Matthew Biederman | All The Way Down
Matthew Biederman has been performing, installing and exhibiting works, which explore themes of perception, media saturation, and data systems from a multiplicity of perspectives. He has served as artist-in-residence at a variety of institutions and institutes, including the Center for Experimental Television on numerous occasions, CMU’s CREATE lab, the Wave Farm and many more.
He has since co-founded the Arctic Perspective Initiative, with Marko Peljhan, in 2007, a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations, whose goal is to promote the creation of open authoring, communications and dissemination infrastructures for the circumpolar region.
While working at the intersection of art, science and community, API also has been included in group exhibitions and biennales worldwide, as well as several European solo exhibitions, one of which was named as a ‘Top 10’ of 2010 by ARTFORUM magazine (Arctic Perspectives, HMKV Dortmund).
His works have been exhibited in the US, South America, Europe and Japan, in a variety of festivals and venues. He has collaborated with musicians as a visual artist since 1999, performing at the historic Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, as well as Ars Electronica,
AV Festival, Elektra, Mutek, Futuresonic, FILE and many, many more. His works are included in public, corporate and private collections in North America.
His work follows simultaneous, intertwined threads, creating a varied practice when examined traditionally. That is, if looked at it in a compartmentalised fashion, my practice would be situated within tactical media, radio, painting, design, performance, and art and technology. I choose, however, not to be restricted to any one of these mediums, but to, instead, allow for exchange and crossover between them through diverse combinations of engagements of media, place, content, and aim. He believes in the idea of the artist as artisan, the artist as provocateur and the necessity to present (and provoke) a vision of sublime emotion, one possible version of beauty that leads to new understandings and conceptions of the world, its systems, and potentials. . In this way, the artist is an inventor, not in a conventional sense, but as one who serves as a beacon illuminating possibilities and potentials, as well as ways of knowing, understanding, and perceiving the world.