Matthew Placek has pursued his interests in photography, video, and installation since 1997. His commitment to capturing presence, whether as a sense of place, the passage of time, or the relationships between people, has led to his multimedia output. His practice is durational and also engaged with the archive. Of primary concern to Placek is negotiating uninterrupted concentration from both his viewers and subjects, which he does through expanding the formal and conceptual notions of portraiture. His legendary disco-funk dance party, Wet Noise, is also part of this expanded practice.