About Mathieu's Residency at iMAL
During the first phase of the residency Mathieu Zurstrassen will connect all the hardware parts of the scenography of his last interactive installation "Margaret", which he has intensively worked on, over the past months. Secondly, while testing the kinetic reliability of the work, he will implant the unique autonomous brain (the AI aka ‘Margaret’) a Neural Network model developed and trained over the past three months. Lastly he will kindly call for all the expertise from the people of iMAL and the other residents to get feedback about the project and finetune according to the critics.
Mathieu Zurstrassen is a trained architect who from 2013 embraces the path of visual arts. In designing objects, he moves away from the projection of the drawing and focuses on the experimentation of construction. He gives added value to his work, symbolic and philosophical, on the quality of the invisible and the relationships thus created between the sender and receiver. He uses the codes of craftsmanship to solve aesthetical issues often at the borders of the unspeakable. Highly technical, Mathieu Zurstrassen combines the ambiguity of materials, a poetic thought made of humor and delicacy.
He has since exhibited in various events, galleries and festivals such as the KIKK Festival or Ars Electronica or Venice Bienale.