Matt Steinke is an American artist living and working in Rhode Island. His work explores the inner voices of objects portraying the construction of their identities through the weaving together of sculpture, sound, text, video, and robotics. Based on what is assumed and still unknown about the subconscious, he develops fictional entities from found media, found objects, and fabricated materials. His invented instruments exhibit a range of behaviors, intended to mock the personalities of animals, people, plants, and machines. With a background in fine art and music composition, he does not favor one discipline over another and maintains an intermedia-based practice throughout.
Over the past two decades, Steinke’s work has been presented in museums, galleries, festivals, and DIY venues across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation in 2004, he received The Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Interdisciplinary/Computer Art. He was a juror’s finalist and Seed Grant recipient for ArtPrize 2016 and a 2015 New Music USA Project Grant recipient. He received an award at the 2018 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition for his “Stepper Rattle” instrument. He was a founding member of post-rock-noise bands including Mocket, Satisfact, and Octant, writing and recording over ten albums for Kill Rockstars, K, and Up records. His work has been featured in Wired, Artweek LA, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Hackaday, and on the cover of Tape Op.