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Arse Elektronika: Sex, Tech and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself @ CMU Pittsburgh
A little lecture performance by Johannes Grenzfurthner / monochrom, as part of Paolo Pedercini's class at CMU.
We may not forget that mankind is a sexual and tool-using species.
From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. New technologies are quick to appeal to pornography consumers, and thus these customers represent a profitable market segment for the suppliers of new products and services.
Currently, all factors show that high-tech developments owe a great deal of their success to the need for further sexual stimulation. One could cite the example provided by the science-fiction concept of a full-body interface designed to produce sexual stimulation. But it isn't science fiction anymore. It's DIY.
As bio-hacking, sexually enhanced bodies, genetic utopias and plethora of gender have long been the focus of literature, science fiction and, increasingly, pornography, this year will see us explore the possibilities that fictional and authentic bodies have to offer.
Our world is already way more bizarre than our ancestors could have ever imagined. But it may not be bizarre enough. "Bizarre enough for what?" -- you might ask. Bizarre enough to subvert the heterosexist matrix that is underlying our world and that we should hack and overcome for some quite pressing reasons within the next century.
Don't you think, replicants?
February 24, 2015, 6:30 PM on CMU main campus in Pittsburgh/USA, College of Fine Arts building, 3rd floor, room 307.
"Die Gstettensaga": Finalist at 'The DIY Film Festival 2015' in Los Angeles
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl"
is a finalist
at the 'DIY Film Festival' in Los Angeles. We are nominated for "Best Film".
The award ceremony will be held in LA, March 6, 2015.
TimeOut Israel interviews Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex, tech and Arse Elektronika
"It's a bug hunt!!": monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner and James Brothwell present Kermit and his beloved M41A
This is Kermit. This is his M41A. There are many air cooled,
electronic pulse action, selective-fire automatic rifles like it, but this
one is his
His M41A is his best friend. It is his life. He must master it as he
must master his life — just not under the primary rainbow connectors.
Hi-resolution reproduction of original drawing from 2015.
Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner
(of monochrom) and James Brothwell
(of Impeccable Flith)
Link to products
(posters, mugs, shirts, pillows, duvets, all you can wish for!)
"Venus of Strapondorf": monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner and Jenny Marx team up to empower our all-time favorite paleolithic goddess
Venus of Willendorf — our all-time favorite paleolithic goddess —
is turning the fertility game on its lubed head. This is gonna be fun!
Hi-resolution reproduction of original drawing from 2015.
Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom) and Jenny Marx
Link to products (posters, mugs, shirts, pillows, whatever)
"Die Gstettensaga" nominated for several awards at 'International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema 2015'
The jury at the 7th International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema (London, UK, February 2015) nominated "Gstettensaga" for several awards!
- Best Foreign Language Feature Film
Günther Friesinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Director of a Foreign Language Film
RE/Search announces a monochrom ValuPak!
We are also offering a ValuPak of (4) books by the techno-futuristic Austrian collective monochrom - write us at email@example.com & in the subject line write "monochrom ValuPak" and we will send you your own secret coded discount offer, just for YOU! (Well, It will be $50 plusshipping which is $10 US. Sorry, add $50 for /foreign/ shipping)
Arse Elektronika: MP3 archive (2007-2014) online
We took some time and edited and uploaded all the available recordings of Arse Elektronika talks and presentions.
They can be found on the "Schedule" pages (on the front page for 2014,
and in the archive section for all AEs 2007-2013). Just click on MP3!
"Hackeando los espacios": Spanish translation of "Hacking the spaces" is out
Johannes Grenzfurthner y Frank Apunkt Schneide son miembros de monochrom, un grupo de arte, tecnología y filosofía con base en Viena y en Zeta Draconis. El artículo original puede encontrarse en http://www.monochrom.at/hacking-the-spaces.
Fue traducido por Barbanegra en hackerspaces.org, de donde derivó esta versión traducida por Mauricio Pasquier Juan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Una proclama crítica, de lo que fue, es y será un hackerspace (o hacklab, para el caso)
"Die Gstettensaga": International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema 2015 Official Selection
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema 2015.
The festival will be held in London, UK, February 25-28, 2015.
It's time for Roboexotica 2014
Roboexotica is the annual festival where scientists, researchers,
computer experts and artists from all over the world build cocktail
robots and discuss technological innovation, futurology and science
fiction.Until recently, no attempts had been made to publicly discuss
of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological
innovations into the human Lebenswelt, or to document the
increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication.
Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. It is the first and,
inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics
world-wide. A micro mechanical change of paradigm in the age of
borderless capital. Alan Turing would doubtless test this out. Cheers!
Roboexotica is a coproduction of monochrom, Shifz and the Bureau for Philosophy.
December 4-7, 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
monochrom presents Jack Sargeant: William S. Burroughs in the World Beyond Literature
Lecture and film screening at Raum D / quartier21.
Lecture: Saturday, November 29, 7pm
Screening: Sunday, November 30, 7pm
Jack Sargeant will talk about William Burroughs in the World Beyond Literature & screen Andre Perkowski's Nova Express. Based on William S. Burroughs' quasi-science fiction cut-up novel of the same name, the film is a remarkable cinematic realisation of the cult book.
Who is Jack Sargeant?
As an author Jack Sargeant's work has been described as "dangerously inspirational" his numerous books include Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (both now in their third English language editions), and many others. He has written on film and culture for numerous books, anthologies and journals, and has written introductions for books by Lydia Lunch, Romain Slocombe, Joe Coleman, Cat Hope and for William Burroughs' Unforgettable Characters.
He writes a regular column for FilmInk, and has written articles for The Wire, Xochi 23, Fortean Times, World Art, Real Time, Metro and many other publications.
His writings have also appeared in the booklets accompanying numerous DVDs in the USA and UK, including the BFI release of Jeff Keen's films and the Industrial Records Throbbing Gristle DVD box set.
Jack has frequently appeared as a documentary interviewee in films including Blank City, The Advocate For Fagdom and Llik Your Idols. He also appears as a DVD extra on the American release of the Burroughs / sound experiments influenced underground movie Decoder.
Sargeant has lectured on underground film and culture, beat culture, William Burroughs and many other topics across the world. He has curated numerous film and art events, and is currently program director for the Revelation Film Festival in Western Australia.
His latest book, to be published in English and Swedish language editions, is Against Control which will be available on the night.
monochrom wants you to go down: SIX FEET UNDER CLUB -- in Vienna
6fuc in Vienna, Austria @ Schwelle7
November 28, 2014
In the age of data mining, a person's sex life may contain less embarrassing details than their web search history. Does it make sense that the former is a tightly guarded secret while the latter is shared with anonymous corporations daily? Even though a sexual nature is one of the few things most humans share in common, our social convention is to push all trace of it out of the public sphere. The Six Feet Under Club offers attendees a unique opportunity to experience the warping of public and private intimate space.
Couples can volunteer to be buried together in a casket beneath the ground. The space they occupy will be extremely private and intimate. The coffin is a reminder of the social norm of exclusive pair bonding "till death do us part". However, this intimate scene will be corrupted by the presence of a night vision webcam which projects the scene on to an outside wall. The audience will be privy to the scene inside, but the volunteers in the coffin will be completely isolated from them. The scenario keeps the intimacy of a sexual moment intact while moving the private act into public space. It can be seen as an absurd parody of pornographic cinema or an examination of the high value placed on sexual privacy. Either way, won't you become a member of the Six Feet Under Club?
Neutral.it reviews "Die Gstettensaga"
Excellent review of our movie "Die Gstettensaga"
The latest film by Johannes Grenzfurthner is set in a post-atomic future born from the ashes of the Google-war, a destructive global war of the twenty-first century between the two last superpowers: China and Google. “Social developments confront us with new tasks. Now we are dealing with nerds”. These are the words of Thurnher von Pjölk the evil monopolist of print, declaring his expansionist ambitions in a world of new technologies. [...]
"Dogs Playing D&D": Media feedback!
Our painting "Dogs Playing D&D"
got featured on many a blog! Wohoo! Boing Boing
, Laughing Squid
, Geek Dad
, Topless Robot
"Hey, Dog's Playing Poker, you're great and all, but Dogs Playing Dungeons and Dragons is the best dog painting in the history of all dog paintings. The end." (Meredith Woerner, io9)
"The must-have piece of art for every geek’s game room." (Geek Dad)
"Why would you ever play poker when D&D is an option? We really
appreciate the detail here, from the bottle of Mountain Dew to the
scantily clad warrior astride a majestic unicorn… you can practically
smell the Cheetos." (Tor)
"Man's best friend gets in on the elf-bonding action in this awesome
art tribute to dogs, dice and D&D." (Bonnie Burton, CNET)
clutter and atmosphere are really true to the gaming experience, and
I’d never thought before about the similarities between poker and RPGs
as social bonding experiences." (Chris Hall. Dogster)
Buy it! Here!
Whitney Deatherage: New monochrom artist in residence @ Museumsquartier Vienna
Our new artist in residence arrived!
Whitney is an artist, curator, fundraiser, and event organizer based in San Francisco. Her main interests are urban gaming, community building, civic infrastructure, performance art, and robotics.
Photo Credit: Gerard Fajardo
Whitney has a degree in Public Art and Museum Studies from California State University at Monterey Bay. She designed a permanent exhibit for the Museum of Monterey on the USS Macon, a Navy spy dirigible and the world's largest helium-filled airship, which crashed in Monterey Bay in 01935.
As producer and curator of Roboexotica, she will help create an interactive experience for the guests, encouraging participation beyond a standard exhibition.
"Dogs Playing D&D": monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner and Heather Kelley team up for tabletop canineness
Poker? Meh! Billards? Bah! Tabletop RPG? YESSS!
It's about time the notorious gaming dogs got something relevant to play. Watch closely as they roll dice, check stats, and of course, eat snacks! Did we mention they love Vallejo?
Hi-resolution reproduction of original oil painting.
Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom) with Heather Kelley
Johannes Grenzfurthner: http://www.grenzfurthner.com
Heather Kelley: http://www.moboid.com
Tags: dogs, dungeons and dragons, dungeons, dragons, gurps, dandd, rpg,
pen and paper, pen, paper, tabletop, dog, cheetos, mountain dew, dice,
rolling, game, playing, roleplay, gm, gamemaster, canine, fun, nerd,
Link to buy products (posters, shorts, tote bags, etc.) at RedBubble
monochrom in "Power Up! Learning in a Hackerspace"
Great to hear that Alex Megelas finished his paper!
Hi Johannes -
We met two years ago, when my friend Zinta and I visited monochrom during the summer.
I remember when we met, you were talking very passionately about your frustration with these spaces - and their reliance on a staid (white dude) monoculture. So I wanted to follow up with a quick note to let you know that I'm citing you in my MA thesis. I thought you might get a kick out of it given that it's about hackerspaces and the general lack of permeability of their (cultural/social) boundaries.
In our case, this was a small qualitative research project about building a bike-powered generator at Foulab. Most of our participants happened to be women, and this certainly contributed to the challenges we had during the project - though there were other aspects too.
Anyhow - in case you want to have a look, here's the link: http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/978978/
I hope all's well on your end.
educator, mediator, visual artist and so forth
Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex and tech in "Business Punk"
Issue #4 (2014) of German magazine "Business Punk"
features statements by Arse Elektronika curator Johannes Grenzfurthner.
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Johannes of monochrom in the New Yorker
The H.O.P.E. conference offers 2600 a chance to bring the global hacker community together. Steve Rambam, a security specialist who was arrested by the F.B.I. before his talk at the 2006 conference, told me that he comes back because he feels like he is speaking to the vanguard of computer culture. "These kids are trendsetters," he said. Johannes Grenzfurthner, an Austrian artist and hacker, told me before the talk that the hacking community has changed drastically in the past ten years, becoming more mainstream. One of the greatest shifts, he said, is the growing acceptance of women at conferences like H.O.P.E., despite the fact that the hacker community is still male dominated.
monochrom is partner of "Media Arts Cultures" joint master degree
The MediaAC master program answers the needs of the evolving fields related to the future and heritage of Media Arts Cultures. Our global digital world is filled with new media culture that encompasses the big questions of today such as the processes of globalisation, utopias of neuroscience, political repression, big data, and the growing world-wide surveillance. Thus, the analysis of media arts cultures is socially and culturally enlightening. The examination of evolving media art forms offers technological insights, which are vital to the next generation of software and hardware engineers, as well as to cultural practitioners. Media Arts have great potential for critical reflection and future innovation. They are especially vulnerable to decay as media evolution accelerates and require new methods of digital heritage preservation.
Mission: The MediaAC Consortium of four universities and influential global associated partners from the creative and cultural sector dedicate to grow a new generation of professionals based on the future needs of the field and grounded in rigorous academic training.
Danube University Krems (coordinating partner)
Aalborg University (full partner)
University of Lodz (full partner)
City University Hong Kong (full partner)
assocoated partners - Ars Electronica, DAM, FACT, Laboratory of Research in Art and Techno Science, monochrom, transmediale, ZKM.
Austrian Cultural Forum NY recommends "Die Gstettensaga" at NYC Indie Filmfestival
The NYC Independent Film Festival (October 15 - 19, 2014) is happy to have an Austrian film showing in the festival this year:
Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl
Directed by: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Written by: Johannes Grenzfurthner, Roland Gratzer
Cast: David Dempsey, Eva-Christina Binder, Evelyn Fürlinger, Harald Homolka-List, Jeff Ricketts, Joe Baumgartner, Lukas Tagwerker, Martin Auer, Roland Gratzer, Sophia Grabner, Stuart Freeman
The growing tension between the last two remaining superpowers - China and Google - escalates in the early 21st century, and results in the global inferno of the 'Google Wars'. But the years go by, radioactive dust settles on old battlegrounds, and a New World rises from the ashes of the old.
Fratt Aigner, a seedy journalist, and Alalia Grundschober, a nerdy technician, live and work in Mega City Schwechat: the biggest semi-urban sprawl in the foothills of what remained of the Alps. Newspaper mogul Thurnher von Pjölk assigns them a special task: to venture into the boondocks of the Gstetten and find the legendary Echsenfriedl. It is the beginning of a journey full of dangers, creatures and precarious working conditions...
October 17, 2014 3:30 PM at the Grand Theatre.
2600 Magazine reviews "Die Gstettensaga": A Call To Class Consciousness For Hackers
Wonderful review of "Die Gstettensaga"
by Ishan Raval published in the autumn 2014 issue of 2600
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"Die Gstettensaga" in Denver: Best Hacker Feature 2014 at "PhutureCon Festival"
won Best Hacker Feature 2014 at PhutureCon Festival
PhutureCon Festival will take place October 11 in Denver, Colorado.
Johannes Grenzfurthner will be present to talk about monochrom and "Die Gstettensaga".
Dispatch from Arse Elektronika -- Some Things Games Can Learn from Sex & Tech
Mattie Brice wrote a great piece about Arse Elektronika 2014.
This past weekend, I went to the annual sex and tech conference in San Francisco, Arse Elektronika.
This was actually the first conference I spoke at back in 2012 when it
was specifically about play and games, and I got to come again this year
to see what new projects people thinking and crafting about sex were up
to. This conference tends to attract a cross-section of toy makers and
academics interested in sex topics, but also nets in software people and
What’s interesting for me about this group of people who convene over
sex and tech is how similar and different the mood is to my experience
in video games. The demographics are about the same, with maybe the
ratio of women you’d see at an indie games event, so higher than the
industry but not as much as men. But there is an unspoken understanding
of non-judgment that I see in the kink community in SF that makes it
easier for people to bend outside of gender norms for the most part. If
anything, a lot of baggage around heteronormativity and monogamy is left
behind, but technocentrism and the centering of hegemonic masculinity’s
relationship with sex still exists. An interesting site of reference if
you want to see the dynamics where fluid sexuality is a thing and how
men, and sometimes others, relate to each other in a context they don’t
really get to outside of these situations. So I wanted to share with you
all my thoughts on some of the presentations and how they relate to our
realm of play.
Arse Elektronika 2014 on Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow featured Arse Elektronika
The theme this year is "trans*.*" and the event features "Talks, machines, games, workshops and performances;" runs from Oct 2-5 at San Francisco's Chez Poulet (3359 Cesar Chavez St).
Trans is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning "across", "beyond" or "on the opposite side". What does that mean for sex and technology?
Transitions, translations, transgressions, transistors & transducers, transactions, transmission (specifically sexually transmitted infections), transdermal?
Brief comment: opening night is at Chez Poulet, the other events are at the Center for Sex and Culture and Noisebridge (see schedule).
Johannes Grenzfurthner about Gstettensaga and Israel on TLV1
Johannes Grenzfurthner, an Austrian filmmaker and artist, came to Tel Aviv's Utopia Film Festival to promote his indie film 'The Gstetten Saga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl,' and talked to TLV1 about why, even as a left-wing European intellectual, he finds it more important than ever to take a trip to Israel.
Arse Elektronika 2014 / Final Schedule: TRANS*.*
It! Is! Ready!
Schedule for Arse Elektronika
New monochrom group image: puppets!
Our new monochrom group image. Puppets by Evelyn Fürlinger. Image by Lorenz eSeL Seidler.
Upper left: cat.
Lower right, first row: Evelyn Fürlinger, Günther Friesinger, Harald Homolka List, Daniel Fabry, Anika Kronberger
Lower right, second row: Roland Gratzer, Franz Ablinger, Frank Apunkt Schneider
Lower right: bottom: Johannes Grenzfurthner
(Click to enlarge)
Image link (Flickr)
"Die Gstettensaga": Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival 2014 Official Selection
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival 2014.
The festival will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 22-25, 2014.