Artistic production in the 21st century works with distributed publics and identities. New media artists present their artistic processes »coded« in the fragmentations of global networks. Contemporary artistic output is more often developed out of collective and interdisciplinary research processes - they do not produce »final products« but »process artefacts«.

"Technology, as such, makes nothing happen." (Leo Marx, 2010). It is rather the uses of technologies, and especially the communities that create the norm for technology use and its social functions. The background of this project are critical strategies of technological appropriation, which in their different approaches (cultural techniques) are constituting communities of practice.

»Artistic Technology Research« is an artistic research project and interdisciplinary research cluster focussing on contemporary practices in technology-based arts. It investigates contemporary practices in (new) media arts by looking at the change of aesthetics and questions the role of art in the age of the network society. Through workshops, exhibitions and presentation formats, the project emphasises the explorative nature of contemporary research with technology supported methods and artistic- and practice-based approaches.


Artistic Technology Research is the core research project undertaken at the Artistic Technology Lab. It is supported by the Austrian Science Fund’s (FWF) program for arts-based research.

Making Artistic Technology is the workshop programme supporting and communicating the research. It is funded by the Austrian Science Fund’s (FWF) program for scientific communication.

Apertus AXIOM: The open source cinema camera Apertus AXIOM Gamma is being developed at the Artistic Technology Lab, supported by the European Union’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020.

JRC: Journal for Research Cultures is an international, open access, peer reviewed journal, for the communication and presentation of critical research practices and strategies within art and technology (forthcoming). JRC is edited by Sophie-Carolin Wagner, Andrew Newman and Matthias Tarasiewicz.


Artistic Technology Lab
Wilhelminenstrasse 121
A-1160 Vienna, Austria

Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR-151