Random visitors’ photos of BEFNOED

Eva and Franco Mattes, Befnoed

installed at the 16th Art Quadrennial, in Rome.





Dark Content Ep.5: Something wasn’t right

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

This is episode 5 of Dark Content, our ongoing series about internet content moderators and digital labor. It’s titled “Something wasn’t right”, and like the previous videos you can watch it on the Darknet at http://5cqzpj5d6ljxqsj7.onion (you must download the Tor Browser).

“Since moderators primary concern is the safety of the platform and its users there was concern over retaliation for the assassination of Bin Laden. To avoid being a target many companies simply refused to post images or videos of him and not stand out.





Abuse Standards Violations #2

Abuse Standards Violations
UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
100 x 100 x 13 cm

We think at these guidelines as “filters”: they let something through while blocking something else. But at the same time they are invisible, like insulation materials: they surround you, in a sense they protect you, and yet you usually don’t see them, they’re hidden inside a wall or a roof.





A new form of information

Danah Boyd, “Hacking the Attention Economy”





The future no longer seems

Boris Groys, “On the New”





Videos of The Influencers 2016

Eva and Franco Mattes, The Influencers

Here’re the videos of the last edition of The Influencers, the festival we curate every year, featuring William Binney, Zach Blas, Simon Denny, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Kenneth Goldsmith. Binge-watch!





Abuse Standards Violations #1



Abuse Standards Violations
UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
100 x 100 x 14 cm

Wall-mounted insulation panels printed with corporate moderation guidelines that were leaked to us in the course of our investigations on internet content moderators.





Dark Content in The World Without Us

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Three episodes of our work Dark Content installed in “The World Without Us“, curated by Inke Arns at HMKV, Dortmund. “The artists in this exhibition explore the possibility of an ecology after man – an age of the post-Anthropocene…”





Looking for a studio intern


It’s for one day a week in our studio in Bushwick.

The requirements are: passion for contemporary art & internet culture, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, basic photo editing (Photoshop), basic video editing, basic docs editing & sharing (Google drive).

Activities: assist for specific projects, relation with media, writing and errands.

As intern you’ll have the studio all for yourself for one day a week (or more depending on period).

Ideal candidate is a recently graduated art student or young artist.

Please send us your cover letter and resume. Thanks!





Photos of our show at Carroll / Fletcher


Photo documentation of “Abuse Standards Violations”, our recent show at Carroll / Fletcher gallery, in London. Featuring the works Dark ContentAbuse Standards ViolationsBefnoed and, of course, Ceiling Cat.