Ryota Matsumoto - Palaver Journal | University of North Carolina Wilmington Spring 2016


October 24, 23


Ryota Matsumoto (松本良多) is an artist, educator, designer, cultural programmer, urban planner, and architect. As a media theorist, he is highly recognized as the iconic pioneer of the postdigital culture.

He has collaborated with a cofounder of the Metabolist Movement, Kisho Kurokawa, and with Arata Isozaki, Peter Christopherson, and MIT Media Lab.

Matsumoto has presented his work on multidisciplinary design, visual culture, and urbanism to the 5th symposium of the Imaginaries of the Future at Cornell University, the Espaciocenter workshop at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, New Media Frontier Lecture Series at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, iDMAa Conference 2017, Network Media Culture Symposium at CCA Kitakyushu, and NTT InterCommunication Center as a literary critic and media theorist. He curated the exhibition, Posthumanism, Epidigital, and Glitch Feminism at Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in 2020.

As a composer, video producer and graphic designer, he has worked with Peter Christopherson of Coil and Throbbing Gristle for Japanese Nike commercial, his album, Form Grows Rampant, and early sessions of Amulet Edition.

His academic career started as a teaching assistant for Vincent Joseph Scully Jr. and his seminar, the Natural and Manmade in 1993. During his visiting fellowship at the Glasgow School of Art, he has been engaged in research on the process of integrated urban regeneration under the guidance of Giancarlo De Carlo and Isi Metzstein. He continued his pursuit in urban studies and participated in seminal research projects with MIT Media Lab and KieranTimberlake exploring high-rise modular housing, sustainability, and design interventions for Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2005.

Matsumoto has served as the MFA lecturer at Transart Institute, University of Plymouth. He works as a research associate and senior consultant for the New Centre of Research & Practice and the City of Dallas Office of Art and Culture respectively. Matsumoto is an honorary member of the British Art Network. He has been active as a guest critic on design reviews at Cornell University, Cooper Union, Columbia GSAPP, Rhode Island School of Design, and Pratt Institute.

Matsumoto is the recipient of Visual Art Open International Artist Award, Florence Biennale Mixed Media 2nd Place Award, The International Society of Experimental Artists Best of Show Award, Premio Ora Prize Italy 5th Edition, Premio Ora Prize Spain 1st Edition, Donkey Art Prize III Edition Finalist, Best of Show IGOA Toronto, Art Kudos Best of Show Award, FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) Media Art Finalist, Lynx International Prize Award, Lumen Prize Finalist, and Western Bureau Art Prize Honorable Mention.He was awarded the Gold Artist Prize from ArtAscent Journal, the 1st Place Prize from Exhibeo Art Magazine, and the Award of Excellence from the Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design in 2015 and 2016. His work is part of the permanent collection of the University of Texas at Tyler.

His work, writings, and interviews were published in Kalubrt Magazine, the University of North Carolina Wilmington Journal Palaver, Furtherfield.org, The Journal of Wild Culture, Studio Visit Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, H+ Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Made In Mind Magazine, Arizona State University Journal Superstition Review, Creative Review, Creative Boom, Next Nature Network, Rhizome.org, Monoskop, Carbon Culture Review, KooZA/rch, Supersonic Art, Post Digital Aesthetics (Berry and Dieter ed.), Drawing Discourse (University of North Carolina Asheville), Highlike (SEPI-SP editors), and Drawing Futures (The Bartlett UCL), among others.

Matsumoto’s multidisciplinary projects have been exhibited recently at Meadows Gallery University of Texas at Tyler, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery University of North Carolina Asheville, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, National Museum of Korea, CICA Museum, Van Der Plas Gallery, ArtHelix Gallery, Caelum Gallery, LAIR Gallery Lakehead University, Limner Gallery, the Cello Factory, University of the District of Columbia, Lux Art Gallery, Studio Montclair, Manifest Gallery, Center for Digital Narrative University of Bergen, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Art Basel Miami, ISEA International, FILE Sao Paulo, Nook Gallery, and Arts and Heritage Centre Altrincham. He had solo exhibitions at BYTE Gallery Transylvania University (2015), Los Angeles Center of Digital Art (2016), and Alviani ArtSpace, Pescara (2017).



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Masthead | Spring 2016 Founding Editors Sarah E. Bode Ashley Elizabeth Hudson Executive Editor Patricia Turrisi Editor-in-Chief Ashley Elizabeth Hudson Managing Editor Erin Ball Layout Editors Ashley Elizabeth Hudson Erin Ball Layout Assistant Gabe Reich Copy Chiefs John Dailey Mikkel Lysne Melissa Slaven-Warren Staff Holli Terrell-Cavalluzi Jonny Harris Travis Henry Linda McCormack Janay Moore Contributing Editors Dr. Josh Bell Michelle Bliss Sarah E. Bode Dr. Theodore Burgh Lauren B. Evans Dr. Carole Fink Courtney Johnson Katja Huru Rebecca Lee Johannes Lichtman Dr. Marlon Moore Dr. Diana Pasulka Dr. Alex Porco Nick Rymer Dr. Michelle Scatton-Tessier Dr. Anthony Snider Erin Sroka Dr. Patricia Turrisi Cover Art: “The Indistinct Notion of an Object Trajectory” by Ryota Matsumoto Back Cover Art: “Surviving in the Multidimensional Space of Cognitive Dissonance” by Ryota Matsumoto Thank you to the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at UNCW for letting us call you home. Palaver staff, thank you for the many discussions, hours of careful attention to edits, and the tireless push for resources and publicity. Palaver could not thrive without your dedication and enthusiasm. Erin Ball, your supportiveness and visionary approach to your job is incredibly humbling. Thank you especially to our submitters, contributors, and readership for your loyalty and for trusting us with your extraordinary work. Without you, we’d be an idea, an abstraction, a what-if, but because of you we are Palaver.


“The Frozen Air Evoked the Analogical Still of Ephermeral Swarms” by Ryota Matsumoto “Hollow Ghosts for Those Restless Spirits” by Ryota Matsumoto Back to Table of Contents Matsumoto | 10


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“The High Overdrive and Its Indefinable Consequence”by Ryota Matsumoto “Stretched Into an Infinite Vapor of Spectral Resonance” by Ryota Matsumoto Matsumoto | 65 Back to Table of Contents


“The Reverberant Ambience of Interperative Codes an Ancient Artifact” by Ryota Matsumto Back to Table of Contents Matsumoto | 100


“The Light Breath of Wind at Dawn” by Ryota Matsumoto “Solar Flares for Transient Modulation” by Ryota Matsumoto Matsumoto | 101 Back to Table of Contents