San Francisco Bay Guardian -- Arse Elektronika brings new meaning to 'grab my joystick'
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Eric Cuadra's great video summary of Arse Elektronika 2012 for the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Fucking polygons, fucking pixels: On procedural representations of sex
Paolo Pedercini of Molleindustria on procedural representations of sex in videogames.
Arse Elektronika (not to be confused with the similarly sounding, slightly more established new media art festival in Linz) is the most important conference investigating the intersection of sex and technology. The past six editions revolved around themes like porn as innovation driver, sexuality in science fiction or body enhancements. This year the emphasis was on games and the three day festival included performances, workshops, and an eclectic mix of lectures: from the challenges of simulating sexual intercourse in Nordic LARPs to the dating strategies among volunteers in disaster zones, from the physics of vibrators and sex machines to the auto-ethnography of masturbation…
KillScreen Magazine: "Stories about orcs and rape": the man behind Arse Elektronika
A chat with Johannes Grenzfurthner, the brainiest pervert of them all.Link
KillScreen: "At Arse Elektronika, the world's biggest gaming and sex conference"
Sex games, (and games about sex, and sexual devices with gameplay elements, and so on), certainly have a ways to go before they become "mainstream" in any real way, if they ever do at all. Perhaps that's a large part of the appeal – attendi ng Arse Elektronika – particularly the opening ceremony - felt like an introduction to gaming's most truly subversive and "underground" space, a sort of heady, sex-positive mirror universe to the goings on of say, PAX. These folks are innovating the medium – one dirty little demo at a time.Link
Arse Elektronika 2012 / Schedule! Tickets!
Arse Elektronika 2012 / Call for Submissions: '4PLAY: Gamifuckation and Its Discontents'
Arse Elektronika 2012
4PLAY: Gamifuckation and Its Discontents
Gaming, like sex, is a human cultural practice of apparent frivolity. Yet both afford surprisingly deep levels of analysis. How might models of critical gameplay inspire deeper critical reflection on issues of sex, and vice-versa?
What is the history of sexual games, particularly in the pre-digital era? What were the fairground and peepshow precursors in titillation? What was the design history of the “love tester” machine?
Deadline: July 1, 2012
Please send submissions to office AT monochrom.at
Arse Elektronika @ Sexual Cultures Conference, Brunel University
Johannes Grenzfurthner (head of Arse Elektronika) will give a presentation at the "Sexual Cultures Conference". This conference, co-hosted by the Onscenity Research and the School of Arts and the School of Social Sciences at Brunel University, will take place on April 20-22 at Brunel Univesrsity, London, UK.
NEURAL reviews Arse Elektronika Anthology "Of Intercourse and Intracourse"
The wonderful tech-art magazine NEURAL (issue 40) printed a review of Arse Elektronika anthology #3: "Of Intercourse and Intracourse" (published by RE/Search and monochrom).
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Arse Elektronika vs. Singularity Summit?
Dan Massey of Venus Plus X sent us a very interesting article he wrote.
I thought you might enjoy my recent socialist-capitalist fusion blog "comparing and contrasting" Arse Elektronika and Singularity Summit. Can us wild futurists ever work together? Will the rich invest in erototech?Link
Arse Elektronika: Come for science!
VenusPlusX attended Arse Elektronika 2011.
The presentations were extremely wide-ranging, and showed the creativity possible as a new age of sexual freedom emerges. Each one incrementally stretched the group or "hive" mind in real time.
Here is the link.
And there have been many other write-ups and comments, we can't link all of them here, but feel free to google.
Arse Elektronika 2011 is over... but the discourse goes on!
It was a great pleasure to meet all of you at Arse Elektronika 2011.
And all our inspiring discussions should not stop. So please subscribe to our open mailing list and keep the thoughts flowing!
Screwing the System at Arse Elektronika 2011
Great write-up by Kitty Stryker.
As much as I consider myself a geek, I am pretty isolated generally from the geeky 'verse. A lot of my friends are certainly dorky/nerdy/geeky, in a multitude of ways, but we're usually meeting at altsex or Burner spaces, not hacker ones! I guess I'm a little intimidated by the techspeak, which I'm not a native speaker of.Link
San Francisco Bay Guardian on Arse Elektronika 2011
The event raises tough issues like whether having the lifestyle that allows one to enjoy kink is a luxury, class struggle among perverts, and the fossil footprint of a technologically-assisted orgasm. There will be talks and workshops, inventions and performance – go to question the meanings of desire.Link
QUEST recommends Arse Elektronika 2011
On the heels of Folsom Street Fair, Arse Elektronika, an annual conference on sex, technology and culture arrives in San Francisco from September 29-October 2.Link
Arse Elektronika 2011: Reminder! Costumes! Socialist Sex Superhero!
Our grand opening gala (Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ Chez Poulet) has a special costume theme!
Arse Elektronika 2011: SCREW THE SYSTEM / Schedule updated
Please check out the new workshop topics and times.
(Workshops will be held October 2, 2011 @ Noisebridge)
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Sex, technology, identity... big-ass sweeping themes for Arse Elektronika 2013.
Identity, but also identification. Technologies for the exploration of identities. Technologies for the articulation and performance of identities. Technologies for the enforcement of hegemonic identities. Technologies for the verification of identities. For example: What about the vast fencing-off of the old wild internet; the #nym-wars and the push for “real names”?
We typically assume there is ‘something’ that takes and/or performs an identity. What is this entity? Are awareness and consciousness strictly limited to and made sense of in human experience alone? How is identity understood and made sense of in terms of artificial intelligence? What might transhuman, android, or cyborg identities consist of? What does sexual desire mean to a dolphin?
We have technology-based identities. If we are to agree that agency is a key factor in identity AND position technology as extension/manipulation of agency, then is technology an identity in and of itself?
The Bay Area, famous as a place to “find yourself,” also hosts vast projects to organize and catalog the world’s identities, whether they want that or not. So, how does the Californian Ideology drive identity politics and techno-sexuality?
Will apps like Bang With Friends and gadgets like Google Glass provide us with the ultimate gonzo pornoverse? And why are services like LinkedIn explicitly banning escorts from using the site to get clients?
What have been the social ramifications of Web 2.0, ten years on? By what means have queer users of dating sites and social networks reframed or otherwise hacked the systems surrounding them? What is the design history of the drop-down gender menu– and its alternatives? How did Facebook’s inclusion of “in an open relationship” as a standard option for one’s relationship status affect youth mores? What has been the effect of location-based hookup apps on the architecture of cruising? What are the economics of niche dating sites, and how are they policed? What are the ethical obligations surrounding the ability to algorithmically identify those who are in the closet?
What technologies could ensure more flexible, fluid identities? What would TSA protocols look like if they were designed from a queer perspective? What does counter-surveillant fashion look like? How might we ensure the right not to be found? (Should we?) Are there technologies for anonymity that do not also afford stalking and harassment? Are there technologies for transparency that do not also afford stalking and harassment?
If an identity requires recognition (either by the self or through the Other), then is it ever possible to be “truly” or “identifiably” queer? Is ‘queer identity’ an oxymoron?
Former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit warns that legalizing gay marriage in the UK "opens up the possibility of a lesbian queen giving birth to a future monarch by artificial insemination." Interesting times for sex tech? Indeed!
What about a historic dimension? What were techno-sexual systems of identity like in the past? What were the technologies of masked rituals? What technologies drove the invention of privacy? How did the adoption of fingerprinting change the regulation of prostitution in the early 20th century? Besides hanky-flagging, what techniques/technologies were used to signal ‘deviant’ interests? How was handwriting judged in the evaluation of potential lovers? What is the techno-social history of the "secret admirer?"
How will technological progress change the way we see ourselves? What are we without our iPhone and our beloved designer vibrator? Is the Marxian commodity fetish actually entering the sphere of (what a wordplay!) customization fetishism?
If orgasm patterns are unique and impossible to duplicate, could one’s sexual response be the ultimate biometric identifier? So, how worried should we be about the spectre of sphincter-printing?
What about Big Data in a sexual context? Does size matter?
What about a decent ontological debate with your buttplug’s AI?
Well... dear entities out there, with your proud Egos, Super-Egos and Hyper-Egos! Never forget that there is an Id lurking round the corner! The real Voight-Kampff test is not minding that it hurts!