(That is what hydrogen atoms are capable of when you give them 15 billion years to evolve.)
monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. monochrom has existed in this (and almost every other) form since 1993. [more] [deutsch]


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Die Gstettensaga: Review on Noisebridge

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Yeah.
Well, you expect high weirdness from a writer-director like Johannes Grenzfurthner, who fronts monochrom and is known for the freakiest shenanigans and the most thorough academic theories – and you get a lovin' spoonful of all of it delivered through this production.

Decades after the disastrous "Google Wars," a shady media tycoon (with a weakness for Boris Vallejo) hires a pestilent journalist and an over-enthusiastic technician to do the first live broadcast of (post)-post-war history, using the emerging medium of "Tele-O-Vision." Who is to be interviewed? Echsenfriedl, a strange "pioneer of contraptions" who lives hidden in the hinterland (Austrian slang: "Gstetten") of the Alpine fringes. It's a quest to kick-start the future’s future. Will it succeed? Depends on how you define "success."
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Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex and tech in 'de:bug'

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(German language.)


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Gstettensaga featured on Laughing Squid

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Oh yes.
Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl is a feature length sci fi comedy set in a post apocalyptic future in which the world has been devastated by the "Google Wars." The film is the first feature length production from Austrian art and technology group Monochrom. It was directed by Johannes Grenzfurthner.
More here (including that one link, well)



Arse Elektronika nibble in Playboy

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Little Arse Elektronika shout-out in Playboy, March 2014.
Voila!




Die Gstettensaga: Review on PlanetNeukoln.tv

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Stefan Tiron wrote a great review of our feature film "Die Gstettensaga".
I recently had the great satisfaction to watch a preview of a very fresh postapocalyptic feature film + a directorial debut, that premiered on Austria’s ORF in March this year. What I was asking myself this time was to try and appreciate an entirely different kind of algorithmic force that was once again set loose by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom fame) upon unsuspecting survivors of the last 35 years of road-warrior, post-nuke, after-the-bomb films.

As a friend just tweeted, now every Hollywood blockbuster seems to be written by some underlying algorithm. The end credits are just the cinematic equivalent to a CAPTCHA response – trying to identify the film crew as human, even if this last human verification test is untenable and obsolete.
Well, I kinda have this incredible (and maybe you do too!) and perverse desire to get to the bottom of actual directorial algorithms – trying very hard to enter the loop and be able to forget how Hollywood movie after movie manages to push an exact quota of car explosions, 3D makeover, eye-popping HD footage, hero worship, body count, family values, rescue missions ad infinitum into box office paradise.

Let’s be clear, I’m overenthusiastic about Gstettensaga – because it is such a genre bender, a satiric H bomb, a horror movie and ex-auction house vaudeville  going for the unexpected dialectical turns of current history, and leading us into the untrodden and definitely outrageous wastelands that could be populated by the likes of Surf Nazis Must Die, Escape from NY, Steel Dawn or America 3000.
[...]
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Crowdratting works: "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl"

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"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" contains a text insert similar to watermarks used in festival viewing copies: "This viewing copy is provided for awards consideration only." The text insert asks the viewer to report the film as copyright infringement by calling a premium-rate phone number (1.09 EUR/minute). The film aired on Austrian national television in March 2014. Art group 'monochrom' co-financed the film with proceeds from the premium-rate number. They call this new strategy 'crowdratting.'

More trivia: here.




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

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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.
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monochrom: Context Hacking Workshop in Linz

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As it emerged in the 90s, the concept "communication guerilla" was, not least of all, a response to the exhaustion of traditional leftist activism after the fall of the Berlin wall. The search for new forms of praxis led (at least in some points) to a new, transversal praxis beyond the realm of the "old" activism - even though the point of departure for this search was the experience of a seminal defeat of the left. Today, following the rise and possibly already the incipient downfall of a new global movement, the situation is a different one, and the question arises as to the extent to which this concept from the 90s is still useful. The new activism has become more global, more networked, but most of all, it has developed a new dynamic beyond political and national borders. At the same time, however, this activism still evinces many features of the old polit-activism, not only in the neo-communist party version of the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) and Globalize Resistance. Despite all the rhetoric, activism often still has a stance that is strangely separated from people's everyday life, even that of its own protagonists. The future of this global activism will depend on whether it succeeds in being capable of action at the local level, the level of everyday life, while continuing to develop its transversal, border-crossing character at the same time. The most important border that has to be crossed is the border that constitutes the activist her or himself in a separation from the "rest" of society. We think that the praxis of the communication guerilla can contribute to this kind of border-crossing.

At Art University Linz, Kollegiumgasse 2, 4th floor, Linz, Austria.

April 27 and April 28, 2014, 10:30am-5:00pm.



monochrom featured in reader "Truth is Concrete"

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A handbook for artistic strategies in real politics.

How does art play a role in social and political struggles all over the world? Can it be a tool with which to shape the world rather than just reflect it? Following on from the "Truth is concrete" 24/7 marathon camp at the 2012 steirischer herbst festival, a manual of artistic strategies in politics and society is to be published in spring 2014 and is now available for pre-ordering. "Truth is concrete" collects 100 strategies by artists, activists and theorists, mapping the broad field of engaged art and artistic activism today. Additional essays focus on the philosophy, structures and modalities behind the many fights to make this world a better place.


Essays by Stephen Duncombe & Steve Lambert, Alanna Lockward, Chantal Mouffe, Florian Malzacher, Gerald Raunig & Jonas Staal
A conversation with etcetera, Nato Thompson & WHW

Original contributions by Adbusters, Jonathan Allen, Udi Aloni, Hector Aristizabal, Artleaks, Katherine Ball, Leah Borromeo, Andrew Boyd, Tania Bruguera, Boris Buden, Carlos Celdran, Center for Political Beauty, chto delat, church of kopimism, Santiago Cirugeda, Corrupt Tour, Gabriela Csoszó, Minerva Cuevas, Neil Cummings, Diedrich Diederichsen, Charles Esche, Roza El Hassan, Femen, Noah Fischer, Andrea Fraser, Isabelle Fremeaux, Christine Gaigg, Ganzeer, Federico Geller, Marina Grznic, Núria Güell, Erdem Gündüz, Hans Haacke, Stefano Harney, Carl Hegemann, iconoclasistas, Institute for Human Activities, International Institute for Political Murder (IIPM), Janez Janša, Khaled Jarrar, Anna Jermolaewa, Jeudi Noir, John Jordan, Kaddu Yarrax, Kavecs, Janice Kerbel, Jisun Kim, Omer Krieger, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, André Lepecki, Lexxus Legal, Lawrence Liang, Liberate Tate, Geert Lovink, Matteo Lucchetti, Oliver Marchart, Joana Mazza, Tomislav Medak, Markus Miessen, Monochrom, Mosireen, Jean Luc Moulène, Rabih Mroué, Michael Murin, Marina Naprushkina, Neue Slovenische Kunst (NSK), occuprint, Ahmet Öüt, Robyn Orlin, Sibylle Peters, Pixadores, Sra Popovi, Raivo Puusemp, raumlaborberlin, Reverend Billy, Richard Reynolds, Scott Rigby, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, Shared Inc., Gregory Sholette, Stevphen Shukaitis, Mladen Stilinovi, Kuba Szreder, Claire Tancons, The Haircut Before The Party, The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (LABOFII), The Pinky Show, the vacuum cleaner, The Yes Men, Tiqqun, Tools for Action, Ultrared, Marina Vishmidt, VOINA, Joanna Warsza, WochenKlausur, Stephen Wright, Yomango, Salam Yousri, Wu Yuren et al.

Edited by steirischer herbst & Florian Malzacher
Co-edited by Anne Faucheret, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Kira Kirsch, Andreas R. Peternell & Johanna Rainer

Sternberg Press
April 2014, English
16 x 22 cm, approx. 300 pages
Retail price € 19.00
(Till 12/04/2014: € 17,00)

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Context Hacking: Some Examples of How to Mess with Art, the Media System, Law and the Market @ Shenkar Design School

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The term "context hacking" --like its older mimetic sibling "communication guerrilla" -- refers to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. Context hacking is a specific style of political action drawing from a watchful view of the paradoxes and absurdities of power, turning these into the starting point for interventions by playing with representations and identities, with alienation and over-identification.

Johannes Grenzfurthner will present some projects by monochrom, a worldwide operating collective from Vienna dealing with technology, art, and philosophy that was founded in 1993. The group specializes in an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost "in culture-archaeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment."

February 25, 2014, 12 noon at Shenkar Design School, Tel Aviv, Israel.



Arse Elektronika on mako.co.il

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

Link (Hebrew)



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

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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.



monochrom features: "SAFECAST: Citizen Science after Fukushima Makes an Impact"

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monochrom is glad being able to present a talk by really good friends.
Safecast is a non-ideological, non-profit, volunteer-based organization created in the days immediately following the the Fukushima NPP disaster, which began three years ago on March 11, 2011. The release of radioactive material was accompanied by a disturbing lack of clear public information concerning radiation levels in the affected areas, and a series of missteps and misstatements by the Japanese government and by TEPCO damaged their credibility in the eyes of large segments of the population. Credible and independent data concerning the growing radiation risk was sought by many to fill the acute information vacuum.
SAFECAST quickly began to field mobile detectors of its own design, which leveraged open-source software and hardware and new-generation DIY tools such as laser cutters and custom PCB fabrication to dramatically accelerate development and deployment time. The group simultaneously developed an information management system that allows GPS-tagged radiation data points to be uploaded into a central database and displayed on an interactive web-based map. SAFECAST's radiation information system has seen the rapid deployment no fewer than seven increasingly refined GPS-enabled mobile radiation detector designs, called "bGeigies," the web-based "GeoSense" map, a free iOS-based map application, and other devices and software, all developed by volunteers and made freely available through Creative Commons licenses.

The radiation data gathered by SAFECAST volunteers in Japan and abroad currently exceeds 15 million data points, arguably the most extensive public data set of its kind. It was soon hailed as a technically competent, credible, and objective source of radiation information for Japan by specialists on both sides of the nuclear power debate. SAFECAST has been invited to present it's methodology and criticisms at the IAEA "International Experts’ Meeting on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Promoting Confidence and Understanding," being held in Vienna from Feb. 17-21.

At Raum D, SAFECAST Volunteers Joe Moross and Azby Brown will show the group's latest mobile radiation detector designs, talk about iterative design and the challenges of building a technically adept global volunteer organization, and discuss what the future holds in store.
Raum D, Museumsquartier, Vienna.
February 21, 2014 at 7 PM.



monochrom's PROPOOL

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SWIMMING POOL PISSERS!!!!
ENOUGH!


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monochrom press overview 2013

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139 pages. Not bad.


Link (PDF)



Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom) @ Cybersalon

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Image by Mona K Artist.



Short interview with monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner at Cybersalon

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Phil Campbell did a nice interview with Johannes in London at Cybersalon.


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Jeff Ricketts interview featuring monochrom

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Jeff Ricketts gave a great Reddit interview about his work... and he also shared some thoughts about his productions with monochrom.
I’m Jeff Ricketts, and I’m very, very happy and honoured to be here answering your questions and interacting with you all! Before we get started, here’s a little information about myself for those of you that don’t know my work away from “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”...

I’m an American League-trained theatre, film, and television actor. I’ve performed in over 100 plays in New York, International theatre, Shakespeare festivals, and regional theatre. While in New York, I played the title role of Richard Schechner’s critically acclaimed production of FaustGastronome.

As far as I’m aware, I’m one of only six actors to appear in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, and “Firefly”. I played Weatherby of the Watcher’s Council in Buffy’s “This Year’s Girl” and “Who Are You?”, as well as playing the same character in Angel’s “Sanctuary”. I also played the Spider Demon in Angel’s “Sacrifice”, and played one of the two ‘Hands of Blue’ in Firefly’s “The Train Job” and “Ariel”. In addition to my roles on Joss Whedon’s shows, I’ve also appeared in CSI, 24, Charmed, Star Trek: Enterprise, Without A Trace, The Guardian, Philly, The Drew Carey Show, and NYPD Blue.

These days I live in Austria. My work in Austria includes playing the Captain of the International Space Station in Monochrom’s ISS. It’s an improvised sitcom that was filmed in front of a live audience. You can watch most of it for free here - http://www.monochrom.at/iss/ . My film credits include The Strange Case Of Wilhelm Reich, Holes, Clockstoppers, and Amber Benson’s “Chance” (along with Whedonverse alumni Amber Benson, James Marsters, and Andy Hallett). I’ve recently wrapped shooting on “Good Morning Kabul”, directed by Barbara Eder. Finally, I am about to appear in Monochrom’s film “Die Gstettensaga: The Rise Of Echsenfriedl”, where I will play the leader of the Barbarians. The film will premiere on ORF III in March of this year.
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monochrom @ "The Cyborg's New Clothes - Wearable Computing, Iteractive Fashion and Skin 2.0"

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Cybersalon will start into the New Year with a special feature on wearables and interactive fashion beyond celebratory reviews of the latest gadget bling: http://www.cybersalon.org/wearable/

Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom), Jesse Darling, Dr. Phoebe Moore, Krõõt Juurak. Chair: Stefan Lutschinger & Adriana Smentek.
The wearable revolution is at the gates: Sensors and chip sets, the "peace dividend of the smartphone wars" as former WIRED editor in chief Chris Anderson puts it, are cheaper now than ever, making it easy for companies to incorporate sophisticated hardware into wearable devices. Many of the big names in consumer electronics have already released products at the International CES in Las Vegas. Like it or not, 2014 will be the year of the wearable. January's Cybersalon will touch of the following topics: Is Google Glass the continuation of CCTV by other means? How will the commodification and intrusion of our bodies by wearables change our perception and understanding of subjectivity? Is self-logging a trendy self-management strategy or does it create an El Dorado for personal data dealers? In which ways can critical artists respond to the challenges raised by the rapid human-machine integration? How can we tap the subversive potential of wearable technology? How can interactive fashion explore subjectivity as a nexus between inside, outside and in-between spaces? How can artificial pneumatic computer-controlled skin help us outsmart surveillance? Over the last two decades, the dialectic of political economy and technological progress has turned the vintage utopias of the 90s on their dystopian feet: 20 years ago, media art pioneer Nam June Paik had imagined the future Internet user as a Deleuzian prototype nomad warrior, cycling the Electronic Superhighway on a bike, dressed in a fancy data suit, wearing a neat surrealist Dali-style VR helmet. In 1995, MIT Media Lab founder Nicolas Negroponte had dreamt of the Body Net as the digital road warrior's kit upgrade, connecting your shoe computer to a wrist keyboard and head-up display: "Activating your body means that everything you touch is potentially digital. A handshake becomes an exchange of digital business cards, a friendly arm on the shoulder provides helpful data, touching a doorknob verifies your identity, and picking up a phone downloads your numbers and voice signature for faithful speech recognition." In 2014, however, the reality principle has gained the upper hand. We see supermarket workers in the UK wearing body-borne computers for performance monitoring and location tracking, a technology formerly employed in sports or pet-keeping. Shops in London are secretly snooping on customers by targeting their mobile phones through Wi-fi. In that fashion, the 'cyborg's new clothes' are capable of leaking our personal data to dark global data markets in real-time. Without a retailored Esprit de Costumes, we may all unwillingly become participants in a virtual World Naked Bike Ride.
January 28, 2014; 6:30 PM @ LBi UK, 146 Brick Ln, London E1 6RU, United Kingdom.



TV premiere of "monochrom's ISS" on Austrian station OKTO

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Yes! On January 25, 2014 the first episode of our space improv sitcom "monochrom's ISS" will run on Austrian TV station OKTO!
It's our TV premiere... but it took some time. We recorded the series (and put the episodes online) back in 2011.


Background:
monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

Link (project page with online episodes)
Link (Okto page)



In post-production! "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl"

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Glad to announce that we changed the project status of "Die Gstettensaga" on IMDb to "post-production".



(IMDb)
Link (Project page)



Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl

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monochrom and Traum & Wahnsinn are currently working on a TV featurette called "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" (aka "The Landfill Saga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl").

A long time ago, the so-called "Google Wars" engulfed the whole world in a deadly chain reaction. Civilization came to a grinding halt. But there is still hope. This is the story of a new beginning...


A film by Johannes Grenzfurthner. Written by Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer.

Starring Sophia Grabner, Lukas Tagwerker, Martin Auer, Jeff Ricketts, Joe Baumgartner and many more...

It will be aired on Austrian TV channel ORF III on March 10, 2014 as part of "ORF III Artist in Residence."

IMDb entry.
Facebook page.
Project page.



WTF: "Heute" tabloid reports a third time about "Six Feet Under Club"

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Damn.


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Sex in the coffin: "Heute" reports again!

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Viennese tabloid "Heute" reports a 2nd time about the "Sex Feet Under Club". Here's the Link (German).


We are booked out for Friday, but maybe you get lucky: we will have a coffin tombola for 3 slots.

Facebook event for more info.
And here is out project page.



monochrom's Six Feet Under Club in Vienna: "Heute" tabloid newspaper calls us sexperts!

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Sex in a coffin! We want you to go down!


If you want to book a slot for have sex in a coffin, please visit our Facebook page.

And here is the official project page of the Six Feet Under Club.



Roboexotica: Do Androids Dream of Electric Schnapps?

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Great article about the history of cocktail robotics. With a shout-out for Roboexotica.
The first Golden Age of the automated potationist was the 1950s: In The Stars My Destination, the novelist Alfred Bester introduced a robot who served both cognac and epiphanies; in France, there debuted a model that resembled a gas pump and modulated the potency of your Martini according to its assessment of your drinking capacity. Charting the evolution of the robot bartender forward from the ’50s is akin to tracing the history of software technology. In 1973, early adopters were slipping in a punch card and then sipping Planter’s Punch. In 1984, they were knocking back vodka tonics with the aid of laser-disc software. In 2013, Google convention-goers downloaded to their phones a Makr Shakr app. In a perfect reflection of the ethos of the social Web, the app simultaneously enabled drinkers to express micro-specific personal preferences and encouraged them to create “crowd-sourced drink combinations” (which I’m guessing all turned out like Long Island Iced Teas). Where do we go from here?

Vienna. December will bring the 15th installment of Roboexotica, a “festival für cocktail-robotik” constituting a cyberpunk prelude to the ball season and a neo-Dadaist’s idea of a tech conference. Founded in 1999, the festival encourages semi-serious discourse on “the role of Cocktail Robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt” and documents “the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication.” I don’t know anything about the leading contenders for Roboexotica’s Annual Cocktail Robots Awards. But I am sure that in 2013 we are far, far away from that era when some cantinas wouldn’t even allow droids to enter.
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GoSensual reports about Arse Elektronika

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Great article about Arse Elektronika 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."
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MAKE blog recommends Roboexotica 2013

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I'm a big fan of cocktail robots and the number one destination for barbot enthusiasts is Roboexotica, a festival held every year in Vienna.

They'll also be announcing the Annual Cocktail Robot Awards, which celebrate cool barbots with awards in eight different categories, including mixing and serving, as well as a 3D printed category.

The festival will take place this Dec. 5-8. If you’ll be in Vienna, don't miss it…
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Laughing Squid recommends Roboexotica 2013

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Roboexotica 2013, a festival for cocktail robotics, takes place December 5 to 8 at the Ragnarhof art space in Vienna, Austria. The 15th annual Roboexotica is presented by Monochrom, SHIFZ, and Bureau of Philosophy.
Until what seems almost recently, no attempts had been made to publicly discuss the role of Cocktail Robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. It is the first and, inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide.
Poster by James Brothwell
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Roboexotica 2013: The poster is here!

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15 years of Roboexotica... and a really great poster design by James Brothwell. Fuck yeah.


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[mono Projects]
So far we have translated 41% of all our projects to English.

Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl (Feature film)

Nothing To Hide (Documentary feature film)

ProPool

23 Works (Short films)

Wellness As Usual

Context Hacking (Essay)

Context Hacking (Reader)

The Altogether Horrid Street Ballad Of Paratii

Earthmoving (Short film)

Sierra Zulu (Feature film project)

Hedonistika

Enforce (Short film)

Carpet (Short film)

They used to be better

Video Jingle(s)

monochrom's ISS

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 2 / The Adventure Game

Lidl-Girl (Music video)

Rated R Us

Portraying The Terran Condition (Game)

alt.backen: monochrom's early phase picture begging outreach interface

Antidev

Title Sequence

monoleaks

Operation Overhead

Dismalware

Tasty (Short film)

The Earth Has Been Destroyed (Music video)

Six Feet Under Club

Krach: Anderswo (Single)

monochrom's Raw Image Format / Archive

Climate Training Camp

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf vs. Cheetos (Short Films, Ads)

Krach der Roboter: Hello World!

BP, listen up!

Wikileaks: The Ballet (feat. Unicorns)

Google Wars / RPG Extravaganza

Slacking is killing the DIY industry (T-Shirt)

Carefully Selected Moments / CD, LP

Freedom is a whore of a word (T-Shirt)

#fullboycott

International Year of Polytheism 2007

For you (Short film)

Santa Claus Vs. Christkindl: A Mobster Battle

Could It Be (Video clip)

Pot Tin God

Hacking the Spaces

Kiki and Bubu and The Shift / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Privilege / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Self / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Good Plan / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Feelings / Short film

Sculpture Mobs

Nazi Petting Zoo / Short film

The Great Firewall of China

KPMG / Short film

The BRAICIN / Short film

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 1 / The Adventure Game

I was a copyright infringement in a previous life (T-Shirt)

Brave New Pong

Leben ist LARPen e.V.

One Minute / Short film

Firing Squad Euro2008 Intervention

RFID Song

The Hackbus

A tribute to Honzo

Lessig ist lässig

I can count every star in the heavens above -- The image of computers in popular music

All Tomorrow's Condensations / Puppet show

Bye Bye / Short film

Revaluation

PC/DC patch

Proto-Melodic Comment Squad

myfacespace.com

The Redro Loitzl Story / Short film

Hax0rcise SCO

Law and Second Order (T-Shirt)

They really kicked you out of the Situationist International?

Death Special: Falco

Applicant Fisch / Short film

When I was asked to write about new economy

Taugshow #6

Taugshow #7

Taugshow #9

Taugshow #10

Taugshow #11

Taugshow #14

Taugshow #15

Campfire at Will

Arse Elektronika 2007, 2008, 2009 etc.

The Void's Foaming Ebb / Short film

Remoting Future

When you / Short film

Elf

Free Bariumnitrate

Toyps / Typing Errors

ARAD-II Miami Beach Crisis

The Charcoal Burner / Short film

Digital Culture In Brazil

Hegemonchhichi

Nation of Zombia

Lonely Planet Guide action

CSI Oven Cloth

Dept. of Applied Office Arts

Farewell to Overhead

Google Buttplug

Fieldrecording in Sankt Wechselberg / Short film

Dark Dune Spots

Campaign For The Abolition Of Personal Pronouns

Zeigerpointer

Space Tourism

In the Head of the Gardener

Entertainment (Unterhaltung) / Short film

Cthulhu Goatse

Nicholas Negroponte Memorial Cable

Coke Light Art Edition 06

Experience the Experience! (West Coast USA/Canada Tour 2005)

April 23

Overhead Cumshot

Irark / Short film

Wart

Instant Blitz Copy Fight

A Patriotic Fireman

A Micro Graphic Novel Project

Noise and Talk

The Exhilarator

H&M

The Flower Currency

Gastro-Art/Gastrokunst

A Holiday in Soviet Unterzoegersdorf

How does the Internet work?

Paraflows 2006 and up

Special Forces

Coca Cola

About Work

Turing Train Terminal

Me / Short Film

Massive Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling Network

Doormat

Some Code To Die For

The Year Wrap-up

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Metroblogging

Project Mendel

Display, Retry, Fail

Manifesto of Ignorantism

Actionfilm

Towers of Hanoi

Heisenberg

Opto-Hedonism

Every Five Seconds an Inkjet Printer Dies Somewhere

Milk

Mobutobe

Brandmarker

We know apocalypses

452 x 157 cm² global durability

A Good Haul

Blattoptera / Art for Cockroaches

Minus 24x

Gladiator / Short Film

Eden

An attempt to emulate an attempt

Paschal Duct-Taping

Laptop Crochetication

Russka

Somewhere in the 1930s

Soul Sale

The Department for Criticism against Globalisation

Dot Smoke

Georg Paul Thomann

Nurgel Staring

War On

Let's network it out

Nude

Mackerel Fiddlers

Whales

Disney vs. Chrusov / Short film

Bulk Mail

Easter Celebrations

Mouse Over Matter

Condolence for a Crab

Force Sting

Turning Threshold Countries Into Plows

System

A Noise

A. C. A.

Hopping Overland

Achy Breaky Heart Campaign

Hermeneutic Imperative III

Holy Water / Franchise

Roböxotica // Festival for Cocktail-Robotics

Spears

Engine Hood Cookies

Ikea

The Watch

Creative Industry 2003

This World

Cracked Foundation For The Fine Arts

Sometimes I feel

Fit with INRI

Growing Money

Catapulting Wireless Devices

Buried Alive

Illegal Space Race

Magnetism Party

Brick of Coke

1 Baud

Scrota Contra Vota

Direct Intervention Engine

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I remember when I first rented Alien at a local video rental store. I couldn't wait to get home and finally see it. But at the point where the beast should have burst out of the little guy's breast there was nothing left to see except interference - all the freak-fans who had previously rented the movie had rewatched that very scene again and again and so often that the tape was completely buggered. Art shouldn't have a rewind button. Period.
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Upcoming
performances & lectures in English language (rss) (ics)
 

guerrilla communication: a lecture workshop
at art university linz, kollegiumgasse 2, 4th floor, linz, austria.
april 27 and april 28, 2014, 10:30am-5:00.

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 porn game, 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?<<
june 6, 2014, as part of lyst conference on the mf william jørgensen in copenhagen, denmark.

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 porn game, 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?<<
june 6, 2014, as part of lyst conference on the mf william jørgensen in copenhagen, denmark.

arse elektronika: sex, tech and the future of screw-it-yourself @ lyst conference, copenhagen
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 porn game, 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?<<
june 6, 2014, as part of lyst conference on the mf william jørgensen in copenhagen, denmark.

"die gstettensaga: the rise of echsenfriedl" -- tv premiere
a postapocalyptic sci-fi-horror-fantasy epic by johannes grenzfurthner. co-produced by monochrom/traum&wahnsinn/orfiii air.
may 11, 2014, 7 pm; basement of stainpeißhaus, hauptplatz 15, 8184 anger, austria -- as part of komm.st festival.

monochrom's "six feet under club" in vienna
in the age of data mining, a person's sex life may contain less embarrassing details than their web search history. does it make sense that the former is a tightly guarded secret while the latter is shared with anonymous corporations daily? even though a sexual nature is one of the few things most humans share in common, our social convention is to push all trace of it out of the public sphere. the six feet under club offers attendees a unique opportunity to experience the warping of public and private intimate space.

at monochrom's 6fuc events, couples can volunteer to be buried together in a casket beneath the ground. the space they occupy will be extremely private and intimate. the coffin is a reminder of the social norm of exclusive pair bonding "till death do us part". however, this intimate scene will be corrupted by the presence of a night vision webcam which projects the scene on to an outside wall. the audience will be privy to the scene inside, but the volunteers in the coffin will be completely isolated from them. the scenario keeps the intimacy of a sexual moment intact while moving the private act into public space. it can be seen as an absurd parody of pornographic cinema or an examination of the high value placed on sexual privacy. either way, won't you become a member of the six feet under club?
november 28, 2014 (7:00 pm) at schwelle7 (rotenlöwengasse 12 / ecke glasergasse 12; 1090 vienna, austria).


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