Eva and Franco Mattes: Anonymous, untitled, dimensions variableThe Art Dossier on April 17, 2012 with 0 Comments
The team behind 0100101110101101.ORG, artists Eva and Franco Mattes, are at it again by challenging and disrupting the “safe environment and conventions of the art gallery.” Pioneers of the Net Art Movement, their current exhibition in London at Carroll/Fletcher features multimedia performances through video games, “hacked” images from personal computers, simulating a webcam suicide via Chat Roulette, and fake sculptures to explore issues concerning privacy, authenticity, and ownership.
Moving beyond the art world, the situations staged by the artists infiltrate our domestic environments, pushing for empathy and feelings of personal connection in a society desensitized by an overload of disturbing material and distanced from direct social interaction. In No Fun (2010), Franco’s apparent suicide in a webcam-based chat room prompts a chain of disconcerting reactions from the users; from hysterical laughter to absolute skepticism, including a viewer who dedicated a moving song to him. Some even recorded the situation on their mobile phones, further circulating the grotesque images, allowing them to escape from the confines of the performance.
(To read more from the exhibition guide, visit: www.carrollfletcher.com to download.)
Through out the exhibition, Eva and Franco Mattes will change the title of the show to point out the evolving nature of their works. You can follow the title change via the gallery space and on this blog, which is also open for comments from visitors.
For more information about Eva and Franco Mattes, please visit: 0100101110101101.org