Mattia Casalegno is an Italian visual artist based in Los Angeles and New York.
In 2001 he co-founds the project Kinotek ( http://www.kinotek.org ), a seminal vjing and new media crew based in Rome, among the first italian collective to use digital tools for vj performances, with whom he partecipated at several international festivals such as ContactEurope, Dissonanze2003, Arezzo Wave/Elettrowave 2003, Italian Live Media (IT), AVIT (DE), OFFF (ES).
In the years 2002-2004 he is part of the Italian experimental audio-visual trio metaXu, and since 2002 he started a prolific collaboration with the electro-acustic composer and artist Martux M ( http://www.martux-m.it ) aka Maurizio Martusciello, performing at festivals such as Mutek (CA), “Batofar Recherche l’Italie” (FR), Sintesi, International JazzFestival and RomaEuropa festival (IT).
In 2005 he designs live visuals for italian singer Meg (ex 99 posse, Multiformis) italian summer tour produced by Barley Arts promotion Italia and and co-curates "Mixing Identities", the first DVD compilation of emerging italian Vjs produced by ArezzoWave/Electrowave 2006 festival (IT).
During the years 2005-2008 he curates and performs live visuals in various audiovisual performances: “Grainscapes I”, a collaboration with S.Roux (Aperstartjee) and G.Davis (Carpark, Autumn rec) at the Netmage festival (IT). “Info-Naturae 1.0” with the ambient composer Emanuele Errante (Apegenine rec) at the 'Interferenze festival' and 'Sant’Arcangelo dei Teatri' (IT). “Strutture Dissipative” at Romaeuropa festival (IT). "Fuoriorari(a)" with E.Ghezzi, M.Martusciello, M. Masullo at the 'Toledo Gallery' in Naples (IT), and the performance “X-Scape 07” with Martux_M at Auditorium in Rome (IT).
In 2007 he's been commissioned by the Brussels-based events production company 'Villa Eugenie' ( www.villaeugenie.com ) for the design of a generative installation for Jean Paul Gaultier's “maDame” event, and for the visual concept of Sonya Rykiel's "50 ans" show in Paris.
During the years 2007-2008 he collaborates closely with the Belgian audiovisual platform "Cimatics" ( www.cimatics.com ), by which is commissioned several multi-platform and audiovisual projects, such as "Disturbed City BXL", with the artist Michael Langeder ( http://www.michaellangeder.com/ ), and the light design for Vert Pop Festival 2007 and 2008. In 2009 he relocates to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA at the Design Media Art dept. at UCLA.
In 2010 he is co-author of the audiovisual installation “Il Gesto Sospeso”, in collaboration with Maurizio Martusciello and fashion designer Roberto Capucci, produced by AltaRomaAltaModa and showed at the Hadrian Temple in Rome. In the same year he shows “Unstable Empathy”, an EEG based relational installation sponsored by Epoc technologies, in collaboration with neuropsychologist Enzo Varriale for the Media Facade Festival 2010 and Nuit Blanche in Brussels, produced by iMAL (BE). In the same year he exhibits the video installation “Fibrillation” at the MUSE event at LACMA in Los Angeles, and shows his first of a series of wearable (a)sensorial devices, “The Open”, at the Wright Gallery in Los Angeles.
The beginning of 2011 sees the emerging of his solo multi-platform project “The Rubisco Journey”, with its first iteration “RBSC.01”, exhibited at the Wright gallery in Los Angeles. In Fall 2011 he teaches the first “Tangible Feelings” workshop on “Brain-Human Interfaces for media art and live performance” produced by iMal in Brussels.
During the first days of 2012 he premiered the installation “Unstable Empathy 1.0” at the Future Media Festival in Taipei and leads the second iteration of the “Tangible Feelings” workshop at the DAC -Digital Arts Center- in Taipei. In winter 2012 he teaches the class “MediaTecture” at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. In June 2012 he curates visuals for the site-specific audiovisual performance “One Small Section of the Sky”, in collaboration with artist Lita Albuquerque, the LA Master Chorale and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.
In fall 2013 he exhibits RBSC.01at Digital Life 2013, produced by RomaEuropa festival in Rome, and participates at LPM - Live Performers Meetings in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2014 he participates to the Sphearae screening, AxS Festival in Pasadena, CA; the Robot festival of Digital Arts in Bologna, IT; UPDATE_5 Biennial in Gent and The Green Light District exhibition in Kortijk, BE. He is nominated to the New Technological Art Awards 2014 and is artist in residence at the BUDAfabriek, Kortjik, BE.
In Fall 2015 he presents his first public art project “RippleWaves”, a permanent light installation commissioned by Sales Regis, in Huntington Beach, CA. In spring 2015 he is resident at Eyebeam Center for Culture and Technology, Brooklyn, NY.