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.


Block Bills, Intersections at Fort Mason, San Francisco
Face Trade, Art Center Nabi, Seoul
Block Bills, CYFEST 2018, St Petersburg
Block Bills, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Regurgitating, UCLA Game Art Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Mike's Kandors, Cache_LA, Mintmoue, Los Angeles
Block Bills, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton
Trumpdown, The Public School, Los Angeles
Disassembly, Blind Spot, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles
Rallying With Chance, Phils, Los Angeles
TL;DR, B4BEL4B, Oakland
VURT, Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles
Daily Donut, It's Doing It, Online Exhibition
Tüffels, Novas, Los Angeles
Mechanical Parts, L’Atelier, Take My Picture Gallery, Los Angeles
Weird Second Order Loops, UCLA MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles
Mechanical Parts, Digital Media Now, University Art Gallery Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Mechanical Parts, Prefix MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles
Weird Faces, Incidence, Design Matters Gallery, Los Angeles
Selective Memory Theatre, Einblick Ausblick, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel
Refaketion, Written Images, Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance , Berlin
Metope - Rebird, onedotzero festival, London

Awards & Residencies

Art Center Nabi Residency, Seoul
UCLA Game Lab Artist in Residence, Los Angeles
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, MuDA, Zurich
Conditional Drawing Workshop, MuDA, Zurich
Artist Talk, UCLA, Los Angeles
Artist Talk, TLDR, B4b3l4b, Oakland
Artist Talk, University of San Fransisco, San Francisco
Artist Talk, UCLA, Los Angeles
Hello Motor, UCLA Arts Software Studio, Los Angeles
Behind the Weird Faces,, Los Angeles
Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, UCLA Art | Sci Center, Los Angeles