Matthias Dörfelt (1987, Hamburg, Germany) is a Los Angeles-based artist. He mainly works in software producing artifacts ranging from drawings, prints, animation, videos and interactive installations to robotics. He likes to describe his practice as instruction based art through the lens of drawing, computation, technology and automation. In his works he often trades control in favor of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. Despite being automatically generated, many of his works maintain a sense of human gesture, often times playing with the expectations we have towards technology end exploring what we perceive as genuinely human. Matthias will continue to explore these aspects by infusing technology with flaws, naivety and weirdness. He believes in a media arts practice that favors spontaneity over streamlining and hopes that his works contribute to shape our relationship to machines in a similar way.

Matthias work has been talked about in publications such as Hyperallergic, Wired, Gizmodo, Studio International, CAN, Page, étapes, The Economist, The Observer, Interactions and many more. His work has been shown internationally at Art Center Nabi (Seoul), ISEA 2019 (Gwangju), The Hammer (Los Angeles), B4BEL4B (Oakland), onedotzero festival (London), Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (Berlin) and Art Souterrain (Montreal) among others.

Matthias studied at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles.


Electric Artefacts Inaugural Show, Online
CADAF Online Art Fair, Online
Art Souterrain, Montreal, QC (Canada)
a2p - An experiment in artist-to-artist collecting, Online
Instant Moment, Como & Happy Screens, Seoul (South Korea)
ISEA 2019, Gwangju (South Korea)
Intersections at Fort Mason, San Francisco (USA)
Art Center Nabi Residency Exhibition, Seoul (South Korea)
CYFEST 2018, St Petersburg (Russia)
Lumen Matrix, Today Art Museum, Beijing (China)
UCLA Game Art Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (USA)
Cache_LA, Mintmoue, Los Angeles (USA)
Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton (UK)
Trumpdown, The Public School, Los Angeles (USA)
Blind Spot, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Rallying With Chance, Phils, Los Angeles (USA)
TL;DR, B4BEL4B, Oakland (USA)
VURT, Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
L’Atelier, Take My Picture Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
UCLA MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Digital Media Now, University Art Gallery Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (USA)
Prefix, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Incidence, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Einblick Ausblick, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel (Germany)
Written Images, Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance , Berlin (Germany)
onedotzero festival, London (UK)

Awards & Residencies

Art Center Nabi Residency, Seoul
UCLA Game Lab Artist in Residence, Los Angeles (USA)
Lumen Prize Winner, Still Image Category
Zachary Watson Memorial Education Fund


2014 MFA Design Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
2011 BA Communication Design, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel


2018 Drawing & Color, UCLA, Los Angeles
2018 Fundamentals of Procedural Media, USC, Los Angeles
2017 Drawing & Color, UCLA, Los Angeles
2017 Fundamentals of Procedural Media, USC, Los Angeles
2014 Interactivity, UCLA, Los Angeles

Talks and Workshops

La Martinière-Diderot & Friends, Lyon (France) (online)
Artist Talk, UT Austin, Austin (USA)
PaperJS workshop, UT Austin, Austin (USA)
Artist Talk, MuDA, Zurich (CH)
Conditional Drawing Workshop, MuDA, Zurich (CH)
Artist Talk, UCLA, Los Angeles (USA)
Artist Talk, TLDR, B4b3l4b, Oakland (USA)
Artist Talk, University of San Fransisco, San Francisco (USA)
Artist Talk, UCLA, Los Angeles (USA)
Hello Motor, UCLA Arts Software Studio, Los Angeles (USA)
Behind the Weird Faces,, Los Angeles (USA)
Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, UCLA Art | Sci Center, Los Angeles (USA)