artworks ever, including staging a hoax
involving a completely made-up artist, challenging and defeating Nike
Corporation in a legal battle for a fake advertisement campaign and
inventing