Mattis Kuhn#

Works on the reciprocal becoming of humans, machines and the shared environment. The focus is on text based machines (as he describes himself currently as a text based person) like algorithms, artificial intelligence, formal systems, software and on the intertwining of humanities, engineering and aesthetics. Essential aspects are non-/identity, decentralization and diversity, human-machine-environment entanglements, language and AI.

Currently he is working as research associate and co-lead of the AI Lab at University of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main, Germany and as artistic associate for {creative, critical, conceptual, counter-intuitive, chaotic, contemplative, cathartic, ...} technologies at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He is part of the transdisciplinary research project »Futuring Machines« at the same place and of the research group ground zero.

Previously research assistant at the department of Experimental Informatics at University for Media Art Cologne. Study of Experimental Informatics at University for Media Art Cologne. Study of art at University of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main, Germany and at Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent, Belgium.


»Self-Driving Futures«, Non-machines: Playground of Perspectives, 21 - 22 July 2023, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Bauhaus Masters Lecture, 10 January 2023, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

»Future Actions« (YouTube), »Kunst und Algorithmen«, 17 - 18 November 2022, Ludwig Forum Aachen

»With and against AI«, Artificial Intelligence – Intelligent Art? Human-Machine Interaction and Creative Practice, 8 October 2022, TU Braunschweig

»ell Worl_! The rule becomes the author!«, with Julia Nakotte, Tiago Ive Rubini, Ting Chun Liu and Christian Heck, 6 October 2021, International Meeting of Research Groups, Brazil

»Artificial Intelligences in Artistic Practice + NFTs & Art«, 10 September 2021, ESCP Business School, Berlin

Artist Talk at the event „AI as a Tool in Fine Art“, 11 May 2021, Stiftung Niedersachsen, Hannover

»Digital art and curatorial practice« – Johanna Teresa Wallenborn und Mattis Kuhn im Dialog. Teil der Veranstaltungsreihe „50 Jahre HfG - Why make the past your sacred cow?“, 17 June 2020, HfG Offenbach

»AI in Artistic Creation Processes - Examples from Fine Art, Music and Literature«, 23 November 2019, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing

»Use of AI in Art Production«, 23 September 2019, Informatik 2019 - KI 2019, Workshop AI & Arts, Kassel

Artist Talk, 05 June 2019, Artist Breakfast Club, The Model, Sligo, Irland

»I am here to learn«, 19 May 2019, Art and Artificial Intelligence, Open Conference ZKM, Karlsruhe

»Artificial Intelligences in Artistic Production«, 16 May 2019, AI in Art and Culture, Conference of the Stiftung Niedersachsen, Hannover

»Use of AI in Art Production«, 23 March 2019, Goethe-Institut Irland, Dublin, Ireland

Artist (Selection)#

Grasslands for Insects, Erlkönig, Bremen (2022)

EMAF Experience, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück (2019)

Open Codes. The Art of Coding, ZKM, Karlsruhe/ Goethe-Institut Indien, Mumbai, India (2019)

Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2017-18)

PIKSEL17 - festival for elektronisk kunst og fri teknologi, Bergen, Norway (2017)

F°LAB – Festival for Performing Arts, Frankfurt LAB (2017)

SMALL #2, Kunstraum SUPER, Vienna (2017)

On Stage, Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg (2016)

Acht Brücken - Musik für Köln, Cologne (2014)


How to Make a Paradise – Seducement and Dependence in Generated Worlds, Frankfurter Kunstverein (2020)

I am here to learn: On Machinic Interpretations of the World, co-curated by Franziska Nori, Frankfurter Kunstverein (2018)


»AFFIRMATIVE — REJECT. With and Against AI.« In Artificial Intelligence – Intelligent Art? Human-Machine Interaction and Creative Practice, edited by Eckart Voigts, Robin Markus Auer, Dietmar Elflein, Sebastian Kunas, Jan Röhnert, and Christoph Seelinger, 203–16. Bielefeld: transcript, 2024. (Will be released on May 27.)

»Kommentar zu: (Un)creative Artificial Intelligence. Zur Kritik ‘künstlicher Kunst’ von Dieter Mersch«. Von Georg Trogemann, Christian Heck, Mattis Kuhn. 2020.

»Art and AI without Programming«, infodienst – Das Magazin für kulturelle Bildung, Nr. 137/2020.

»Wird die Kunst digital?«, 2020.

»Programmierte Selbstbestimmung« (Programmed Self-determination), Catalog text for the exhibition „Snap Your Identity“, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, 2020.

»Künstliche Intelligenzen in künstlerischen Schaffensprozessen. Ein Überblick aktueller Praxis« (Artificial Intelligences in Artistic Production), Conference Publication „Kultur gestaltet Zukunft“ der Stiftung Niedersachsen, 2019 (online).

Leeway of Vagueness in Algorithmic Meshes in Contemporary Art, (german only), 2016.

Interviews, Articles & Catalogues#

»Standort Freigabe«, exhibitions in public space by Spacing (former ERLKÖNIG). Verlag Marian Arnd. (2024)

»Grasslands for Insects« by Maxwell Stephens. English German (2023)

»Die seltsame Schleife«. Lyrikkritikvideo von Frauke Gerstenberg zu »Selbstgespräche mit einer KI«. (YouTube) (2021)

Mensch – Maschine – Künste. Interview mit kubi – Magazin für Kulturelle Bildung (2021)

WDR 3 Mosaik, radio feature about Art & AI (2021)

„Geschriebene Welt“ – 50 Jahre | 50 Alumni: Mattis Kuhn (2020)

Painting in text: »Art in Algorithms: Mattis Kuhn« (2020)


IMAGE + BIAS Open Call: Visualizing Bias with Augmented Reality. Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Gray Area, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Artivive. (2021)


The Model, Sligo & Goethe-Institut Irland (2019)


International Lanxess-Composition-Award Cologne, 2nd prize (2014)

Prize of the annual university exhibition for art, by freunde der hfg e.v. (2012)

Junior-stagedesign-prize "Offenbacher Löwe", by Lions Club Offenbach (2012)

Grants & project fundings#

ERLKÖNIG, Bremen : Grasslands for Insects (Installation) (2022)

Hessische Kulturstiftung : Grasslands for Insects (2022)

Künstlerhilfe Frankfurt : Selbstgespräche mit einer KI (2021)

Hessische Theaterakademie : forkbombEnsemble (2017)

Acht Brücken - Musik für Köln : Arbeiter Verstimmen Die Fabrik (2014)

Hessische Theaterakademie : Herz Woyzeck (2012)