Arse Elektronika 2010 / September 30 thru October 3!
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Flickr Photo Pool for Techno(Sexual) Bodies / Arse Elektronika Hong Kong
Opening of exhibition at Videotage was a huge success.
Please add your images!
Posted by johannes, Saturday, April 03, 2010
Arse Elektronika Hong Kong: Twitter
Hash tag for Techno(Sexual) Bodies/Arse Elektronika Hong Kong: #arsehk
Posted by johannes, Friday, April 02, 2010
Setting up Techno(sexual) Bodies / Arse Elektronika in Hong Kong
We are setting up Arse Elektronika in Hong Kong! All goes well so far!
Posted by johannes, Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Techno(sexual) Bodies / Arse Elektronika in Hong Kong
Arse Elektronika goes Hong Kong!
Techno(sexual) Bodies: Arse Elektronika X Videotage / Artist Talk @ Dorkbot-HK
Speakers: Johannes Grenzfurthner (founder of monochrom and Arse Elektronika), Heather Kelley (media artist and video game designer), Karen Marcelo (founder of dorkbot-sf), Bonni Rambatan (media theorist).Techno(sexual) Bodies / Arse Elektronika X Videotage / Exhibition
Co-curated by Johannes Grenzfurthner (Austria) and Isaac Leung (HK)
Posted by johannes, Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Arse Elektronika: Review of "Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?" on The SF Site
Very detailed review of our Arse Elektronika anthology "Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?" featured on "The SF Site":
Like good science fiction, the material collected in Do Androids Sleep With Electric Sheep? leaves us with more questions than we arrived with; if you can stomach the subject matter (which shouldn't really appall anyone but the most prudish and conservative, to be honest, though my perceptions may be somewhat skewed), this is prime fuel for your imaginatory engines. The focal character of James Tiptree, Jr.'s story "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side" suggests that, as humans, "we're built to dream outwards" [pp 239], to project our desire onto "the other", whoever or whatever it may happen to be. It's an insight that makes more sense each time you read it, and serves to underline the basic commonality between sex and science fiction, or indeed art in general -- they are both ways in which we try to subsume ourselves into (or control and dominate over) that which we are not.Link
Posted by johannes, Friday, February 05, 2010
The Future of Porn
Panel discussion with Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom, Arse Elektronika), Rose White, Ella Saitta and Aaron "SFSlim" Muszalski @ C-Base Berlin, December 29, 2009; 9 PM.
If you ask mainstream pornographers what their vision of the future is, it involves cracking down on piracy making more money re-selling the same generic products in new formats. What about independent pornographers with an eye on longtail markets who are focused on creating "weird" products that most people don't want to buy? Or consumers who are seeking porn to cater to their special interests not covered in mainstream heteronormative porn? Or people who prefer porn and Real Dolls to sexual involvement with other humans? And, what of the future of computer-generated porn? While the major adult companies are still trying to figure out why people aren't buying as many $45 DVDs as they used to, more and more niche pornographers, artists, merchants, and performers are popping up to create offbeat erotic entertainment with a small, but enthusiastic fanbase. Join these nerdy perverts for a discussion on the many directions in which the future of porn is really headed.
Posted by johannes, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Interview with Kyle Machulis on Sex Toy Tech
Recording of Kyle's interview on Sex Toy Tech with FM4 Radio, Friday, November 20, 2009.
Intro is in German, interview in English language.
Posted by johannes, Saturday, November 21, 2009
A Teledildonic Soiree: Arse Elektronika Vienna Special
Arse Elektronika Vienna Special
Friday, November 20, 8 PM @ Raum D, Museumsquartier, Vienna
== What is the sex of the future, and why aren't we having it yet? ==
Posted by johannes, Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Kyle Machulis: new monochrom artist in residence in Vienna
Our new artist in residence arrived in Vienna! Hooray!
Kyle Machulis, aka qDot, is a researcher of alternate input mechanisms and haptics, which is really a fancy way of saying he breaks sex toys. Through his Slashdong webpage (http://www.slashdong.org), he uses the topic of teledildonics (remotely actuated sexual experience) to teach the basic concepts of software, electrical and mechanical engineering. He also tracks the convergence of sex and technological advances in toys and interaction, building on the idea that paradigms for interfaces people would use for intimate encounters on computers can be extended to other usage experiences.
He is one of monochrom's collaborators at Arse Elektronika in San Francisco.
Posted by johannes, Saturday, October 31, 2009
Jason Scott @ Arse Elektronika 2009: The Atomic Level of Porn
Eddie Codel shot a video of Jason Scott's talk about digital retro-porn at Arse Elektronika 2009.
Posted by johannes, Friday, October 16, 2009
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Arse Elektronika 2010. September 30 thru October 3, 2010 in San Francisco, USA.
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?