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Italian "Reality Hackers" Subvert Public Media
The artists of 0100101110101101.org present works that draw on satellite surveillance, Internet technologies, feature films, and street advertising.


"Napster writ as big as life."
--Matthew Mirapaul, The New York Times.

Thursday, September 28, 2006
100 Lord Hall
6-8pm

The internationally recognized artists of 0100101110101101.org present their guerilla art interventions at the University of Maine.

Renowned for their masterful subversion of public media, Franco and Eva Mattes, the agents behind 0100101110101101.org, have worked with satellite surveillance, Internet technologies, feature films, and street advertising. This Barcelona-based team of Italian artist-provocateurs twists these media to reveal truths concealed by contemporary society.



0100101110101101.org first gained notoriety by commandeering the Catholic Church's official Web site in 1998. (It took an entire year for the Vatican to realize the fact). Since then, they have gained a reputation for using guerilla marketing to embarrass venal politicians, gullible journalists, and sensation-seeking curators.

0100101110101101.org has exposed secret Web sites, scammed a proposal for a giant Nike swoosh sculpture in a public square in Vienna, and introduced a computer virus into the 2001 Venice Biennale--a festival sponsored by, among others, Microsoft Corporation.



In addition to their public presentation, the 0100101110101101.org artists will be participating in classes and "tech tête-à-tête" workshops with students on Friday 29 September.

The event organized by Still Water and the New Media Department and is free to the public. For more information, please contact Joline Blais on First Class or via 581-4477.

"If art can be defined as the purposeful shaping of images to embody and expand ideas, this collective's activities easily qualify."
--Holland Cotter, The New York Times.




Updated: 2006-09-22 by Jon Ippolito

Updated: 2006-09-22 by Jon Ippolito

Updated: 2006-10-24 by Jon Ippolito
Posted 2006-09-21 13:53:18 by Jon Ippolito
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