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)”

New Work : ‘Noumina’ (2010)

NOUMINA presents a story, an abstract narrative, a cinematic journey through the cosmos. From a twinkly gaze at the stars, we are confronted with a presence, a geometric object, and are taken on a journey to its domain.

Through super hi-resolution images of the Universe, the participant experiences multi-dimensional layers, geometric viewports to other-worldly realities.

Accompanied by a hypnotic original score, the piece swoons and arcs over multiple moods and territories, finishing back at our home world, again at the gaze of ever-distant night stars.

NOUMINA‘ is a hybrid of Kant’s ‘Noumenon’ or ‘non-object’, and ‘Numina’, or ‘Numen’: the mythological idea that spirit is inherent in everyday things. Literally, NOUMINA could translate to ‘The Soul of Impossible Objects’: an impenetrable Other, the transcendental alien.

I created the video installation NOUMINA for the Semantic Clutter event and Liquid Architecture Festival of 2010. The work was shown at West Space Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, from the 13th – 16th of July.

I’d like to shoot out a Super Thanks to Phip Murray, Lauren Brown and all the Westspace staff, Tessa Ellief for inviting me to exhibit in the show, Nat Bates – Liquid Architecture Director, Bianca Durrant for her help at the opening, and to James Wright & Will Hyndmarsh for help with video documentation.

Check out a few photos and a further project description below…

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Semantic Clutter @ Westpace, LA 2010

Liquid Architecture is Australia’s premiere annual festival of sound arts.

Events often include concerts, immersive sound presentations, audio-visual and recorded work, exhibitions and installations.

2010 sees ‘LA’ hit its 11th year, with a program in 7 Australian cities. The festival presents an array of local and international artists engaged in the field of sound, in a range of live and installation settings.
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On Visualizers

I watched the iTunes Visualizer (Magnetosphere) for about 2 hours straight the other night, and it blew my mind. I’ve looked at it lots of times before, but this time, for some reason, it was just amazing to watch. For a long time I’ve kinda felt that visualizers and screensavers are like the future album art. Well, they exist now, but even after all this time, they still haven’t found their feet.

To me, visualizers are very similar to a Lava lamp, or a fish tank in the home. But the odd thing is, people don’t dedicate a space in the home for visualization. Well, not yet they don’t, but they will soon. Visualizers are kinda stuck with the computer. But a computer is a different vibe thing compared to a fish tank or a lava lamp. It’s not always ambient in that way, but visualizers make it so. But even then, computers do a lot of stuff, so you always have to turn the visualizer/screensaver off to get back to what you were doing.

I think it’s a very meditative and pleasant thing to have a visualizer on in the home. Very contemplative. But I think there’s something lacking that stops them from becoming domesticated. On the one hand, it’s the current crossover that exists between televisions and computers. We’re kind’ve at crossing point where one day, they probably merge and be the one thing.

I was going to make this post just the other day, since I’d been thinking about it for years, and now just this week we’ve heard about Google TV. Continue reading “On Visualizers”