Motel Dreaming

A social sleeping and dreaming experiment. With room service.

Matt Warren

Sound artist

Matt Warren is a Hobart-based electronic media artist, musician, curator, radio presenter and writer. He teaches electronic media sessionally at University of Tasmania's Centre for the Arts and is the former Gallery Coordinator at INFLIGHT artist run initiative. His art practice encompasses immersive electronic installation, single channel video and sound works. The works investigate memory, transcendence, liminal spaces and suspension of disbelief. His music practice has a basis in both composition and improvisation. He is interested in the results of chance combination and random actions, referencing processes and ideas of John Cage, William S. Burroughs, Brian Eno and at times utilises nonsensical or portmanteau texts. Warren considers his practice as part of a greater context currently aligned to neo-psychedelia, digital abstraction and hauntology.

In 1999 Matt received an Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship to undertake Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 2009 Matt completed PhD research in time-based media at University of Tasmania.

Matt has exhibited, produced sound works and had screenings in Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, USA and throughout Australia. He has held residencies with Jean-Yves Thériault in Montreal, Canada, with Damo Suzuki in Köln, Germany, at Raw Space in Brisbane and multiple residencies at CESTA (Tábor, Czech Republic).

In 2012 he curated the sound exhibition In A Silent Way for CAST Gallery, Hobart and the video and sound exhibition Ghost Hunters for the Plimsoll Gallery in 2013. He regularly records and performs live with solo projects mumble(speak) and Broken Tiny and in the duos Machines Of Indeterminate Origin and Untermorast. Matt has also performed as part of the Damo Suzuki Network and the Hobart Improv Collective, regularly organises small scale experimental music events as part of the Sound Klub group and presents a fortnightly radio show on Future Music FM.

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