Ryota Matsumoto (松本良多)

Swirling Effects and Their Wayside Phenomena

Ryota Matsumoto (松本良多) is an internationally recognized award-winning artist, designer, cultural programmer, urban planner, and architect. As a media theorist and academic, he is known as the iconic forefather and preeminent thinker of the postdigital culture. His theoretical insights into techno-cultural and new media discurses draw inspiration from sociologists such as Bernard Stiegler, Michel Serres, and Gilbert Simondon.

Born in Tokyo, Matsumoto was raised in Hong Kong and Japan. He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and University of Miami in early 90’s. He studied with Manuel DeLanda, Vincent Joseph Scully Jr., Cecil Balmond, and Giancarlo De Carlo, among others.

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 ... view more »

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Statement of Work

Artist Statement:

Matsumoto’s artworks explore the role of dissonance and the pluri-dimensional aspect of cacophony as a form of interference in the fidelity of digital communication and a catalyst for undermining the orthographic divide of digital platforms. As probabilistic preindividuation in the form of miscommunication disrupts established patterns and introduces variability, it can lead to the emergence of new images of thought through phase fluctuations in the striated orthogonal system. 

In this sense, the cacophony can be seen as a source of unpredictability, pushing established systems and individuals to explore the heterogeneous association of socio-cultural actors through the translation process of hermeneutic devices. 

By the same token, the accumulation of pure potentialities in jitter interference contributes to the complex system of indeterminacy in the socio-cultural domain. It introduces multiple perspectives, unpredictable possibilities, and multivalent interpretations, enriching the overall landscape and facilitating the emergence of new connections in the hybrid network of interobjective entities. 

Consequently, the unquantized stream of interferencecan introduce multiple alternative perspectives, enriching the overall landscape of the artworks and facilitating the emergence of interconnected assemblages across a variety of creative disciplines through the act of the mimetic adaptation process. 

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