John Matturri did graduate work in Cinema Studies at NYU and in Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center. His philosophical interests center on philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, the metaphysics of fiction, and cognitive science approaches to depiction. He written on avant-garde film, photography, performance art, and the cultural context of gravestone and memorial landscape design. The film courses he has taught have included, Persons and Objects / Space and Time, The Horror Film, The City in Film, Childhood, Adolescence and Young Adulthood in Film, Films of the Sixties, and The Films of Martin Scorsese.
In the 1980s, he presented para-cinematic slide performances under the general name Circles of Confusion and performed improvised projections with and as part of musical works by John Zorn. He studied photography with Lisette Model and Ken Heyman and currently exhibits his photographs at The Phatory, NYC. His photographs, along with an interview segment, appeared in the documentary film “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis”. He recently spent three months photographing Venice on a three-month Emily Harvey Foundation artist’s residency and returned to Venice for a second residency in the Fall of 2009. He has worked as a photographer or cinematographer for a number of filmmakers, including Jack Smith and Stuart Sherman, and as a writer for Godfrey Reggio. As a performer he has worked with Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Ken Jacobs’ New York Apparition Theatre, Stuart Sherman’s Spectacles, Michael Kirby’s Structuralist Workshop, and William Niederkorn’s The True Comedy Theatre, and in a number of films.