Partners in art and life since they met at age 18 in 1994, Italian artists Eva and Franco Mattes have by turns a playful and critical relationship to cultural institutions and mass media, particularly the Internet. Their more than 20-year career — during which they have stolen fragments of notable artworks, “remixed” websites, and convinced the citizens of Vienna that the city’s Karlsplatz should be renamed and rededicated to the sportswear company Nike — also charts the evolution of the Internet into a corporatized entity. The first three episodes of their video series “Dark Content” premiered at Essex Flowers in New York last fall; another four will show, alongside two adjacent bodies of work, in an exhibition opening at Carroll/Fletcher in London on June 10. The duo spoke to Modern Painters senior editor Thea Ballard about the Internet, dark and otherwise.
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