Eva & Franco Mattes


Vaticano.org (1998)

We bought the domain name Vaticano.org and made a copy of the official website of the Holy See, with minor changes concealed among the sacred texts.

In our version the Pope appropriated pop songs, exalted free love, soft drugs, he invoked the success of student movements and claimed the Church “duty to civil and electronic disobedience”.

In the Intermediatic Decree on Communications Tools, the “Great Cathodic Church” explained its “Total Domination Plan” through “Telesalvation”.

Another crucial element was interaction with visitors to the site. During those months the Pope absolved all sinners via email in the name of the “Free Spirit Jubilee”, and sent pilgrims off to remote locations. Yet the power of the interface was such that nobody questioned it for an entire year.



vaticano screenshot homepage