Noted Time Arts Alumnus to Present Lecture



We are pleased to welcome artist Matthew Biederman back to the NIU campus on November 4 and 5 to present a lecture and workshop at the NIU School of Art. Matt is a BFA graduate from an early incarnation of the NIU School of Art Time Arts program. He recently completed an MFA at Concordia in Montreal where he now lives and works. Matt's artistic path is has taken him around the globe, but most notably is his work with the Arctic Perspective Initiative where he worked "to promote the creation of open authoring, communications and dissemination infrastructures for the circumpolar region."

Matt is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with New Media and electronic art. He routinely exhibits his installation art and creates live cinema/video art performances. 

Matt will speak on Monday, Nov 4th, 5p.m. in Art Building room 102.

Matthew Biederman has been performing, installing and exhibiting works, which explore themes of perception, media saturation, and data systems from a multiplicity of perspectives since the mid nineties. Biederman was the recipient of the Bay Area Artist Award in Video by New Langton Arts in 1999, First Place in the Visual Arts category of Slovenia’s Break21 festival, and has served as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center on numerous occasions, as well as receiving support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Counsel des Artes et Lettres du Qu├ębec (CALQ).

He cut his teeth in the past as a co-director of San Francisco's Artist Television Access, a long standing community media access center and exhibition space in San Francisco. He has consulted for a number of independent, highly recognized new media artists (Lozano-Hemmer, Jim Campbell, Julia Scher, among others) and has served as the Technical Manager of the SFMOMA for several years working to install, conserve, and preserve one of the US’s most extensive media-arts collection.

He has since co-founded the Arctic Perspective Initiative, a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations, whose goal is to promote the creation of open authoring, communications and dissemination infrastructures for the circumpolar region. While working at the intersection of art, science and community, API also has been included in group exhibitions worldwide, as well as several European solo exhibitions, one of which was named as a ‘Top 10’ of 2010 by ARTFORUM magazine (Arctic Perspectives, HMKV Dortmund).

His works have been exhibited in the US, South America, and Europe, in a variety of festivals and venues such as 7 ATA Festival Internacional (Lima), the 11th Lyon Bienniale, the 2011 Quebec Trienniale (Musee des Arts Contemporain), Bienniale of Digital Art (BIAN, Montreal), Artissima
(Turin, IT), TIAF (Toronto CA) and Sonic Acts (NASA, Amsterdam). As a film and video maker, his works have been included in the FILE festival (Sao Paulo), New Forms Festival (Vancouver), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Paris/Berlin International Meetings, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. His public works have been shown at the ZeroOne2006 Festival (San Jose US), the SCAPE Biennial in New Zealand as well as producing custom commissions. He has collaborated with musicians as a visual artist since 1999, performing at the historic Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, as well as Ars Electronica, AV Festival, Elektra, Mutek and many many more. His works are included in public, corporate and private collections in North America.

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