The architecture of social space: Creating ‘spaces of critique’ within the ‘places’ we live.
Matthew Mazzotta is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an artist whose work evolves from an interest in exploring the relationship between people and their environments, as well as between each other. His practice is conceptual and manifests as participatory public interventions that aim at bringing criticality and a sense of openness to the places we live. He works in a transdisciplinary fashion, collaborating with local laborers, academics, engineers, builders, community members, activists, artists, poets, and anyone else that is willing to be involved in something experiential and participatory. His work has been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally and has also found its way into mainstream media, being featured CNN, BBC, NPR, ABC, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, Wired, Science, and Maxim Magazine to name a few. He has received numerous grants from around the world and has been invited to speak and create work from institutions in Croatia, Holland, Korea, Mexico, and US. Matthew has recently been asked to work with several city governments to produce public works, both permanent and temporary that create new social spaces addressing issues of culture and city identity.