Franco Mattes, What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen

7:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 20th

Franco Mattes
What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:00 p.m. lecture
Mary Harris Auditorium

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About the Lecture
Franco Mattes’ lecture What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen will present a selection of the collaborative works of Eva and Franco Mattes. These works often elicit complex conversations about the ethics of detachment in virtual interactions and the murky differentiation between reality and simulation. Utilizing the Internet’s global and virtual space to create many of their artworks, the Mattes subvert assumed conceptions of identity, truth and the knowing engagement and participation of the viewer. As creative provocateurs, Mattes’ lecture will engage the audience in common conversations in art discourse addressing reality and authenticity, and then will problematize and obscure any and all of those expectations.

About the Lecturers
Franco Mattes is one-half of the artist duo Eva and Franco Mattes. Originally from Italy, the artists work collaboratively in Brooklyn, NY. They create artworks in a combination of mediums including performance, video and the Internet. The Mattes’ artworks present falsities and misinformation, deliberately misrepresent and obfuscate, and often require their unwitting viewer’s reactions to complete the pieces. The artists’ works are exhibited nationally and internationally. Some past exhibition locations include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Site Santa Fe, the Sundance Film Festival, MoMA PS1, Performa, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, The New Museum in New York, Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt, and the 2001 Venice Bienniale, in which they created a computer virus titled Eva and Franco Mattes are the founders and co-directors of the international festival The Influencers held at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain. In 2006 the Mattes’ works were awarded the New York Prize from the Italian Academy at Columbia University.

Franco Mattes is the forth and final visitor for the VASD Program Interventions lecture series. This series examines the possibilities and types of interventions existing in the cultural realm today. Interventions are ruptures in systems or moments of directional change that often create new perspectives – like a New Year’s resolution or a political revolt. Historically, art and design interventions have run concurrently with, and sometimes led, new ways of seeing the world.

The Interventions series began in September 2013 with London-based artist/designer Daniel Eatock’s lecture Subject to Change, followed by Micah White’s lecture The Future of Protest, and then architect Nader Tehrani’s lecture The Architecture of Installations in January 2014. To see these and other past VASD lectures, please visit the VASD YouTube page.

The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program is an interdisciplinary initiative that is culturally inclusive, intellectually expansive, and ultimately enriches the RMCAD and the larger Denver-metro community experience. An integral part of the educational mission of RMCAD, the VASD Program fosters vision, creativity and innovation by bringing leading national and international artists, scholars and designers to campus each year. The Program provides direct access to contemporary art, design and culture, and inspires appreciation and critical inquiry through diverse and challenging artistic visions.

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