Matthew Griffith

Matthew Griffith

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
mgriffith [at]

Matthew Griffith is a PhD Student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

He holds an MA in Italian studies from the University of Toronto and has presented at academic conferences on diverse topics in the field ranging from Pietro Aretino to net poetry. His interest in Italian literature, cinema and moving image art is particularly focused on the period from the moment cinema entered the gallery in the 60s to the pre Web 2.0 net art of the 90s. His thesis project is directed towards the video art and surrounding discourses that emerged in Italy during that time as a means of investigating what Agamben calls the “schism between spectator and artist”. During his course work he has also had the opportunity to work on French literature and film, particularly the formal experimentation of Robbe-Grillet, and is currently developing a theatrical adaptation of Monique Wittig’s Les Guérillères.

Through his pursuit of Critical Media Practice as a Secondary Field he is developing a portfolio of video art that seeks to bolster his research and theory, a process increasingly focused on the screen itself as a site of projection, proliferation and mediation. He has screened video pieces produced as part of his CMP coursework at various festivals and academic conferences including, most recently, MIX 2017 Writing Digital held at Bath Spa University and the Arte Non Stop Festival in Buenos Aires.

During his time at the University of Toronto he was involved in the student filmmaking community, winning the audience choice award two years in a row at the Raindance on Campus Student Filmmaking Competition for his short films Waiting for Midnight (2015) and A Square Patch of Dying Grass (2016). As an undergrad, he founded the Parallax and Interference Guild, an officially recognized student group in collaboration with the Department of Optical Science devoted to promoting the art of holography on and off campus, culminating in the rogue exhibition of student and professionally made digital and analog holograms Genesis 1:3 Let There Be Light held on Toronto’s 2014 Nuit Blanche.

He is currently a contributor to La Voce di New York’s Harvardiana interview series through the annual Italian Studies Colloquium and is also involved with the metaLAB [at] Harvard as a videographer.

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