Until the 18th of May, Italian duo Eva and Franco Mattes descend upon Carroll/Fletcher gallery with a body of photographs, videos and stills that observe Internet behaviour and the ways we interact with the screen. Here the couple give an exclusive preview of their 2010 piece 'No Fun', as well as offering their thoughts on the people and ideas that inspire their work.
Dazed Digital: The title of the show will change every day. Have the names already been agreed upon or will audience reactions inform your decision?
Eva and Franco Mattes: I wish we had all the titles! The idea came from not having a title and wanting to delay making that decision every day...
DD: In your 2010 piece No Fun Franco, you faked your own suicide via webcam to an audience of chat-room users. Did this pose any kind of moral problem for you?
Eva and Franco Mattes: It did, in the beginning I was a bit ashamed of the idea but I have to say that when we started the performance a lot of reactions made me feel confortable. In more than one moment I was the one who was shocked...
DD: Tumblr and blogging sites allow us to repost images without crediting the original artist. This has angered many, while others see it as a natural evolution away from creation and towards curation. Where do you stand on this debate?
Eva and Franco Mattes: Working with fakes can be very frustrating, because the better the fake, the more difficult it's going to be to get credited as the author. For instance a photo of one of the works in the show, called Rot (a little jar of glass full of dead flies) spread virally online and people kept reposting it for different reasons. Of course our name is not attached to that image, but I don't have any problem with it. As long as the stuff keeps circulating I feel like it was worth doing.
DD: Do we not question the web, its uses and abuses, as much as we should?
Eva and Franco Mattes: I'm very optimistic about the internet, I think that if we humans survived 50 years of TV than we will definitely survive the internet.