DMA TER is an online art studio that responds to interrelationships between digital technologies, environments, and culture. The name comes from our focus on “dematerialization,” as it relates to the current times and ways of making.

Dematerialization: noun 

 in economics- the reduction in the number of materials required to serve economic functions (doing more with less).

of the art object- an idea in conceptual art where the art object is no longer material.

of products- using less or no material to deliver the same level of functionality.


Operating since 2014, DMA TER functioned as a blog for sketchbook experiments between Italy and the USA. The medium of a website as a spatial compression, or normalization of inputs, provided a way of uniting our namesake with the medium. In 2015, DMA TER evolved into a playground for co-constructing hybrid artworks online and in situ. The artworks expanded into a series of critical publications about contemporary design and architecture. DMA TER attended the Arts, Letters and Numbers summer artists’ residency in 2016 and recently completed a year-long self-appointed residency in Australia. In Australia, DMA TER created the In Australia podcast and a body of plein air landscape drawings and fabric sculptures. They showed and performed this work at galleries under the title, The Traveling Show, in Australia, the US, and Panama through January 2018.



Genevieve Marsh, BArc + BFA


Genevieve is an Architectural Designer with a specialty in social activism and community focused design. She has assisted a variety of social missions (social justice, climate change, urban revitalization) to connect to the built environment through research-based placemaking on the urban and building scale.

In 2014 she co-founded DMA TER, a design studio that responds to mashups of digital technologies, environments, and culture. Recently, Genevieve completed a year-long immersion into living off-grid and mobile homesteading in Australia. Currently, DMA TER combines her Australia research with smart home experiments in Live-In Landscapes, California specific cabins for the hospitality industry.

Elio Icaza, BFA ID


Elio is a designer on a mission. Actually, several. He's eager to make sustainability playful, digital experiences textural, and electronics environmental. These insights come from 5+ years of experience in industrial design and a strong practice in art, travel, and writing. He brings conceptual thinking, vision, and obsessive craftsmanship to his projects and client work. 

Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, and educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, Elio brings a global perspective to everything he does. 

Dear Visitor,

We want to hear from you- we are always excited to meet new people and explore new ideas. Write us- hi@dmater.us. Or join our email art club!

Kindest regards,

gen elio sigs

Living Texts

This selected bibliography comprises writings that have been major influences on our work. Please send us a message if you’re inspired by what you see or have recommendations. We love to read- especially circa 2000 works!

Material Culture
  • Neidjie, Bill. Story About Feeling. Magabala Books, 2007.
  • Johannsen, Kurt G. A Son of ‘The Red Centre’. Gecko Books,2016.
Citizen Designer
  • Topgaard, Richard, Elissabet M. Nilsson, and Pelle Ehn. Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy. MIT, 2014.
  • Vienne, Veronique, and Steven Heller, editors. Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility. SVA, 2003.
  • Bohm, David. Wholeness and the Implicate Order. 2nd ed., Routledge, 2002.
  • Calvino, Italo. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Mariner Books, 2016.
  • McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Ginko Press, 2003.
  • Schafer, R. Murray. The Soundscape: The Tuning of the World. Destiny Books, 1993.
  • Byrne, David. How Music Works. Canongate Books Ltd., 2013.
  • Essays by David Gersten, Arts, Letters, and Numbers & Cooper Union



DMA TER has been involved with a number of arts and culture organizations. They provide platforms for the growth of our work, through their wonderful events, online resources, and people.