Matthias Tarasiewicz
Since 2004
Works in Wien Austria

Matthias Tarasiewicz is project lead of "artistic technology research" at the University of Applied Art in Vienna, Austria and head-of-research and curator of the "Artistic Bokeh" initiative.

He co-founded the group and the CODED CULTURES initiative (media arts festival and research platform). Being active as a digital bricoleur / coder, project manager, curator, researcher and technology theorist since the last millenium, he is developing experimental media prototypes and creating projects on the intersections of media, arts, technology and science. Publications: Coded Cultures (Springer, 2011); Exploring Creative Emergences (, 2009), etc.

Deeply involved in coding and decoding (both literally and theoretically) he researches in the fields of artistic technologies, experimental documentation and technology appropriation.
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Apertus AXIOM Open Source Cinema Lab

Wed Sep 24, 2014 19:00 - Mon Nov 10, 2014

Vienna, Austria

Artistic Bokeh in co-operation with Apertus Open Source Cinema and Artistic Technology Research (University of Applied Arts) is presenting the exhibit Open Source Cinema Lab at quartier21 in MuseumsQuartier Vienna. On the opening date (24th september 2014, 19:00) there is the opportunity to meet up with the Apertus team, to see the Apertus AXIOM alpha camera prototype and to celebrate the current crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.

Open Source Cinema Lab examines the emerging 'third-industrial revolution' that is occurring within the garages and workshops of enthusiasts. These enthusiasts have been coined 'makers', and are already drawing the attention of governments, with Barack Obama recently hosting a 'Maker Faire' at the Whitehouse. However, this 'maker movement' isn't only causing a technological sea change in terms of industrial manufacturing, but also a restructuring of the basic principles of the market. This is evident in particular with the Apertus Open Source Cinema project which is featured within the exhibition, and their strong ethos of openness. Apertus endorses freedom, by ensuring that they produce will be free to be used for any purpose, free to be studied, free to modify, and free to redistribute copies and copies of any modified versions to others. This freedom and openness will liberate makers, cultural producers and artists to experiment and create in hitherto unimagined ways.

Artistic Bokeh seeks to draw attention to this groundbreaking project with this exhibit and encourages the public to contribute to Apertus' crowdfunding campaign to produce the world's first publicly available open source cinema camera.

Electric Avenue
quartier 21
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna


/ecm discourse 18: WHO IS CALLING?

Thu Jul 10, 2014 19:30 - Thu Jul 10, 2014

Vienna, Austria

/ecm discourse 18: WHO IS CALLING?
A conversation with Can Gülcü, Hanna Rosa Oellinger, Joshua Simon
Künstlerhaus, Erdgeschoß
10. July 2014, 19:30 Uhr

Welcome and Introduction:
Beatrice Jaschke

Katja Stecher
Free admission

How open are Open Calls? Are they a democratic tool or a mechanism of competition? Could we think of alternatives for them in order to develop a fair and open practice?
In the field of art and culture these supposedly open biddings are frequently used to acquire and support “young talents“. Artists are offered possibilities to participate in exhibitions, festivals, residencies and workshops or receive awards and grants. Everybody is welcome to take part – but in the end there is only one winner who is selected by a committee of experts, while the remaining proposals hardly get any attention. Upon closer inspection the Open Call proves to be a neoliberal practice that pretends to follow democratic principles.
Although the Open Call is a commonly used model in the art field it’s inherent power structures and competitive setup has hardly been reflected on. This lack makes it crucially significant for the curatorial practice to examine this mode of operation critically. We would like to reflect on and discuss this topic together with different “players“ in the art field.


Can Gülcü
is artistic director and manager of WIENWOCHE together with Petja Dimitrova and Radostina Patulova. It is a new cultural project that was founded in 2011 and initiates Open Calls on a regular basis ( His artistic practice is situated between fine arts and political-participatory cultural work.

Hannah Rosa Oellinger
is part of the artist collective oellinger/rainer. Together with Alice Neusiedler they have participated in the “Open Call on Undisciplined Knowledge Production“ with their lecture performance „Die Regeln der Kunst – ein Echtzeit–Fragebogen".

Joshua Simon
is director and chief curator of MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam, Israel. In his book Neomaterialism, published in 2013, he points out the competitive structure of Open Calls and the economy surrounding them.

ORGANISATION /ecm 2012 – 2014
The post-graduate master programme /ecm – educating, curating, managing at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna is concerned with core competences in an expanded cultural field. Part of the exhibition “Out of the Box. 10 Questions about Artistic Research“ – curated by the current participants – was an “Open Call for (Lecture–) Performances on Undisciplined Knowledge Production“ which gives reason for this discussion.

Annette Leber, Katja Stecher (/ecm 2012–2014)


Urban Knights Vienna

Thu Jul 03, 2014 19:00 - Thu Jul 03, 2014

Vienna, Austria

Urban Knights is a programme of events, which provokes and promotes practical approaches to urban change. Established in Dublin the programme brings together people who are actively creating alternatives, which reflect or produce disruptions to our given city infrastructures, norms and perceptions.

Speakers include: Julia Wieger [AT], Hans Bernhard, UBERMORGEN.COM [AT] and Theresa Schutz [AT]

Das Packhaus, 3 July, 19hr, Marxergasse 24, Wien

Urban Knights is a programme of events, which provokes and promotes practical approaches to urban change. The programme brings together people who are actively creating alternatives, which reflect or produce disruptions to our given city infrastructures, norms and perceptions.

This first edition in Vienna will focus on new urban governance, commons, collective well-being and shared civic resources.


Julia Wieger [AT]
Architect, co-organiser of Vienna's Summer School for 'Spaces of Commoning' and founder of the 'Radical Practices of Collective Care'project, present views on developing cooperative care structures for citizens.

Hans Bernhard [AT]
Rethinking our approach to governance, co-founder of the internationally renowned artist group UBERMORGEN discusses radical-self experiments, including media and legal hacks as strategies for rethinking how we organise our techno-civic lives.

Theresa Schutz [AT]
Architect, co-founder of the urban arts collective 'Gehsteig-Guerrilleros' and member of the CIT Collective illustrates how the collective have been lobbying to turn Vienna's 'Gaswork Leopoldau' into an open and democratically run area for cultural development and production.


Urban Knights is curated by Teresa Dillon. Urban Knights Vienna was made possible through the artist-in-residency programme quartier21, Vienna with Artistic Bokeh and a partnership with Paradocks, Vienna.

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Artistic Bokeh, Société Réaliste & Georgios Papadopoulos: Too much money...

Thu Feb 27, 2014 19:00 - Sat May 31, 2014

Vienna, Austria

Artistic Bokeh, Société Réaliste & Georgios Papadopoulos:
Too much money...

Opening: 27.2.2014 19:00
MuseumsQuartier / quartier21
Artistic Bokeh Showroom.
Exhibition running from 28.02 - 31.05.2014

Opening of the exhibition with screening:
Art Accounts Deutsche Bank (2013) by Carsten Lisecki

The installation Too much money... addresses the ambivalent relationship between art and the market, pointing to the the problematics of commodification, alienation and co-optation of creativity. The work by Société Réaliste, which was produced espescially for the installation, A Proposal for a New Alphabetical Order Based on the Experanto Writing System and Pegged on the Dollar Rates (Digital print, 2014) is an excellent comment on the ability of the market to create an order of meaning, hinting also at the similarities between market and money. The juxtaposition of this work with its object - with 4107 one-dollar-bills - is suggestive as it is subtle. The relationship between the artwork and the bills is multidirectional. Art creates money, both by representing it, but also by creating value through the actual value of the artwork, but also through the surplus value of art for other fields of economic activity. Conversely, money creates art by providing the very means of artistic production, but also by valorizing the artwork, effectively acknowledging it as art. Money is of critical importance both for the arts and for society at large, the only problem being that there is simultaneously not enough and too much money.

Artistic Bokeh is an initiative working with experimental documentation and conceptual art practice. The Artistic Bokeh Showroom in MuseumsQuartier Vienna acts as connecting space to interlink the network of artists, researchers and theorists. Artistic Bokeh documents the works of the project "Artistic Technology Research" of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.


Opening 3.July, 2013: Faceless Exhibition, Documenting Surveillance / Artistic Bokeh

Wed Jul 03, 2013 19:00 - Tue Dec 31, 2013

Vienna, Austria


part of the exhibition "faceless"

Opening: 3.July, 2013 19:00h, MuseumsQuartier Vienna

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Surveillance work can be challenging - according to the U.S. Department of Labor it includes stress, danger, confrontations with angry or upset individuals, physical discomfort, lethal hazards, fieldwork in high crime areas, monotony, constant alertness to threatening situations, irregular hours, and a heavy toll on private life, among other risks. The surveillance worker has to possess "great self-discipline to control unproductive ethical impulses to look away" since the "humanity of the surveillance worker has always been a weakness of surveillance systems" (Maxwell, 2005). Who are those people and employees observing us in all possible situations of our lives? Surveillance workers are "in reality, reflexive and knowledgeable social actors, involved in a variety of sense and decision making activities" (Ball, 2005), though they are people with diverse backgrounds and individual biographies that are rarely recorded and often disregarded in history.

(1) Artistic Bokeh Showroom: Documenting Surveillance
Installation, opening with the Faceless exhibition on Wednesday 3rd July 2013

The exhibition-booth of the initiative "artistic bokeh" features an abandoned surveillance room showing displaying leftovers of an active operation - even the technology is still in working condition. The work environment, the tools and individual (personal) items of the surveyor produce different narratives of what might have happened, while at the same time showing small but significant flaws in the story. The technology and the devices used might not fit together from their times - what might look as flaws in the staging at first sight unfolds as an act of distortion of history, which represents a meta-narration forcing a critical observation of facts and fiction.

(2) >Asymmetric Love Nr. 2
Asymmetric Love Nr. 2< by Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger was created to mimic a familiar and comfortable iconic baroque chandelier composed out of surveillance cameras.

(3) Performance "Anonymity" by Wagenknecht and Hechenberger
2013-07-03 19:00, MuseumsQuartier Vienna

By censoring the eyes, we censor a essential part of our expression, becoming 'faceless' and anonymous in nature. Six hundred black glasses will be distributed to the visitors opening night and documented by ARISTIC BOKEH. Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger developed “Anonymity” in New York in 2007, and adapted it for the opening of the exhibition FACELESS part I and part II.

Artistic Bokeh is an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development. The initiative is part of the project Artistic Technology Research at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.