Eva & Franco Mattes
Fresh breeze awakened my head meeting this artwork.
They are Eva & Franco Mattes – Italian born artists, apparently having nomadic work style.
As mentioned at the interview, they are not targeting ART GALLERY GOERS but ideally next door person.
Yes their work instantly penetrated straight into me via the modern materials – internet chat/ second life /interactive on-line game – sometimes on the very edgy border line.
The first one grabbed me was below ” Reenactment of Marina Abramovic and Ulay’s Imponderabilia”
They recreated the original video – people at the venue have to go through between the 2 naked bodies – in second life
created the same event there and invited people in real. How witty.
The avatars always behave in second life manner like they can go through each other’s body. There was a huge Hello Kitty went through their bodies.
I will re-visit second life to see if my avatar’s still there – left her floating in the sky some years ago and will check out how much it’s developed technically since.
actual video work -> http://www.carrollfletcher.com/artists/28/works/33/
This is “No fun” 2010.
On-line chat was set to get connected to random people with their own web cam capturing their reaction to the screen image – the artist fictionally hung dead with a chair floating, sometime changes the body angle.
Some viewers got shocked.
Some had no reaction.
Some laughed out loud.
actual video work ->
This is “Freedom” .
On-line interactive shooting game.
The artist kept telling every single fighter he encounters
“Please don’t shoot. I’m artist. I’m making a performance video”
but gets shot every single time even before he says all the sentences.
I wonder the title “freedom” being sarcastic revealing human truth.
actual video work -> http://vimeo.com/16864989