Statement

Dr Mathew Emmett is a conceptual architect, artist and composer. He works across constructs of hybrid space; site–responsive installation, data–generated sound and emerging technologies. Among other collaborations and international commissions Emmett works with Eberhard Kranemann (co founder of Kraftwerk), choreographer Adam Benjamin, Perception Lab and Charles Jencks. In June 2016 Emmett performed Sender Receiver using a digitally augmented bullroarer to communicate with This Is Where We Are, a data-driven digital sculpture created by i–DAT at the opening of the new Switch House at Tate Modern. Emmett studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, The Architectural Association, Central St Martins and attended the Karlheinz Stockhausen composition and sound interpretation workshop in 2007.

Spaces from the Shadows: Neo-noir Architecture, Psychoscapes & Pathological Prosthesis

“Mathew Emmett blurs the edge between the latent histories lying forgotten within spaces and buildings with the pathologies of their inhabitants. He has always sought to explore the physical boundaries of architecture, making it clear that he considers buildings as a pathological prosthesis, reflecting the resonant mental state in the environment itself.

Emmett’s neo-noir architecture is situated within a motif of the military, industrial and abandoned complexes to provide a dystopian setting for the reinterpretation of the Apocalypse as a psychological environment or ‘psychoscape’. Within these settings, alien incursions colonize the host space, much like a hologram, providing a field within which the internal worlds of the mind comes into contention with the exterior dimensions of the building. This yields a third, three-dimensional cumulative interaction that incorporates the nervous stimuli of the occupants within the agency of the site.

The emphasis of these works incorporates the disaffordances of the architectural setting within a phantasmal intermingling between the haunted depths devoid of human occupation with the emotional revenants distributed across individuals and situations. More explicitly, Emmett considers space as psychoactive; affective structures that reflect the psychosis of its past, present and future inhabitants.”

SPACE INTERFACE II, KARST + REDUX IVT, Plymouth, 2016

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE, Tate Modern, 2016

SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION, Lichtturm Solingen, Germany, 2016

THE BIRTH OF MEMORY, The Place, London, 2016

SPACE INTERFACE, Weithorn Galerie, Düsseldorf, 2015

OPEN STATE, Tokyo Art Centre, Japan, 2015

THE MIRROR BLUR, Plymouth City Museum / TATE, 2015–2016

ERGOTIZED SPACE, Academy of Arts, Berlin, 2014

ILLEGAL ARCHITECT FILM SCORE, London, 2013

ASYNCHRONOUS PERCEPTION, Lucerne, Switzerland, 2013

VECTION BUILDER, The Roman Baths, Bath, 2010–2012

180° TRAUMA, Military Hospital, Germany, 2012

THE BOOK OF REVELATION, interpretative studies, 2004–

PSYCHOTROPIC SPACE & CAUSAL ENVIRONMENTS, 2011–

DRAWING, NOTATION, MAPPING & DIAGRAMS, 1996–

OVERLAID REALITIES, Cabinet Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 2010

JURASSIC CHALLENGE, Dorset, 2004

3D SOUNDSCAPES, 2 Marsham Street, London, 2000

PERFORMATIVE SPACE, London, 1996–2007