February 25th, 2013
"Emily's Video" compiles the reactions of random volunteers who replied to an online call by Eva and Franco Mattes to watch “the worst video ever.” The original video has been destroyed, only these second hand experiences are proof of its existence.
Following in the footsteps of other reaction videos made for Youtube phenomena like “Two Girls One Cup”, “Emily’s Video” prompts disbelief, fear, anger, disgust, and nervous laughter. Willing participants hide their eyes, lambaste the video’s maker, or simply walk away. While the volunteers find watching difficult, we are rapt, awaiting the next viewer’s response.
Eva and Franco Mattes' solo exhibitions include Site Gallery, Sheffield; Carroll/Fletcher, London and Postmasters Gallery, New York. Their work has been included in numerous group shows and biennials such as Sundance Film Festival, Utah; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; New Museum, New York; ICC Museum, Tokyo; Manifesta, Frankfurt; Performa, New York; MoMA PS1, New York, and the Venice Biennale. They received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Center and a fellowship from Columbia University, New York. Upcoming shows include Site Santa Fe, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and UMOCA, Salt Lake City. www.0100101110101101.org