Matthew Sansom is an artist working across a variety of media and contexts including sound, video, sculpture, installation, performance and musical composition. His work has been exhibited and performed internationally, including the National Theatre of Prague, Victoria & Albert Museum, ICA (London), CCA (Glasgow), t-u-b-e galerie (Munich), Korean Institute of Culture, Ely Cathedral. Commissions have included sound-based works for Liverpool City Council, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai. He holds a doctorate in musicology/music psychology. After teaching at the Universities of Newcastle and Surrey, UK, he is now Professor of Music at Sunway University, KL, Malaysia.
sound, improvisation, sufism, soundscapes, creative process
Park Bench Sojourn: installation (mixed media and VR), 2016 - ongoing
Of Other Spaces: art installation (sound, music, spoken text and video intervention) with Andy Thomson. The Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK. (12 – 30 Sept 2015)
Homelands: working the rice, working the mountain: mixed-media installation and site-specific performances, with Stefan Osterjo and Nguyễn Thanh Thủy. Funded by DOM DOM (Center for Contemporary Music in Vietnam). Manzi’s Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam. (Sept – Dec 2013). Also as part of SEA ArtsFest 2014, Embassy Tea Gallery, London UK. (October 2014).
WeakForce4: collaborative sound/sculptural installation, with Andy Thomson (UK/NZ), Paul Cullen (NZ), Laresa Kosloff (Aus), Bruce Barber (Canada), Kim Morgan, (Canada), Layne Waerea (NZ), Anthony Cribb (NZ), Liz Bird (NZ), Daniel von Sturmer (Aus/NZ), Benji Bradley (NZ), Suh YongSun (Korea), Lee Ihnbaum (Korea). St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, NZ. (November-December 2013)
Sansom, M. (2017) “Under the Aspect of Eternity: A Perennialist Interpretation of Free Improvisational Aesthetics and Pedagogy”, in Boyce-Tillman, J. (ed.) Spirituality in Music Education (Oxford: Peter Lang)
Sansom, M. (2017) “Improvisation”, in King, A., Himonides, E. and Ruthmann, A. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education (London: Routledge)
“Dissolving Dualities: Onto-epistemological Implications of Ecological Sound Art” in Contemporary Music Review, 34:4, 267-280, 2015
Publications and Exhibitions