An object uncopied is

Hillel Schwartz, “The Culture of the Copy”





A new ceiling for Ceiling Cat

Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat

Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat

Eva and Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat

Opening tomorrow at Open Data Institute London!

Ceiling Cat is a sculpture of a cat poking its head through a hole in the ceiling. It watches the activities of the ODI from above, and is a direct artist’s interpretation of the online meme of the same name. The original photoshopped image is thought to have originated in 2003. Although ignored for many years, from 2006 onwards the image started to be associated with the #Lolcat phenomena. Captions frequently list the different things Ceiling Cat is ‘watching’ you do, and range from the inane or crude to genuinely hilarious. In the ‘Lolcat Bible’ Ceiling Cat is presented as an equivalent to the Judeo-Christian God. The piece can be experienced as a one-off visual gag, a reflection on the power we entrust to the internet, or the nature of fictional omnipresent surveillance on culture.”





Electronic Superhighway at MAAT, Lisbon

Eva and Franco Mattes, My Generation

Eva and Franco Mattes, My Generation

A couple photos of our work My Generation installed at Electronic Superhighways, MAAT, Lisbon. To the right is Oliver Laric’s Versions, to the left is Jon Rafman and Constant Dullaart’s Jennifer in Paradise, in the center is Nam June Paik, on the floor is Evan Roth’s. Couldn’t ask for a better company ;-)





It doesn’t take long to find new targets

Eva and Franco Mattes, Freedom

Photos of the show “It doesn’t take long to find new targets“, opening tonight at the Take Courage Gallery in London, we’re showing Freedom.






Talking about Life Sharing at the New Museum

Video of a talk we just gave at the New Museum about our work Life Sharing (2000-03), which Rhizome just “restored” and put back online, as an archival copy. The work is here BTW:





Operating system not found

Eva and Franco Mattes, My Generation

After 8 years of getting beaten up around the world he finally gave up. “Operating system not found” were his final words, the night before the opening. RIP.





Photos of The Influencers 2017

Eva and Franco Mattes, The Influencers

Here’s a good photo reportage of The Influencers, the festival we co-curate every year in Barcelona, Spain, which happened last week. If you like what you see consider coming over next year and join our little circus!





Photos of new Don’t Follow the Wind installation

Eva and Franco Mattes, Don't Follow the Wind

Just posted some photos of the ongoing exhibition “After the End of the World“, at the CCCB, Barcelona. On the floor&wall is a work of ours, a Fukushima Texture of a mattress printed on a roll of vinyl and suitcase. On top and around it are five headsets, that were hand-made by three generations of same Fukushima family. Inside them you can watch a 360 degree video, “A Walk in Fukushima”, to make visible some of the inaccessible, irradiated sites of the exhibition inside the Fukushima exclusion zone. However the artworks in the project remain unseen, obscured by bodies of the artists and curators. Curated by Jason Waite, Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes. Come visit!





Installation camouflaged in a store

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Photos of a curious installation we just set up in a store called “Bagno e Cose” in Torino, Italy. Our work is “Image search result for ‘Censorship’ printed on various objects by online services”, and it comprises a found image printed on bath mat, postage stamps, pacifier and glass cutting board paddle. The objects are concealed within other merchandise for sale, without any explanation or caption. It’s part of a temporary exhibition/intervention called “Razzle-Dazzle: Camouflaging [in] Society”, organized by CAMPO16 a curatorial training organized by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The work will be on display every day during opening hours until Sunday Nov 5. Thanks to Alberta Romano and the whole team ;-)







An Open Call by artists Eva and Franco Mattes.

We are looking for one person who is willing to sell her/his used phone, including all the photos and videos contained within it. We will pay you $1,000.

To apply, fill out the application form for a chance to be selected:

Questions? Email us

Please share this call with anyone who may be interested!

Looking forward to seeing too much of you,

Eva and Franco Mattes