Gastvortrag Eva and Franco Mattes 22 Apr 2020

An Audience of None

22.04.20 / 14.00 Uhr
Transmediale Kunst / @ Zoom 

Gastvortrag Eva and Franco Mattes

Eva & Franco Mattes, Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

Eva and Franco Mattes (1976) are an artist duo originally from Italy, living in New York. They have continually made work that responds to and dissects the contemporary networked condition, always approaching the ethics and politics of life online with a darkly humorous edge.

Writer Randall Packer wrote: "Eva and Franco Mattes, enfant terribles of Net Art and now godparents of the digital natives (they set the stage for the erosion of privacy long before the emergence of social media), have been exposing all aspects of the digital life – the embarrassing, the narcissistic, the fearless, the gross, the voyeuristic, the insipid, the heartless, and the just plain stupid – revealing the underbelly of our hyper-connected lives".

Their latest body of work, Dark Content, sheds light on the largely anonymous labour force of content moderators that has emerged with the rise of social media. Throughout the discussion, they will explore how what is concealed is often what matters most.

Mattes’ work is frequently in the media and has been written about in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, e-flux journal, The New York Times, Washington Post and The Guardian. They are founders and co-directors of the international festival The Influencers, held annually at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain (2004-present). They were recipients of the Creative Capital Award (2016) and the Italian Council Award (2018). They are part of the collective Don't Follow the Wind, a collaborative project that organized an inaccessible exhibition in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone (2015-present).
Their works can be found in the collections of the SFMOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Walker Art Center. They are faculty members at the MFA Fine Arts Department and the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Group exhibition highlights include SFMOMA (2019); Athens Biennale (2018); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2018); Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, 2018); Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie (2017); Yokohama Triennale (2017); Biennale of Sydney (2016); Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2016); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, 2016); Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2013); Sundance Film Festival (2012); MoMA PS1 (New York, 2009); Performa (New York, 2009-2007); National Art Museum of China (Beijing, 2008); The New Museum (New York, 2005) and Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt, 2002). In 2001 they were among the youngest artists ever included in the Venice Biennale.