Education

2004, MFA, Art and Technology Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1996, BA, Electronic Music Emphasis, The Evergreen State College

Areas of Specialization

Installation, Performance, Music Composition, Sound Art, Musical Instrument Design, Robotics, Sculpture, Microcontrollers, Digital Fabrication, Animation, Interactive Design

Selected Solo Shows: Installation and Performance

2017: NIME – Expressive Machines, Copenhagen, DK “Noplace”, Multisensory music performance

2017: Fusebox Time Arts Festival, Austin, TX “Noplace”, Multisensory music performance

2016: Fusebox Time Arts Festival, Austin, TX “The Magnetosphere”, Sound installation

2016: The Blanton Museum of Art – SoundSpace Series, Austin, TX “My Cubical”, Performance of original composition with invented instruments

2015: The Salvage Vanguard Theater – Church of the Friendly Ghost, Austin, TX Robotic musical performance

2014: Northern Southern, Austin, TX “The Stuttering Clock”, Robotic musical performance

2014: Canopy Studios, Austin, TX, The Tesla Festival – Robotic musical performance

2014: Avant Gardens, Houston, TX Robotic musical performance

2012: The Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA Robotic musical performance

2011: Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA Robotic musical performance

2011: The Ace Hotel, New York, NY Robotic musical performance residency

2007: Deadtech, Chicago, IL “Haruspex”, Sculpture, painting, robotics, video installation, and performance

2005: CSAW, Houston, TX Mixed media installation and residency

2005: Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL “Kermit the Man”, “Recline and Force Prospect”, Multimedia and video installation

2004: Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC, “Portotonic”, Multimedia installation

2004: Acme Arts, Chicago, IL, “Kermit the Man”, Multimedia installation

2004: Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL “Downtime of Subsistence”,  Robotic installation

2004: Pack Edge: Performance Festival, Chicago, IL Music performance with robotic percussion and algorithmic sound sampling device

2003: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Robotic musical performance

2000: The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA Robotic performance

1999: Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD Robotic musical performance

1998: Pratt School of Design, New York, NY Robotic musical performance and film screening

1998: Amherst College, Amherst, MA Robotic musical performance and film screening

Selected Group Shows: Installation and Performance

2016: ArtPrize 2016, Kendall College of Art and Design Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI “The Magnetosphere”, Sound Installation

2016: The Blanton Museum of Art – SoundSpace Series, Austin, TX “Rustling”, Performance of original composition with invented instruments in collaboration with a dance performance by Roz Nasky

2016: Austin Museum of Digital Art, LoopFest 2016, Austin, TX “The Magnetosphere”, Musical performance

2015: Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX, “Kermit the Man”, Animatronic puppet performance

2015: Exploded Drawing Series, Austin, TX, Robotic music performance

2015: Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX, Robotic music installation

2014: Maker Faire, Austin, TX, Robotic music performance

2014: Northern Southern, Austin, TX, “Buttons”, Robotic musical instrument installation

2010: World Maker Faire, New York, NY Robotic music performance

2009: Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL “Salad, Church, Exercise”, Installation

2005: Butchershop, Chicago, IL “A Bloody Portent of Possible Erotic Chaos” Installation

2005: Buddy Gallery, Chicago, IL “Ghost Appeaser”, Multimedia performance: Animatronic puppetry and video

2004: Version 04 – One Quarterly Gallery, Chicago, IL “Working Together to Serve You Better”, Multimedia installation

2004: Deadtech, Chicago, IL Nerd Battle, “Theremin Sampler Watch”, Performance and exhibition

2004: Polvo Gallery, Chicago, IL “Tactonic – Mockaoke”, Interactive Installation

2004: Gallery 2, Chicago, IL “Working Together to Serve You Better”, Installation

2004: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Thesis, Chicago, IL “Subordinates”, Robotic installation

2003: Gallery 2, Chicago, IL “We Love to Make Mistakes”, Robotic installation

2003: Gallery 2, Chicago, IL Sound performance with invented instrumentation

2002: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL Music performance with video, robotic percussion, stringboard, and other inventions

2002: Dissolve Electronic Arts Festival, Chicago, IL Music performance with robotic percussion, stringboard, and other inventions

1999: Consolidated Works – Artificial Life, Seattle, WA Video installation and music performance, installation, and music performance

Discography

1996: Mocket, 45″, K Records
1996: Mocket, Bionic Parts, LP, Punk in My Vitamins Records
1997: Satisfact, The Unwanted Sounds Of, LP, Up Records
1997: Satisfact, Life Abroad 45″, K Records
1998: Mocket, Fanfare, LP, K Records
1998: Satisfact, Self Titled LP, K Records
1999: Mocket, Pro Forma, Kill Rockstars Records
1999: Satisfact, The Third Meeting at the Third Counter, Deluxe (Vinyl) and K Records (CD)
1999: Octant, Shock-No-Par, Up Records
2000: Octant, Car Alarms and Crickets, Up Records
2011: Octant, Self Titled LP, Total Certainty Records

Awards, Grants, and Funding

2017: Austin Cultural Core Funding Recipient
2016: ArtPrize Seed Grant and Jurors’ Finalist for Timebased Works
2015: Creative Capitol Emerging Fields First Round
2015: New Music USA Project Grant
2014: Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Semifinalist
2010: Kickstarter.com Awarded Funding for Creative Projects
2005: The Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship
2004: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Fellowship

Selected Publications

12/16: GoPro Music, – Octant video documentary
12/11: Wired Magazine, Kickstarter – Octant Theremin Sampler Watch
6/11: Artweek.LA, Matthew Steinke: Octant
10/10: Delicious Audio, Octant and His Manless Robotic Band by Benjamin Wigler
3/10: Made Loud, An Interview with D.I.Y. Legend Matt Steinke by Noah Berlatsky
7/07: The Chicago Reader, Haruspex by Bert Stabler
7/05: Time Out Chicago, E.C. Brown and Matthew Steinke
11/00: TapeOp The Creative Recording Magazine, Octant’s Matt Steinke by Leigh Marlboro
4/00: The Village Voice, Atomic Punks by Joe Gross
9/99: San Francisco Bay Guardian, Octant by Johnny Ray Huston
10/99: Seattle Weekly, Its Alive! by Victoria Ellison
9/98: Plazm Magazine #19, Octant by Johnny Ray Huston

Artist Talks/Curatorial

2015: Fusebox Art and Technology, Austin, TX Artist talk and presentation
2011: The Children’s Museum, Pittsburg, IL Artist talk about robotic music
2011: Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA Artist talk about robotic music
2008: Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA Artist talk about robotic installation and animation
2007: Queens College, NY Artist talk about animation
2007: Deadtech, Chicago, IL Artist talk about solo show and performance
2004: Acme Art Works, Chicago, IL, Curated “The Pale Student of Unhallowed Arts -The Frankenstein Show”
2003: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Artist talk about robotic music
1999: Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD Artist talk about robotic music

Teaching Experience

2017: Instructor, Dadageek Artist Workshops, Austin, TX
Leading a robotic music workshop to help students learn to design digitally controlled mechanical musical instruments and animatronic sculptures. Topics included midi robotics, kineticand robotic art history, compositional techniques, project management, electronics, mechanical engineering, creative coding, and design prototyping

2016: Instructor, East Austin College Prep, Austin, TX
Leading a set of workshops teaching the design, fabrication, and programming of Arduino based echolocation devices to students involved in a performance of Alvin Lucier’s Vespers at The Fusebox Time Arts Festival, 2016

2014: Instructor, The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Houston, TX
Leading a workshop in experimental stringed musical instrument construction, design, and theory in the CAMH Skill Set program. Activities included a short lecture on relevant research followed by an in class sonic exploration of alterations made to violins and guitars

2013: Instructor, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
Teaching hand built electronic circuit design and theory as an integrated sculpture practice to students in the SWSA continuing education program. Topics included construction, sound, sensors, and digital control

2013-2015: Instructor, IQ Quest, Austin, TX
A summer outreach program teaching electronics, “Junkbot” robotics, and kinetic art to children ages 6 to 14 using recycled scrapped computers and printers

2011: Instructor, Harvest Works, NY, NY
Leading a robotic music workshop to help students learn to design digitally controlled mechanical musical instruments. Topics included acoustic sound theory, midi robotics compositional techniques, and design prototyping

2010-2011: Associate Visiting Artist Professor, Pratt Inst., Brooklyn, NY
Advising and leading the Senior Projects Seminar in the Department of Digital Arts, assisted in planning department curriculum, serving on critique panels, and mentoring animation students as they finish their final thesis projects

2007-2012: Adjunct Instructor, Queens College, Flushing, NY
Teaching animation, interactivity, sound, and design in the Art Department
Course Subjects: Stop motion, cut out, hand drawn and experimental animation, digital photography, sound design, and interactive design and development
Job Duties: Developing curriculum, leading discussions, lecturing, and project guidance

2005: Adjunct Instructor, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Teaching the fundamentals of 2D digital design, animation, and interactivity in the Computer Science Department
Course Subjects: Digital Design Fundamentals, Animation, and Interactivity
Job Duties: Developing curriculum leading discussions, lecturing, and project guidance

2005: Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Teaching children ages 10 and up traditional sculptural practices combined with video, instrument making, stop-motion animation with puppets, shadow puppets, and kinetic art
Job Duties: Developing curriculum, leading discussions, lecturing, project guidance, and giving one on one tutoring for electronics and mechanics

2004-2005: Adjunct Instructor, International Academy of Design, Chicago, IL Teaching special effects for video and web design
Job Duties: Developing curriculum leading discussions, lecturing, project guidance, and giving one on one tutoring for AfterEffects, Flash, and Final Cut, and Logic Audio

2003-2004: Teaching Assistant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Teaching assistantship in the Department of Art and Technology Studies
Course Subjects: Robotics, C and Java programming, Flash animation, Actionscript, and HTML

Professional Work Experience

2014-current: Video Motion Graphics Manager, Charles Schwab, Austin, TX
Full time position developing video process, creating animations, motion graphics, and interactive content for web and display plasmas

2015: Digital Electronic Design Consultant, GSD&M, Austin, TX
Contract position designing musical bicycles for the B-Cycle program exhibit at Fun Fun Fun Fest
Job Duties: Consulting with producers and fabricators, budgeting, programming microcontrollers, and fabricating button control interface used to interface with and remix audio tracks in Ableton Live Software

2012-2014: Legal Graphics Support, Various Clients, Austin, TX and Washington, DC
Contract positions as graphic support for legal firms creating Powerpoint presentations and animated tutorials in Flash and After Effects that illustrate patents for law firms in order to educate juries about specific technical data

2010-2012: Illustrator, Yogacity NYC, NY, NY
Contract position creating illustrated content for articles published at Yogacity.com

2011: Designer/Developer, Ogilvy, NY, NY
Contract position designing and developing Flash banners, HTML pages, and web mockups

2007: Designer/Developer, RGA Interactive, NY, NY
Contract developer position scripting and animating Flash media

2006: Designer/Developer, Atmosphere BBDO, NY, NY
Contract position storyboarding and designing Flash banner mockups and storyboards

2004: Designer/Developer, Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago, IL
Contract position designing Flash banners and HTML pages

1/97-7/00: Electronics Engineer, Soldano Custom Amplification, Seattle, WA
Full time position assiting in the manufacturing of high-end customized musical instrument vacuum tube based amplification

1993 – 1996: Scenic Artist, The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater, Olympia, WA
Workstudy position painting backdrops, building props, rigging, and managing DMX lighting in The Experimental Theater Department

Professional Affiliations

Dorkbot NYC and ATX
Austin Robotics Group
Harvestworks NYC
ASCAP Music Publishing
BMI Music Publishing
UP Records
K Records
Kill Rockstars Records

www.matthewsteinke.com