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Matthias Hurtl (AT) is a sound artist and researcher currently based in Rotterdam. In his practice, he often is fascinated by activities occurring in the earth’s orbit. His current research Drowning in Æther focuses on the audibility of satellite signals through a practice-based approach. The practice he calls signal hunting, is a carefully planned activity that he engages to track and capture the transmissions of satellites using a set of self-built tools and antennas. His research resulted in audio-visual performances, sound installation, and electronic devices. In recent years he has collaborated with various artists and performers. Matthias’s works have been shown in exhibitions and festivals in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. He holds a Master’s degree from the Institute for Sonology of the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag and a diploma in Digital Arts of the University for Applied Arts in Vienna.

Institute for Sonology | Royal Conservatoire Den Haag | 2017 - 2019
Department of Digital Arts | University of Applied Arts Vienna | 2009 - 2015
Media Design & Communication | Piet Zwart Institute | Exchange in 2013

selected works::

*2021
Drowning in Aether - 5 Years of RAAR - Performance, Rotterdam, NL
Drowning in Aether - Saturn at opposition - Artist in Residence, JAB 2021, Jelsa/Hvar, HR


*2020
Drowning in Aether - Research grant V2_, Rotterdam, NL
Drowning in Aether - INTIMATE OBSERVATIONS - Artist in Residence, V2_ & Museu0, Tavira, PT
MAYO - Performance, Vrooom X Koffie & Ambacht Goes To Church IV, Rotterdam, NL
MMTHS+OYO - Relaxing on the wings*, Dr. Klangendum, Concertzender, NL
MMTHS+OYO - Relaxing on the radio waves, Varia, Rotterdam, NL
CTK 03 - Chaotische Tonkultur - Vinyl Release


*2019
LiquidPluse#2 - Performance witNan Wang, Shiny Toys Festival, DE
Drowning in Aether - Lecture performance, Radical Networks, New York, US
Zodiak Commune 16 - Zodiak Commune - Vinyl Release
Drowning in Aether - Lecture performance, Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag, NL
MMTHS+OYO - Performance, Äquidistanz Festival, Vienna, AT
Drowning in Aether - Lecture performance, Kugelmugel, Vienna, AT


*2018
Drowning in Aether - Performance, Varia, Rotterdam, NL
Cranked Tapes - RAD Performance, Workshop/Performance, Kunstkanal, Vienna, AT
Solutions and problems in Extratonality 3 - Perfromance, Schouwburg, Rotterdam, NL
Solutions and problems in Extratonality 4 - Performance, Varia, Rotterdam, NL

*2017
Cranked Tapes - Artist in Residence with OYO, Aloardi/Paviljon aan het water, Rotterdam, NL
Liquid Pulses - Performance with Nan Wang, WORM, Rotterdam, NL
Sonology Ensemble - Performance, Studio Loos, Den Haag, NL
advanced obstacles #1 - Performance, Kugelmugel, KM
mobile stories - Performance, WUK / Vienna, Austria, AT

*2016
Tracing Sound - Workshop, Academy of Fine Arts / Guangzhou, CN
space village - Performance Parcour, Aspern / Vienna, AT
Winner of the NASA Space apps Hackathon, Noordwijk, NL
Apophenia - Screening, Dobra film festival, Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Seamless Interfaces - Brigit Lichtenegger, Sound Design, Amsterdam, NL
INJECTION - Performance, AIL, Vienna, AT

*2015
don’t look into the sun - Exhibition, Fokus Angewandte, Vienna, AT
LOFO - Exhibition, Internet Yami-ichi Market, BrakkeGrond Amsterdam, NL
Apophenia - Screening, Mire, Nantes, FR

*2014
Apophenia - Installation, Blikopener Festival, Delft
the essence, Groupexhibition, MAK, Vienna
OYO & MMTHS - Performance, Vrooom#16, Rotterdam
Labadi Rising, system_M, Accra, Ghana
THE USB-SHUFFLE-SHOW - Exhibition, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin
LSD #4 - BLIND_moves, nadaLokal, Vienna

*2013
Electric Parade - Exhibition, Galerie Freihausgasse, Villach
Piet Zwart Media Cabaret 3 - Performance, WORM, Rotterdam
digital frictions - Exhibition, Das weisse Haus, Vienna
copy-paste, Artist in Residence, Die Bäckerei, Innsbruck
PARCOURS IV: ART OF READING MAPS, Urbanize Festival, Vienna
soundBrowser - Performance - Poetics of the Everyday, V2_, Rotterdam
AGR - stARTup Camp Rotterdam, Worm, Rotterdam
The Tip Top Orchestra, Worm, Rotterdam
AGR - stARTup Camp Pecha Kucha Night, Worm, Rotterdam
The Tip Top Orchestra Plays Terry Riley's In C, Het Klooster, Rotterdam
MMTHS + JOAK - Performance, VROOM, Het Klooster, Rotterdam

*2012
stadt.schreiben – Performance with Daniel Aschwanden and Conny Zenk, Fabrik Publik, Vienna
redefine defaults – Exhibition, Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipualtion – Performance, Art‘s Birthday, Ö1 Kunstradio

*2011
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipualtion – Performance, Festival of fire and moving arts, Novi Sad, Serbia
urban seed – Performance, aspern movement Festival, Flugfeld Aspern, Vienna
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipualtion – Performance, Plums Festival, Moscow
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipualtion – Performance, fullframe festival 2011, Gartenbaukino, Vienna
Lecture Performance: Stadt in der Stadt – with Daniel Aschwanden and Conny Zenk, Tanzquartier, Vienna

*2010
Urban Seed – Performance, unOrtnung, Kartografisches Institut, Vienna
Urban Seed – Performance, Parcours, Seestadt Aspern, Vienna
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipualtion – Performance, Space Varieté, Theater des Augenblicks, Vienna
wemakevisuals* vs. mths – AV Live Act, DIGITAL, Planetarium, Vienna
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipulation – Performance, „Other Dimensions“, Schikaneder, Vienna
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipulation – Performance, Mapping Festival, Spoutnik, L’usine Zoo, Geneva
radio feedback – Performance/ Installation, Ö1 Kunstradio, Informelles Radio, Vienna
Dokumentation/ Presse, tagr.tv, Transmediale, Berlin

*2009
ffid – AudioVisual ObjectManipulation – Performance, Space Varieté, Theater des Augenblicks, Vienna
mths – no-input-mixing, Live Act, Hört die Signale, EKH, Vienna
„freie Studienplätze für ALLE!“ GRL Bike, Projection/ Performance, #unibrennt, Vienna