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Matthew Attard

Matthew Attard (b. 1987, Malta). 

Matthew is a current practice-based PhD candidate at the School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art of the University of Edinburgh, funded by the Malta Arts Scholarship scheme. His research is actively exploring methods of drawing-with eye-tracking technology. 

Matthew is strongly interested in situating his practice within the realm of contemporary drawing through a multimedia approach that highlights drawing’s versatile, performative, and time-based nature. His drawing projects involve some of the following themes and concepts: the extension of the line within 3D spaces; the overlaying of multiple viewpoints; the datafication of the line; drawing-with technology; notions of seeing and looking; technological embodiment; the subversion of data (and other technological aspects); socio-political conversations; and the contemporary representation of ourselves.

In 2021 he had his most recent solo show, rajt ma rajtx… naf li rajt at Valletta Contemporary curated by Elyse Tonna, that also featured the collaborative project Ħars fuq ħars curated by Margerita Pulè. His work has been shown internationally across galleries, art fairs, curated projects and museums. In 2018 he was awarded the Under 30 Euromobil Prize at ArteFiera, Bologna. In 2019 he was selected for a third time to exhibit during Ten Artists to Watch at LACDA, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts. During the same year, he was present during the collective show Soglie e Limiti, at Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice. In 2019 he was also selected to participate in Artissima Telephone at the OGR spaces in Turin. In 2020 he was part of the online project: Re-Index.

In 2021 Matthew was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize for art and technology, London.

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