Turkey: torn between God and state
The candidacy of Abdullah Gul, Turkey's foreign minister, for the presidential elections provoked massive demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankara and aborted the voting process. The confrontation is between secularists and a ruling party with a neo-Islamic tinge, the popular Justice and Development party (AKP), which has overseen a sophisticated, fast-improving economy and the nation's candidacy for the European Union. The crisis arose from a contest for the soul of the nation, with nationalism at its core.
EU on web-terror: Something must be done
EU ambassadors have agreed on a draft statement regarding "cooperation to combat terrorist use of the internet". Justice and Interior ministers are expected to endorse the document in June.(via Lynx, quisse-list)
edition monochrom: VIPA
We invite you to the presentation of the publication "VIPA - Virtual Campus For Virtual Space Design Provided For European Architects" on the 1st of June in the Museumsquartier/QDK in Vienna. The book is published by monochrom's own book edition.
Time: 7 PM.
The project and the book will be presented by
Orhan Kipcak (admTM) Christian Kühn (TU Vienna)
Tadeja Zupancic (TU Ljubljana)
Michael Mullins (TU Aalborg)
Virtual spaces have become a major economical growth factor in many areas. At present, spatial concepts are dominant in the entertainment industry (Gaming Industry, virtual worlds like Second Life, etc.), but also other areas of life are being redesigned through augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) concepts. As a consequence, the design and building of living spaces is no longer restricted to construction processes of the building industry. The aesthetical and conceptional design of these new virtual rooms and spaces will open up new opportunities for work and employment for architects, whose major competence is in the design of rooms and space-based social interactions. In the context of these new possibilities offered by virtual reality, the aim of the VIPA project was to develop curricular tools which expand and enhance education in the field of architecture.
The development of a transnational virtual campus containing an e-learning and research platform for European universities of architecture acting in the field of virtual space design has been the primary objective of the VIPA project. This virtual campus was supposed to be available both for education and training as well as for research in the mentioned area. The publication is a summing up of the objectives, outcomes and the visions after of the project.
edition monochrom, link (German only)
VIPA link (English)
Science Fiction vs. Reality: Time for a look back
Cyberwar Ain't What It Used to Be discusses the differences between William Gibson's literary visions of cyberwar and the recent events in Estonia. The list already is brilliant, but what I liked most was this comment underneath the article:
From the viewpoint of the early 1980s, a lot of the things in the “real world” column are pretty science-fictiony. Botnets? Computer viruses available for free to anyone who looks for them? Malware? Spam? People carrying out their everyday lives over a computer network? Pictures of cats speaking l33t? Estonia?Link
"Re:" // Lord Jim Lodge powered by monochrom
In 1985 a couple of rather prominent European artists -- Kippenberger, Schlick, Oehlen, Bauer -- had an anti-art-art schnapps idea and founded a male-only art lodge, the "Lord Jim Lodge", named after Joseph Conrad's literary figure. This is the story of
- how the Lodge was founded
- how they created a semi-cheesy logo ("Sun Breasts Hammer") for it
- how the Lodge was presented at the world's most renowned art expo
- how the Lodge (high in symbolic value but low in real one) crumbled and nearly vanished
- how the Lodge was bought by monochrom in form of a hostile takeover
- how monochrom re-started, re-re-started and franchised the Lodge
- how monochrom created the art consulting company Teyssandier-Springer
- how Teyssandier-Springer plays the legal option
- how monochrom cracked the Coca Cola Company
- how monochrom outsourced the output to the People's Republic of China.
It's a story about art, the market, and products -- in the well known format of 12 oil paintings.
SF Zombie Flashmob: monochrom member spotted!
May 25, 2007. A horde of zombies invades a downtown San Francisco Apple Store. But wait! Isn't that one of the crazy Austrian monochrom people?
[Photo by Declan McCullagh]
Engadget Link (More)
Dorkbot SF / Pix
Chris Veigl took a great picture of Kyle Machulis (slashdong) and myself demonstrating The Virtual Hole.
Kyle is part of our Arse Elektronika team.
And here are some more pictures Karen put on Flickr.
The Void's Foaming Ebb
Yesterday our short animation film "The Void's Foaming Ebb" premiered at Dorkbot SF. The willing beta-testing crowd seemed to like it. So here it is, free to download.
Enjoy, you heretical brood!
monochrom & Shifz meetup in San Francisco
Scott Beale is organizing a great monochrom & Shifz meetup here in San Francisco.
Johannes Grenzfurthner and Evelyn Fürlinger of monochrom and Magnus Wurzer and Chris Veigl of SHIFZ traveled to San Francisco from Vienna for last weekend’s Maker Faire 2007. While they are in town I thought it would be great for people to hang out and have a few drinks with them before they return to Austria. So this Saturday, May 26th we are having a monochrom & SHIFZ meetup at Lucky 13 in San Francisco. We will be gathering around 8pm and should be there until around midnight or so. Here’s the invite on Upcoming.
When Parasitic Fungi Attack!
An incredible video of bullet ants that have been infected by a parasitic strain of fungi called cordyceps.
After the deterioration of the insect's brain, the fungus erupts out of the ant's head to spread the spores across other members of the colony. Creepy and beautiful. Thanks, David!
"The Divining Pod": Aftermath
Many people uploaded pictures to Flickr.
Mickipedia blogs a very personal story about the "Divining Pod" and her favorite deity.
And Geeked ranks us under their Maker-Faire-Top-3.
monochrom @ Dorkbot San Francisco
Last Minute Dorkbot SF! See you there!
monochrom @ Sex Hacks (San Francisco)
"The Divining Pod" team answers email from hostile god
We decide to answer the email from a hostile god.
Dear hostile deity,
"The Divining Pod": Laughing Squid photoset
Scott Beale's "The Divining Pod" photoset.
"The Divining Pod": Semi-total success!
May 20, 2007 was a great day for polytheistic airtravel! Let's (partially) praise the goddesses and gods!
More info, videos and pics
New message for Violet B.
Message for Violet B.
"The Divining Pod" under email threat by god
May 20, 2007. Morning.
We receive an email from a hostile god.
Subject: Mortals, ye shall fail!Help!
monochrom member serves funnel cake
"The Divining Pod": Time Schedule for May 20 @ Maker Faire
Filling and tagging the balloons.
First test lift-off.
First ride to the heavens.
Cheering and/or insulting the goddesses and gods in charge.
Pictures online: >>Re:AW: [Wir] Fwd: Loge etc / OTS-Auss.f.Ubernahme; oel / businessplan // WICHTIG; wer?<<
Our good pal eSeL put some great pictures of the opening of our exhibition at Galerie Bleich-Rossi (Vienna) online.
Roboexotica @ Maker Faire
We arrived late on thursday, but our friends and cocktail robotics team buddies at Shifz did a marvellous job setting up the Roboexotica boot at Maker Faire. Now we are spreading the word. The only problem... we are not allowed to serve any drinks. Well, it's a free country.
SF Community Supports "The Divining Pod", but Peak Helium Threatens Project!
The local community supports our efforts!
Link (Laughing Squid)
But: Peak Helium threatens the "Divining Pod"!
Link (Peak Helium)
Rube Goldberg Fire Contraption
I was not impressed in the first thirty seconds of this video, but as time drew on and I realized what a huge contraption this was, I became impressed. And jealous.
This is what is possible when people have a surplus of time and space. From the early days of humanity when those were nearly all we had, civilized people (like me, of course) have traded those commodities for other comforts (mostly eating out in restaurants).
This video evokes the same sort of jealousy that one might have towards the super rich: that is, jealousy that someone should have such huge quantities of a resource that you do not. Time and space: the new currency.
Oh right, and the video is fun to watch.
Law and Second Order: New monochrom t-shirt
Phresh from the printers... our brand new monochrom t-shirt.
"Law and Second Order":
18 euros; shirts available in various colors/sizes for men and women. For details, please email.
Link to all English language monochrom shirts
"The Divining Pod": International Year Of Polytheism
Cluster ballooning is a perfect metaphor for the plurality and democracy of polytheism. Fight the concept of monotheistic single-balloon ballooning!
At Maker Faire San Francisco 2007 we want to present the world with the "Divining Pod".
Join our effort to fill ballons with helium, tag the balloons with names of air goddesses and air gods, and lift a human being into the skies of diversity! We want to see the heavens open!
May 20, 2007 @ San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Francisco.
monochrom: Ten days in San Francisco
Upcoming monochrom performances in San Francisco.
Law and Second Order: monochrom @ Maker Faire.
Charlotte Hatherley: "Behave"
Great manga-esque video, great song.
The Cube (by Jim Henson)
This philosophical teleplay covers many themes such as, the nature of reality, individual versus scientific perception, self-reference, man's relation to others and society, insanity, social projections, and race relations. It originally aired on NBC's weekly anthology television show NBC Experiment in Television February 23, 1969.
The production was produced and directed by Jim Henson, and was one of several experiments with the live-action film medium which he conducted in the 1960s, before focusing entirely on the Muppets and other puppet works. The screenplay was co-written by long-time Muppet writer Jerry Juhl (who also appears in a cameo). (via DaddyD)
Zombies in San Francisco
This just spotted on http://eatbrains.com/
"Something sinister is coming to San Francisco in May. The conditions for a zombie outbreak will be perfect on May 25th around 6pm. Stay tuned for further dispatches."If you're in San Francisco and you want to join the Nation of Zombia, you know where to go!
Screening: "Little Shop Of Horrors"
As part of our film and discourse series "Projektion" we'll show Frank Oz's "Little Shop Of Horrors" (1986, English version). Thomas Ballhausen will give an intro talk.
May 16, 2007; 8 PM at Museumsquartier Vienna/QDK, next to the monochrom office.
More info (sorry, German only)
Re:AW: [Wir] Fwd: Loge etc / OTS-Auss.f.Ubernahme; oel / businessplan // WICHTIG; wer?
monochrom would like to invite you to the exhibition Re:AW: [Wir] Fwd: Loge etc / OTS-Auss.f.Ubernahme; oel / businessplan // WICHTIG; wer?
The group presents a series of 12 oil paintings visually narrating the story of the Lord Lim Lodge and monochrom's hostile takeover.
As announced at a press conference in Berlin's Cafe Einstein in spring 2006, the Vienna group monochrom has assumed ownership of all trademark and usage rights of the artist Joerg Schlick's "Lord Jim Lodge". Schlick, who died in December 2005, developed the brand name together with Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and Wolfgang Bauer during the 1980s. This takeover has far-reaching consequences for numerous artistic endeavors. In cooperation with the Berlin art consulting agency Teyssandier-Springer, monochrom has lodged claims asserting its rights in the affair while simultaneously inviting the owners of the works in question to negotiate a satisfactory out-of-court settlement.As part of the opening monochrom will presents the latest issue of Sonne Busen Hammer (which is monochrom print issue #25).
Opening: May 15, 2007; 6 PM @ Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna.
Taugshow #11: Pix
Call for Participation: Chaos Communication Camp
The deadline for submission for the Chaos Communication Camp is near (May 15). Please hand in your workshops and lectures for the 5-day hacker open air event this summer!
The main theme of this year's camp is the world we want to live in tomorrow. We try, however, to create a certain focus on a number of topics that we regard as important for the near future. We want:Call for Participation
Taugshow #11: Recommendation
Tim Pritlove recommends Taugshow #11.
A website dedicated to the sport of Cluster Ballooning:
Taugshow #11 @ C-Base, Berlin
Our 11th episode of Taugshow will be recorded at the C-Base in Berlin/Germany, May 12th (9 PM). Our guests will be Régine Debatty of "We Make Money Not Art" (asks the question what happens when artists manipulate life itself, hack the genes and grow semi-living entitites in their labs) and Karin Harrasser (who will tell us why Science Fiction is a restricted mode for science communication). Evelyn Fürlinger will present "Wicked Wordz", our regular column about lingustics.
Music performances by the monochrom Allstar Band and Krach the Robot.
"You can also become a pants man!"
Wonderful Japanese potty training video.
Link (thanx, Frank Lachmann)
Free Speech... a little bit different
Verizon is one of the phone companies currently being sued over its alleged disclosure of customer phone records to the NSA. In a response to the court last week, the company asked for the entire consolidated case against it to be thrown out—on free speech grounds. The response also alleges that the case should be thrown out because even looking into the issue could violate state secrets, of course, but a much longer section of the response tries to make the case that Verizon has a First Amendment right to "petition" the government. "Based on plaintiffs' own allegations, defendants' right to communicate such information to the government is fully protected by the Free Speech and Petition Clauses of the First Amendment," argue Verizon's lawyers.Link (Thanx, Lynx/quisse-list!)
Woman's 11-stone legs may be lost
A woman is campaigning to raise awareness of a rare condition which has left her with 11 stone (70kg) legs.
Iraq: follow the money
US agencies in Iraq claim that extraordinary sums have been spent on reconstruction projects; that thousands have been completed and that many more are under way. But the cash (some of which was Iraq's own) has gone to shady contractors who have done a bad job or none at all.
Child Care: Regular Television Time Starts for Many at 3 Months
"For many families, apparently, it is never too early to watch television. Researchers reported yesterday that 40 percent of infants are regular viewers of television or videos by age 3 months, and 90 percent are watching regularly by age 2."
Worst song lyrics ... ever
#1 Des'ree - LifeLink
What you should know about computer programming
"It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter."
Nathaniel S Borenstein
"We had a child one day... we were happy first... yet the next day we neglected the baby although he was crying" (chuckle)
A Japanese couple talks about their relationship.
From an amazing series of interviews with people talking about their lives on Second Life and Sims Online.
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
THE NORTHERN RATTLE - 1000 sun broadcast (lathelight)
BLUERMUTT - when I'm not (nexsound)
RENTOKILL - antichorus (neustadtpunk et.al.)
RUSUDEN - Fe IX/X 171 A (Soho Six)
ATONE - un an plus tard (autres directions)
Gspell: Google-based spell checking?
Gspell is a great little add-on for Mac users to add system-wide spelling recommendations from Google search results. For 10.4 users, Tiger's had spell-checking from the New Oxford American Dictionary built in, but even that has its limits when it comes to brand-new words and company names. Gspell's solution is to search Google to find spelling recommendations based on top results. This comes in handy when typing in people's last names, or site names that are slight variations of real words, such as Digg, Yelp, and CNET.Link
An Ideology of 'Gunism'
By Robert Jay Lifton.
The combination of mental disease and access to guns leaps out at almost everyone in connection with the Virginia Tech shootings. But from there ideas and advocacies tend to become amorphous and tinged with hopelessness. There is consensus that something should be done to intervene earlier in threatening forms of psychological disturbance, and as a psychiatrist I agree and also recognize some of the social obstacles to doing so. But while there will always be mentally ill people, a few of whom are violent, it is our gun-centered cultural disease that converts mental illness into massacre.Link
In Search Of Nazi-Looted Art
Bernard Taper's mission -- to save art looted by Nazis. Here's how he did it.
Bernard Taper dreamed about Raphael's "Portrait of a Young Man,'' the most prized painting looted by the Nazis that has never been found. He spent two years searching for the Raphael in ravaged post-World War II Germany -- and for many other works he did recover -- as an art-intelligence officer with the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the U.S. military.Link
Oh the Irony.
I hate to tell you this, but sarcasm is dead. I'll miss it as much as you will, no really. I'll miss how sarcasm used to provide people a way to skirt around saying what they truly thought. I'll miss the ambiguous vocal inflections that could, if you were in on the joke, turn a compliment into a scathing criticism. I'll miss being able to use sarcasm to shield myself from the scathing criticisms of others.
Sarcasm has always been one of the most important modes of communication. It is hard to imagine how we will go on without it. Who wants to go on living in a world where you can't go around saying the opposite of what you mean and expect to be understood?
Oh, sarcasm, you elevated us all to a position of sage authority. Anyone who invoked you was sure to win the argument, to make their point crystal clear, to gain the trust and respect of their fellows. Not one person ever took advantage of the potential ambiguity to be an asshole. On the contrary, you were an incisive tool for the most brave and inventive minds of our times. I'll miss you, sarcasm.
They really kicked you out of the Situationist International?
Capitalism is Delicious!
This waffle iron in the shape of a computer keyboard is proof that capitalism, though terribly inefficient, produces wonderful things. In that way it is a lot like natural selection. A less chaotic "planned economy" would never have produced something so bizarre for mass consumption. Call it "Product Darwinism".
Programmer Testifies: US elections rigged
No breaking news anymore, but well worth distributing:
Clinton Eugene Curtis, a former programmer for NASA and Exxon has finally come forward to testify before the US Judiciary that he was enlisted by Republicans to create a program which could guarantee Bush's presidential election victory.
Culture Sculpts Neural Response To Visual Stimuli, New Research Indicates
Researchers in Illinois and Singapore have found that the aging brain reflects cultural differences in the way that it processes visual information. This study appears in the journal Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience. This paper and another published by the same group in 2006 are the first to demonstrate that culture can alter the brain’s perceptive mechanisms.
Today is the day! Da könnt' ja jede/r kommen - ca. 10 Jahre D.I.Y.-Kultur in Wien is opening today! It's an exhibition on the do-it-yourself "movement" (for lack of better words) in Vienna during the past 10 years or so. You'll see flyers, fanzines, lots of photography, records and other shit from back in the day.
There'll also be live-gigs (all for free!) by A Thousand Fuegos, Paper Bird, Seven Sioux, Everton, Dimitrij and Feeding Time. Google the names or put them into myspace for samples. Also make sure to read this weeks' Falter for a feature, or listen to FM4s Homebase tonight for another item. We're blowing the backdoors off this thing!
Most importantly however, come out tonight, 7pm!
Here is all the info:
How false information creates true events
Our new post for Joey Skaggs' pranks.com:
An article by Klaus Schoenberger — who is doing pop-culture research at the University of Hamburg, Germany — featuring the Yes Men and their Union Carbide/Bhopal hoax in 2004.
Spy on any Mac
We all know the problem: through physical force (aka good, old violence) or with a warrant you gained access to a usual suspect's home and now you're eager to access all the private data, passwords, whatever... But the victim uses a Mac, no Windows system, so your usual tools fail. Fear not, bold investigator: MacLockPick is here to help you, at a very good price (US$499.95, state and local law enforcement get 10% discount):
MacLockPick™ is a valuable tool for law enforcement professionals to perform live forensics on Mac OS X systems. The solution is based on a USB Flash drive that can be inserted into a suspect's Mac OS X computer that is running (or sleeping). Once the software is run it will extract data from the Apple Keychain and system settings in order to provide the examiner fast access to the suspect's critical information with as little interaction or trace as possible.Link
The mystery of Chu
Grand Text Auto (a group blog about computer narrative, games, poetry, and art) is always worth reading. This entry (okay, so it's a few days old, but interesting nevertheless) tackles a problem with Japanese video games I also encountered — the question of what on earth the onomatopoetic sound "chu" means:
What does "chu" mean? The answer is not available on the Wikipedia disambiguation page. My fellow Dreamcast owners may particularly be wondering about this. If you've played Space Channel 5, you will probably recall that all the cute alien opponetnts say "chu" to indicate you need to press the A button.Link
The Very Rich are Different from You and Me
According to Princeton University professor Peter Singer, the top 0.01 of taxpayers or 14,000 Americans earn an average of $12,775,000 with total earnings of $184 billion. The rest of the 0.1 percent, or 129,600 individuals, now have an average income of just over $2 million. And the top 0.5 or 575,900 have an average income of $623,000.Link
I Aim to Misbehave! Reassessing Science-Fiction
I just received an interesting Call for Papers for a SF conference in Graz, Austria. The conference's title is I Aim to Misbehave! -- Reassessing Science-Fiction: Dystopia and Utopia, rebellious pathos and perpetuation of reactionist thinking, transgressive body-politics and maintenance of paternalistic gender-concepts.
As an accompanying program to the first Can't-Stop-the-Serenity-Screening in Austria, and the first screening of the movie in English in Graz we plan to have a panel discussion on the 21st of June 2007. In this discussion we want to explore the emancipatory potential of Science-Fiction and the realization of this potential in mainstream genre movies.Link
A long swim
Google maps gives directions from my house in San Francisco to Vienna, Austria
32. Turn right at Long Wharf 0.1 miOf course, I don't own a car, so I figure it will take me at least until October!
BikeMike: A Field Recording Audio Blog
BikeMike is an audio-blog based on field rcordings by Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger (sound-artist & composer).
I like to move into the "fields" to record something "real" and to focus on sounds we normaly filter from perception. Massive noise causes constant stimulus satiation and as a result we filter our acoustic input broadband. Filtering noise/sound means also to filter information, communication and natural environments. That's why I run BikeMike.
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. Our mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment. monochrom has existed in this (and almost every other) form since 1993.
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