I create intermedia artworks and experiential systems that bridge the physical and digital worlds. These systems manifest as interactive sculptures, immersive installations, and choreographed performance pieces. My work blends new media, physical computing, relational aesthetics, computer programming, and traditional sculpture processes. I use microprocessors and visual programming languages to embed sensing technologies into constructed wooden, welded metal, and 3D printed forms. Much of my practice pertains to mapping inputs and outputs. These works engage viewers with audio and visual feedback, enticing them to become participants. Ultimately, I choose my media and materials based on what will best support the concept of the piece and convey the message of the work.
With a background in furniture design I am interested in how the body adapts to physical spaces, and how embodied gesture can generate meaning for an audience. Conceptually, my work examines current political issues, interpersonal relationships, and the role of technology in each. I strive to make work that inspires reflection and discussion of topics ranging from consumerism to gun violence and from in-person to social media relationships. My research asks, “How might we use data visualization techniques and experiential systems design to engage the public with complex social issues?” And, “How might we utilize art to foster empathy and a shared experience between diverse groups that would otherwise not engage with each other?” By asking these questions, my work prompts people to explore their own relationships to art and other members of society. My goal is to promote dialogue and empower people to see the world from a different perspective. I view art as a driver for social change through critique of social constructs.
Boston native Matthew Mosher is an intermedia artist, Fulbright Scholar, and research professor who creates embodied experiential systems. He received his BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and his MFA in Intermedia from Arizona State University in 2012. While in Phoenix, Arizona he co-founded the non-profit [nueBOX] residency program for emerging performance and installation artists. Currently, he is an assistant professor of digital media at the University of Central Florida. Mosher exhibits his work across the United States, and internationally in India, China, Finland, and the Netherlands. His research is published in the ACM Computer-Human Interaction, Tangible Embodied Interaction, and New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference proceedings. His public installations, dynamic performances, and experiential systems bridge the physical and digital worlds by mixing new media, sensing technology, relational aesthetics, computer programming, collaborative practice, and traditional sculpture processes. When taking a break from teaching and research, he enjoys stillwater kayaking, dispersed camping, and board games.
Matthew Mosher, Danielle Wood, and Tony Obr. 2018. Tributaries of Our Distant Palpability. In Proceedings of the Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME ’18). NIME, Blacksburg, VA, 360-361.
Matthew Mosher. 2017. If These Walls Could Speak: Tangible Memories. In Proceedings of the 12th International Audio Mostly Conference on Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences (AM '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 13, 4 pages.
Matthew Mosher. 2016. What We Have Lost/What We Have Gained: Embodied Interfaces for Live Performance and Art Exhibitions. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 289-292.
Matthew Mosher and David Tinapple. 2016. What We Have Lost / What We Have Gained: Tangible Interactions Between Physical and Digital Bodies. In Proceedings of the TEI '16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 658-662.
Mike Krzyzaniak et all. 2014. Separation: Short Range Repulsion. In Proceedings of the Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME ’14). NIME, London, UK, 303-306.
ePluribus: America, Using Art to Challenge Gun Violence in America
By Jeanette Lenoir, 7 june 2017
Phoenix New Times, The Best Art We Saw In Downtown Phoenix On First Friday, August 7
By Linn Trimble, 10 August 2015
Jackalope Ranch, 5 Cool Things We Saw at ARTELPHX Fall 2014 at The Clarendon
By Evie Carpenter, 29 September 2014
Wired Magazine, Table Fighting Is Exactly What It Sounds Like: Tables, Fighting
By Beth Carter, 30 May 2012
Phoenix New Times, Tempe has a Musical Meditative Space Rover
By Lenni Rosenblum, 14 February 2012
Phoenix New Times Jackalope Ranch, 100 Creatives #74 M. Mosher
By Amy Silverman, 29 June 2010
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