Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan

Matt Kenyon

Matt Kenyon

Associate Professor, School of Art & Design


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Matthew Kenyon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States and has a M.F.A in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. Many of his recent works feature interactive computing technologies and artificial intelligence/artificial life as a means for making cultural critique.

Most recently Matt taught at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts within the New Media and Interdisciplinary Digital Studio programs.  At Penn State Matt co-founded and co-directed StudioLab a collaborative space merging laboratory experiments and data analysis in the social science tradition with computer gaming and aesthetic design in the fine arts context.

In 1999 Matt co-founded SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) with Douglas Easterly. Their work focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes, and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. SWAMP has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics, mechanical devices, and often times working with living organisms.

Kenyon’s work received the distinguished FILE Prix Lux Art prize as well as first prize in VIDA 7.0 Art and artificial life completion.

Kenyon’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Exit Art, NYC; Science Gallery, Dublin Ireland; The Edith Russ Site for Media, Oldenburg, Germany; The Foundation of Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, England; SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, San Diego, California.

Kenyon’s work is featured in A Touch of Code (Gestalten press), Art +Science Now (Thames and Hudson press) and Ready-Made magazine as well as in forthcoming books by Dr. Susan Ryan and Carl DiSalvo.

News Featuring Matt Kenyon

Stamps Faculty Featured: ISEA 2014, Dubai
Matt Kenyon’s Work at FILE 2014 Reviewed
Kenyon Presents at Chautauqua Institution
Matt Kenyon Presents at the American Sociological Association
Matt Kenyon Shows Two Pieces at FILE 2014
Matt Kenyon Featured in “Practice Theory”
Matt Kenyon’s Supermajor Featured in ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems
Stop Making Sense: Constructs and Narratives, Real and Imagined
State of Emergency Features Kenyon’s Notepad project
Stamps at Re-New Festival
Matt Kenyon: Coke is it at Parodic Machines
Matt Kenyon’s Supermajor Featured: thisiscolossal
Matt Kenyon: Supermajor in Argentina
Matthew Kenyon: Science Gallery
Matt Kenyon: Drive-Thru Art Show features Meat Helmet
Event - Gallery Talk by Stamps Faculty at MOCAD
(in)Habitation Reviewed
Matt Kenyon & Osman Khan @ MOCAD
Matthew Kenyon: WRO Biennale
Stamps School Co-sponsors Cell and Self Conference
Matthew Kenyon: Akron Integrated Bioscience seminar
El Pais Covers Matt Kenyon’s Work
Matt Kenyon’s Supermajor Featured
Matt Kenyon’s Tardigotchi: Best Networked Art
Matthew Kenyon Interviewed
Matthew Kenyon: Flash Crash
Matt Kenyon: Required Reading
A&D Faculty: SIGGRAPH 2012
MoMA Acquires Matt Kenyon’s Notepad
Matt Kenyon Featured: Adversarial Design
Matt Kenyon: Art and Artificial Life in Madrid
Matt Kenyon: Tardigotchi Awarded at Japan Media Arts Festival
Matt Kenyon Shows Artwork at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Matt Kenyon: ‘New Art/Science Affinities’
Matt Kenyon: Tardigotchi Awarded
Matt Kenyon: Transitio_MX
Matt Kenyon Presents at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Hephaestus’ Fire: Linking Art and Science