Eva & Franco Mattes Works Exhibitions About

 

 

Copies (1999)

Hell.com was an art website that had no public access. In February ’99 Rhizome subscribers received an invitation and a password to see the new exhibition. During the opening we copied the whole show and published it on our website without restrictions. Our action upset Hell.com and led to a cease-and-desist request. While Hell.com recently ceased to exist, our version remained visible ever since.

 

 

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Than we copied another website: Art.Teleportacia.org, the first Net Art gallery on the internet. We also made some little changes remixing the original works.

 

 

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And finally we copied Jodi.org. Unlike the past two copies, which contained small modifications, Jodi‘s website was duplicated with no variations at all. Jodi didn’t complain.

 

 

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The international press realized that, in the friendly world of Net Art, there was an artist dedicated to systematic plagiarism, which raised a heated debate about the “commercialization of Net Art”, and how traditional notions such as authenticity, originality and value were being challenged.