Doctoral Research- Sound Arts, London College of Communication 2018
Completed during a period as Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, The Imitation Archive (Audiovisual Edition) makes reference to the nature of obsolescence and the economics and use of digital technologies in the name of progress. The work focuses primarily on our relationship with digital technologies, tracing its histories and forensically examining the nature of internet and computing infrastructures.
Matt's work aims to highlight that whilst our smartphones sit silently on our dresser tables as we sleep, somewhere in the world a physical hive of noise, cables and chaos maintains our ‘digital selves’, with real analogue consequences to the surrounding environment. Moreover, it intends to act as a marker to provoke a realisation that in spite of the techno-capitalistic rhetoric of progress, we’ve not really come all that far in the past 70 years of computing history and the principles and consequences are still very much rooted in the materiality of the digital construct
Awards and residencies:New Art West Midlands (Winner 2016), Artist in Residence, The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park 2015 (Arts Council Funded), Aesthetica Art Prize (Shortlisted 2015), Without Words Film Festival, Marseilles, France (Grand Jury Prize Winner 2015), Deutsche Bank Creative Award in Music (Winner 2014), Ideas Tap, Five Elements, Digital (Winner 2014), Postgraduate Award, Birmingham Conservatoire (2014)
"I hope to develop a broad body of audio and visual works that penetrate the barriers between our understanding of what it is to be digital in the digital age."