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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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.


Coded Cultures Media Arts Festival: Program for the 2nd Week

Wed Nov 02, 2011 14:30

Vienna, Austria

Coded Cultures is an multinational initiative of the group to discuss and reflect the intersections of media, art, society and technology in experimental settings of exihibitions, workshops, symposia, presentations and artistic interventions. For the fourth time, Coded Cultures presents a forum to discuss and present (new) media arts, digital communities and positions itself in the current international (media arts) discurse. Coded Cultures 2011: The City as Interface takes place from september 21st to october 2nd and is located around the second district (Leopoldstadt) in Vienna, Austria. 
Open Seats at Workshops
Martin Howse: Viennese Symptoms
This.Play Space / 28.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Activities will include the dowsing, scrying and divining of buboes on the skin of the city, the rubbing, tracing and excavation of these sites (inscription and playback of the stone tape using self-built apparatus) towards the collective production of a strange hybrid of archaeologists/ forensics report, an essay in self-observation and social questionnaire.
Gordan Savicic/ Danja Vasiliev
The 120days of *buntu / This.Play Space / 30.09, 12:00 - 18:00
The 120days of *buntu is a mash-up of 120 different Ubuntu operating systems (OS). It works from the source code of popular Linux/GNU and redistributes modified software through the Internet and through a new distribution model, the so called Street-Sneaker-Net inspired by the illegal CD/DVD sellers in the streets of São Paolo, Brazil. Computer operating systems are imposing many rules and dogmas onto the ordinary user; thus an OS becomes an inescapable device of our control-driven social environment. By breaking and modifying the rules, we can liberate ourselves and discover new facets of pre-determined paths, similar to strategies practiced in situationism within urban environments. We envision the operating system as a contemporary replacement of urban space. The systems we are creating are reflections of life situations and desktop-user experiences within the genre of software art. They comprise a collection of idiosyncratic but useless distributions. While default systems impose ever more rules and dogmas, making them similar to increased control over public space, the project emphasizes that they are open to modification, reuse and public action. The 120days of *buntu incorporates the production and distribution of a user-determined OS. Each OS is a self-contained Live CD/USB stick; a PC/Mac can be instantly booted off it. These OS interventions are being brought back into the physical space, given away for free and distributed in the city.
Armin Medosch: Technpolitics
Urania / 27.09.2011 19:00
Technopolitics is a praxis oriented research project initiated by Brian Holmes and Armin Medosch. It is a self-educational project which works out a theoretic framework and vocabulary that makes complex and difficult concepts accessible to cultural producers and activists such as themselves. technopolitics@thenextlayer:
dérive: INCUBATE! / Urania / 28.09.2011, 19:00 - 23:00Large parts of the industrials areas, ports or railway sites lost their functions and orphaned. During the last years many of them disappeared and became residential areas, business parks and the like. But there are still numerous sites that await a new function. The need for cheap, extraordinary space for people nowadays called „creative class“ and the rising importance of the „creative industries“ increased the attention for those old industrial sites.!
Findeisen/ Zimmermann: Future Fluxus
Urania / 29.09.2011, 19:00 - 23:00
The project Future Fluxus is an experiment on many layers of cultural memory. Like it should be, one should add, if it is true that, in many European countries, and since at least 1995, we have been fed back by diverse forms of online cultures that, so it is said and believed, actually, are developing 4-8 times faster than analogue cultures. Are we to be scared now?
A.Maze: Games Culture Circle
Urania / 30.09.2011, 19:00 - 23:00
Since 2009, “A MAZE.” presents the talk show “Games Culture Circle” (GCC) in cooperation with the Computer Games Museum in Berlin. Moderated by Uke Bosse, it offers a forum and meeting place for artists, game designers, musicians, directors and players from the media and cultural landscape and discusses interdisciplinary topics of digital game culture in front of an open-minded audience. It is not our aim to produce academic jibber-jabber, but to create an authentic exchange of experiences, opinions and visions. The interplay between computer games and society is more important than previously assumed: games influence works of contemporary fine arts, cinema and music, and more over the behaviour of many people in everyday life.


Coded Cultures Festival 2011

Wed Sep 21, 2011 19:00 - Sun Oct 02, 2011


FESTIVAL 21/09 - 02/10/2011


Coded Cultures 2011 presents itself on many different locations in Vienna, with the main focus on the Donaukanal (Danube Channel) and the surrounding Viennese city districts. From 21st to 25th of September focus days will be held, which mainly will take place at the Viennese Danube Channel, the 2nd district of Vienna, Museums Quarter Vienna, the Badeschiff and the Odeon Theatre. From the 26th of September to the 2nd of Octo- ber workshops, presentations and artist-talks are taking place. Partners are Transmediale Berlin, Media Lab Prado Madrid, Enter Festival Prag and Amber Festival Istanbul (among many others). On the 1st of October the Festival is ending with a big event at the Badeschiff in cooperation with the viennese Waves Festival.

Dislocated Festival
To acknowledge this year’s focus of CODED CULTURES – City as
Interface, the exhibition part and the whole festival take place at
locations spread out in the city, mainly concentrating on the 2nd
district of Vienna, particularly around the Urania at the Donaukanal.
Taking up the challenge of using urban terrain and structures as
venues for the Festival, mainly self-initialized and self-organized
locations were chosen as display areas rather than established
museums. While some of the artworks requiring vast rooms of public
space, will be shown in the areas around the Donaukanal, others
which need certain structures or weatherproof conditions will be
presented in selected offspaces in the 2nd district. Other formats like
the workshops will be held at the space of This.Play, the Badeschiff and
Urania. and Presentation events with larger auditoria will take place at
the Urania, and thereby round up the great variety and diverse levels
of urban structures chosen as festival spots. Originating from the
MuseumsQuartier Wien, its previous place of events, CODED CULTURES
will present several positions in quartier21 as well and seize the
opportunity to invite two Artists in Residence to the quartier21 Artist-
In-Residence program. The opening and organization of a Festival at
dislocated scenes constitutes a challenge itself, as there is no way
to show all artifacts in one exhibition. The Odeon Theater, a space
adapted to a theater venue by the Serapions Ensemble, will host the
opening event of CODED CULTURES - City as Interface, with a Pecha
Kucha Night, that presents selected positions and concepts of the
Festival in a diverting format.

CODED CULTURES was initiated by the group »«: a network of producers, theorists, artists, designers, architects and programmers, which is active in the field of knowledge-work based on digital media related forms of art and culture.


Book Presentation: Coded Cultures - New Creative Practices out of Diversity

Mon Apr 04, 2011 19:00

Vienna, Austria

Book Release
Coded Cultures - New Creative Practices out of Diversity
Springer Vienna/NY Edition Angewandte
Through the transformations of creative cultures, enabled by digital media and global communication networks, new practices and ability profiles of artistic delineations and explorations are gaining grounds. New global codes and cultures are emerging out of diverse, intercultural abstractions and inventions, connected through new ways of exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge. At the present day it is difficult to predict which catalysts and draft programs can be put into effect for the development of near future playgrounds in this domain. By offering several perspective shifts on developments in digital realm and mediated reality, exemplary theories and projects on the intersection of different codes and cultures have been collected for this book. Presenting essays, reviews and interviews from international artists, theorists, researchers and curators, gives the reader an overview on new vectors of creative and artistic projects departed from digital media related art and cultures. It introduces new and critical models of observations on the intersection of disciplines like art, science, technology and design.
Christian Reder (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Kunst- und Wissenstransfer), Georg Russegger (Coded Cultures), Matthias Tarasiewicz (parasew) und Michal Wlodkowski (
CODED CULTURES is an initiative of the Media Art Group and was first presented as an exhibition/symposia in 2004 at the “MuseumsQuartier Vienna” with the title “Decoding Digital Culture”. is generally based in the field of networking, which can have digital, social, local or global parameters. The group represents an interdisciplinary, international CommunicationForum, which is actively exploring a discussion in the fields of Media Arts, Digital Arts, Music, Technology and New Media. combines producers which are interested in the interface between humans and machines, the improvement of existing media channels and to enable new forms of communication, distribution and discussion. Since 2003 the group has presented exhibitions, workshops and symposiums which are related to the fields of media art and the intersection between art and technology.


Coded Cultures: Exploring Creative Emergences

Fri Oct 16, 2009 00:00 - Thu Oct 08, 2009



CODED CULTURES - Exploring Creative Emergences
Japan Festival (Yokohama / Tokyo)

Binational Festival to explore new artistic creative Ability-Profiles within media integrated Delineation Cultures (Official Part of Austria – Japan Year 2009)

2009.10.14 – 2009.10.18
Tokyo National University for the Arts (Yokohama / Bashamichi Campus)
Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC / Bashamichi)
Club UNIT (Tokyo / Ebisu)


Talk Events:
2009.10.15 – 2009.10.16, 14:00-18:00
(Tokyo Geidai, Bashamichi Campus / Yokohama)

Opening Reception:
2009.10.16, 18:00
(Yokohama Creativecity Center)

Music Night:
2009.10.16, 23:30 (UNIT, Ebisu/Tokyo)
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Artist Presentations:
2009.10.17, 13:00-22:00
(Yokohama Creativecity Center)

2009.10.18, 13:00-20:00
(Tokyo Geidai, Bashamichi Campus / Yokohama)

CODED CULTURES is a binational festival (Austria – Japan) as part of the official »Austria-Japan Year 2009«. Its aim is to explore new artistic practices and creative ability profiles within media integrated project-cultures and digital media related arts, focusing on Japan and Europe. The main focus is to investigate the exchange of creative cultures and to give artists, curators, scientists from the field of new media related fields a platform to discuss and present their works and ideas. The festival »CODED CULTURES – Exploring Creative Emergences« is addressing questions regarding the codes of creative cultures and artistic practices, which are based on new trans-disciplinary and hybrid developments of culture and art under the conditions of a contemporary digital media-age and transformations of related artistic explorations.

5VOLTCORE (Emanuel Andel & Christian Gützer, Artists – Austria), BCL (Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara, Artists – Austria/Japan), Dominique Chen (Researcher/Producer – Japan), exonemo (Yae Akaiwa & Kensuke Sembo, Artists – Japan), Mathias Fuchs (Artist/Critic – Austria), Masaki Fujihata (Artist – Japan), Ryota Kuwakubo (Artist – Japan), Elsy Lahner (Curator – Austria), Walter Langelaar (Artist – Netherlands), Yuko Mohri (Artist – Japan), Ujino Muneteru (Artist – Japan), Ivan Poupyrev (Researcher – US), Lorenz Seidler (Artist/Researcher – Austria), Sabine Seymour (Designer – Austria), Yukiko Shikata (Curator – Japan), SHIMURABROS. (Yuka & Kentaro Shimura, Artists – Japan), Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau (Artists/Scienctists – Austria), UBERMORGEN.COM (Hans Bernhard & lizvlx, Artists – Switzerland/Austria), Hiroshi Yoshioka (Curator/Philosopher - Japan).

Executive Team: Georg Russegger, Matthias Tarasiewicz, Michal Wlodkowski.
Producers: Takahiro Kaneshima, Philip Fischer, Yasuhiro Morinaga.
Translators: Aki Hoashi, David d`Heilley. (
CODED CULTURES is an initiative of, representing an international Communication-Forum, actively exploring a discussion in the fields of Media Arts, Digital Arts, Music, Technology and New Media. combines producers which are interested in the interface between humans and machines, the improvement of existing media channels and to enable new forms of communication, distribution and discussion.


2009.10.16. Fri-2009.10.22 Thu
"Next Reality" Exhibition with Austrian and Japanese Artists
Curated by Elsy Lahner, Takahiro Kaneshima

2009.10.16. Fri-2009.10.17 Sat
Special cooperation with Japan Media Arts Festival including
a presentation of Japan Media Arts Festival in Vienna 2009.

2009.10.16. Fri-2009.10.17 Sat
Austrian Airlines, Vienna Tourism, Austrian Tourist Board,
Weingut Bründlmayer, Weingut Knoll, Riedel Glasses, Austria World Association

This project is an official part of the JAPAN - AUSTRIA YEAR 2009
We want to thank the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tokyo for the support of the projects

Special Thanks for the venue support to:
Tokyo National University of the Arts / Graduate School for Film and New Media
Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC)