Artists Presentation @ Harvestworks


I’ll be doing an artist’s talk alongside fellow Australian video artist Bonnie Lane, at Harvestworks TONIGHT, at 7pm.

If you’re in NYC I hope you can come down, it’s located at 596 Broadway #602, just South of Housten Street. (Take the R or N to Prince St, or the B D F or M to Broadway / Lafeyette).

I’ll be showing some previous work, including the NOUMINA piece, as well as discussing my new project PROGRAMS, and the work I have been doing with Ableton Live and VDMX.



BYOB Utrecht

I’ll be taking part in BYOB Utrecht, a one-night-only video projection exhibition. BYOB stands for ‘Bring Your Own Beamer’ – that’s ‘projectors’ for all us non-Europeans.

The night is being run by Setup Media Lab, and I’m fortunate enough to have them arrange an install of Mute City Dreemz (2010) for me.

From the Setup website:

The white space reinvented. For one night we will take over the Utrecht Center for Fine Arts and turn the walls of the space into a hit ‘n run open exhibition. Bring you own projector and fill the white walls with your work. 

The concept is as simple as it is effective. 1 night, 1 empty space, and a lot of beamers transform the white walls of the art space into a dynamic new kind of exposition. No months of preparations and no static pieces that stay in the same place for three months. Just one night on which new inspiring work is shown in a new inspiring way.

Catch it May 19th, 8 – 11:30pm, at Utrecht Center for Fine Arts.

Concept by Rafael Rozendaal (

Update: @ArtStartGrants @Harvestworks

After spending a good couple of months working on grant and sponsorship applications this year, it seems the hard work has paid off! I was fortunate enough to have been a successful applicant in this round of  ‘ArtStart Grants‘, an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts.

ArtStart grants are available to practitioners of almost any creative field, who have recently graduated from a course related to their creative practice, and who intend to establish a sustainable arts career.

I’m using this opportunity to develop some promotional materials, and undertake an artists development residency, at Harvestworks in Manhattan, NYC.

It should be a wild ride! And while there I hope to visit many institutions and centres related to media art, and experiment like crazy during the 3 months I’ll be at Harvestworks. I also plan to go via Tokyo, hopefully presenting a screening of ‘Noumina’, and likewise in San Francisco on the way back home.

But before leaving for the residency I’m aiming to have a new integrated webshop built into my website, and up by the 2nd quarter of 2011. You’ll be able to purchase my artworks, and merchandise related to my art practice.

First off I’ll be developing some prints from my recent work ‘Noumina’, and some limited edition t-shirt designs. And something a little more special: Blu-ray versions of the ‘Noumina’ video, which I have yet to release online, or to the public. I’ll also be creating a more ‘limited-edition’ version of the package, encompassing USB stick media, and a small book documenting the project and exhibition.

I’ll be leaving for NYC around mid-year, and during my time at Harvestworks will have an excellent chance to develop some new skills and promote myself as an artist.

I’d just like to thank Australia Council for the Arts for the opportunity, and to Laura Naimo, Hans Tammen, Phip Murray, Phe Rawnsley, Mike Pulsford, and Matt Fallon for all the help and assistance they gave me during the application process!

Oh and just briefly, I finally joined Twitter (as you might gather from the title of this post). I find it looks and works really nicely on the iPad, which is half the reason I signed up! You can find me @mattleafdotcom

Ciao for now,


Dome Lab 2010

Recently, I  had the privilege of attending an immersive cinema lab in Perth, entitled DomeLab 2010. It was a one week intensive residency on live-action content-creation for ‘Full Dome‘ , or ‘Planetarium cinema’, presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

I was interested in attending the residency for it’s immersive potential, and being a media and sound artist was intrigued about the possibilities for a high-definition cinematic experience.

The workshop was a hectic 6 day experience, meeting upwards of 30 artists, designers, technicians, tutors, producers, writers, filmmakers and creatives from a huge range of disciplines.

We first met at SCITECH, an educational science centre which incorporates the Horizon Planetarium. Being an 18 metre high dome the experience is certainly captivating, but not without its shortcomings.

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New Work: Mute City Dreemz (2010)



Mute City Dreemz (2010)

HD Video Projection onto Trace, Glass
1080p, dimensions variable


The Paleolithic used the cave painting ceremonially to visualize the hunt – to either worship or call upon the Bison for its blessings (to be used for food, tools, clothing). Today, we do not use these methods – I do not visualize a supermarket or retail department store through art in order to bring food, clothing, goods etc. Our visions are of a different kind – a ‘better’ future world, dreams of a techno-future, collective aspirations for a phosphorescent urbanization, neon-nature, crystal castles… Mute City Dreemz is a dream and a memory, where 16 bit Nintendo meets floating geometries in a slow, hazy vision of a future gone totally electric.

Mute City Dreemz was shown at Blindside Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, from 17th – 20th of November.

Images of the Nicholas Building, Blindside Gallery, Celluloid Cave Opening night and ‘Mute City Dreemz’ after the jump: Continue reading “New Work: Mute City Dreemz (2010)”