A deep scan by monochrom and Telekommunisten

monochrom and Telekommunisten initiate a scanning routine, looking beyond the hype of digital progress and focusing directly at the critical problems surrounding the increasingly pervasive use of technology. Beyond the gloss of the latest iJunk, is a world of poisoned children, lethal mines, toxic sweatshops and the construction of the most sophisticated surveillance apparatus any police state has dared to dream of! DISMALWARE is an antivirus toolkit for your liberal Western brain.

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Baruch Gottlieb is a canadian artist and researcher living in Berlin. Trained as a filmmaker, Gottlieb creates highly theoretical and speculative works for a wide range of contexts, from public monuments to stage performance, writing to music. His theory book "Gratitude for Technology" was published in 2009 by Atropos Press.

Daniel Kulla was raised in East Germany with the communist promise and has since tried to get used to the fact that the comparably pitiful bourgeois one is about the best of the others. Book author on conspiracism and hackers. Breakcore vocalist for Sozialistischer Plattenbau. Translator for Werner Pieper & The Grüne Kraft and Laika. Gives talks about Discordian philosophy, communist insurrection and psychedelic drugs. "Intellectual wing of Egotronic". Is madly in love.

Dmytri Kleiner is a software developer working on practical and symbolic projects investigating the political economy of the Internet. He is co-founder of Telekommunisten. Founded on the broad revolutionary possibilities introduced by the ability of individuals to instantly interact on a global scale, Telekommunisten promote the ideal of worker’s control of production as a means of class struggle.

Mark Surman is in the business of connecting things: people, ideas, everything. A community technology activist for almost 20 years, Mark is currently the executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, with a focus on inventing new ways to promote openness and opportunity on the Internet. On the side, Mark convenes conversations about ‘open everything‘ in his home town of Toronto and around the world. Before joining Mozilla, Mark was an open philanthropy fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation in South Africa, he invented new ways to apply open source thinking to social innovation.

Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and director. He is the founder of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group. He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. He is head of the "Arse Elektronika" festival in San Francisco, host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics, Vienna and San Francisco), and co-curates the Paraflows Symposium in Vienna. Recurring topics in Johannes' artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, sex tech, popular culture studies, science fiction, and the debate about copyright.

Paolo Podrescu (aka Pod...) is a community artist and writer. Since 2005 he is a fully unlicensed Psychomedia Analyst with XLTerrestrials, an arts + praxis group, developing organic programs for behavioral hacking, re-embodied intelligence and media self-defense. As performer, lecturer and DJ/VJ Podinski, he has presented work at a wide variety of interventions, events and venues internationally. In 2008 the XLterrestrials performed for a series of events for the Babylon: Myth And Truth exhibition at the Pergamon produced by Piranha Musik, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Musée du Louvre and British Museum.

Jeff Mann creates electric art with computers, electronics, kinetics, and telecommunications media. His work explores the nature of technological life and its cultural representation; it draws out tensions between notions of utopian industrialism, personal theatre, and the evocative enigma of electronic equipment.

At C-Base Berlin / February 3, 2011 / 8 PM (Facebook event)