Matt Checkowski moves fluidly across art forms, industries, and technologies to create work that changes the way people see—and engage—the world.
A leader, thinker, and maker unbound by convention, Matt has guided partnerships with museums, cities, universities, Fortune 500 companies, entertainment studios, icons, and artists, using his design-led and story-centric approach to realize new possibilities and bring deeply human perspectives to a global audience.
Matt’s unique ability to innovate the story of our collective existence is driven by his mission to empower movement into the spaces between people and ideas, opening a portal to a new world view and the richness of the human experience.

Matt’s diverse body of work, both personal and that of his studio, The Department of the 4th Dimension, features ground-breaking projects that speak for themselves: He was the creative force behind the dream sequences in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report; he directed the feature film, Lies & Alibis, starring Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn, as well as dozens of non-fiction films that uncover and celebrate the stories of visionary thinkers and makers, from Michelin-starred chefs and Oscar winners, to astrophysicists and climate scientists; he produced a first-of-its-kind interactive perfume museum in NYC for Sephora; and designed the digital media content for MIT’s science-fiction opera at l’Opera de Monte Carlo.

Most recently, Matt was a featured artist in Speechless, a group exhibition by the Dallas Museum of Art and High Museum of Art, where he introduced Glyph, a hybrid video and A.I. software artwork that translates speech into a new, visual language made live from trending images on the internet. The work is now a part of the DMA’s permanent collection.

In 2006, Matt established the Department of the 4th Dimension, an award-winning design firm, production studio, and innovation consultancy. D4D has transformed a wide range of strategic challenges for entertainment, branding, marketing, and cultural initiatives, empowering clients with a deeper understanding of their story and dynamic, inspiring ways to share it.

A leading voice on the convergence of design, storytelling, and technology, Matt and his projects have been profiled on Vice News Tonite, the NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Popular Science, and Refinery29, and recognized at the Webby Awards, Vimeo Awards, The One Show, D&AD, AICP, and the FiFi's, the "Oscars" of the fragrance industry.