upcoming & ongoing
Since I believe in free access to culture my latest documentary film "The Story of Technoviking" is available online free for all in a 50min edit.
The story in short: After my film Kneecam No.1 aka Technoviking became one of the first viral videos on YouTube, I was sued and ended up in a long and costly legal dispute where old intellectual property laws collided with contemporary sharing culture.
The film reached more than a million clicks. Unfortunately a million of free clicks can't buy me food nor pay my rent – IN CASE YOU WATCH MY FILM PLEASE SUPPORT ME IN RETURN (click here for options)
In 2009 I co-founded the platform Moving Silence and organize regularly events, workshops and exhibitions on contemporary silent film:
The Poetry-Film FM-Biography was produced silent and offered to different musicians to create an audiolayer. How the different soundtracks can influence the same film can be seen here:
Soundtrack by Johanna Borchert
Soundtrack version by Johan Weigel:
Soundtrack-Version von Sofia Koubli:
A very rich category from the Technoviking Archive
can be experienced here by a selection of user videos:
After Kneecam No.1, Buscam No.2 now an allegory to 'Big Data':
Datacam No.3 - I'll be watching you...
|"No Photos on the Dancefloor – 30 Years of Club Culture in Photography and Video Art"
Heiko Hoffmann & Felix Hoffmann, Page 206-211, Prestel Publishing, 2019,
"Sad by Design - On Platform Nihilism" Geerd Lovink, pages 127-129, first published 2019 by Pluto Press
Article (in german) about 20 Years of Open Screenins in Berlin
Interview (in german) about Robot Dance (part of Music from the Masses) at berliner-filmfestivals.de.
TV features on Arte, ZDFinfo, Canal4 and TV4 including interviews with Matthias Fritsch connected to the Technoviking phenomenon and the documentary film. Also Sluggish made a nice summary.
Various articles were published in connection to the publication of the Technoviking documentary.
Some examples: vice, Berliner Zeitung (german), rts (french), playgroundmag (spanish)
'The Pathos of Technoviking' by Matthias Fritsch in Web Performance Today: Representation, Reproduction, Repetition by Hannes Egger & Antonella Tricoli, SilvanaEditoriale, Milano 2014
ISBN-10: 8836629717 ISBN-13: 978-8836629718
'Das Volk fordert den Sturz des Bildes' by Maxa Zoller in Utopien vermeiden / Avoiding Utopias" Revolver, 2014
ISBN-10: 3957632234 ISBN-13: 978-3957632234
'Response – online contemporary art and popular culture' article by Domenico Quaranta in Artpulse No.20, 2014, Pages 35/36
'REMIKS W KULTURZE MEDIÓW SPOŁECZNOŚCIOWYCH' article by Ewa Wójtowicz in Artpunkt #22, 2014, Pages 8-11
Interview on the film The World's Simile (in English) at ultra
Interview about the film FM-Biography (in German) at berliner-filmfestivals.de.
A lot of articles were published on the subject of the Technoviking-Trial for example on motherboard (german), Nyheter24 (SW), dailydot (USA), rhizome, we-make-money-not-art, guardian, wired (all UK), 3SAT, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Zeit, Tagesspiegel, Netzpolitik.org and many more
(supporters collected some articles on this Facebook-page)
Photo series Party in Keramikos 02-02-2013, 4 AM at "LUST" Magazine (Issue No.8, Pages 72-85) February 2013 in Athens, Greece
"Sounds of silence" article in Athens News, March 2012
"The Prosumer Version" article in FlashArt, October 2011, Pages 86-89
The Meme as Artform – An Interview with Matthias Fritsch in BerlinArtLink
Interview in Neural 39, Multiplied Identities, June 2011, Pages 22-23
Melke die Videowolke: Das Social Media-Projekt “Music from the Masses” Article in the Berliner Gazette from 03-06-2011
X-Freundschaftsanfragen, Review in Springerin Heft für Gegenwartskunst, Issue Spring 2011, Page 93
KUNST IM INTERNET: Wie YouTube die Videokunst verändert
Article at Tagesspiegel published 23-07-2010
On-The-Move launches 'Excited Atoms' exploration of virtual mobility in performing arts (Posted: 09-04-2010)
Interview in German art magazine "Junge Kunst" Issue 81 (Nov 2009) on participatory practice and YouTube, pages 12-14
"Yesterday was a day of rumour and counter rumour" was be presented at Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg from 11.-18.3.2020
"Yesterday was a day of rumour and counter rumour" & "The transitory Century" was screened on 25.2.20 and "Buteo Buteo" on 29.2.20 at the Bayreuther Filmfest Kontrast 2020
"The soil we lived of" (Film version) was shown during a symposium on soil restauration at Freie Universität Berlin on December 5, 2019
"Yesterday was a day of rumour and counter rumour" will be shown in Nicosia, Cyprus at Artos Foundation accompanied with a live sound performance on December 13, 2019
"Yesterday was a day of rumour and counter rumour" is presented at 32nd Festival Les Instants Vidéo within the frame of Visual Container TV from November 8th to December 10th, 2019
Video commission "TECHNOVIKING ///// 20 YEARS" premieres in exhibition "No Photos on the Dance Floor!" in c/o Berlin, Exhibition from 13/09/19 to 30/11/19, Opening on 12. September
On invitation by Felix Hoffmann und Heiko Hoffmann
"Kneecam No.1 (censored version)" was shown at Filmforum of HBK Braunschweig on July 8, 2019
On invitation by Michael Brynntrup
The long version of "The Story of Technoviking" was shown at "Platforma" in Vilnius, Lithuania on July 6, 2019
On invitation by Vaidotas Ambrozaitis
Various neighbourhood tours on the topic "Utopia Berlin" to visit places, spaces, projects and initiatives where a positive transformation towards a more sustainable future is already lived. Neighbourhoods included Berlin-Kreuzkölln, Berlin-Spandau & Berlin-Mitte.
"With Worm and Knowledge" Workshop on indoor composting on 24.5. 20:00 in Group Global 3000
How can we contribute to soil fertility if we do not have our own garden in the city? Matthias Fritsch has been researching how food can be saved and upgraded through fermentation for several years with the Denkwerkstadt Nahrungswandel. The knowledge of fermentation processes is also helpful in the production of humus and makes the purchase of potting soil superfluous, as fertile humus can be produced in one's own four walls without much effort and expense.
Address: Group Global 3000 e.V., Leuschnerdamm 19, 10999 Berlin, Germany
On invitation by Dorothea Etzler
Mitte Media Festival in Galerie Fata Morgana at Torstrasse 170 in Berlin on April 19&20
3 videos by Matthias Fritsch from 2018 presented by Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bell on 19.4. at 20:00
New video by Matthias Fritsch from 2019 presented by Richard Jochum and Leo Kuelbs on 20.4. at 20:00
Two silent film loop programs curated & co-curated by Matthias Fritsch (Moving Silence) on 19.4. 20-22:00 & 20.4. 20-22:00 in the back room of the gallery
"Yesterday was a day of rumour and counter rumour" will be shown in NYC in the Video Art Exhibit LIGHT YEAR 48: Digital Fairy Tales, Vengeance is Mine projected onto the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 7 - 10pm
Curated by: Leo Kuelbs and Richard Jochum
Screening "The Story of Technoviking" followed by a discussion with Geert Lovink (networkcultures.org) about Meme culture in Lab111, Amsterdam on 28.3.2019 at 21:00
On invitation by Jurian Strik
"The soil we lived of" (Film version) was selected for the the silent film event "Avalange" at the Manhatten Bridge in NYC on February 7, 2019.
Film selected by Leo Kuelbs
"The soil we lived of" (2-channel installation) is presented in the group show "It takes my Breath away" in Berlin from 11.1. to 1.3.2019 at Group Global 3000
Selected by Tom Albrecht and Irene Hoppenberg
"The soil we lived of" (Film version) and "Soil farmers" were selected for live music performances at the silent film event of Moving Silence at ARTos Foundation in Nicosia on December 3, 2018.
Opening group exhibition "The Soil we live of" in Berlin on 24.8.2018 at Group Global 3000 with new works from the summer 2018 artist resedency at the Akademie für Suffizienz
Opening of the "Grüne Küche / Green Kitchen" in Spandau / Falkenhagener Feld on 16.8. at 19 Uhr
"resisd" is part of the screening program of Lightyear at the Manhatten bridge in NYC
On invitaton by Leo Külbs
The exhibition "The Element of Change" shows the results of fermentation workshops that Matthias Fritsch did in an homeless schelter in Berlin Moabit. Opening on 1. June 2018 at 19:00, exhibition on 2. & 3. June 2018 14:00 - 19:00 in Lübecker Str. 6, 10559 Berlin-Moabit
On invitation by the curators Aleksandra Roth-Belkova und Lina Theodorou
On 3. June 2018 Matthias Fritsch will present his living room composter in a science cafe at Futurium in Berlin. 12:30 - 14:00, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
"City and Birds" in the exhibition Expanded Media and "Buteo / flight study" in the film program of Stuttgarter Filmwinter, 8.-11.2.2018, Stuttgart, Germany
The video installation won the award for media in space.
"Honigbiene á la carte" at kontrast 2018
27. February 2018 @ Sübkültür in Gallery Phoinix, Bayreuth , Germany
"City and Birds" in the video program of simultan festival, 3-7.10.2017, 19:00 at Sala 2 TNT in Timisoara, Romania
20 Years of Open Screenins in Berlin: Article on the role of Matthias Fritsch (in german)
Screening "The Story of Technoviking" followed by an artist talk and discussion at Hallenbad//Schachtweg in Wolfsburg on 3.8.2017 at 19:00, on invitation by Jennifer Bork
Presentation of Ecopolis at "@&" in Hannover on 4.8.2017 at 20:00, on invitation by Sebastian Neubauer
The fermentation workshop "Biohack like your grandma: fermentation & the future of food" together with Denisa Kera will teach participants how to process food by using old traditional fermentation techniques. Within the frame of the exhibition "Tomorrows"
15-16 July, 17:00-21:00 at Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)
The workshop will be held in English. Participation is free of charge.
The exhibition Dark Habitats will show a selection of new works from 8-11.6. at Spektrum.
Lecture on June 11 about "Ecopolis"
on invitation by Alfredo Tarre
The Technoviking Archive will be presented in the exhibition Waffle Falling Over at Wolfsburger Kunstverein. Exhibition duration from 12 May until 6 August 2017
On invitation by Jennifer Bork
Screening of Mastermax on April 10 at Kommunales Kino in Pforzheim as part of film program Wanderschaft
Robot Dance became film of the month at Berliner Filmfestivals, read the interview (in german)
September & October 2016
Screening of the "The Story of Technoviking"
on September 23, 2016 at Museo Patio Herreriano - Valladolid in the frame of the CCVAD, Creative Commons Festival in Valladolid, Spain on invitation by Virginia Díez
on Oktober 22, 2016 at Centre de Cultura Contemperania de Barcelona CCCB, on invitation by Bani Brusadin
Screenings of the "The Story of Technoviking":
May 13, 2016 in the short version at the MACBA, Museum for Contemporary Art Barcelona in the frame of the BCCN, Creative Commons Festival in Barcelona, Spain on invitation by Andreu Meixide
May 23, 2016 at ADAF, the at the Athens Digital Arts Festival in Athens, Greece on invitation by Katerina Gkoutziouli
lectures & discussions on the Technoviking phenomenon:
2.3. at Hole of Fame in Dresden within the frame of accomplices
12.3. at F.A.M.E - Film & Music Experience in Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
16.3. at TU Berlin within the frame of memestudies
Before the panel discussion in Paris the full version of the film The Story of Technoviking will be presented.
The "The Story of Technoviking" is presented in the feature length film at the Creative Commons Festival on January 30th, 2016 in Madrid, Spain
On invitation by Andreu Meixide
October & November 2015
The Technoviking Archive will be presented at
the exhibition Monitoring at Kasseler Dokfest
Exhibition from November 11 to 15, 2015
and at the exhibition RE_MANU_FACT of Festival Digitalia in Szczecin
Exhibition from October 23 to November 30, 2015
On invitation by Regina Tetens & Felix Hardmood Beck
"The Story of Technoviking" will be shown at the 12th Biennale for media art at the museum for contemporary art in Santiago de Chile on October 13th.
On invitation by Enrique Rivera
in Stockholm, Sveden on October 29th at Fabel Kommunikation
On invitation by Max Valentin
The "The Story of Technoviking" is presented in a lecture at Bethanien on 8.8.
and as the feature length film at Spektrum on 9.8. within the frame of
A GAME OF YOU: Into the Social Media Vortex by the Disruption Network Lab
On invitation by Tatiana Bazzichelli & Gabriel S Moses
April - July 2015
The Technoviking Archive is presented at Motorenhalle in Dresden in the exhibition "Digital // Analog: Indifferenz" from 22.04.-04.07.2015
On invitation by Denise Ackermann
On May 30th the film "Advanced Guide to XXXXXX" will be presented at Backup-Festival in Weimar.
On June 3rd the film "The Story of Technoviking" will be shown at Motorenhalle with the option for a discussion with the film maker.
Moderation by Denise Ackermann
On July 2nd the film "The Story of Technoviking" will be shown at HEK in Basel followed by a discussion.
Berlin film festival achtung berlin
shows The Story of Technoviking on April 16+17, 2015
Parts from the Technoviking-Archive are on show at the exhibition Dimensions Variable # 2014 in mo.ë, Vienna, Austria from 18.- 23. November 2014; selection by Christoph Höschele
Lecture on YouTube - Performance today at the Kunsthalle in Merano, Italy on 28.11.2014; on invitation by Hannes Egger
Filmscreening Buscam No.2 will be part in a film program at the
The Biennale of the Moving Image Buenos Aires (BIM) in Argentina
from 20-30 November 2014; selection by Ioannis Savvidis
Premiere poetry shortfilm "Love in times of the EU" at the 7th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival; 16.10. – 19.10. 2014 at Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, Berlin
Preview and lecture about the film The Story of Technoviking within the frame of the exhibition Eternal September in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 2.9.2014 at 18:00 in Aksioma
FM-Biography at the 2nd Long Night og the Berlin Film Festivals on
23. August 2014 – at ZUKUNFT :: Ranch in Ostkreuz Berlin
Screenings at 20:30 in Kino 4 & at 01:40 (24.8.) in Theatersaal
FM-Biography at backup festival in Weimar.
FM-Biography with live sounds on March 21. 2014 at Contemporary Art Centre Thessaloniki (CACT) and on March 30. 2014 at Roten Salon der Volksbühne in Berlin and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, Greece.
Screening of The World's Simile in ONE SHOW on Friday 17 January at 6.30pm at Kobo in Undine/Italy, invited by Chiara Moro
Lecture on the Story of Technoviking at festival Stuttgarter Filmwinter on Saturday, January 18th in Stuttgart
lecture on Youtube as archive & Video Memes on 20.1. in the context of the workshop Konsumobjekte im bewegten Bild, Bildkonsum und Bildproduktion at institute for art & education of Goethe-University Frankfurt.
FM-Biography is Film of the Month November at the Open Screenings. Read the interview in German here
Lecture on 1.10.13 at ihe International Conference Innovative, Open and Economically Sustainable Models of Creative Production within the panel The Limits of Open – The Limits of Law, organised by the National Documentation Centre (EKT) in Athens, Greece
Werkleitz Jubiläumsfestival 2013 Utopien vermeiden shows a selection from the Technoviking-Archive
12-27.10. in Halle/Saale, Germany
Technoviking Transmedia is part
SIMULTAN FESTIVAL #9 | 'Necunoscut Popular'
10-12 oct. 2013 Timisoara, Romania
FM-Biography will be shown at the Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition 2013 in the Indie Cork Festival of Independent Cinema
FM-Biography will be shown within the program Poetic Encounters at the Conradfestival in Krakow, Poland on 27.10.2013 at 4 PM
Adress: Arteteka Wojewódzkiej Biblioteki Publicznej w Krakowie,
ul. Rajska 12
At the Doc-Fest-Leipzig Matthias Fritsch will talk on October 30 at a panel on privatisation of reality.
Exhibition of Music from the Masses as a big installation with all 250 music videos in the framework of Risk Society at MOCA, the Museum for contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan.
Curated by Melanie Bono, opening on 14.9.13
Exhibition until November
Lecture The right to share on 16.9.13 at the National University of the Arts in Taipei.
Exhibition Und alle so yeah! – Die vulgäre Avantgarde shows excerpts from the Technoviking-Archiv on invitation by Alain Bieber at Haus für elektronische Künste Basel on 24.08.2013.
Lecture on June 13th, 2013 in Künstlerhaus in Wien beim EU XXL FORUM 13 - Conference of European Film, Media & Policy
Lecture on 14.6. at Symposium Social Media & Science of the Projektverbund Initiativen 2.0 at TU-Berlin, 15:30 - 17:00 in Fraunhoferstr. 33 nearby Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Berlin
Premiere of the new short film FM-Biography on June 14th, 2013 22:00 at Akadiemie der Künste am Hanseatenweg in Berlin.
4 May- 9 June: exhibition Working Voices Bogota at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá, Columbia, concept: Harm Lux
Exhibition of Music from the Masses at Palazzo conTemporaneo in Udine / Italy from April 12 - May 12, 2013
Lecture on images and the variety on significances on April 19th, 2013 at UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA, New Media Department, Bogota, Columbia
CTM.13 Exhibition In That Weird Age at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien 25.1. - 3.2. 2013 shows parts from the Technoviking-Archive
We, Technoviking is on show at SIMULTAN FESTIVAL #8 | 'The beginning of the end'
11-13 October 2012 in Timisoara, Romania
I'll be watching you... was awarded as the best Video by the jury of Festival »extra« experimental trails.
August 30th - September 2nd, 2012 at Galerie KUB in Leipzig, Germany.
I'll be watching you... is part of the program Videodrom and on show in Künstlerhaus k/haus in Vienna, Austria from 19/7 - 18/8 (organised by George and Dimitris Georgakopoulos)
I'll be watching you... is part of the exhibition "Odi et Amo" at Fundazioa Bilbaoarte (Bilbao, Spain) from July 19th to July 25th, curated by Pablo Marte
Exhibition Megacool 4.0. Jugend und Kunst shows We Technoviking and Technoviking Transmedia and a Technoviking Head sculpture by Shinya Yamaoka. The show is curated by Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard.
Exhibition runs from June 14th until September 30th, 2012 at Künstlerhaus k/haus in Vienna, Austria
Participation in groupshow Zootrope at CAMP from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th of June in Athens
Curated by: Maria Luca, Panos Xenakis and Kika Kyriakakou
Short lecture and Screening on June 7th at shortcutzberlin at the Filmkunst Bar Fitzcarraldo, Reichenberger Straße 133 in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The session starts at 8:30 pm and the screening at 9 pm.
Entrance is free.
Pecha Kucha Lecture Poetry is Mashup on June 9th 2012 at 3pm at the Academy of the Arts at Hanseatenweg in Berlin on invitation of the Poesiefestival Berlin.
Entrance is free.
LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images shows We, Technoviking
curated by Carmen Billows, 24. – 27. May 2012 in London
Exhibition Wywyższeni. Od faraona do Lady Gagi (The Exalted. From the Pharaoh to Lady Gaga) in the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland shows We Technoviking und Technoviking Transmedia. The exhibition will last from May 16th to October 23rd, 2012
invitation by Ewa Wójtowicz
16mm installation and film Generations will be shown at Arsenal(Berlin) on May 9th at 8pm, organized by Goethe-Institut
Music from the Masses will be shown as an installation at Goethe-Institut Athen from March 21st-26th, 2012 during the Moving Silence Festival; on March 26th the project will be presented on an open stage for live interpretations
Premiere: Landscape No.4
at Moving Silence Event in Nikosia (Cyprus)
Berlin Shortfilm-Festival kiezkieken
shows I'll be watching you... on November 11th, 2011
The Technoviking Archive is presented at the Convention Camp at the Hannover Fair on November 8th, 2011. Supported by EMAF and Nordmedia.
UAMO Festival shows We, Technoviking
27.10.2011 – 30.10.2011 in Munich
The international festival of contemporary cinema in Moscow (RU)
presents a Riot video of the project Music from the Masses
from October 21st-24th, 2011
Bergamo, Italy shows I'll be watching you...
October 23rd-29th, 2011
new media festival in Providence, Rhode Island (USA)
from September 22nd-October 2nd, 2011
shows project Music from the Masses
July & August 2011
Sommeratelier GLEICH ZEIT at Shedhalle Tübingen (D) shows
I'll be watching you...
22.8. - 3.9.2011
Databodies, Networked Portraits
Exhibition at Alta Tecnología Andina – ATA, Fundación Telefónica and Museo de Arte in Lima (Peru) from July 8th - August 28th 2011
Based in Berlin
Six Weeks of Exhibitions, Talks, Performances presents We, Technoviking. Related special events:
Artist Talk on July 3rd, 2011 at 18:00 in Atelierhaus
Open Screening: July 13th, 2011 at 22:00 in Monbijoupark
based on my networking activities within the Independent Film Network Berlin since the late 90s.
Exhibition from June 8th - July 24th, 2011
Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, Oranienburgerstraße 77, 10178 Berlin
Lecture at Festival Emergeandsee on June 4th, 2011 in Berlin on the project Music from the Masses
Based in Berlin
shows We, Technoviking and host an Open Screening based on my networking activities within the Independent Film Network Berlin since the late 90s. Artist lecture on July 3rd.
WRO 2011 Alternative Now - 14th International Media Art Biennale from May 10-15th, 2011 in Wrocław, Poland shows We, Technoviking
Landscape No.2 will be shown as part of movingsilence at Goethe Institut Athen on April 6th 2010. Musik von Minimaximum.
Lecture about the Technoviking Archive at "ENTER: DATAPOLIS" 5th multimedia biennale 14.-17.4. 2011, Prague
Music from the Masses takes Part in "X Freundschaftsanfragen," a group exhibition about the potential of digital social media at Kunstverein Wolfsburg. Curated by Justin Hoffmann.
Duration: February 24th - April 24th
Part of www.phaenomenale.com
Music from the Masses is Part of "Re-generation," a Selection of The Web Biennial Revealing The Poetics and Politics of Net Art selected by curator Dr. Marcus Graf.
Duration: January 20th - March 20th 2011 at PlatoArtspace.
Impakt Festival in Utrecht shows We, Technovikng and lecture about the Technoviking Phaenomenon on October 17th
premier of three new performances at MIR Festival in Athens:
- "Dancepiece 2" performed by Agni Papadeli Rossetou in
collaboration with Georgis Sakelariou, Stathis Crisidis & NatryX
- "Landschaft 3" performed by NatryX & ACTE VIDE
- "Riot" performed by Lambros Pigounis
The events take place on September 13 & 14 at 9pm in About
Inter-cool 3.0 showes video "We, Technovikng" from 17th Sept - 28th Nov 2010 in Dortmunder U (former Union Browery)
June & July 2010
Video "Hidden" takes part in Chem Tamirs programm "Anticipation", at the Mobile Archive exhibition at Stacion Center for Contemporary Art in Prishtina, Kosovo from June 28 - July 24
Web Biennale shows Music from the Masses at #wb10 - anticensor
gallery 3 - Michael Jackson Pavillion - curated by Dimitrios Fotiou hosted by Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM
April & May 2010
Events with Moving Silence in Prague and Athens
Music from the Masses takes part in exhibition Mash Up at EMAF in Osnabrück April 21st - May 23rd 2010 at Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche
Lecture on Artist Strategies for Web 2.0 on April 22nd at EMAF
Activities at transmediale.10 in Berlin:
Performance "Landschaft 2"; Moderation & Conception of Panel "Art 2.0"; Participation in Panel "Free Culture Incubator"
Online / Offline Exhibition of Stuttgarter Filmwinter in Stuttgart:
Music from the Masses