BUFFERING... Arse Elektronika 2013... "ID/ENTITY"... October 3-6, 2013... San Francisco!

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Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex and tech in 'de:bug'

(German language.)

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Arse Elektronika nibble in Playboy

In Playboy, March 2014.

"Are You Ready to Fuck Like a Nerd?" -- Arse Elektronika shout-out on Vice blog

Sure, classic nerds might be into MythBusters, Magic: the Gathering, and Minecraft. But they’re also into sex. In fact, the crossover between sex and the more traditional realms of nerd interest is longstanding; science fiction, for example, is frequently pointed at as a source of progressive and even transgressive sexual theory.

In devising alternate universes, authors, filmmakers, and fans imagine new ways of living, loving, and fucking. Sci-fi and comics are full of latex and leather and futuristic orgy planets where anything goes. Everyone loves it. Conventions like Arse Elektronika exist exclusively to provide an intersection for the worlds of sex and tech.

Arse Elektronika on mako.co.il

Nice write-up about sex, tech and Arse Elektronika on mako!

Link (Hebrew)

Arse Elektronika: Sex, Tech and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself @ Ha-Midrasha, Tel Aviv

A talk performance by Johannes Grenzfurthner / monochrom.
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 27, 2014, 8 PM, presented by Ha-Midrasha in cooperation with Print Screen. At Ha-Yarkon Street #19, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Arse Elektronika at "42 - Der Zündfunk Netzkongress" in Munich

Johannes Grenzfurthner will talk about Arse Elektronika. (In German.)
Von den tausende Jahre alten Höhlenzeichnungen einer Vulva bis zum neuesten Porno-Live-Stream – Technologie und Sexualität waren schon immer eng miteinander verbunden. Niemand kann vorhersagen, was die Zukunft bringen wird, aber der bisherige Lauf der Geschichte legt nahe, dass Sex auch in Zukunft eine essentielle Rolle in der technologischen Entwicklung spielen wird und dass Technologien und deren Anwendung die menschliche Sexualität gestalten. Wir dürfen nämlich nicht vergessen, dass wir eine sexuell motivierte und Werkzeuge verwendende Spezies sind. Die Frage ist also nicht ob, sondern wie diese Interaktion die Menschheit weiter verändern wird.
Where? "42 - Der Zündfunk Netzkongress."
November 28, 2013, 3:30 pm at Volksgarten in Munich, Germany.

GoSensual reports about Arse Elektronika

Great article by Anja Herberth. German only, sorry.
monochrom's "Arse Elektronika" ist ein Festival der besonderen Art: Es geht um Sex, Pornografie und Medientechnologien. Sex und Pornografie haben in der Vergangenheit eine wichtige Rolle in der Entwicklung von Technologie gespielt – und werden sie auch in Zukunft treiben. Bis dato haben Medienfestivals diesen Umstand kaum thematisiert und elegant vermieden.

Die international ausgerichtete "Kunstneigungsgruppe" monochrom widmet sich der engen Verbindung zwischen Sex und Technologie und organisiert seit 2007 jährlich die “Arse Elektronika” in San Francisco.

Die Arse Elektronika ist, wie viele andere Projekte von monochrom, handfeste Kommunikationsguerilla, oder auch 'Kontext-Hacking'. "Wir haben uns als fixen Ort für die jährliche Arse Elektronika San Francisco ausgesehen, weil dort durch Silicon Valley die richtige Mischung an interessierten Geeks und Nerds, aber auch das richtige Maß an sexueller Offenheit gegeben ist", so Festivalleiter Johannes Grenzfurthner, "Wir hatten aber auch schon einmal ein Gastspiel in Hongkong und planen Aktionen und Ausstellungen zum Thema in London und Berlin." San Francisco ist weiters eine 'Ausnahme' in den USA, so Grenzfurthner, mit einer "langen Geschichte der Gegenkultur, der Cyberbewegung. Es ist dort wesentlich einfacher, offene Leute, aber auch Sponsoren zu finden."

Slixa: "Arse Elektronika: Like an Orgasm for Your Brain"

Slixa reports about Arse Elektronika 2013.
When Tizzy mentioned an event called "Arse Elektronika" (Sex, Tech Conference Arse Elektronika Kicks Off in S.F.) a few weeks ago, I knew I had to attend some of the events taking a place over four days just across the bridge in San Francisco. I had a feeling it was going to be a big ole brain-gasm, and I was right!

In its 7th year, Arse Elektronika is a lot of things packed into a long weekend all around the city that embodies sexuality and technology. According to Mission Local, "With more than 20 presentations over four days earlier this month, Arse Elektronika 2013 attracted some 125 hackers, makers, artists, porn stars and activists of all backgrounds and gender identities."

"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..."

This is the lead in to a video of the techiest porn you will ever see: a fucking (literally) robot giving it all to a woman behind a curtain. This is the physical embodiment of the weekends events. 

I'm reminded of a some of the sex toys I've come across (specifically, the Sqweel 2 and the Fun Factory Stronic), but this is obviously something much more than the sum of its parts. This is another level. The robot holds all the toys and patiently fucks her brains out. The intersection between advances of technology, creativity of the mind, and our animalistic sex drives is the embodiment of the weekends events, which are made up of many distinct and nuanced talks, parties, and demonstrations, like the one shown at the link above.

It was a busy weekend for the conference attendees, here's the schedule for an idea of the smorgasbord of talks and parties. 

Mission Local: "What is Arse Elektronika?"

Mission Local's Chris Schodt published a great piece on Arse Elektronika (2013) and monochrom.

Welcome to the world of Grenzfurthner, the founder of Monochrom, a leftist techno-art collective, who managed to turn such musings on sex and technology into a small conference in the basement of kink.com.  That was 2007 and seven conferences later – the meetings are always held in San Francisco – Arse Elektronika has grown into a gathering, funded by donations, ticket, book sales, and a small grant from the Austrian government.  Grenzfurthner, now a lecturer on art theory and practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria, presides.

With more than 20 presentations over four days earlier this month, Arse Elektronika 2013 attracted some 125 hackers, makers, artists, porn stars and activists of all backgrounds and gender identities.

"Sex is very nearly universal, but it just isn’t discussed frankly by most people," said Eric Sheur, an animator from Portland, who created the sex storytelling show Mystery Box Show with his partner Reba Sparrow.


Next Arse Elektronika event in Vienna: Maggie Mayhem: "Activism/Tech/Sex Work"

Yes! monochrom's artist-in-residence Maggie Mayhem will talk about activism, technology and sex work!

Where? Raum D (Museumsquartier), Vienna. On November 14, 2013; 7 PM.

Don't miss it!

Link (FB event)

Arse Elektronika 2013: DONE! But what about Arse Elektronika 2014?

Arse Elektronika 2013 was truly awesome!

Need proof? Here is Dr. Xtreme, sucking algorithmically.

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Arse Elektronika Opening Night: A Blast!

Hell yeah.

(Johannes and Vale, presenting the new Arse Elektronika anthology.)

More images here.

Reminder: Dress up as NSA agent for Arse Elektronika Gala!

An unobjectionable award for sex machines, orgasmotrons and teledildonics

A gala hosted by monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner

Featuring many guests stars!
- Micah Elizabeth Scott
- Christophe Pettus
- Adam Flynn (and his new research project)
- The heroes and heroines of RE/Search
- Surprises? Hmmm!

The winners will be honored with the "Golden Kleene" (*)

There was a young man named Kleene
Who invented a fucking machine.
Concave or convex,
It fit either sex,
And was remarkably easy to clean!

(limerick, attributed to John von Neumann)

Our gala will be a dignified occasion -- and so we invite you to dress up properly. Surprise us with NSA outfits... and maybe win a "Golden Kleene" yourself! But wait. NSA outfits? The goddamn NSA? Well, almost!

The National Sex Agency (NSA) is the central producer and manager of filthy intelligence for the USA. Estimated to be one of the most perverted organizations in terms of personnel and objectives, the NSA operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Dildonics and reports to the Director of Analigence. The NSA is primarily tasked with global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of smut data for fornication (Project ZOMG) and counterfornication (Area WTF) purposes. The agency is authorized to accomplish its mission through clandestine means, among which is buggering electronic systems and allegedly engaging in sabotage through intercourse.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Location: Chez Poulet (3359 Cesar Chavez St (between Van Ness Ave & Mission St; San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Doors open 8:30 PM
Show starts at 9:00 PM

AVN: "7th Annual Arse Elektronika to Tackle 'Id/entity'"

The 7th annual Arse Elektronika sex-tech conference, taking place Thursday through Sunday at various locations in San Francisco, explores the theme of "id/entity" through an array of seminars, performances and other presentations.

Presented by monochrom, the confrerence gets underway with a book launch party Thursday evening at Chez Poulet for new Arse Elektronika anthology Screw the System: Explorations of Spaces, Games and Politics Through Sexuality and Technology.

On Friday and Saturday, at the Center for Sex and Culture, scheduled programs will include keynote speech "19 Years in the Porn Mines" by Christophe Pettus, "Advertising for Sex Outlaws" by Maggie Mayhem, "Future of Fornication: Open Love in the Open Generation" by Lex Pelger, "Digital Dildo Crafting in the Jungle" by Rex Johnson, and a screening of the 1987 film Cherry 2000

The event wraps up Sunday at Noisebridge, with offerings that incude "David Fine's Penis Idea," "Making a Vibrator That Listens to Your Body" by Micah Elizabeth Scott, and "Sex, Lies and Porn on USB" with Arse Elektronika organizer Johannes Grenzfurthner and comedian/podcast host Yoshi Obayashi.

For more information on Arse Elektronika, visit monocrom.at/arse-elektronika.

xfanz.com: "Sex, Tech Conference Arse Elektronika Kicks Off in S.F."

xfanz.com writes:
Kicking off tomorrow, the 7th annual edition of the Arse Elektronika conference will tackle the "big-ass sweeping themes" of sex, technology and identity to answer life’s most pressing questions … like "What does sexual desire mean to a dolphin?"

Ok, and slightly more relevant queries: "Will apps like Bang With Friends and gadgets like Google Glass provide us with the ultimate gonzo pornoverse? 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?"

According to the organizer, Johannes Grenzfurthner of monochrom, the list goes on and on and ranges from the extremely esoteric to issues that affect our everyday lives. This year's conference centers on the interdependent evolution of the self and sexuality and technology.

The four-day event will begin with a gala hosted by Grenzfurthner for the purpose of inauguration and celebration of the latest Arse Elektronika Anthology, "Screw the System: Explorations of Spaces, Games and Politics through Sexuality and Technology," published by RE/Search and monochrom.  

The following three days will include eclectic presentations, including a keynote address "19 Years in the Porn Mines" by erotic filmmaker Christophe Pettus, "Digital Dildo Crafting in the Jungle" by Rex Johnson, "Practical Privacy for Online Expression of Identity" by Rich and Christie Dudley, as well as a Saturday night film screening at the Center for Sex and Culture.  

To purchase tickets to one or more of the events, click here.

Boing Boing recommends Arse Elektronika 2013

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Hard to believe, but Arse Elektronika is in its 7th year! The annual festival about sex and technology will start Thursday in San Francisco - with talks, machines, games, workshops and performances!

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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!