A person with shoulder length light brown hair and a large mustache. They are wearing a black turtle neck, sitting with their legs crossed they looked relaxed as they gaze directly forward.
Matthew Halpenny is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Montréal. Their work takes a hybrid approach to knowledge mobilization, combining critical making and experiential art installations. Currently this research examines the embodied material and energetic processes behind digital technologies. Their work approaches this topic through installation art and open-source, speculative design solutions that aim to improve the accessibility of sustainable energy technologies such as microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Their previous (and on-going) art-research is informed by systems theory, socio-biological ecologies, nonhuman temporalities, and relational aesthetics - leading to work exhibited at Ars Electronica, Elektra, ISEA, Le Centre Pompidou, Mutek, and Digital Ecologies. They are currently a graduate research member at the research-creation network, Hexagram, and before joining the Chair in Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality, they were a research member at Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, & Technology, where they worked within the Speculative Life Biolab.


Critical Practices in
Materials and Materiality