Technology Now: Eva and Franco Mattes
Tues 19 July, 6.30pm
Eva and Franco Mattes will be in conversation with artist Jesse Darling and curator Ben Vickers.
An artist duo originally from Italy, working in New York, Eva and Franco Mattes' medium is a combination of Internet, video and performance. 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. Of their work, writer Randall Packer has written: "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."
Solo exhibition venues include Carroll/Fletcher, London; Essex Flowers, New York; Postmasters, New York; Site, Sheffield; PNCA, Portland; Plugin, Basel. Group exhibition highlights include Biennale of Sydney (2016); Whitechapel, London (2016); Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2013); Site Santa Fe (2012); Sundance Film Festival (2012); 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.
The Mattes have received grants from the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; ICC, Tokyo, and were awarded the New York Prize 2006 from the Italian Academy at Columbia University. In 2016, they were recipients of the Creative Capital Award. 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.
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July 19, 2016