A time for reflection-The end of Art 109

It is offically May 12. It is offically the last day of Art 109, an experinece we shared but did not know it. Some of you might be shouting hooray. Some disinterested, stressing over finals week. Some of you might be getting a tiny but nostalgic for January. Maybe sheding a tear. You all will advance into art110 wheather you like it or not.  remeber, whatever your grade ends up being in art109, you get a fresh slate with art110.  and because art110 is such a long course (we hope) if you mess up once or twice it won’t screw you over in the long run.  Of course sitting in the front row hardly every hurts….no matter where you are.  Same goes for listening to instructions the first time they are said.  Same goes for painting whatever you want on a wall at Venice. Or shooting a video with friends. Or pouring your heart and thoughts out to yourself (and your eager viewers in a vlog).

What di I take away from art 109? I remember the challanges and the adaptation of living in second life. The opportunitues it presents. the limitations it sets. I will consider myslef a stronger art historian for listening to how all of you saw your artists and your insightful comments. I have been introduced to Eva and Franco Mattes, and have begun with them a beautiful friendship.

But enough nostalgia. P15 looms still, don’t forget. I will look upon your submissions with a kind eye, but treat this assignment as you would a final….your last dicth effort to prove your A-worthiness.


Marcelo Rampazzo’s The Thinker

Thoughts on p13

a’s P13 are d.o.n.e

Videos were so fun to watch and it was great to see how much effort was put into some of them. I could that a few of your are film students are really showed off your skills.

Where some of you lost points was when only one vid was posted instead of two (even if that one was REALLY good I can’t give full credit if you only did half the assignmnet). Only one or two peeps had private videos, which prevented me from watching them, so their possible greatness will remain undiscovered 😦

Where I took off the most points is when it was obvious that the video wasn’t something shot yourself but taken from another project from a past class, or maybe even snached from youtube.

I think 97% of you began your vlog with “I have never done this before…this is really weird/it feels strange to be on this side of things.” ok, I guess it is pretty weird, but I think you everyone knew that everybody else was starting the exact same way….some of you would have changed it up. Also, learning to edit out the parts where you freeze up and say “i have no idea what to talk about” would greatly improve the quality and credibility. Of your Vlog. What you say later in the Vlog might be really meaningful and graet but nobody will get that far if you hem and haw about how much you don’yt know what to say. Its fine to make word salad, but take that out on the cutting room floor 😉

Venice Graffiti projects

Let me say that seeing the cool and original ideas that some of you guys came up with really inspired me. I’m planning to go to Venice myself some weekend soon (maybe after finals!) and see what I can do. I

It was interesting how many of you used stencils (I guess Banksy-mania is to blame)



I think by now everyone knows how awesome Mariha’s P11 is, but in case you haven’t heard… IT’S AWESOME!


I won’t really pick favorites, these images are just a random collage of weekends at Venice!

Prims, Bikes, Flowers, Ghandi: the Curated VRAGS!

It was great seeing the level of participation in 9a hit an all time high!

Ok, the galleries were pretty amazing too. Walking around SL I could see that many of you made changes to what you had made two weeks ago and as the structures filled with art it became more clear what each of your unique visions were.

There did seem to be a but of misunderstanding among some of you as to what was expected this week…some of you referenced that the images of your galleries were unfinished or even lacked art altogether…but this is the LAST week we will be working on these!

Below are some of the excellent galleries from 9a:


Banksy Gallery: Richard Moreno, Corrinne Prado, Ryan Corsaut, James Welch.



Gracie Kendall Gallery: Genises Paredes, Miana Chen, Michelle Solis


Comet Morigi Gallery : Daniel Tran, Shion Nguyen, Jimmy Ngo, Justin Choe



Fallen Fruit Gallery: Courtney Kaller, Matthew Bergman


9a Best of the Best

Some very nice work from you, morning class 🙂
I am glad so many enjoyed the reading as much as I did.

Eva and Franco were attempting to convey some of the ridiculous movies that are made today. And the fact that very few people thought second about if this was a real movie or not plays right into that American movie ideology. Sometimes we get obsessed with the idea of things more than the actual thing itself. Take apple for instance many of you are so hypnotized, brainwashed, by apple-love that they could release the crappiest piece of junk on the market and still have their followers buying it up most eagerly.

Matthew Bergman

The main theme of Eva and Franco’s exhibition “It’s Always Six O’ Clock” is that culture can die when it is frozen into a cliche. Appropriation, plagiarism, remixing, culture jamming, and identity simulation continue to represent the core of the Mattes’ artistic strategy. They are trying to get people to understand that “nothing is original” nowadays. The concept of originality is none existent. Everything is remixed and reproduced to the point were nothing is original like it was before….When you remix something, it makes that piece more special and interesting. It makes the art seems special because it was worth remixing. Eva and Franco believe that the art nowadays all is the same and conforming to the world. We should aim to make it different and special. When you make a piece, you should leave behind your reality and time should halt.

<– Koren Fletcher

Eva and Franco’s Stolen Pieces project seems like fun. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never wanted to touch a piece in a gallery that bore the words “Do Not Touch” and Eva and Franco really haven’t helped this slight thought turn into a mini-obsession. If anything, I think that the art piece missing a piece gives it more character, more flare and therefore increses what it’s worth. Instead of being touched and contributed by one artist, it was touched by another. It’s been given two points of view instead of one. ……Sometimes, copies pose more contraversy and make a louder statement than their original. COPIES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR ORIGINAL, a reoccuring theme from when Eva and Franco stole Hell.com.

I think that unless the piece shows some kind of proof that it existed at one point, how do we really know of it’s true character?

Mariha Lowe

Interesting readings this week, I found them much more compelling than last weeks reading, and I think this was mostly due to the fact that it explained a bit more exactly what the Mattes intentions were in everything that they did. I felt like I had a bit more insight into their lives and their goals than I had before and it even made me stop and think “oh wow, so THAT’S what they were trying to accomplish, it totally worked!”

I don’t think that art diminishes in its value as time descends upon it or pieces go missing here and there from either theft or wear and tear of old age. I’m also thinking of art in a much broader sense than is mentioned here, as theater, film, and performances are pieces of art work as well. And those are almost always representations, unless you’re seeing the opening night of a new show it’s never the “original.” I believe art is somewhat similar as well, that once the piece is finished its replicated in the viewers eyes, and much like a performance the value of the art is always important and different, because its the interpretation that changes as well. I can’t think of a time when I watched the same play in different nights and thought yes I feel the exact same way I did before. Of course it’s going to be similar at times, but it’s never really the “original” condition-watching an artist create or paint the artwork to me is experience the art in its original.

Michelle Fenn

End of a chapter-literally

Okay, so we have finished the Eva and Franco Mattes book. Some of you are doubtless very happy. Not that its any time to relax! We only have 2 weeks to finish curating! But some of you deserve a pat on the back for all the thinking and writing you have done about the Mattes and their art.

Highlights of P5 below:

Now that I’ve really gone more in depth into some of Eva and Franco’s project, I see so many more reaccuring themes. I see a similar theme between Stolen Pieces, their website theft, and their Synthetic Performances. I see themes of reprocuction and a message about how we don’t enjoy art the correct way. We hold our opinions back instead of expressing and dealing with the art in an authentic way. We should act upon art, touch it, feel it, smash it, or take it with us. We should do whatever we want with it! We should express our feeling towards art in an untraditional way.

Mariha Lowe

The Mattes art is about asking questions. Always ask questions, never get too comfortable. In our world, Eva and Franco want us to make sure that we think and challenge what is around us. “Flogging A Dead Horse” means challenging what one might think is dead or has no point (referring to beating a dead horse). Eva and Franco want us to reexamine what is around us even when we don’t know it’s there (it is almost their job to tell us it’s there). I like to consider myself as a person who thinks outside the box. But sometimes with Eva and Franco’s art, I don’t even perceive that there is a box. Maybe creating a box for us is what the Mattes art is all about.

Laura Kaiser

“Anyways I guess all of our art is about being someone else.” -Mattes

What else is there to say about the duo? They want to change the world. They want to get people out of their defined worlds. Which is why they challenge all institutes that want to prevent us from doing this. Nike, for example, creates an image of what is beautiful by advertising with Athletes. I believe Eva and Franco made a good point when stating “Sometimes we must fool people in order to get a sincere reaction.” By fooling people they were catching people with their pants down. People will react how they would naturally act because they do not know they are being fooled. What they did was not morally wrong. People are just sensitive about taking credit for things. Read some Nietzsche. Then you will see why people get sensitive about things like that. Even Eva and Franco are exercising their will to power by making people think the way they want to even if it is outside of the norm. Humanity likes to preserve themselves with art.

Joanna Plascencia

When I first saw the image of the Nike Ground project before reading Eva and Franco Mattes, my first thought was what in the world?! Why would Nike make a desperate attempt of putting out their already famous company out there like that by building some random building at a random place? To add onto of seeing the image of the “Nike” building, but to see the idea of the Nike swoosh to be built on Karlsplatz just blew my mind, I would have been very offended if I was living around Vienna let alone actually believe that Nike would do such a thing. After reading this article, I realized this huge Nike swoosh was for Eva and Franco to make a statement and have people open their eyes and see how big corporations are trying to take over the world. I’ve always thought about how the media always tries to brainwash society by throwing advertisements and brands in our face. Even when we’re born we are already bombarded with advertising; I even heard Disney tried to make a deal with certain hospitals to use Disney branded items, such as blankets, decorations, etc. for newborns. For me it made it less offensive when I learned this Nike swoosh was “art” and was actually going against Nike itself because it comes to show how people will believe anything for a moment and how corporations literally run our lives.

Kayla Toledanes

9a-mixed feeling towards Mickey (aka WTF are Eva and Franco doing??)

The reading for this week really resulted in some mixed feelings towards Eva and Franco. Some of you thought they were awesome, some downright didn’t like it/get it, most didn’t know what to think. Although there were far too many “just-answer-the-questions-Glenn-gave-us-in-as-few-sentences-as-possible”, some of you went above and beyond the call of P4.

Here are the 5 9a-ers who achieved an 100 (or more) on 94:

an awesome way to spend a Sunday
Sophearum Seng

Laura Kaiser

once I read that Luther Blissett was just this fake name that Eva and Franco were using, I thought “Dang, who knew anyone could pull something like that off!” But then I read about Darko Maver… Eva and Franco created a fake artist. They created a fake artist with actual art EXHIBITS and he got so big, that he soon became the talk of the art world. Eva and Franco literally created an avatar in the real world. Then again, they came up with this idea during an LSD trip so I guess it kind of makes sense… But when they faked his media-covered death, they were completely lucid. It was at this point in the chapter that I started to better understand the controversy around their art.

With the identities of Luther and Darko uncovered, Eva and Franco made a huge statement. I think the goal of an artist is to give society questions to ask themselves. With these identities, Eva and Franco were doing just that. They were making statements on how society lives and how people switch identities constantly wherever they are. You can be a completely different person around your parents then you would be around your friends, your partners, your teachers. Eva and Franco were simply doing just that but instead they were being honest about it.

Koren Fletcher

Stephen Bassette

What awful, amazing, disgusting, brilliant people. I’m sure there have been plentiful amounts of artists since the beginning of whenever art became “art” that have taken what that “art” was and did something different with it, though they may not be in art history books. They were perverse with it, ending up riddled with ridicule or excommunication, or they were glorified and canonized. Eva and Franco Mattes were both ridiculed and canonized sometimes with the same projects and pieces, just furthering how different people’s opinions and perceptions are. The futurists of the early 20th century didn’t have the ability to mess with internet codes or use children’s pop-culture in disturbing ways to make a point, but the Mattes were born in the right time for them to make their own revolution.

Luther Blissett was a moniker they considered “multiple and therefore omnipotent.” He wasn’t real, nor was he a single person, but instead a collective of new radical artists, writers, musicians, and activists that had a fancy for disturbing common perception. Of course something like this would attract the Mattes. The main feature of using the Luther Blissett guise, which developed into an underground cult figure and persona, was to give opportunities to artists to expose the pitfalls and frailties of the media and how it influenced people’s reactions. A more focused direction was taken with the Mattes’ invention of Darko Maver, the name taken from real-life Slovenian criminologist. After reviewing images of bloodied bodies online during an LSD trip, the Mattes’ decided to use the confusion of what was technically real and illusion and create an artist that the media would sensationalize. He had a photo (their friend), a biography (written by a friend), and even pieces of poetry (also written by a colleague). They created mannequins and realistic sculptures of desecrated bodies, some of which eventually displayed in an art gallery. The people bought it and thought he was an actual person. The Mattes’ faked his death and the media reported it. Then, the reveal. 0100101110101101.ORG uncovered itself as Darko Maver. Nice.

The Nike Ground fiasco kind of resembles some of the issues brought up in the Bomb It documentary. For years our culture has been polluted and harshly infused with constant advertising everywhere. The themes of advertising are manipulative and coercive. Yet once someone tries to manipulate them or make a point about their corporation, the red flags go up and people get upset. It even goes back to the point of certain things being sacred and once someone desecrates it, it’s not pinned as art by most, but vandalism or other criminal acts.

Daniel Tran

My first impression of the book was not an expression I usually feel towards a book. I was shockedwhen I first looked at the cover of the book especially when there was Mickey Mouse on it and a veryscary looking plate of bones. Mickey was dressed nicely, almost to a waiter/bartender outfit so I wasguessing he was going to be serving that plate of bones, most likely to the reader of this book.
This first passage was actually quite difficult to understand.

Hi All!

Hi all,

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mary Coyne and I will be helping out Glenn (and all of you I hope) this semester as a grad assistant. I am working on my Master’s degree in Art History and Museum Studies which means that I want to make a career out of putting together art exhibitions in the real world like you will be doing the virtual world in the next few months. As you can imagine, reality makes everything a lot slower, more expensive, crazier and less creative, but it is still pretty cool…I wouldn’t change a thing!

I love and appreciate art of all periods and styles and can’t wait to see what artists you guys get to work on over the semester and how your exhibitions are conceptualized and grow.

This very bad quality picture is of me at one of the most beautiful places in the world, the arno river that runs through Florence, Italy.

See you tomorrow!