Eva e Franco Mattes

Brescia, 1976. Live in New York

Since the second half of the 1990s, Eva and Franco Mattes (http://0100101110101101.org) have explored the impact of technology and the web on society almost non-stop, exploiting the potential of narrative construction, identity theft, simulation and real-world intervention introduced by digital media. Their work places the hierarchical structures of the art world and concepts of “originality” and “authority” into context; creates extreme situations to provoke reactions from an unprepared public; adopts hacker practices such as culture jamming, theft and activism and infiltrates the hidden depths of the web to illustrate its potential to reflect reality. Having emerged as 0100101110101101.org with the provocative Vaticano.org (1998)—a false website created for the Holy See, which they ran for a year—and Darko Maver (1998‒99)—a non-existent artist transformed into a star and accepted as real by the art world—the two artists have never stopped combining an established presence within the artistic debate with a rare ability to infiltrate the public sphere in general, tackling themes such as privacy, the commercialization of public space, surveillance and censorship.

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