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Eva and Franco Mattes at MIT ACT

  • MIT, ACT Cube (e15-001) 20 Ames Street Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Eva and Franco Mattes are an artist duo originally from Italy, living in New York. They have continually made work that responds to and dissects the contemporary networked condition, always approaching the ethics and politics of life online with a darkly humorous edge.

Their latest body of work, Dark Content, sheds light on the largely anonymous labour force of content moderators that has emerged with the rise of social media. Throughout the discussion, they will explore how what is concealed is often what matters most.

Group exhibition highlights include SFMOMA (2019); Athens Biennale (2018); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2018); Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, 2018); Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie (2017); Yokohama Triennale (2017); Biennale of Sydney (2016) and Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2016). In 2001 they were among the youngest artists ever included in the Venice Biennale.

They are part of the collective Don’t Follow the Wind, a collaborative project that organized an inaccessible exhibition in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone (2015-present).

They are faculty members at the MFA Fine Arts Department and the MFA Photography Department of the School of Visual Arts, New York.


Gary Zhexi Zhang (SMACT ’19) is an artist and writer interested in socio-technical objects. His current work explores decentralised organisations such as swarms, mycelia and markets within the context of aesthetics, cryptography and work. He works with film, installation and software.


Part of the Spring 2019 Lecture Series: The Digital Hum of the Long, Slow Now

Earlier Event: February 9
William Van Beckum at Gallery 263
Later Event: February 12
Emily Mae Smith at Boston University