Mathew Emmett is an artist and conceptual architect that lives and works between London and Germany. He works across constructs of hybrid space, site–responsive installation, data–generated sound, emerging technologies and interdisciplinary practice. The work expresses the polarity between the real and unreal – revealing the abyss that divides. This pervades the entire experience of Emmett’s work.
The work considers how a particular architectural site that already has a noir-presence of memory and history of use, can in itself become a host to an alien incursion, providing a field within which the internal worlds of the mind comes into contention with the exterior dimensions of the building. This yields a third, three-dimensional cumulative interaction that incorporates the nervous stimuli of the occupants within the agency of the site. Boundaries and edges are blurred, flowing into each other to provide a space of unease and alternative narrative. The abrasion caused by this intervention sets up new patterns of thought and connection.
Emmett questions how space affects us, whilst originating new spatial experiences through the intersection of cognised, algorithmic and architectural space. It is for this reason that Emmett, although an architect, lets his work go beyond the third dimension – manifesting something of a wholly different order, a spatial reality beyond the one we normally occupy.
In June 2016 Emmett performed at the opening of new Switch House at Tate Modern. Emmett is currently collaborating with the renowned electronic musician/artist Eberhard Kranemann (ex Kraftwerk, NEU! Piss Off, aka Fritz Müller Rock) with the projects Space Interface and Signal Transduction. Emmett composes soundscapes for the contemporary dance choreographer Adam Benjamin with recent performances at the Tokyo Art Centre, Japan and the Place, London. Further collaborations include Estranged Space, Perception Lab, Charles Jencks, Kaos Theatre, and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Sites. Emmett has a doctorate in situated cognition, studied at Central Saint Martins, The Bartlett School of Architecture and The Architectural Association. In 2007 he attended the Karlheinz Stockhausen composition course in Germany.