Mathias Janko

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I, Mathias Janko (born 1988, Judenburg, Austria) live and work in Vienna.

One of my main fields of interest as an artist is the perception and construction of realities affected by actualities through nature. My work is characterized by my view on society, questioning social values, which are changing in relation to the increasing technical progress.

My first official group exhibition WahrHeitNehmen – Choose Reality in collaboration with Max Frey, Daniel Hafner and Tanja Schantl dealed with awareness and communication. Based on Paul Watzlawick’s theses, I produced three installations which depicted various perceptions of realities. It was my matriculation project for Multimedia-Art focusing on audio-visual media at the Ortweinschule in Graz, a Secondary Arts College.

At the University of Applied Arts Vienna, I started working with readymades like ballpoint-pens and audio-jack adapters to state my view of their function. Additionally, for my physical balance I bought a chainsaw and acquired some woodworking skills. At last, I built various kinetic sculptures presenting the mechanical system as the leading part of the work to question the users' values.
In 2018, I graduated at the department for Transmedial Art under the direction of Brigitte Kowanz.


2018   Worte & Spuren, Mezzanin Villa Bujatti, Vienna
2018   working out, Diplomausstellung, VZA3, Vienna
2017   inzwischen, Villa Bujatti, Vienna
2015   Xwra Video and Media Art Festival, Ypati, Greece
2015   ZONING, FLUC, Vienna
2015   08-15, SWDZ (So Weit Die Zukunft), Vienna
2014   BROTLOSE KUNST, SWDZ (So Weit Die Zukunft), Vienna
2014   If Damien Were Viennese, Ve.Sch, Vienna
2014   I Prefer »You« in the Plural, Ve.Sch, Vienna
2014   Über Holotypen, Ve.Sch, Vienna
2012   P.I.P., Papierfabrik, Graz
2010   WahrHeitNehmen, Next Andrä, Graz, Austria
2008   springeight - festival for electronic art and music, Graz