Thursday, April 14, 2011

Eva & Franco Mattes

    They were both born in Italy in 1976 and since meeting in Madrid (1994) they haven't slpit. Although neither have ever received an art education, they are considered some of the Net Art pioneers. In addition, 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. Eva and Franco first revealed their love for Second Life through their project "13 Most Beautiful Avatars". Also, in an interview with Domenico Quaranta, they stated that the self-portraits of the 13 avatars were not meant to reveal "the way you 'are', but rather on the way you 'want to be'".

      The Mattes wanted to stress that our culture revolves around plagiarism. Additionally, they followed by saying that their project "13 Most Beautiful Avatars" is not a completely original piece. In fact, they even said that anyone who claims that their work is an original, should really "start doubting" their mentality because practically everything in this world (not only art) is a reproduction of something that has came once before. I think think that their view of the society is accurate. Whether or not everyone wants to believe it, ideas are recycled. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because someone could take inspiration from one thing then add their personality. The concept seems harsh but there is a saying that goes, "There's nothing new under the sun."

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