Eva & Franco Mattes


United We Stand (2005)

united billboard


United We Stand is the title of a non-existent, European Hollywood-style blockbuster: “A brilliant mix of espionage and sci-fi political stereotypes in which Europe, not the USA, saves the world from impending doom”. We wrote the story, together with Wu Ming, published a website, designed the poster and put it up in cities around the world, although the movie never existed.



united installation berlin wall




united installation berlin mitte franco




united installation vienna




united installation bologna mercato




united installation bologna irnerio




united installation berlin reichstag




united installation barcelona rambla




united installation bangalore




united installation brussels parliament




united installation newyork bleecker




Eva & Franco Mattes, United We Stand




united installation vienna snow

Posters in Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, New York, Bangalore, Vienna, Bologna and Annemasse.



united magazines

Advertisements placed anonymously in various magazines.



united postcards

Postcards in video store



united banner

Banners placed in various websites



united installation berlin police

Eva stopped by German Police for posting









Eva & Franco Mattes, United We Stand

Installed at Postmasters Gallery, New York



«The images in the poster and trailer, with barely disguised but heroicized references to the current war in Iraq, can be taken as typical examples of Hollywood-style propaganda-as-history. But the layers of deception go deeper. The film itself, echoing President Bush’s triumphal “Top Gun” turn, exists only as advertising. It is a fiction built on fantasy. But thanks to an extensive poster campaign, the nonexistent film may lodge in our consciousness all the same» Holland Cotter, The New York Times