Boing Boing features our "Gstettensaga" North America tour
Award-winning post-apocalyptic hackploitation comedy 'Die
Gstettensaga' is coming to a couple North American hacker conventions,
film festivals and other cool locations.
July 28 it will be shown at Betalevel (a mysterious art dungeon in LA's
Chinatown), August 1 at Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, KY, but
also at Gen Con, The Indie Gathering, SF Global Movie Fest etc.
Or, well, PirateBay.
Hedonistika Reader: Call for Papers
"Hedonistika: Montréal" was an exhibition held at the Musée d’art
contemporain in Montréal as part of the International Digital Arts
Biennial (BIAN) in May 2014. The exhibition was a multi-modal event that
brought together food scholars, artists, and roboticists to examine the
innumerable (and often hidden) ways in which technology and food are
related. By engaging with the
hegemony-challenging ideology of hacking and creating, participants
interrogated and exposed the mutually constructive bonds of food and
tech, while proposing alternative, playful, and stimulating
reconfigurations. The event proposed a hack: a hybrid of bricolage,
play, criticality, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The goal of
Hedonistika was to reflect and perhaps undo the assumptions and habits
that frame our everyday interactions with both food and technology,
while making evident their often-neglected entanglements. The goal was
to merge research-creation with critical analysis, and community
engagement with celebration. To compliment the exhibition catalogue we
are now looking for papers that explore the critical issues within these
See http://janetingley.com/hedonistika/ and http://www.hedonistika.com/ for details of the exhibition.
We are looking for a diverse range of text – from academic to more
experimental. Your contribution should not exceed 40 000 characters
including the title, a short biography (max. 10 lines) and references.
In addition, the number of images (diagrams, etc.) should be reduced to
an absolute minimum. The images must be sent as separate files in
print-quality (300dpi) and must be accompanied by complete captions
(copyright information, source, etc.). The language of publication is
We would like you to complete the finished text by
October 31st 2014 by the latest and send the electronic version (as a
Word document, Times New Roman, font size 12 for the main text, font
size 10 for block quotations) to <office AT monochrom.at>
Thank you in advance for your efforts!
Very best wishes,
Guenther Friesinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Jane Tingley and Simon Laroche
Video online: "Fuckhackerfucks! An audience bashing" @ HOPE X
Johannes of art tech group monochrom will indulge in a public rant about hacker culture and why it has to be saved from itself. Expect strong language, indecency, and valid critique of the status quo of hackdom. (No wonder his 2008 Google Tech talk got censored and never made it onto Google’s YouTube channel.)
Fuckhackerfucks! An audience bashing @ HOPE X
Johannes Grenzfurthner of art tech group monochrom wants to indulge in a public rant about hacker culture, and why it has to be saved from itself. Expect strong language, indecency and valid critique of the status-quo of hackdom. (No wonder his 2008 Google Tech talk got censored and never made it on Google's YouTube channel.)
At HOPE X (July 20, 2014; 1 PM), Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA.
"Die Gstettensaga": Utopia Festival Tel Aviv 2014 Official Selection
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at Utopia Festival of Fantastic Film Tel Aviv 2014.
The festival will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 13-20, 2014.
Grand Opening: monochrom's "Wellness As Usual" in Vienna
monochrom – the special interest group for art,
theory and context-crafting – is determined to confront you with a
multi-layered uber-reception of individual bliss.
Dozens upon dozens of New Age/Relaxation/Esoterica CDs will be
played simultaneously, in absolute darkness, and therefore create a
cacophonic mist of well-being – an uneasy slur of chilloutlandishness.
Whale songs and babbling creeks, synth mountains and harp surges!
n equals n plus x. And x is always radical stress relief!
Experience how the merciless juxtaposition of individual oases of
full frontal feelgoodness becomes a painfully energizing sensation.
Don't miss it!
Where? At Raum D, Quartier 21, Museumsquartier.
First slot: Saturday, July 12, 2014; 7 PM. BE ON TIME!
More slots: July 13-20; always 7 PM.
Die Gstettensaga: Best Foreign Horror Feature 2014 at "The Indie Gathering International Film Festival"
WINNER! We won Best Foreign Horror Feature 2014 at The Indie Gathering International Film Festival.
The Indie Gathering will take place August 15th-17th at The Clarion Inn & Conference Center in Hudson, OH.
"Let Me Ascertain You" features Johannes/Six Feet Under Club
"Let Me Ascertain You" is back with a new series examining two of The Civilians' favorite fixations: sex and death. The production features Johannes Grenzfurthner of monochrom. (Well, actually, Johannes was interviewed by the LMAY folks and is performed by one of their actors.)
This first podcast in the series focuses on death as the ultimate turn-on. To start us off, we have Stephen Plunkett performing a monologue from an interview we did with famed porn director Craven Moorehead. Then we have Sam Breslin Wright performing an interview with Johannes, an Austrian who runs an arts/technology festival that buries people alive, aptly named, "The Six Feet Under Club." Following that, cabaret superstar Lady Rizo performs her original song “Under” which she wrote with Yair Evnine. This song is based on our interview with Kitty, a "Six Feet Under Club" participant who got buried alive with her lover.
Upcoming Gstettensaga screenings in Roswell, Munich and Linz
Roswell, New Mexico (at Roswell International Sci Fi Film Festival): Friday, June 27, 2014
Munich (at iRRland): Monday, June 30, 2014; 8:30 PM
Linz (at qujOchÖ): Thursday, July 3, 2014; 9 PM
"Die Gstettensaga": /slash Filmfestival 2014 Official Selection
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at /slash: Festival des fantastischen Films 2014.
The festival will be held in Vienna, Austria, September 18-28, 2014.
Film Threat loves "Die Gstettensaga"
Amy R. Handler wrote an unbelieveable review of "Die Gstettensaga" in Film Threat.
We got . Sweet jeebus.
Grenzfurthner's outspoken, swiftly flying little flick is the must-see indie of 2014, as far as I'm concerned. Everyone, be they intellectuals, political-types, or simply those that love great blackly comic, sensual horror, will fall madly in love with Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl. See it, as soon as possible, and I promise you'll never be bored at the movies again.
Furtherfield reviews "Die Gstettensaga"
Furtherfield published a great review of "Die Gstettensaga" by Stefan Lutschinger.
Die GstettenSaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl is an Austrian hackploitation art house film by Johannes Grenzfurthner, mastermind of the international art-technology-philosophy group monochrom, co-produced by the media collective Traum & Wahnsinn.
Reimagining the makerspace as grindhouse, the story is set in the
post-apocalyptic aftermath of the “Google Wars” – an armed global
conflict between the last two remaining superpowers China and Google -
which has turned what remained of the Alps into a Gstetten.
The Gstettensaga’s fascinating cinematic pastiche is more than just a
firework of rhizomatic intertextuality, a symptom of the depthlessness
of postmodern aesthetics or excessive enthusiasm for experimentation in
the field of form. In their infamous 1972 book Anti-Oedipus, Gilles
Deleuze and Félix Guattari have identified the technique of bricolage as
the characteristic mode of production under “schizophrenic” capitalism,
a facet triumphantly magnified by the filmmakers.
Update: edition mono/monochrom
We are pigs! And we want to be loved!
We just updated the page of edition mono/monochrom, our little publishing house. And we have brand new books to offer! In English (the language of business) and German (the language of guilt)!
Arse Elektronika 2014 / Call for Submissions: TRANS*.*
Arse Elektronika 2014
monochrom's festival on sex and tech!
October 2-5, 2014 in San Francisco, USA.
Call for talks, performances, games, workshops, machines, systems!
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?
- How does sex change as we age? As we grow, as we mature? And what
about old age? Sex in nursing homes? Sex when people have lost much of
their sense of identity with Alzheimer's Disease and the like, but are
still horny, still sexual entities? How do pharma and biotech
help/monetize this situation?
- Sex under drugs, sex under other altered states? Is Viagra a drug? At
what point does a loss of cognitive function take away our ability to
- Transnationality and sex. What about translations and transitions
across cultures? For example: Hacking, porn, dissent in Iran? Purity
Balls and the American obsession with virginity whatever that really
- How does our sex and our perception of sex change with the
introduction of new gadgets? Who are the early (sexual) adopters? And
what about the adapters? What about (white male) privilege and new
gadgets? Google Glass Ceiling?
- SCOT (social construction of technology) research, such as that of
Mackenzie and Wajcman, argues that the path of innovation and its social
consequences are strongly, if not entirely shaped by society itself
through the influence of culture, politics, economic arrangements,
regulatory mechanisms and the like. So if its true that technology
itself doesnt matter, but the social or economic system in which it is
embedded (Langdon Winner), then what does that tell us about the
transition from sex tech into the cultural mainstream?
- Is human sexual behavior transforming our planet? What's the sexual side of the anthropocene?
- Transgression and mechanophila? Is our technological society driven by
erotogenic fixation on machinery? What about hardcore pornography such
as Fucking Machines? Can this be seen as constituting the limit of
current sexual biopolitics?
- Sex puppets, Real Dolls and the Uncanny Valley? A never-ending transition?
- Teagan Widmer's latest app, Refuge Restrooms, highlights the
importance of providing safe public accommodations for trans people. How
can apps like Widmers help with tasks that most people take for
granted, like the ability to use the bathroom?
- Is trans* a controversial label online? How do we develop
language-theory-activism in general? Programming languages are designed
to be inclusive of "trans" in a broad sense for both binary and
non-binary gender modalities. Does it have transmisogynist qualities?
- Feminists, among other critical scholars, have long argued the
problems with the notion of the Transcendental. Focusing on the
transcendental moves our attention away from the day-to-day struggles
involving the material and instead replaces it with transcendent ideas
and ideals. How is this manifested through issues of sexuality and
technology? What can we do about it? What are the power struggles
involved, positionalities afforded and relationships to, that
transcendental modes of thought afford for socio-economically
marginalized populations? Can we compare and contrast notions of
transcendence alongside notions of immanence? What is the role of the
body and embodiment with respect to transcendentalism? What are the
implications of transcendental for power? Grassroots activism? Citizens'
movements? Open source? Hacking? Can we have visions of the future
without being transcendental?
- And, last but not least, since sex is a pretty biological thing
(insofar as things are biological things), we want to remind of genetics
with our theme. Genetic
Submit a talk, a performance, a game, a workshop, a machine, a system!
Deadline: August 5, 2014.
Our selection will be announced August 20, 2014.
For questions, please email: office AT monochrom.at
See you in San Transisco!
"Die Gstettensaga": PhutureCon 2014 Official Selection
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at PhutureCon 2014.
The festival will be held in Denver, Colorado, October 11, 2014.