From 27th – 31st of May the festival CODED CULTURES, presented by the group, is taking place. The main focus is given to a new generation of media and knowledge cultures and their creative practices. Various artistic communities and projects, which develop new scopes of application by using electronic and digital media, will be connected and presented to a broad audience. Basically the festival is pointing out cultural developments and processes on the intersection of Art, Technology, Science and Design.

As part of the official “Austria-Japan Year 2009”, CODED CULTURES functions as a creative intermediation platform in both countries. 140 years of diplomatic relations are the occasion
for the presentation of interrelated emergences between “Creative Cities”, like Vienna and Yokohama demonstrate them. For this reason an outstanding number of Japanese Artists,
Curators and Scientists will exchange their knowledge and practices with colleagues from
Austria, Europe and around the world during the Symposium (28th – 31st of May) and the
Exhibition (27th May – 7th June) of CODED CULTURES. To intensify the cultural relations
between both countries, in the forefront of the festival two Artists in Residence and one
Scientist in Residence from Japan will be attending in Vienna.

The four sub-topics of the festival (Designing Complexity, Assembling Things, Expanding
Locality, Creating Proto-Culture) explain on different levels, contents, forms and functions
of cultural practices and display developments from the creative vision to a precise virtuality.


Press Conference: 27th May 2009, 10.30 a.m. Freiraum/quartier21 – MQ
Opening Reception: 27th May 2009, 7.00 p.m. Freiraum/quartier21 – MQ
Exhibition: 28th May – 07th June 2009, 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. Freiraum/quartier21 – MQ
Symposium and Presentations: 28th – 31st May 2009, 2.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. MUMOK – MQ
Closing Event and Party: 31st May 2009, 8.00 p.m. Hofstallungen – MQ


We are looking forward to hear from you for interview appointments and further questions.
PRESS CONTACT: Johanna Stögmüller (


The executive team of “CODED CULTURES – Exploring Creative Emergences”, represented
by Mr. Georg Russegger, Mr. Matthias Tarasiewicz and Mr. Michal Wlokowski, is responsible
for the contents and organization of the festival.

Dr. Georg Russegger, main coordinator of the festival in Austria and Japan, is researcher at the Tokyo National University of the Arts and lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 2007, he is working together with to develop and organize the festival. Together with Michal Wlodkowski and Matthias Tarasiewicz he is responsible for the conception and organization of the festival.

Matthias Tarasiewicz and Michal Wlodkowski are founders of the group and realized
over 75 events under this label since 2003. Since 2006 they are active in the field of R&D and develop under the label “Mutti” together with the team of projects and prototypes for experimental media usage.


CODED CULTURES is an initiative of and was first presented in 2004 at the “MuseumsQuartier Wien” 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 Communication-Forum, 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. / quartier21
MuseumsQuartier Wien
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1070 Vienna / Austria