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Austin Public Library Podcast

In an episode of the APL Volumes podcast, Cultural Arts Division staff member Calder Kamin interviews Urban Matter Inc. about public art and their new artwork Golden Afternoon, a public art installation in the Seaholm Redevelopment commissioned by Austin Art in Public Places.

Golden Afternoon on City View

Great shots of Golden afternoon and insightful sound bytes from John Rosato, principal of Southwest Strategies Group in Austin, on City View, City of Austin Government Access Channel.


This virtual pong game at NYU aims to restore social interaction to gaming and activate an abandoned storefront.


Playing larger-than-life Pong on a NYC storefront


Pop-Up Pong Game Promotes Storefront Interaction


Downtown Louisville Art Exhibit Makes Air Quality Visible

WLKY 32 News

Local ‘Air Bare’ exhibit monitors the city’s air pollution

Broken Sidewalk

Seeing is believing: “Air Bare” installation merges pollution data and art to help clear the air in Louisville

Insider Louisville

Using data visualization art to tell Louisville’s air quality story.

WFPL : Louisville’s NPR® News Station

Telling Stories About Louisville’s Air Quality Through Art.


Urban Matter Inc is a part of a Brazilian TV Program called Ateliê Urbano about different types of urban artistic expressions in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and New York axis.

Austin Business Journal

Urban Matter likely to light up Austin’s Seaholm with art installation.

Drive the District : Powered by GM

Urban Matter Turns Parking Garage Into Fiber Optic Installation.


Unnatural Nature : Embracing the city by transforming industrial blight into urban amenity.

Daily Pioneer

Bangladeshi-American artist Fariba Alam uses geomteric angles, pixels and mathematical diagrams to define themes of migration and travel.

Design Observer

Good Night : A Dazzling New Era of Metropolitan Light, essay by Sandy Isenstadt

Matters of Art

MYSTIC TRAIL, Review of ‘Lace of Stars’ by Amrita Varma

Core 77

Urban Matter’s ‘Silent Lights’ turns New York City traffic noise into color.


Silent Light installation illuminated sound pollution in Brooklyn.


Silent Lights: Noise-Activated LED Gates Illuminate Passageway Underneath Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

News 12

New public art display ‘Silent Lights’ unveiled under the BQE in Fort Greene

the Creator’s Project

Brooklyn Installation Turns Traffic Noise Into An Exuberant Light Vista.


How combining light and sound can help reveal local character.

Arup Connect

Arup recently invited Urban Matter Inc. to install work in its New York lobby as part of a new rotating exhibition series. Connect caught up with the designers as they set up Wise Words.

New Museum

Shagun Singh and Valeria Bianco give us insider details about Wise Words, a project as part of IDEAS CITY celebrating women immigrants in New York City.


The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects : US Pavilion, 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.


ARTfarm Project Turns Gritty New York Streets Into a Green Haven.

Panels & Presentations

Core Conversation : The future of physical digital placemaking

On March 14th we hosted a core conversation for ‘SXSW interactive’ around the theme of physical/digital placemaking in Austin, Texas. Check for notes in our blog section.

Panel : Workspace of the Future | FXFOWLE

On October 8th we participated in the future of work panel organized by the architecture firm Fxfowle as a part of the World Architecture Day.

Panel : Social lives of Public Spaces | US Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennial

The U.S. Pavilion at the Thirteenth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale was organized by the Institute for Urban Design on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Panel : The Intersection of Architecture & Public Art for Innovative Community Revitalization | AFHny

We moderated a conversation around the ‘The Intersection of Architecture & Public Art for Innovative Community Revitilization’ at the Center for Architecture in New York. The questions that we raised included […]

Panel : Parallel Urbanism; Local people regulating local spaces | Designwala

Parallel Urbanism Panel – Designwala from Urban Matter Inc on Vimeo. Panelists – Lina Srivastava, Jyoti Hosagrahar, John Gerarci Date – Feb 28th at Wix Lounge NYC The panel on Parallel Urbanism : […]


Under the Elevated

Silent Lights was showcased as part of one of the DOT improvement case studies in the ‘Under the Elevated’ project publication by Design Trust for Public Space.

Color Quotient, Issue 6, Aug 2014

Silent Lights was featured on the 16th Issue of Color Quotient (spelt Colour Quotient in British English), a magazine focused on color, published by Asian Paints in India. According to […]

Works that Work, Issue 3, Spring 2014

Works that Work is a magazine about unexpected creativity.  Shagun contributed an article about an inventor in India – Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented a machine that can create sanitary pads for […]

Metropolis Mag, Feb 2014.

‘Unnatural Nature : Embracing the city by transforming industrial blight into urban amenity’ is the title of the article in Feb issue of the Metropolis magazine. Written by Karrie Jacobs, the article […]

Architect Magazine, August 2012

The showcase, which will be on view in the US Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture from August 27th through November 25th, is organized around six broad themes: economy, information, accessibility, community, pleasure, and sustainability.

Kyoorius Magazine, Vol. 12, 2012

‘What designers can learn from Grassroots level Creative Entrepreneurs’ talks about creativity in the places where it is least expected.

Kyoorius Magazine, Vol. 13, 2012

‘Creating Urban Futures through Tactical Urbanism’ covers the role of tactical urbanism in creating sustainable urban experiences.

By the City / For the City : IFUD, 2011

Silent Lights was published in the ‘By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York

Exhibitions & Festivals

July 20, 2015

Pop Up Storefront

Play Array was installed as an interactive pop up at the NYU storefront space in Downtown Brooklyn in May 2015.

Ornate Activate Group Show

Bare Branches created in collaboration with Fariba Alam was shown at Shirin Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, from June 11th to July 11th 2015.

December 12, 2013

Bare Branches in Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi

Bare Branches was done in collaboration with Fariba Alam and was shown at the Shrine Empire Gallery in New Delhi as a part of the show Lace of Stars.

May 5, 2013

Wise Words at the IDEAS CITY Architecture Biennale 2013

Wise Words was shown as a part of the IDEAS CITY FESTIVAL organized by the New Museum. This initiative explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that art and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work and play.

August 5, 2012

ARTfarm in Venice Architecture Biennale 2012

ARTfarm was selected as one of the 124 projects to be showcased as a part of the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012

October 5, 2010

Raising the Count at the Sikh Film Festival 2010

Raising the Count was selected to be a part of the Sikh Film Festival in 2010. The festival is organized every year by the Sikh Arts and Film Foundation and focuses on creating awareness about the Sikh community in America.