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Arse Elektronika 2008 Flickr Group

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Arse Elektronika 2008: Yeah!

Thanks to all the visitors, helpers, speakers, performers! Arse Elektronika 2008 was a blast! We still don't know if androids sleep with electric sheep... but what the heck.

Please help us organize, fund and promote Arse Elektronika 2009...

A reminder: the Arse Elektronika Anthology "pr0nnovation?" is out and can be ordered here or via RE/Search.

More pictures and reactions soon.

MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 3 / Politics

MP3s of the talks and panels of the third conference day ("Politics") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.

Wired: Sexy Machines Get Up and Go at Arse Elektronika

Wired reports about the Arse Elektronika Opening Night.

Pictures by Kat Wade.


Arse Elektronika: Some blog comments

MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 2 / Technology

MP3s of the talks and panels of the second conference day ("Technology") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.

Viviane's Arse Elektronika pictures

Viviane kindly uploads many pictures to her Flickr account.

MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 1 / Narration

MP3s of the talks and panels of the first conference day ("Narration") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.

Arse Elektronika Opening: Scott Beale's pictures

Arse Elektronika on Boing Boing

Reminder: Costumes!

Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2008 will be a dignified occasion -- and so we invite you to dress up properly. Surprise us with sex and science fiction related costumes... and maybe win a Prixxx Arse trophy yourself!

Still some time to spread the word!

Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2008, Sept 25 (doors open 7 PM; show starts 8 PM) @ CELLspace (San Francisco).

"Prosthetic Fetishes and Fan Erotica: Sci-Fi Predicts Future of Sex"

Wired's Jenna Wortham reports about Arse Elektronika.
Forget wondering whether androids dream of electric sheep. The real question is: Do they have erotic visions and robot orgies?

From movies and television to comic books and the internet, science fiction not only creates fantastical visions of the future, but provides a template for the continuing evolution of sex, according to Johannes Grenzfurthner, founder of Austrian art collective monochrom.


(Picture by Scott Beale)


Arse Elektronika 2008: Opening Night

(@ CELLspace / 2050 Bryant Street, San Francisco / September 25 / 8pm, doors open at 7pm)

Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2008 Awards Ceremony
An unobjectionable award for sex machines, orgasmotrons and teledildonics.
Hosted by monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner and info maniac David Dempsey. Featuring
- Annalee Newitz,
- Jonathan Mann aka GameJew,
and many other human and non-human guest stars.
The winners will be honored with the "Golden Kleene".
Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2008 will be a dignified occasion -- and so we invite you to dress up properly. Surprise us with sex and science fiction related costumes... and maybe win a "Golden Kleene" yourself!

Presentation of Arse Elektronika Anthology: "pr0nnovation?"
It is our pleasure and privilege to present you with the first Arse Elektronika Anthology: "pr0nnovation?"

From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. No one can predict what the future will bring, but history indicates that sex will continue to play an essential role in technological development. Is it going too far to assume that research in nanotechnology and genetic engineering will be influenced by our sexual needs? The question is not whether these technologies alter humanity, but how they do so.

Edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner, Gunther Friesinger, Daniel Fabry.
Published by RE/Search Publications (San Francisco) in cooperation with monochrom.

Featuring: Michael Achenbach, Timothy Archibald, Peter Asaro, Thomas Ballhausen, Binx, Violet Blue, Jonathan Coopersmith, Mark Dery, Thomas Edlinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Ema Konstantinova, Tina Lorenz, Stefan Lutschinger, Kyle Machulis, Aaron Muszalski, Annalee Newitz, Carol Queen, Thomas Roche, Autumn Tyr-Salvia, Frank Apunkt Schneider, Katie Vann, Rose White, Amanda Williams, Katherina Zakravsky.

Arse Elektronika: Schedule update

We regret having to inform you that Verena Kuni had to cancel her talk at Arse Elektronika. But we are pleased to announce a new speaker: Aaron Muszalski.

Update of our conference schedule is now online.

Arse Elektronika 2008: Flyer

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Arse Elektronika 2008: Only three more days to liftoff...

Radio Blowfish features Arse Elektronika 2008

[...] a chat with Johannes of Monochrom, sponsors of the Arse Electronika art/sex/culture conference coming up in San Francisco... the only art/sex/culture conference with its own theme song!
Link Podcast
Link Blog

(By the way, there are tons of great blog entries about Arse Elektronika 2008; thanx!)

Arse Elektronika 2008 Theme Song: "Could It Be"

We decided to declare "Could It Be" our official Arse Elektronika 2008 theme song.

Why? Because it tells the story of two gay subroutines. And that's more than fitting.

"Could It Be" is from our Semi-Best-Of album "Carefully Selected Moments", available on iTunes.

Link (hi-res video)


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We may not forget that mankind is a sexual and tool-using species. And that's why our annual conference Arse Elektronika deals with sex, technology and the future. 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?