workingsurface _studio    is a space developed to engage Research, Education, and Design in support of client, student, and various community needs and aspirations.  here we go...     Check out our current projects to the right including our contribution to the newly published    Out of the Ruins        _publication          Scroll to the right to view current projects...  See Links below to further information...         image   -        Photograph taken on Antony    Gormley's,    "Horizontal Field Hamburg" installation, 2012.

workingsurface _studio 

is a space developed to engage Research, Education, and Design in support of client, student, and various community needs and aspirations.

here we go...

 

Check out our current projects to the right including our contribution to the newly published Out of the Ruins 

_publication

 

 

Scroll to the right to view current projects...

See Links below to further information...

 

 

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Photograph taken on Antony Gormley's, "Horizontal Field Hamburg" installation, 2012.

_publication

_publication

Out of the Ruins: The Emergence of Radical Informal Learning Spaces

Matthew Bissen

Co-authored the chapter - What is Horizontal Pedagogy? A conversation about dandelions... in the newly published Out of the Ruins.

with David Backer, Jacques Laroche, Alek Perisic, and Jason Wozniak.

From the Book Overview -

Out of the Ruins sets out to explore and discuss the emergence of alternative learning spaces that directly challenge the pairing of public education with particular dominant capitalist and statist structures. The authors construct philosophical, political, economic and social arguments that focus on radical informal learning as a way to contest efforts to commodify and privatize our everyday educational experiences. The major themes include the politics of learning in our formal settings, constructing new theories on our informal practices, collective examples of how radical informal learning practices and experiences operate, and how individuals and collectives struggle to share these narratives within and outside of institutions.

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4 walks through "Voices of Immigration Station" at InScape Arts, 2015

Matthew Bissen

A collaboration with Buoyant Design to document their "Voices of Immigration Station" installation at Inscape Arts, Seattle.

Buoyant in their work asked the question - "How do you tell a story of human detention?"

Our approach to their installation was to ask - "How is the work and the story of human detention experienced in the current everyday setting?" 

The power of this installation is how it reveals and critically situates the stories of the past inhabitants of the former United States Immigration Station & Assay Office within the particular spatial and social characteristics of the building.  Our approach to documenting their work was to engage numerous walks through the building as a way to know the stories of the building past and the building present.  Images over four walks record our view of the historic voices as they are situated in the contemporary spaces and activities in the building.  The walks reveal how Buoyant in collaboration with InScape and the Wing Luke Museum tell the story of human detention with the clarity, beauty, and care required for these voices of the past to be heard.

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Search Me, Matthew Bissen, 2015.

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Rain Calendar, Seattle

 

The 2015 Spring equinox brings the Rain Calendar through year 5. 

Not only has this recorded another year of rain days but it also begins to reveal the new ecology in which it is situated.  In June the calendar (and myself) relocated to Seattle.  New patterns and experiences are emerging...

See the portfolio tab below for images of the yearly record and more information.

 

 

 

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Acrylic and Nails, Matthew Bissen, 2010 to present day.

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Narrating Place:  A Collaborative Exploration of Narrative Cartography, mixed digital media, 2013

Matthew Bissen, Paul Ritchard & Laurene Vaughan

narratingplace.info

The aim of Narrating Place is to explore through a series of 45 second video pieces, a diversity of ways of narrating the experience and representation of place.  The phenomenon of place is a rich concept rooted in how we perceive and conceive our environment.  This is a concept which deserves continual critical and exploratory work to develop ways to understand how, through spatial and subjective experience we narrate a particular place. Individuals were invited to contribute to this work based on the curatorial team’s knowledge of their work and interest in the subjective representation of place. The invited participants come from the Americas, Europe and Australasia. The outcome is this rich mix will result in a unique commentary on and contribution to the affective cartographies of place.

 

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Film still from "Touching Water," by Matthew Bissen, 2013.

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A Personal Geography, 2010 - ongoing.

 

@matthewalking is an ongoing exploratory research project into personal geographies.  The project questions methods of how we experience, know, and participate in our environment.  Open ended derive walks are engaged and real time published via Twitter.  These Twitter logs generate spatial narratives of the walks, which are then mapped every two years into an archive map.  This is an open ended project currently in its fourth year.

Presented - Art and Cartography Workshop, 2011, ETH Zurich.

 

 

 

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"@matthewalking - NYC," Archive Map, 2011.