Matthew Mazzotta works at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism, focusing on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His community-specific public projects integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into the built environment and reveal how the spaces we travel through and spend our time living within have the potential to become distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges. Through his process, each project starts by creating temporary public spaces for listening-‘Outdoor Living Room’-as a way to capture voices from local people that might not attend more formal meetings. Stemming from this approach are experiences that involve people from a range of backgrounds working together to create new models of living that contribute to local culture beyond the economic realm.
Matthew Mazzotta's public projects have received international art and architecture awards such as the Architizer A+ Award, Azure's AZ Award, The WAN Award, and six of his projects have been recognized by the Americans for the Arts. Last year, in particular, he won four of the major international Architecture awards, as well as, “Architecture Project of the Year” by the Dezeen Awards at the Tate Modern in London. Matthew’s work has been featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, The Huffington Post, Discovery Channel, and Science Magazine to name a few, and presented at the Cooper Hewitt - Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC. Mazzotta received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University, and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow and a TED Fellow.
HOME is a site-specific art installation in the Central Terminal of the Tampa International Airport.
CLOUD HOUSE (2016)
A unique rain harvesting system that creatively reuses rainwater to provide a sensory experience.
STOREFRONT THEATER (2016)
A unique space that transforms into a theater by using an abandoned freestanding storefront wall.
OPEN HOUSE (2013)
A structure disguised as a house, but transforms into an open-air theater, free for public use.
HARM TO TABLE (2016)
This table travels the country to serve meals made from local plants threatened by climate change.
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