Eva & Franco Mattes WORKS EXHIBITIONS ABOUT

 

 

Biennale.py (2001)

 

biennalepy cd

 

 

Biennale.py is a computer virus we created – with hackers group Epidemic – for the 49th Venice Biennale. Released on the night of the opening, it quickly spread around the world.
Immaterial and self-replicating, when the virus enters a computer it stays there, hidden, trying to survive for as long as possible.

 

 

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Biennale.py source code. To download you must turn your antivirus off.

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, Biennale.py

 

 

 

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Installed at the 49th Venice Biennale. The two connected computers infect and disinfect each other in an endless cycle.

 

 

 

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When turned on each sculpture starts an endless cycle of infection, disinfection and rebooting, locked forever in a fight between good and evil.

 

 

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Perpetual Self Dis/Infecting Machines. Hand assembled computer, Biennale.py virus, Windows 2000, anti virus software, plexiglass
70 x 50 x 13 cm

 

 

 

The virus was widely covered in the news, spreading as a piece of code and, maybe even faster, as a piece of news, going “viral”:

 

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