Michael Mastrototaro (born 1970 in Graz) is an Austrian writer, media artist and visual artist who is best known for his media art and literature.
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Michael Mastrototaro was born in Graz and has lived in Vienna since 1991. He is the father of two sons. From 1976 to 1978 he was a member of the children's choir at the Graz Opera. During this time he sang u. a. a duet with Josep Carreras in the opera The Stingiest Man in the World. He then worked on the youth stage at the Schauspielhaus Graz. In 1994 he completed a speech choir training with Einar Schleef in Berlin. Back in Vienna, he studied two years at the Institute for Electroacoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
After dropping out of studies, he concentrated on his professional artistic activity. Over the years, numerous projects have emerged in the artistic disciplines of net art experimental film (16 mm), installations for public space, radio art, performance, media art and literature. Since 2017 he has been intensively involved in the visual arts. The focus of his artistic activity is always on dealing with social trends. In 1999 he founded the artist duo Machfeld together with the Austrian media artist Sabine Maier. In 2008, he received the Machfeld Award for Video and Media Art from the Federal Chancellery of Austria. He has realized projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Central & North America and in the USA (including the Hong Kong Arts Center (Hong Kong / Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China), University of California (Santa Barbara / USA) Bag Factory (Johannesburg / South Africa), Kunsthalle Basel (Basel / Switzerland), Museum of Modern Art (Detroit / USA)).
He is a member of the Grazer Autorinnen, Autoren Vereinigung (GAV) and FLUSS, Lower Austria Initiative for Photo and Media Art.
His works are in numerous private collections and in the "The Life Collection", Johannesburg, South Africa.
Since 2004, he and the media artist Sabine Maier have been running the Machfeld studio in Vienna, an offspace that deals with cross-border art practices.
In 2019 Michael Mastrototaro developed the "Konjungate" project. A blockchain using cryptography, based on his 1999 written novel Machfeld. In this novel, nine years before Bitcoin Core appears on the cryptocurrency horizon, he describes the mining of KONJUNGATE. The main character of the book is of the same name as the inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. 20 years after the novel was published online, Konjungate appears as a media art project to decentralize the funding of contemporary artists and art institutions.