Matthias was born in Bruxelles (Belgium) and grew up in diffrent places in northern- and southern Germany. Later he studied at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG/ZKM) and made his master in videoart, performance and photography.
2001 he started a still existing collaboration with the scenographer Iris Holstein as IRIS-A-MAZ. Together they work on performed spaces, performances, media art projects, photography and lectures.
From 2003 through 2006 Matthias took part at the think tank "Büro für Raumfragen".
He participated at the Iris-a-Maz expedition "Paradise is over the ocean" to Sydney in 2006/07. That project was an exploration of the vegetation of the citycentre of Sydney inspired by the first cook expedition 1769/71. A short artist in residency at PACT Zollverein Essen (2007) followed.
Since 2008 he lives and works in Hamburg as artist and videographer. Actually (2011) he is researching as IRIS-A-MAZ the "Global Player Plants" living in Hamburg urban areas.