Matt Steinke is an artist living and working in Rhode Island. His current projects explore the inner voices of objects constructing their identities through sound, sculpture, 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 mimic the personalities of animals, people, plants, and machines. Arranged into grouped systems, they are meditations on subjects relating to consumerism, morality, transcendence, ecology, health, and neurodiversity. With a background in fine art and music composition, he does not favor one discipline over another, but 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 1990s post-rock-noise bands including Mocket, Satisfact, and Octant, writing and recording over ten albums for Kill Rockstars, K, and Up records while collaborating with recording artists Miranda July, Joe Preston, and The Need among others.
He recently worked with the Portuguese sound art collective, Sonoscopia, to develop ”Artificialia”, a large-scale multimedia installation at the Teatro Municipal do Porto and presented his solo installation, “Hazardous Phenotypes”, at the Festival Internacional de Marionetas do Porto. One of his latest sound sculptures, “Earplugs”, was recently exhibited at the Contemporary Austin Jones Center.
His work has been featured in Artweek LA, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Wired, and on the cover of Tape Op.