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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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)


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.