Photos of three works installed in London

Eva and Franco Mattes, Stolen Pieces

Here are some photos of three works of ours – Catt, Stolen Pieces and Darko Maver – installed in the group show “Looking at one thing and thinking of something else, Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display”, at Carroll / Fletcher, London. The large, framed prints feature the photos of the Stolen Pieces fragments, while the smaller, unframed photos feature either us taking the piece, or the original work, before and after our intervention. The vetrine contains all the 50 fragments.





Image search result for “Censorship” at Société

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

Eva and Franco Mattes, Image Search Result

New work now on view at Société, Brussels, for the show Modus Operandi, it’s titled “Image search result for ‘Censorship’ printed on various objects by online services”, it’s the same image printed on a bath mat, postage stamps, pacifier and glass cutting board paddle.





Collab with David Horvitz for Printed Matter

Eva and Franco Mattes, Dark Content

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Mail art project collab with the amazing David Horvitz for Printed Matter. He invited different artists to create text and image works, which he then cut into rubber stamps. Artworks will be stamped onto all outgoing mail order packages as part of a “distributed exhibition” which traces the shape of Printed Matter’s mail order activity and the artists’ book community at large, through the postal service. Our contribution is a .onion URL…






Image Search Result for “Deepweb”


Image search result for “Deepweb” printed on various objects by online services
Print on swim shorts, eraser, throw blanket, phone cover
Exhibition view, Carroll / Fletcher, London





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”
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…