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”
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?”





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.





A new form of information

Danah Boyd, “Hacking the Attention Economy”





Dark Content at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

Photos of our install at “New World Order” at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

Exposés, conspiracy theories, cybernetic tarot cards, hacked city-scapes, UFO blanket paintings, alternate currencies, illusions, paradoxes and alternate endings, New World Order is an opportunity to think about how we make sense of the world in a post-internet era.





The future no longer seems

Boris Groys, “On the New”