Aksioma presents

a new reenactment in the frame of the platform RE:akt!


EVA AND FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG

Synthetic Performances

Curated by Benjamin Weil

PERFORMA07, biennial of visual art performance

Artists Space, New York

November 13, 2007 at 7pm NY time (GMT -5)


in Second Life at Odyssey at 4 PM (Second Life time)


 Produced with the support of Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana.

About the project
Synthetic Performances is a series of historical performative reenactments that take place in virtual worlds and videogames. This ongoing project, which started in January 2007, includes reenactments of: Chris Burden’s Shoot; Vito Acconci’s Seedbed; Valie Export’s Tapp und Tastkino, and Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Oaks (in progress).
For PERFORMA07, Eva and Franco Mattes will stage a selection of three of their Synthetic Performances, including the new reenactment of the performance Imponderabilia by Marina Abramovic and Ulay. The artists will conduct these performances through avatars, constructed from the shape and surface of their own bodies, in the online world Second Life. For this event, people are invited to attend the live performances at Artists Space or to connect through Second Life from anywhere in the world.
“Eva and I – declared Franco Mattes – we hate performance art, we never quite got the point. So, we wanted to understand what made it so un-interesting to us, and reenacting these performances was the best way to figure it out. We have always been very attracted by things we don’t like: Nike, the Vatican or Hollywood crap movies.”
About the authors
Eva and Franco Mattes are internationally recognized as supreme interventionists. Most of their projects involve different forms of media hacking and bogus culture trafficking. In one instance, the duo temporarily hijacked the Nike logo for a public installation in Vienna; in another, they created an entirely fictional artist, only to murder him once he was sufficiently famous.
About the platform RE:akt!
RE:akt! – meaning not only “to act again” but “to respond to/react upon” and “Regarding: act!”- confronts current ideological and intellectual canons, power structures, policies, and distribution channels by re-enacting selected historical events. Through processes of analysis, deconstruction, re-enactment and (re-)reporting, the intermedia research and presentation project RE:akt! examine’s media’s role(s) in manipulating perceptions and creating (post)modern historical myths and contemporary mythology.
RE:akt! is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana and the European Cultural Foundation.
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