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We spent the last six months on the most obscure, peripheral, forgotten social networks around the world, in Cambodia, Russia, China, Zambia… And came back with a new work: BEFNOED.

We are giving instructions to anonymous workers to realize webcam performances. The performers are hired through crowdsourcing services, so we do not know who they are, where they are, or even their motivations. The resulting videos are dispersed on social networks you may never have heard of.

Links to new videos are posted daily at





Village Voice review

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Great review on today’s Village Voice of our current show at Postmasters gallery, by Christian Viveros-Fauné.





Agreement n.2: Deformed prints

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Three works from the second series of Agreements, now on view at Postmasters Gallery, New YorkWe bought the idea from artists group Alterazioni Video, they are photos printed on deformed plastic. The “originals” can be seen here.

Unlike the original work in our version the subjects are all stock images.





Image Search Result for “Guest”

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

“Image search result for ‘guest’ printed on various objects by online services”, as installed at Postmasters gallery.

The same image is printed on mug, pillowcase, lamp and book.

The original work by Kevin Bewersdorf looked like this. It’s interesting to see how the same set of instructions can generate very different results.





“Exhausted” at Postmasters

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

“Internet image search result for “exhausted” printed on various objects by online services.”

This is how it is currently installed at Postmasters gallery, New York. The image is printed on blanket, wristlet, dog leash, yoga mat and flip-flops.

We bought the idea of the work from artist Kevin Bewersdorf, and made a very similar version. The “original” can be seen here.

Along with the work we exhibit the agreement between Kevin and us.





About Agreements

Since we got asked a lot of questions about our Agreements here are a couple of crucial points of the project:

We are not buying a physical object (like a painting or a photograph) but the rights to make copies, or versions, of that work. What we are buying is the idea behind the work, not it’s physical manifestation.

Also, this it not an exclusive sale: the artist who sells the idea is free to keep doing whatever she wants with that work. The only difference is that now we are also free to do whatever we want with the same work.





Contract for our new work Agreements

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This is the contract we created for a new series of works called Agreements. We are buying ideas from other artists to make copies or versions of their work.

The contract is public domain, so it can be used by any artist who wishes to buy or sell ideas. This is an actual agreement with legal value, be sure you understand it before using it:

Art Project Purchase Agreement.pdf





Exhibition views, Postmasters gallery, NY

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By Everyone, For No One, Everyday

The video above is the press release for our upcoming exhibition:

Eva and Franco Mattes
By Everyone, For No One, Everyday
Postmasters gallery, 54 Franklin St. New York
April 26 – June 7, 2014
Opening Saturday April 26, 5:30-8pm

If you wanna know more I’m afraid you’ll have to watch the video…





When philosophers supposed

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“What Art Is”, by Arthur C. Danto