Matt Parker is a critical sound explorer; an artist researching the resonances between things. His multimedia works are influenced by the practice of listening; to unsound vibratory ecologies and the economies of noise. His research engages with sound studies, media ecology, field recording and environmental humanities through a spectral art practice.
He has published on methodologies for listening to the infrastructures of the Anthropocene and exhibited sound and media artworks on this theme internationally. Publications include Culture Machine Journal, Sonic Urbanism, Photomediations, and Caught by the River. He has a PhD on the topic of listening, fieldwork and media infrastructure ecology from the London College of Communication, UAL; a Masters in Music Technology from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Leeds.
Matt was an AHRC Huntington Library Research Fellow in Los Angeles in 2022. He has been a Kone Foundation Saari resident in Finland in 2021, a Back Apartment Resident with CEC Arts Link in St. Petersburg (RU) in 2020, artist in residence at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park in 2015, a MEAD Resident with the British School at Rome in 2017 and an Art and the Environment resident at Joya: arte + ecología / AiR in Spain (programmed by Lucy Orta) in 2016. Matt was awarded the Deutsche Bank Creative Prize in Music 2014, and is winner of New Art West Midlands 2016. He was nominated for the Phonurgia Nova Awards Prix Field Recording 2018 and shortlisted for the Aesthetica International Art Prize 2015. His work has been exhibited, screened and sounded internationally, including at ABC Radio National (AU), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK), Bletchley Park (UK), Brighton Digital Festival (UK), Douglas Hyde Gallery (IE), Electronic Media Arts Festival (DE), Glitch Festival (MX), Herbert Gallery (UK), Jerwood Space (UK), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (IN), Les Subsistances (FR), Melbourne Fringe Festival (AU), MAC (UK), MK Central Library (UK), MK Gallery (UK), Queen Street Studios Belfast (UK), RIXC Art and Science Festival, Riga (LV), Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (UK), Science Gallery Dublin (IE), SXSW (US), Tate Britain (UK), The British Library (UK), The British School at Rome (IT), The Water Hall Gallery (UK), The LAB (IE), The Nunnery (UK), The V&A (UK), Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV) (IT), University of Cambridge (UK), Watermans Gallery (UK), Without Words Film Festival (FR), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK) and ZKM Gallery (DE).
Matt was previously a Research Fellow with the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and is currently the Gilbert Seldes Multimodal Postdoctoral Fellow in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the media infrastructural investigative collective The People’s Cloud.