Boris Ondreička is a curator, artist, author and singer based in Bratislava, SK and Vienna, AT. He has worked as project coordinator at the Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, SK, director of art-initiative tranzit.sk, Bratislava, SK, and, since 2012, as the curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, AT. Where he has (co-)curated Rare Earth (eponymous book published with Sternberg Press); Supper Club; Tomorrow Morning Line; Ephemeropteræ (ongoing since 2012) and recently Olafur Eliasson: Green light—An Artistic Workshop. Among others he has also co/curated Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, ES; Being the Future, Palast der Republik, Berlin, DE; Symposion at The Event, Birmingham, UK; Auditorium, Stage, Backstage, Frankfurter Kunstverein, DE; and individual projects of Lois & Franziska Weinberger, Stano Filko, Andreas Neumeister, Július Koller, Denisa Lehocká, Zbyněk Baladrán, Ján Ballx and other projects. In 2010, he co-founded the Július Koller Society.

His artistic projects include Manifesta 2, Luxembourg, L; Venice- (Czecho-Slovak & Roma pavilions); Prague-, Gyumri-, Torino-, Anzengruber-, Tai-Pei-, Athens- , Kyiv-, Jakarta- biennales; MoMA-PS1 NYC, USA; BAK Utrecht, NL; Maastricht, NL; W139 and De Appel, Amsterdam, NL; Smak, Gent, BE; Kunsthalle Loppem, BE; Marres, Tramway Glasgow UK, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, IT; Le Plateau, and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, both Paris, F; Frankfurter-, Kölnischer-, Badischer-, Münchener-, Stuttgarter Kunstvereins, DE; Kiasma, Helsinki, FI; HKW, Berlin, DE; ACAF, Alexandria, EG; Museum of Modern Art Warsaw; Overgaden Copenhagen; Slovak and Czech national galleries, Moravian gallery; Secession, Mumok, Kunsthalle, Tanzquartier, all Vienna, AT; Donaufestival, Krems, AT; Magazin 4, Bregenz, AT; and elsewhere. His HI! lo. was published at tranzit / jrp Ringier, CH and One Second / Out of Time at Revolver, DE. Since 1987 he is the lead-singer and lyricist for the band Kosa z nosa, Bratislava, SK. He has given lectures and workshops at academies in Vienna, Linz and Prague, Royal College of Arts London, Dutch Art Institute Arnhem, Documenta 12 Kassel, Sharjah Foundation Sharjah.

The Atelier IN at the Department of Intermedia focuses on the overlaps of different media and emphasizes creative approaches while specifically focusing on socially engaged politically sensitive conceptual art practices. An essential feature of the studio is its openness to a wide range of media and experiments in the field of contemporary art.

Since 2011, the educational program OPEN STUDIO has been part of the study at Atelier IN. Every month throughout the academic year the program brings established and renowned artists and theorists as short-term tutors for the students of the studio, and also for other students of the Department of Intermedia and the Academy.

The Open Studio has become a platform for practical and theoretical considerations reflecting on the historical, social and intellectual assumptions of visual art production.

The word “open” in the title suggests openness to new stimuli, opinions, reflections, criticism, communication and ultimately the formation of openness, which is achieved through inviting significant figures of the international art-scene into the studio and academic environment.

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