Franco Mattes on Sat, 28 Nov 2009 21:00:41 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> 0100101110101101.ORG: The Book is Out

Hi everybody,

An amazing tiny very funny book on our work is now in bookstores all over the world! It's half a way between a biography and a catalogue, it features all our works and stunts plus one that's been kept secret for 14 years...
Check it out: http://www.0100101110101101.ORG/book.html

Here's the book's flap blurb:

Eva and Franco Mattes:
Authors: Domenico Quaranta, Bruce Sterling, RoseLee Goldberg, Wu Ming, Fabio Cavallucci, Maurizio Cattelan, Joline Blais, Jon Ippolito, Tilman Baumgartel, Matthew Mirapaul, Marco Deseriis
Publisher: Charta, 2009

Featuring previously unseen works, this book is the first official monograph on the artists-provocateurs Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG. Over the last ten years, the Mattes have manipulated video games, Internet technologies, feature films and street advertising to reveal truths concealed by contemporary society. They have created media facades believable enough to elicit embarrassing reactions from governments, the public and the art world, and they have orchestrated several unpredictable mass performances, staged outside art spaces and involved unwitting audiences in scenarios that mingle truth and falsehood to the point of being indistinguishable. This book brings together all these exploits, including the anecdotes, indictments and controversies that have always accompanied them. At the same time the book reveals the couple's very first (and until now undisclosed) work: Stolen Pieces. Over two years, 1995-97, they toured the world's most important museums and stole dozens of fragments from well-known works by artists such as Duchamp, Kandinsky, Beuys and Rauschenberg. This work, which has remained a secret for 14 years, is revealed and discussed here for the very first time. This unique book is a combination of history and fiction, criticism and plagiarism, jesting and journalism.

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