surface magazine interview and ruby & unsounds performance

February 13th, 2018

A nice interview talking about the instrument ruby and sound-making in general.

Thessia Machado’s Handmade Instruments Turn Ambience into Music


And if that makes it curious about this instrument, well you’re in luck! I’ll be performing February 16th with ruby & the unsounds as part of the conference Precarious Sounds // Sounding Sanctuary, hosted by NYU’s FAS Music Department.

More info and full schedule here:

summer 2017

June 17th, 2017

It’s been quite the eventful year so far!

I’m back from spending time in fabulous Berlin and you can find info about the trip and its contents below.

But first, here’s what’s upcoming this summer (in order of appearance):



music and video performances in connection with the exhibition curated by Tali Hinkis
June 28, 7 pm at Radiator Gallery
10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY 11106

Featuring Thessia Machado, Becca Uliasz and Andy Pitcher, Howard Huang, and a special guest.

more info about the excellent exhibition here:



The Lacemaker’s Y(e)arn
Karen Ostrom and Thessia Machado

at BRIC Arts

June 30 – Aug 13, 2017

Curated by Jenny Gerow


The Lacemaker’s Y(e)arn is a visual conversation between two artists responding to the language of traditional lace construction. Karen Ostrom and Thessia Machado present a unique collaboration of animation and sound, filtered through traditional lace from Bahia, Brazil, and a repurposed fax machine.

647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217



Where Do We Stand?

Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions

at The Drawing Center

Aug 03 – Sep 17, 2017    


Where Do We Stand?: Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions is the second whole-group exhibition of the Open Sessions program. It includes all thirty-six artists in the 2016-17 program, giving the first floor of the museum over to an exploration of contemporary drawing, encompassing video, sculpture, photography, and installation, as well as traditional drawing forms.

THE DRAWING CENTER 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013




And here’s some of the things I was up to this past winter and spring while in residence at the American Academy in Berlin.

a little video profile from the Academy:

Fellow Spotlight: Thessia Machado

A photo essay and some origin stories about the piece telix:

info about the show at SomoS Gallery (more documentation coming soon):

An interview in the newspaper Taz. (my German is so good..)!5405652/

A little gig in a phone booth in Schlachtensee:

dial:music, episode 8: analog synthesizer

all sorts of good things already happening in 2017!

January 14th, 2017

I arrived in Berlin a week ago to start my 5-month residency at the American Academy in Berlin. I’ll be giving a presentation here on the 26th to discuss my work and give a short performance with ruby, my newest instrument.


more info here

this presentation is part of the vorspiel programme of the Transmediale festival


Back in the States, I have work in a couple of shows on view right now:

and lustre-and-rust



I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to receive an Artists Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. FCA was founded by John Cage, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, so it’s a really special honor to be part of this legacy.

John Cage’s Variations VII at Issue Project Room

September 29th, 2016

I’m honored and thrilled to be participating in Ed Bear’s realization of this piece. I’ll be contributing a baby-monitor controlled synth. It’s going to be epic!screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-11-29-31-am

More info and tickets here:

Drawing Center exhibition

July 13th, 2016

Very happy to have a new installation in this show. The show is up July 15th through September 2nd.

More info at:

[[[roomtone]]] ]] in Governors Island!

May 21st, 2016

A show in Governors Island with a great group of artists organized by Harvestworks. Come for the opening on Saturday May 28th 3 -5 pm and enjoy the bucolic setting.

Register for a workshop with Ed Bear and talk on June 4th.

It’s on an island!!

More info here:

[May 28 – July 25] Roomtone by Thessia Machado – The TEAM Lab: Artworks and Experiences


Spring 2016

March 20th, 2016

Some good things already happening this year!
Very excited to be an Artist in Residence at Harvestworks, where I’ll be developing a new instrument/installation.
More info here:

Also thrilled to be participating in the 2016/17 Open Sessions at the Drawing Center.
Info here:

Stay tuned here and in their respective sites for more on the development of these projects.

Boston Cyberarts Show

September 7th, 2015

If you find yourself in Boston later this month, please come and check out this show. I have a piece in it. It should be really fun!

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Get the info here:

short interview in the PRoPS Creators Blog

July 10th, 2015

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Check out the interview here:

new site is now online!

November 12th, 2014

After many years suffering under the yoke of a flash site, my work is now finally available for viewing on smart phones and devices that gave flash the boot.


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