Mattia Casalegno’s work is obsessed with what happened after we became naked, when we learned to domesticate the dog and the horse. When we first thought of a straight line and drew the first circle.
He works with technology to demystify the opposition of nature and culture. "My work talks about man and his tools. Objects of engineering: instruments of control and dominion. My work is about the dance of the bees, the leaves of the plants, the beak, the sting, the number zero and the compass. My work talks about when we parted Ananke and built the first tower, and all that happened after that."
His multidisciplinary practice is influenced by both post-conceptualism and digital art, and has been defined relational, immersive, and participatory. Casalegno exhibited in numerous international galleries and institutions, among others: MACRO Museum Rome, Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa, Auditorium, Hadrian Temple, RomaEuropa Festival, Sant’Arcangelo dei Teatri, Netmage festival (Italy), Mutek Festival (Canada), Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Chronus Art Center (China), UPDATE Biennial, Cimatics Festival, Nuit Blanche Brussels (Belgium), Optronica Festival (UK), Le Cube Contemporary Art Museum (France), OFFF Festival (Spain), The Satellite Art Fair, AxS Festival, YAA Museum, LACMA in US.
His work is been featured internationally in publications and catalogues such as “A Touch of Code”, Gestalten Books; “New Media Design”, Sometti; and “Deleuze and Audiovisual Art”, Manchester Metropolitan University, and on media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Art Tribune, the Creators Projects, Creative Applications, Hyperallergic, Digicult, Art F City, We Make Money not Art, e-artnow.
Nominated to the New Technological Art Awards in 2014 and artist is residence at Eyebeam in 2015. He received various grants and fellowships from, among others: the CCI - Center for Cultural Innovation, GAI - Young Italian Artists Network, NASCA/NYFA and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. In 2015 he co-founded the artist space “Roomservice’ in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently faculty at the department of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute, and the Computation, Technology and Culture department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).