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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Workshop/Sweatshop: #vaporfolk #hollyvoodoo. Sponsored by Amazon Readymades.

Wed May 27, 2015 19:00

Vienna, Austria

#vaporfolk #hollyvoodoo. Sponsored by Amazon Readymades.

Making Artistic Technology #3

27.5. 19:00 Introduction/Lecture
28.5. & 29.5. 15:00–20:00 Workshops

Venue: Wien Mitte/The Mall & Artistic Technology Lab
Meeting Point: Entrance to Media Markt, 2nd floor
Workshop cost: Free

Registration required:

This is a workshop about summoning artistic agency from corporate mythologies and global materials. In the post-studio environment of a shopping mall, artworks will be reproduced from common products and products will be faked. The shamanic sweatshops will follow instructions by artists Andreas Ervik, Angus McCullough, Stephanie Syjuco and Peter Moosgaard. After an introduction in the malls food court, participants will engage in activities such as craft coke brewing, money forgery and production of archaic weapons from waste materials. The workshop makes use of the unique environment our partner Making.Artistic.Technology provides: a shopping mall, functioning as a studio and as a museum. Desired and unexpected results of the sweatshop will directly feed into an exhibition at Lust Gallery, opening on the 3rd of June.

Craft Coke
Andreas Ervik sent instructions on how to brew counterfeit coke in three day forging ritual. Andreas work uses strategies from branding and advertisement, focusing on how patterns of desire and behavior are structured by forces ranging from the co-evolved microorganisms in our bodies to the marketing of contemporary branded products.

Market Manipulations
Stephanie Syjucos project “Market Manipulations (Euro edition)” will be produced without her presence in the sweatshop environment of a running sushi bar. Stephanie is an artist working on 'non-specific product units', involving theories of cargo cults and flows of capital in order to investigate issues of economies and empire.

Angus McCullough’s instructions define the production of stone age commodities and weapons from contemporary global materials. Angus’ work investigates physical and conceptual environments to pursue knowledge with observation, material processes and performance.

Cargo Cult Rituals
Peter Moosgaards workshop invites the participants to join a temporary shopping cult that recreates iconic consumer commodities using archaic materials. The techiques of polynesian Cargo Cults are tested in the enviroment of the mall: Wood replicas of flatscreen TV, Smartphones, consumer ceremonials and iPhones made of waste will be hidden in the Media Markt.

Walmart Surrealism
Bernhard Garnicnig is the very artistic director of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien. He will introduce the workshop participants to the shopping mall as a ‘post-studio’ environment for art production.

Registration required:

In cooperation with Making.Artistic.Technology (, Palais des Beaux Arts Wien ( and Lust Gallery ( Supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Cover image by Angus McCullough.


Making Artistic Technology: Workshop with Mario de Vega & Victor Mazón Gardoqui

Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:00

Vienna, Austria

Start of the "Making Artistic Technology" series: Workshop with Mario de Vega & Victor Mazón Gardoqui
 in cooperation with Artistic Bokeh and donaufestival

In cooperation with donaufestival and Artistic Bokeh the workshop LIMEN takes place at the 21st April 2015 with Mario de Vega and Victor Mazón Gardoqui

LIMEN is a workshop about data traffic and wireless telecommunication. Participants will construct an analogue and portable device able to amplify electromagnetic activity produced by Bluetooth data transfer, WLAN, mobile phones, GPS, microwaves, and several other electronic devices into audible ranges.

Mario de Vega
Born in Mexico City, lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.
Through actions, accidents, and results with a conceptual connection to acoustic perception, his work researches the value of vulnerability, fragility, and indetermination. He has performed live and exhibited his work in various platforms in Mexico, South Africa, India, Canada, Russia, Korea, Japan, United States, and all over Europe.

Victor Mazón Gardoqui

Born in Spain, lives and works in Berlin and Cantabria.
Mazón Gardoqui studied Fine Arts at the University of Basque Country, specializing in Lithography and Engraving. Since 1999 he has been involved with experimental tactics and techniques for media agitation through the use of sound, light and custom electronics. His works have been performed or exhibited in museums, galleries, billboards, urban screens and public TV/radio stations in Africa, Russia, Nepal, North America, Canada Mexico and numerous locations across Europe.

University of Applied Arts
Expositur Gigergasse
Wien Mitte E02 B
A-1030 Vienna, Austria


Jai McKenzie Exhibition Opening and Runway Australian Experimental Art #26 Launch

Fri Nov 21, 2014 19:00 - Fri Nov 21, 2014

Vienna, Austria

As part of Vienna Art Week 2014 Artistic Bokeh and Austria Australia Arts Alliance present:

Jai McKenzie: "Never Forever" (exhibition opening)
Runway Australian Experimental Art Issue #26

Artistic Bokeh presents the first event in Vienna of the Austria Australia Arts Alliance with the exhibition ‘Never Forever’ by Australian artist Jai Mckenzie and the launch of the latest issue of Runway Journal for Australian Experimental Art edited by Andrew Newman. The issue reflects on how knowledge is generated within artistic practice and the launch will feature a presentation by Australian artist and researcher Dr. Joshua Harle.

Jai McKenzie: "Never Forever
Never Forever’ was conceived after the artist, Jai McKenzie, visited the Nakagin Capsule Tower; a decaying building positioned in the Shimbashi district of Tokyo. Designed by Metabolist architect Kisho Kurokawa and built over just 30 days in 1972, the Capsule Tower is composed of 140 inhabitable pods designed to be continuously removed, re-arranged, and ultimately destroyed. Today, the pods are largely unoccupied and wait in varying states of decay for impending demolition.

‘Never Forever’ examines the dynamic journey of creation and destruction, the act of remembering and forgetting and the improbability of permanence in an inherently impermanent world. Various forms are eroded through light and fragmented through space. The work exists as if McKenzie sifted through the remains of the building to compile a rearrangement of objects repositioned within time, space and imagination.

Jai MacKenzie is an artist and academic based in Sydney and Berlin. She is a Lecturer in Electronic and New Media Art at the Sydney College of the Arts, Australia.

Runway #26: Knowledge
Launch of Runway's 26th Issue [KNOWLEDGE] edited by Andrew Newman. The issue features: Amanda Williams (NSW), Carolyn Craig (QLD), Diego Ramirez (VIC), Giselle Stanborough (NSW), Jasmine Targett (VIC), Jessica Herrington (NSW), Josh Harle (NSW), Kailana Sommer (NSW), Karolina Novak & Daniel Green (NSW), Luke Letourneau (NSW), Naomi Riddle (NSW), Samantha McKegg (NZ), Sara Morawetz (NYC), Sera Waters (SA), Siouxzi Mernagh (BERLIN), Robin Hungerford (NSW).


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)