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Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG opening 2/25/11 @ Cain Schulte SF

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG opening 2/25/11 @ Cain Schulte  SF

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG opening 2/25/11 @ Cain Schulte SF

is pleased to announce

EVA AND FRANCO MATTES

AKA 0100101110101101.ORG

COLORLESS, ODORLESS AND TASTELESS

February 25 to April 2, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, February 25, 5:30 to 7:30pm

Still from “My Generation”, 2010, video collage, broken computer

Cain Schulte Contemporary Art San Francisco is pleased to present COLORLESS, ODORLESS
AND TASTELESS, a solo exhibition by the New York-based, internationally known artists
Eva and Franco Mattes, aka 0100101110101101.ORG.

For their first solo exhibition in San Francisco, Eva and Franco Mattes have created
an interacting installation/performance with an arcade video game. The title COLORLESS,
ODORLESS AND TASTELESS refers to the properties of carbon monoxide produced by the
arcade video game fitted with an engine that let the players control the amount
of CO2 released in the air.

The show will also include a selection of their latest new media projects, mostly
connected to online performances and video game works. NO FUN, 2010, an online performance
in which Franco Mattes simulated committing suicide in a public webcam-based chat
room. Thousands of random people watched while he was hanging from the ceiling,
swinging slowly, for hours. The video documentation of the performance, which was
banned from YouTube, is an unbelievable, at times very disconcerting, sequence of
reactions: some laugh, some are completely unmoved, some insult the supposed corpse,
some take pictures with their mobiles. Notably, out of several thousand people,
only one called the police.

In FREEDOM we are faced with a live performance set within the popular first-person
shooter videogame “Counter Strike”. Here the artist, Eva Mattes, is refusing to
accomplish the basic role of the game: kill the enemy. She instead tries to convince
the other players to save her because she is “trying to make an artwork”. The result
is the performer being endlessly and brutally killed and abused by the other players.

Another very recent installation, MY GENERATION, 2010, Video collage with broken
computer, is a found footages video collage of kids freaking out while playing
videogames displayed in a broken computer installation, and portrays involuntary
performances of gamers. This disturbing work examines the reversal of roles between
player and character, reality and fiction. It exposes the paroxysmal degree of addiction
and mental alienation unchained by technology and social disconnection. Like many
of the Matteses’ works, “My Generation” starkly portrays a Humanity that abandoned
reality to live in front of screens, hoping to be the protagonist of this spectacle.

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG are the Brooklyn based artist-provocateurs
behind the infamous website 0100101110101101.ORG. Among the pioneers of the Net
Art movement, they have manipulated video games, Internet technologies, feature
films and street advertising to reveal truths concealed by contemporary society.
The New York-based Matteses have been working for years using different identities
and names in their artworks, impersonating the Vatican, Nike Corporation or Hollywood
movie producers. They invented the life and work of an artist who was then invited
to participate in the Venice Biennale. They remixed works of other Internet artists,
stole parts of many dozens of different art masterpieces, from a Kandinsky to a
Warhol, in a performance that lasted two years, and created a fake Maurizio Cattelan’s
sculpture. Their art has been featured at the Venice Biennale (2001), the Walker
Art Center, Minneapolis (2001), Manifesta, Frankfurt (2002) and in various venues
worldwide, including the New Museum, New York (2005), Collection Lambert, Avignon
(2006) and Performa, New York (2007 and 2009).

251 Post Street, 2nd Floor,

San Francisco, CA 94108 USA

Open: Tue – Sat, 11-5 pm

 
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES 
Still from “My Generation”, 2010, video collage, broken computer   
Cain Schulte Contemporary Art San Francisco is pleased to present COLORLESS, ODORLESS AND TASTELESS, a solo exhibition by the New York-based, internationally known artists Eva and Franco Mattes, aka 0100101110101101.ORG.
For their first solo exhibition in San Francisco, Eva and Franco Mattes have created an interacting installation/performance with an arcade video game.  The title COLORLESS, ODORLESS AND TASTELESS refers to the properties of carbon monoxide produced by the arcade video game fitted with an engine that let the players control the amount of CO2 released in the air.
The show will also include a selection of their latest new media projects, mostly connected to online performances and video game works.  NO FUN, 2010, an online performance in which Franco Mattes simulated committing suicide in a public webcam-based chat room.  Thousands of random people watched while he was hanging from the ceiling, swinging slowly, for hours.  The video documentation of the performance, which was banned from YouTube, is an unbelievable, at times very disconcerting, sequence of reactions: some laugh, some are completely unmoved, some insult the supposed corpse, some take pictures with their mobiles. Notably, out of several thousand people, only one called the police.
In FREEDOM we are faced with a live performance set within the popular first-person shooter videogame “Counter Strike”.  Here the artist, Eva Mattes, is refusing to accomplish the basic role of the game: kill the enemy.  She instead tries to convince the other players to save her because she is “trying to make an artwork”. The result is the performer being endlessly and brutally killed and abused by the other players.
Another very recent installation, MY GENERATION, 2010, Video collage with broken computer, is a found footages video collage of kids freaking out while playing videogames displayed in a broken computer installation, and portrays involuntary performances of gamers.  This disturbing work examines the reversal of roles between player and character, reality and fiction. It exposes the paroxysmal degree of addiction and mental alienation unchained by technology and social disconnection.  Like many of the Matteses’ works, “My Generation” starkly portrays a Humanity that abandoned reality to live in front of screens, hoping to be the protagonist of this spectacle.
Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG are the Brooklyn based artist-provocateurs behind the infamous website 0100101110101101.ORG.  Among the pioneers of the Net Art movement, they have manipulated video games, Internet technologies, feature films and street advertising to reveal truths concealed by contemporary society. The New York-based Matteses have been working for years using different identities and names in their artworks, impersonating the Vatican, Nike Corporation or Hollywood movie producers.  They invented the life and work of an artist who was then invited to participate in the Venice Biennale. They remixed works of other Internet artists, stole parts of many dozens of different art masterpieces, from a Kandinsky to a Warhol, in a performance that lasted two years, and created a fake Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture.  Their art has been featured at the Venice Biennale (2001), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001), Manifesta, Frankfurt (2002) and in various venues worldwide, including the New Museum, New York (2005), Collection Lambert, Avignon (2006) and  Performa, New York (2007 and 2009).
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