monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group of basket weaving enthusiasts and theory do-it-yourselfers having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis.
monochrom is the super-affirmation of the globalization trap.
monochrom has existed in this (and every other) form since 1993.

monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. monochrom publishes the book of the same name in addition to its activity in other areas. What are we doing? monochrom is an open field of experimentation:
international art scene, panel discussion event technology, souls bought and sold, game and shame shows, readings of the dreariest sort, theory cocooning, film short processing, website squatters' consultancy, alternative space travel projects, do-it-yourself surveillance courses, riddle rallyes, ecumenical field services, overhead projector comics, circumstantiation, Power Point fairytales, layouting and decomposition, propagandistic summer camps, monumental puppet theater, aesthetic pregnancy counseling, producing, promoting and destroying music, party service, expressional dance, Biennial brawls, GDR rock, DJ events and lots more...

Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a one baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with the Thomann Project. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and they have hosted the first annual festival concerned with cocktail robotics.

monochrom's mission, its passion and quasi-ontological vocation, is primarily the collection, grouping, registration and querying (liberation?) of the scar tissue represented by everyday cultural artifacts. This mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.

What does that all mean. Everything and nothing. Anyway, you feel well but are afraid of skin cancer.

monochrom is an offer, for a limited time only, to partake of our guided tours and travel services, but it is also a collage with archive and an alternative listing system that understands how to evade mainstream agricultural influence through the art of movement. monochrom is a book, a notebook, a fanzine. As a book it is the book based on the major motion picture; the movie is the movie based on the situation, the situation is political; and, being political, it is supranational; the supranational is a job for Superman, but it is also a prototype of the typical workaday anomie of today's individual. The continental drift arising from this workaday anomie needs to be supranationally reanchored in little planned ergonomies. monochrom, as its name already indicates, can be read in the tradition of Russian Suprematism, but also under any ordinary nightstand lamp. monochrom is a website, an email invitation, a media archive. As an email invitation it is an offer to make contact, and yet this contact is subject to numerous special conditions, such as that of human existence. Thus no email invitations are sent to frogs and a roll of 35mm film has never been encouraged to make a state visit to a potential public. Still, among people, there is contact. And there is monochrom.

Make to-do lists!

Since October 2002, international artists who do not normally reside in Austria have the opportunity to live and work with us, most of them as part of the ongoing Artist-in-Residence programme of Museumquartier Wien.
By now, nine live/work studios are available within the MQ complex, monochrom can offer two places (one month each) per year.
The financing of the studio program is accomplished with the assistance of sponsors (currently / ERSTE Foundation) and allows monochrom to make the studios available free of charge along with a monthly stipend.

monochrom's ongoing artist-in-residence programme (2003-) is a vital part of the group's collaborative work. All former resident artists are being given the honorary title ambassador.

So far the following ambassadors have been appointed:
Minou Modarressy-Mahboobi, Johannes Ullmaier, Richard Wientzek, Tommy Schmidt, Ireen-Christin Zielonka, Melih Görgün, Stefan Tiron, Francesca Birks, Angela Dorrer, Jake Appelbaum, David Fine, Bre Pettis, Sean Bonner, Audrey Penven, Jesse Darlin', Eddie Codel, Melinda Richka, Mitch Heinrich, Kyle Machulis, Benjamin Cowden, Rose White, Jane Tingley, Jesse Zbikowski, Phil Stearns, Josh Ellingson, Nick Farr, Damien di Fede, Maggie Mayhem, Whitney Deatherage, Ryan Finnigan, Sonia Miss Peggy Perez, Dan Wilcox, Anika Hirt, Sophia Cacciola, Michael J. Epstein, Chrisian plomlompom Heller, Daniel Kulla, Eric McEver.

An external commentary:
"Putting the world that we experience as a habitable Inside into relationship with a new world and a new way of life: this is the task of fantasy and science fiction, of criticism and anarchism, and maybe also of fairy tales and religion. This is a task that monochrom takes very seriously while being very funny. monochrom is - and they admit this openly -not a sect, but a movement, and as such newly a recognized religion. A religion as the binding of thinking and life to the Outside, a religion in which there is no Beyond to devalue life because it recognizes no here and now, a religion in which all power exists in the form of radiation and which does without institutional centralization, without God or King - even if it is the King of Persia." (Drehli Robnik)
That hits the nail on the head.

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Postal address: monochrom, Quartier 21/Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna, Austria/Europe
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