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. In his works he often trades control in favor of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. 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 studied at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles.


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Instant Moment, Como & Happy Screens, Seoul (South Korea)
Face Trade, ISEA 2019, Gwangju (South Korea)
Block Bills, Intersections at Fort Mason, San Francisco (USA)
Face Trade, Art Center Nabi, Seoul (South Korea)
Block Bills, CYFEST 2018, St Petersburg (Russia)
Block Bills, Today Art Museum, Beijing (China)
Regurgitating, UCLA Game Art Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (USA)
Mike's Kandors, Cache_LA, Mintmoue, Los Angeles (USA)
Block Bills, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton (UK)
Trumpdown, The Public School, Los Angeles (USA)
Disassembly, 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)
Daily Donut, It's Doing It, Online
Tüffels, Novas, Los Angeles (USA)
Mechanical Parts, L’Atelier, Take My Picture Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Weird Second Order Loops, UCLA MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Mechanical Parts, Digital Media Now, University Art Gallery Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (USA)
Mechanical Parts, Prefix MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Weird Faces, Incidence, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Selective Memory Theatre, Einblick Ausblick, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel (Germany)
Refaketion, Written Images, Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance , Berlin (Germany)
Metope - Rebird, 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


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

Talks and Workshops

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)