Matthew Steinke [b. 1972] is an American artist and composer working with robotics, sculpture, and animation. His sonic narratives and musical experiments take the form of audio recordings, videos, performances, and installations. His invented instruments combine electromechanical engineering and acoustic design for both composed and improvised performances.
Over the past two decades, Steinke’s robotic installations and performances have been presented in museums, galleries, and festivals across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation, he received The Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Interdisciplinary/Computer Art. He was a juror’s finalist and Seed Grant recipient for ArtPrize 2016 and a 2015 New Music USA Project Grant recipient. He received an award at the 2018 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition for his “Stepper Rattle” instrument. His work has been featured in Wired, Artweek LA, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Hackaday, and on the cover of Tape Op.
Currently residing in Austin, Texas, he divides his time between music composition, performance, installation, acoustic research, teaching, and experimental musical instrument design.