Eva and Franco Mattes
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Eva and Franco Mattes (1976) are an artist duo originally from Italy, working in New York.
Their medium is a combination of Internet, video and installation. Their work explores the ethical and moral issues arising when people interact remotely, especially through social media, creating situations where it is difficult to distinguish reality from a simulation.
Group exhibition highlights include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); Biennale of Sydney (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016).
Solo exhibition venues include Essex Flowers, New York; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Carroll/Fletcher, London; Site, Sheffield; PNCA, Portland; Plugin, Basel.
Our work represents and critiques the Internet, exploring the deeper psychological consequences of our hyper-mediated lives. Much of our output concerns the cultural impact of the Internet, as it has transitioned from a vast, unregulated and “utopian” network, to an increasingly centralized, corporatized and surveilled system. We contend with difficult, often charged themes, using dark humor to reveal uncomfortable or “invisible” aspects of the Internet, such as its hidden labor force, mechanisms of control and erroneous news sources.
For the ongoing series, Image Search Result (2014–), each work produced is entirely outsourced to online custom printing services. We use search terms from our personal browsing history (in this case, “trolling”), and select an image that the search engine yields for that term. We then upload it on various custom printing service sites. Typically the objects are delivered directly to the gallery or site of exhibition once they are produced. In this case, the objects themselves will not be produced unless they are bid on and purchased.