Hungarian media blog Kultplay reports about our Paraflows conference and the recording of Taugshow #14.
Johannes, monochrom: Twitter!
Yes, indeed. Microblogging thru the universe.
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Arse Elektronika 2007: Press meeting
Press meeting for Arse Elektronika 2007 will be held at Ritual Roasters @ Flora Grubbs Gardens, San Francisco, September 28, 11 AM. Table reserved for "Arse Elektronika".
(Picture by Stefan Lutschinger)
Taugshow #14: Photoset
At long last! Cheap rail travel to anywhere on the planet!
"The surface of the Earth is broken up into several large plates that are slowly shifting. About 250 million years ago, the plates on which the present-day continents rest were positioned quite differently, so that all the landmasses were clustered together in one supercontinent now dubbed Pangea. About 250 million years from now, the plates are again projected to reposition themselves so that a single landmass dominates."
2600's Off The Hook: Interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom
2600's Emmanuel Goldstein interviewed monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner for the radio show "Off The Hook" (Show: September 19, 2007). Topics: Paraflows, digital cultures funding in Vienna and the hackspace Metalab.
Re: Ice caps
Just one paragraph in an article about last year's record decrease in Arctic ice:
Some see benefits. The Northwest Passage stays open longer to vessel traffic between Europe and Asia, cutting the voyage from London to Tokyo to 9,950 miles. That voyage via the Suez Canal is 13,000 miles; the Panama Canal route is 14,300 miles. Also, less ice over the Arctic land means more space exposed for oil and gas extraction.
-- Jane Kay, Chronicle
Spoofing the over-spoofed: office art
Between a million other things, I made this dumb spoof of the Homeland Security threat chart for my office door. I intend to make a pointer and actually use it. Click to download the full resolution.
monochrom's Taugshow #14
The flat hierarchies of talk shows are about as subversive as NYC Democrats smoking dope. But count us out! We won't produce a talk show. Nope. We produce a TAUGSHOW! Which means: we dig it. Our guests are geeks, heretics, and other coevals. A joyful bucket full of good clean fanaticism, crisis, language, culture, self-content, identity, utopia, mania and despair, condensed into the well known cultural technique of a prime time TV show.
[taugen; Viennese slang: to dig/love/adore something]
Special Guest Hosts: Nikita Chrusov and Gennadyi Moloshnikov (from Soviet Unterzoegersdorf)
Special Guests: c-base team, Emmanuel Goldstein, Jason Brown, Evelyn Fürlinger and many more.
Paraflows 2007: Discreet Amusement With Blinking Things
The electronics hackers at the Metalab love blinking things, something that's reflected in the majority of ongoing and past projects. They will present and demo a selection of projects, as well as giving them a thorough technical dissection.
Examples of projects that might be presented are:
o Large FPGA based LED matrix
o The Metasign
o DMX-based RGB ceiling illumination
o Misc. magic POV-based (Persistance of Vision) LED shifters
o LED wall clock
For more information on ongoing electronics projects at the Metalab, see http://metalab.at/wiki/Kategorie:WhateverLab.
Hands on! The photons are yours!
Thursday, September 20. 3 PM @ Metalab, Vienna.
Paraflows 2007: Paranoid Machines with Jason Brown
Modern techno-mythologies assume that more information and more connections will literally make more sense, extending all the way to the post-human desire to transcend the meat entirely and evolve into pure code. But even before porn and spam turned obfuscation into a profitable business model, the noise and bugs of the meat were already embedded in the code. From the supernatural mass murder which inspired the Arts of Memory to the atomic alien conspiracies that spawned the Web, information technology has always been paranoid.
This talk covers several thousand years of information technology, focusing on strange threads of symptom and haunting woven into the history of mnemotechnics. How does ancient gnostic cosmology influence the way we use computers? How did magicians, junkies and sexual deviants give us computers, programming and rocket science? How did a cave in Kentucky became the blueprint of cyberspace? How did a moth presage y2k and terrorist paranoia? How is the crashed flying saucer at Roswell tied to the origins of hypertext?
These weird errors and coincidences cannot be cleansed from the history of our memory machines, because memory itself is buggy. It operates by associative logic, making unexpected squirms and jumps, revealing poetic truths about the world without concern for linear reason. We cannot escape into the clean world of information and code because the messy conspiratorial logic of sex-dirt is in fact the paranoid logic of code.
All of this will be examined through the gnostic allegory of the 1983 Disney movie, Tron.
Jason Brown (from Los Angeles) is an ambient noisemaker, constellation manipulator, and paranoid historiographer.
Wednesday, September 19. 8 PM @ Metalab, Vienna.
Paraflows 2007: Circuit Bending with Jörg Piringer
Circuit bending is the creative short-circuiting of low voltage, battery-powered electronic audio devices such as guitar effects, children's toys and small synthesizers to create new musical instruments and sound generators. Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with "bent" instruments.
Jörg Piringer currently lives in Vienna, Austria. Member of the Institute For Transacoustic Research. Member of the Vegetable Orchestra (Das Erste Wiener Gemüseorchester). Radio artist. Sound and Visual Poet. Musician. Computer science.
Wednesday, September 19. 3 PM @ Metalab, Vienna.
Paraflows 2007: Emmanuel Goldstein
Paraflows film screening and talk.
"Freedom Downtime" is a 2001 documentary film sympathetic to the convicted computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, directed by Emmanuel Goldstein and produced by 2600 Films.
After the screening there will be a public discussion with Emmanuel Goldstein.
Emmanuel Goldstein is the editor and cofounder of 2600, which has been publishing since 1984. He traces his hacker roots to his college days at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the late 1970s. His passions include urban exploration, mind exploration, and space exploration.
Tuesday, September 18. 8 PM @ Metalab, Vienna.
Paraflows 2007: The Multitouch Console
A workshop with members of the c-base crew.
For more than twelve years, a diverse community of artists, hackers and generally crazy people have been excavating and reconstructing artefacts of the crashed space station c-base. We will give a short introduction to the history of the reconstruction project, highlight experiences gained and then exhibit the latest result of our archeological work: the famous multi-touch console MTC. Using the MTC as an example, we will talk about the process of reconstruction, the technologies discovered and future possible excavation plans. The second part of the workshop will offer the opportunity to play with the artefact and write your own application or demo for it.
More information about the c-base can be found at www.c-base.org. You can find a description of the MTC here: www.multitouch.de.
Tuesday, September 18. 3 PM @ Metalab, Vienna.
Paraflows 2007: Opening / photo documentation
U.S. Dollar Falling
When the Euro first appeared I told everyone I'd sooner hoard Euros under my mattress than play the stock market. At one point I followed through and stashed a lot of them under a carpet- but then I needed money and spent them. This article confirms that my idea for an investment strategy was not all that crazy.
When Soldiers Mutiny... Only Those Fighting the War Can End It
Okay, Bush ain't gonna get out of Iraq no matter what anyone says or does short of a)impeachment, b) a lobotomy, or c) one of his daughters setting herself afire in the Oval Office as a war protest. A few days ago, upon arriving in Australia, "in a chipper mood", he was asked by the Deputy Prime Minister about his stopover in Iraq. "We're kicking ass," replied the idiot king, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald. Another epigram for his tombstone.Link
Enormous Spider Web Found In Texas
An arachnaphobe's worst nightmare, the gauzy, insect-laden web drew more than 3,300 curious visitors over the three-day holiday to this 376-acre park on the shore of Lake Tawakoni, 50 miles east of Dallas. On Labor Day, the park recorded 1,275 people visiting just to see the web.
"When I first saw it," said Park Superintendent Donna Garde, "I was totally amazed. What ran through my mind was that this looked like something out of a low-budget horror movie, but I was looking at something five times as big as what you’d see on a Hollywood set."
Arse Elektronika @ sexuality.about.com
Concerning 9/11: "When you"
A short film.
"We were on vacation in Central Florida from the 10th to the 25th of September in 2001. After intensive tele-visual disaster consumption (shared with the world, no less), we decided for a visit to Walt Disney World (to be more precise, we were mainly concerned with the Magic Kingdom) on 15 September 2001. We entered the premises and strolled along "Main Street USA", when we heard a Disney tune, well-known to us. And as it is usual for a chain-reaction of associations, a strange video-like sequence emerged in our subconsciousness..."
60th Party Convention of the CPSUZöD
The Communist Party of Soviet Unterzögersdorf celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Comrades, join the festivities! Even radical tele-presence is possible!
September 14, 2007. 6 PM @ Quartier21, Museumsquartier, Vienna.
Paraflows 2007: Opening
Paraflows 2007 will be opening on Thursday, September 13 (MAK-Gegenwartskunstdepot Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark, Vienna).
UN_SPACE is the title of this year's festival. The topic is the exploration of inaccessible, invisible, theoretical, and immaterial spaces.
Zeigerpointer: New entries!
Great new Zeigerpointers have been added to our collection!
But what's a Zeigerpointer?
The Zeigerpointer (a German-English word-mix tautology that we feel free to give birth to) is the most penurious form of capitulation in the print media. Various people, predominantly in local newspapers or magazines of regional interest, are forced by photographers armed with Zeiss-lenses to indicate occurrences. These people have to point at things. With their bare hands! They have to present occurrences that withdraw themselves through their absence, through optical expiration or simply the course of time. Like car wrecks that have already been recovered, asylum seekers that have fled, or burnt down buildings that were entirely consumed by the fire. Occurrences that elude the media machinery because of visual boredom or a state of simply-not-there-anymore. Well, then let's give our readers a Zeigerpointer! The Zeigerpointer shall zeigerpoint it out!
Universal Rights and Wrongs
Michael E. Tigar, Research Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, delivered the following address at the dedication of the capital defense center at the University of Texas in April 2006.
Close Encounters with Alien Abductions
Review of Susan A. Clancy's Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens.
Susan Clancy, the author of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens, has probably gotten more personally involved with alien abductees than any other skeptic. Clancy is frank in her belief that extraterrestrial visitation is exceedingly unlikely and that the alien-abduction experience can be explained more plausibly in terms of sleep paralysis with hallucinations, the availability of cultural scripts, and the development of false memories through hypnosis and other guided imagery techniques. Nevertheless, Clancy is not out to debunk the alien abduction myth, nor does she try to disabuse her interviewees of their delusions. Rather, her purpose, as the title of her book indicates, is to probe the psychological and cultural factors that lead some people to believe they have had encounters with extraterrestrials.
A Question of Identity
Bob Harrison questions his identity.
Hello, you, this is me – and that's him. But what are you? And what am I? And what is he? Three questions, and in each case the answer is philosophically interesting. The interest turns on the further question: "What is a person?"Link
Adult brain can change, study confirms
It is well established that a child's brain has a remarkable capacity for change, but controversy continues about the extent to which such plasticity exists in the adult human primary sensory cortex.
Now, neuroscientists from MIT and Johns Hopkins University have used converging evidence from brain imaging and behavioral studies to show that the adult visual cortex does indeed reorganize--and that the change affects visual perception.
The mother of modern corporatism
Karl Marx described how the East India Company 'conquered India to make money out of it'. Sixty years after the end of the Raj, Nick Robins dusts off its history and finds lessons for today in the birth of corporate globalisation.
Education for sale in the land of the free
The US GI bill gave a whole generation free tertiary education – and the generation after that, which came of age in the 1960s, also benefited from free or cheap admission to colleges that stood in opposition to the system. That world has gone.
Sometimes a fish
Arse Elektronika 2007: Porn Tub Punch
We are currently organizing Arse Elektronika, a conference about pornography and technological innovation. The conference will be held in San Francisco (Oct 5-7, 2007 @ Kink.com's Porn Palace)
The first day of the conference will be dedicated to performative approaches.
Our very own approach is called...
monochrom's Porn Tub Punch: Drinking The Essence Of Technology Away. Pretty Good Performance, Featuring YOU, My Friend.Felix and Moritz -- two enthusiastic food re-designers from Hamburg (Germany) -- are doing the first experiments. It is not an easy task to create the perfect texture, viscosity, color and taste for the "Porn Tub Punch".
A first picture from the lab...
monochrom: Gang photo
We have a new press photo.
Photographer: Katrin Guttenberger.
From left to right: Günther Friesinger, Evelyn Fürlinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner (with spray can), Franz Ablinger.
Press pictures (hi-res)
One-Child Foreign Policy
Lower birth rates will alter both society and strategy.
By James Kurth.
Military analysts are always talking about strategy. Often they are proposing one that they have just invented and naturally think will be the solution to the nation's security problems. The present time, filled as it is with the threat of Islamist terrorism and with the debacle of the Iraq War, is especially marked by the proliferation of strategic proposals.Link
The Dictator And The Movies
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is obsessed with movies. He's taken personal interest in production, and there's even a museum dedicated to his movie activities. "His infatuation with film is obvious from the museum's first room, where an entire wall is covered with a massive list of every occasion when Mr. Kim gave an order to North Korean movie producers. It turns out Mr. Kim has issued an incredible total of 11,890 instructions to North Korean filmmakers since the 1960s."
Eels imitate 'Alien'
Fearsome fish have protruding jaws in their throats to grab prey.
Arse Elektronika 2007: The poster
Today the poster for "Arse Elektronika 2007" was sent to the printer.
There is also a hi-res PDF version.
Panspermia is a controversial theory that life on Earth originated… out there. Maybe it started out in a cosmic dust cloud or originated from another planet, but somehow the very first lifeforms made the trip through the vacuum of space and colonized our home planet.
Link to podcast
The Right to Unionize: Key to Democracy
For the last quarter century, corporate America has been at war against the labor movement. After a long period in which unions were an accepted part of the economic and political landscape, most corporations adopted a much more hostile attitude toward unions. Where unions already were present, employers sought to weaken or break them. In workplaces without unions, employers were prepared to do whatever was necessary to prevent workers from organizing.Link
New Individual Human Diploid Genome
Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), along with collaborators at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have published a genome sequence of an individual, J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., that covers both of his chromosome pairs (or diploid genome), one set being inherited from each of his parents.
Le Musée du Fumeur
Smoking will soon be banned from indoor public spaces in Paris. Is a museum dedicated to the classic French habit a celebration or eulogy?
Copy Protection: Pushing The Impossible
"There are some fundamental truths in the universe. We cannot travel faster than light, and we cannot make a copy protection system that is uncrackable."
Mr. Stephen Hawking
The Seven Sins of "The God Delusion"
Mark Vernon questions Richard Dawkins' state of self-delusion.
There is, I think, one good thing about The God Delusion. Read as a catalogue of religious excess and abuse and pulling no punches, it serves a purpose. Too often today, religionists of various persuasions get away with advocating everything from a literal six days of creation to violence against gay women and men. However, any good Dawkins’ reportage might have done is massively eclipsed by a book that is ultimately as blinkered, biased and, yes, deluded as the targets of his ire.Link
When Musicians Play Interactive Fiction
Ars Electronica vs. Paraflows?
Hollywood's Anti-Piracy Fight Gets Smaller
"Forever on the prowl for the next big thing in movie piracy, the motion picture industry is zeroing in on small and increasingly-powerful mobile-phone cameras that might be trained on theater screens... Hollywood is also watching for digital cameras capable of taking video. Last week a Virginia teenager pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully filming a motion picture after being nabbed capturing 20 seconds of Transformers with a Canon Powershot camera. She'd recorded the brief action scene to show her little brother later."Link
Whatever Happend To The Anti-War Movement?
Neither rising domestic opposition to the Iraq war, nor discussions of withdrawal in Congress, can be ascribed to pressure from mass mobilizations against the occupation. Alexander Cockburn investigates the disappearance of the anti-war movement: co-opted by the Democrats, captive to the logic of the War on Terror.
A crucial test case for Arab democracy.
Article by Wendy Kristianasen.
Morocco made a landmark reform to its family code (moudawana) in 2004; it is only the second Arab country (after Tunisia) to have introduced such progressive measures for women. Led by their own vigorous movement and supported by the king, women won greater equality – notably the right to marry without the permission of a male family member and to initiate divorce on a fairer basis.Link
How Did We Get Into This Neoliberal Mess?
For the first time, the United Kingdom’s consumer debt now exceeds our gross national product: a new report shows that we owe £1.35 trillion. Inspectors in the United States have discovered that 77,000 road bridges are in the same perilous state as the one which collapsed into the Mississippi. Two years after Hurricane Katrina struck, 120,000 people from New Orleans are still living in trailer homes and temporary lodgings. As runaway climate change approaches, governments refuse to take the necessary action. Booming inequality threatens to create the most divided societies the world has seen since before the first world war. Now a financial crisis caused by unregulated lending could turf hundreds of thousands out of their homes and trigger a cascade of economic troubles. [...]Link
IBM Nanotech Breakthroughs Point To Tech's Future Building Blocks
IBM researchers this week announced they've made major strides in nanotechnology by studying how to build storage and other computing devices out of components no bigger than a few atoms or molecules.
Paraflows 2007: Display installation
Our 3d display @ Museumsquartier Vienna... maybe a nice way to promote the Paraflows festival, but I'm not sure the effect works on a picture.
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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