WORKS SHOWS ABOUT

 

Nothing to Hide? The Others


Eva and Franco Mattes, The Others

Our work The Others installed for the show Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy, at Real Art Ways. Show is co-curated by Edward Shanken and Jessica Hodin, and features lots of friends: Aram Bartholl, Paolo Cirio, Hasan Elahi, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jonas Lund, Julian Oliver, Trevor Paglen, Ryder Ripps…

“The artworks in the exhibition offer probing insights into our complicity in surrendering privacy, how surveillance culture impacts our daily lives, the banality and uncanniness that it can generate, and forms of resistance that range from invisibility to hyper-publicity.”

 

 

 

 

Trolling on eBay


Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Need a toothbrush holder?

New work experiment up on eBay! Will be produced only if purchased ;)

“Image Search Result for ‘trolling’ printed on various objects by online services”
2017
Print on leggings, neoprene laptop sleeve, toothbrush holder and soap dispenser set.

For our ongoing series, Image Search Result (2014–), each work produced is entirely outsourced to online custom printing services. We use search terms from our personal browsing history, and select the first image that the search engine yields for that term. We then upload it on various custom printing services. Typically the objects are delivered directly to the exhibition once they are produced. In this case, the objects will not be produced unless they are bid on and purchased.

This piece is part of #exstrange a live exhibition that uses eBay as a site for curatorial operation and artistic production.

 

 

 

 

Dispatches at SECCA


Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Our installation for the ongoing “Dispatches” show at SECCA. Curated by Cora Fisher it features amazing works by Trevor Paglen and Hasan Elahi (see first photo), Rossella Biscotti, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Dread Scott… SECCA commissioned three episodes of our Dark Content series, so a big shout-out to them.

“The art works emerge from within and in defiance of today’s media landscape, ranging from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. They enlarge our collective capacity to sensitively receive stories delivered in today’s unevenly regulated and fast flow of news. They decelerate the speed of information. Or, they organize collective efforts toward a more humanizing interaction.”

 

 

 

 

But a commitment to


Alicetiara, “Are There Limits to Online Free Speech?”

 

 

 

 

Darko Maver and fake news


Eva and Franco Mattes, Darko Maver

Eva and Franco Mattes, Darko Maver

Eva and Franco Mattes, Darko Maver

I use the occasion of the ongoing group show at Carroll/Fletcher to post these old works of ours, from 1998. They’re supposedly made by a reclusive artist named Darko Maver, whom we invented back then. His life was set in former Yugoslavia and heavily influenced by the ongoing war. No sculpture ever existed, the images documenting his artworks were photos of real atrocities found on the internet. We’re still wrapping our heads around the recent “fake news” turn, and if/how it is going to affect the perception of these kind of works. As Hannah Barton wrote in a recent article “Yet there is nothing intrinsically leftist about the practical process of détournements, as tactically viral fake news demonstrates. The technique can be reduced to an ideologically flexible logic of inversion and appropriation”.

 

 

 

 

 

United We Stand in London


Our work United We Stand (2005) is currently installed at Carroll/Fletcher, London, for the show “Looking at one thing and thinking of something else. Part Three: United We Stand”. It’s a fictitious European Hollywood-style blockbuster movie. Thought it proper to show this work after the UK Brexit referendum and the growing prospect of a new Cold War…

 

 

 

 

Don’t Follow the Wind at Bildmuseet


Don't Follow the Wind, Bildmuseet, Fukushima

Don't Follow the Wind, Bildmuseet, Fukushima

Don’t Follow the Wind installation at Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, part of the exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty, curated by Ele Carpenter. Installation by Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes, Jason Waite.

Material Witness is comprised of everyday objects found at the exhibition sites by the curatorial collective of Don’t Follow the Wind that have born witness to the processes of contamination and entropy which characterized the zone. These marked objects travel outside of the zone along with the photographic evidence of their origin and present separation from their locations acting as living symbols of the ongoing catastrophe.

 

 

 

 

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.