Since the 1990s Eva & Franco Mattes have kept a close eye on the Internet and its IRL entanglements, establishing a provocative body of work that runs the gamut from VR to sculpture. In a long-overdue homecoming, the pair stage their first Italian solo exhibition at FMAV Fondazione Modena Arti Visive. Most to Least Viewed presents a spectrum of works from their recent oeuvre, selected by a mysterious algorithm. Internet culture is conditioned by processes that take place out of sight. The attention economy metric of ‘likes’ and ‘views’ obscures our alienation from the inner workings of the platform, and its IRL entanglements: User Experience Design proposes a simplified relation to the system, establishing a liminal zone where reality, fantasy, and power intersect. Additionally, a flux of ‘content’ represses context—the conditions which underpin image creation, factors influencing the visibily of such images, systems of circulation, and more. Most to Least Viewed probes this tension, taking up the relation between what is put on display and that which remains hidden.
Eva & Franco Mattes are an Italian artist duo based in New York City. They make work that responds to and dissects our contemporary networked condition, always approaching the ethics and politics of life online with a hint of dark humor.
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