Six young women mastered the power of the ENIAC – an 80 foot long, 8 foot tall, black metal machine – and harnessed its power through an archaic programming interface using dozens of wires and 3000 switches.
(via The Sex Carnival)
Agro-fooling Ourselves: Agrofuels damage biodiversity and even contributes to global warming
EU and US targets and subsidies are fuelling a growing demand for 'agrofuels'. Far from being a sustainable energy source, the increased cultivation of crops for fuel threatens the world's poor with starvation, damages biodiversity and even contributes to global warming, argues Oscar Reyes.
Learning A Language Through Peas
A nice Washington Post story by Monica Bhide about teaching her son another language:
As a very young child, my son Jai had an unaccountable aversion to learning any language other than English. Yet, I was determined to teach him Hindi, my mother tongue, to ensure he did not miss out on a culture and heritage for lack of simple knowledge of its language.(via Languagehat)
Naomi Klein's "Outsourcing Government"
We didn't want to get stuck with a lemon. That's what Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said to a House committee last month. He was referring to the "virtual fence" planned for the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. If the entire project goes as badly as the 28-mile prototype, it could turn out to be one of the most expensive lemons in history, projected to cost $8 billion by 2011.Link
How Do Artists Portray Exoplanets They've Never Seen?
How realistic are images of planets around other stars—and should they be?
Science: Fieldnotes From The Borderlands
"Philosophy Now" science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci reports.
Viennese Zombie Brood
A fearful joint-venture between monochrom and eatbrains.
November 10, 2007. 12 noon @ monochrom space, Museumsquartier, Vienna.
Mailing list is active.
More information in German language.
Extreme transexualism or twisted offspring of Freudian penis envy? Well... it's collection of photoshopped pregnant men.
Shaun of the Dead: RomZomCom?
Is "Shaun of the Dead" a Romantic Zombie Comedy?
Shaun's symbolism comes in the form of the romantic story. The movie, often referred to as a "rom zom com" (romantic zombie comedy), actually serves as a sort of cinematic relationship guide, comically instructing us about dealing with commitment issues. Look at the order in which the members of Shaun's party are killed (killed dead, not undead): #1: his stepfather (Bill Nighy); #2: his mum (Penelope Wilton); #3: the other guy who loves his girl (the underrated Dylan Moran, who must be seen in Run Fatboy Run); #4: his roommate (Peter Serafinowicz); and finally, #5: his immature best friend (Nick Frost). These are the people that have to die in order for Shaun (Simon Pegg) to devote his full attention to Liz (Kate Ashfield). In real, non-lethal terms, they are the people Shaun has to let go of before he can fully connect in a relationship.Link
Urban Invasion: Wily Foxes Embrace Easy City Life
More and more foxes are seeking their fortunes in German towns, where food is ample and people sometimes mistake them for overgrown dachshunds. But the furry predators come bearing an unwelcome guest -- parasites.
The art no one sees: a basement that symbolises cultural isolation
Picassos, Renoirs and Van Goghs among £2.5bn worth of western masterpieces locked in vaults of a Tehran museum.
This website shows you on a map where the most recent edits to Wikipedia are coming from, in near real-time. Someone in Austria recently fixed an >it's/its< grammar error. Go Austria!
Jail for ex-soldier who urinated on dying disabled woman
A drunken former soldier who urinated on a disabled neighbour as she lay dying after a fall in the street was jailed for three years yesterday and told that he and his friends had shamed a town. Anthony Anderson, 27, and a group of friends who filmed the humiliation of Christine Lakinski on a mobile phone, have been cold-shouldered in Hartlepool and turned away from shops and neighbours' homes.Link
myfacespace.com @ GameJew
GameJew's most recent episode features the rehearsal of myfacespace.com and a nice two-camera recording of the performance @ Big Brother Awards. Great stuff.
Arse Elektronika summary...
...by Techno Tranny Slut. Just have to add that the reviewer missed some crucial talks, like Thomas Edlinger's feminist approach.
myfacespace.com: Lo-res stream
Yesterday we performed myfacespace.com, the rock opera: The Musical! at the Austrian Big Brother Awards. We are working on cutting a hi-res video of the performance, but in the meanteam please check out the lo-res live stream of the Big Brother Awards. (Our performance is pretty much in the beginning, and the only part of the show in English language.)
Link (lo-res video stream)
And here's a nice picture taken from FM4's homepage.
Neil Gaiman on Stardust
Neil Gaiman on the movie adaptation of his fairy tale:
Still, the people who wanted fairytales found the book, and some of them knew what it was, and liked it for being exactly that. One of those people was film-maker Matthew Vaughn.(via metaphilm)
Britain Is More Energy Efficient Today Than In Time Of Shakespeare
Restricting energy use is the only way to tackle climate change, according to new research by a historian at the University of East Anglia.
The Last Remaining Russian Settlement on Svalbard - Norway, Europe
Relations between the Russians and the Norwegians on Svalbard are generally good, but disagreements do occur. About a year ago, the Norwegians were convinced the Russian community suffered from a lack of vitamins, so a Longyearbyen chef sent over six tons of fresh food. This was not well received by Trust Arktikugol. In an article in Svalbardposten, the local Longyearbyen paper, the general director was quite incensed with this gift. He conceded a lack of fruits and veggies in Barentsburg for a short while, but that did not entail a crisis. Understandably, this was humiliating for the Russian authorities.Link
Roboexotica 2007: Poster printed!
Wanna get a brand new Roboexotica 2007 poster? They are ready! Designed by Anna of MotmotDesign.
Socializing, A Rock Opera: The Musical!
monochrom, GameJew, Ivory and David Fine invite you to a micro-tour-de-force!
We promise nothing less than ten minutes of everything!
October 25, 2007 as part of the Austrian Big Brother Awards @ Rabenhof Theater Vienna (8 PM).
Fleshbot features Prixxx Arse
Violet Blue reports:
Those crazy machine
As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.(Thanx, Peter Schlager!)
Tragic Extremes: Nietzsche and the Politics of Security
Essay by Wolfgang Sützl.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Giorgio Agamben published an article that took issue with security as the "basic principle" of state politics. Referring to Foucault, Agamben contrasted security and disciplinary power, describing security as a characteristic of liberalism: "Measures of security can only function within a context of freedom of traffic, trade and individual initiative." He further argued that through the "progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity" becoming the "sole criterion of political legitimation." Further, Agamben argued that "a state which has security as its only task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to turn itself terroristic." The progressive erosion of civic rights that occurs when "security imposes itself" indicates a deep-layered incompatibility between democratic legitimacy and security. To this end, Agamben called for a "revision of the concept of security" as a project of immediate importance.Link
Black Holes Sing
Although sound cannot be heard in space, it can sometimes be seen.
"Ran": On the Nature of Cinematic Transcendence
An academic take on transcending nature and drama itself, as Kurosawa transcends the limitations of the stage in his adaptation of King Lear.
While King Lear is regarded as arguably the greatest of all Shakespearian tragedies, it is not uncommon for postmodern critics to bring "a deep distrust of all attempts at closure" in their approach to text, the inherent complexities of which seem to suggest the "negation of the possibility of unity, coherence, and resolution." However, in Ran, Akira Kurosawa's cinematic adaptation of the play, whatever indeterminacy that might be evident in King Lear appears to have become subordinated to an essentially Aristotelian definition of tragedy, marked by "the representation of an action that is complete and whole" through "unity of plot." Through a comparative analysis of certain key cinematic elements in Ran, we will see how the inherent nature of the film medium is harnessed to present not only a picture of profound existential desolation, but also a deeper philosophical discourse exploring the nature of aesthetic and religious transcendence.Link
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
CHERRY SUNKIST - ok universe (22 jhdtfuchs)
EVERTON - floorsleepers (self released)
LASSE MARHAUG - it's not the end of the world (quasi pop)
MANINKARI - psychoide/participation mystic (conspiracy)
MARY AND THE BOY - s/t (low impedance)
MERKER TV - fat air (self released)
MÚM - go smear the poison ivy (fat cat)
SUNBURNED CIRCLE - the blaze game (conspiracy)
WORLDS BETWEEN US - downsides (noise appeal)
monochrom's Prixxx Arse Elektronika
An unobjectionable award for sex machines, orgasmotrons and teledildonics.
This is an open call for machinery.
Please send us a PDF containing description and pictures of your working device or a detailed proposal by April 30, 2008.
We plan to present the winners of Prixxx Arse Elektronika in autumn 2008 @ Arse Elektronika.
The winners will be honored with the "Golden Kleene" (*)
A team of specialists
The Chinese Road: Cities in the Transition to Capitalism
The PRC's breakneck transition to capitalism seen through the prism of 19th-century Europe and America, as its cities rehearse the processes analysed by Marx: commodification of land and labour, formation of markets and capitalist elites. What lessons might the West's past hold for China's future?
Floating body bags could aid disaster recovery
For dealing with mass casualties like those following hurricane Katrina or in some future chemical attack, existing body bags leave much to be desired. So say forensic researchers Arpad Vass and Cyril Thompson at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. They propose replacing bags with a stackable plastic tray covered by a flexible plastic sheet sealed to its edges. The rigid base makes bodies easier to carry, and the tray floats, making it easier to recover bodies during floods.
The Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea
Is modernity a kind of faith that depends on the very faith it has rejected? Many theists want to answer yes...
RIAA Can Dish It Out, But Hates To Take It
The music-industry lobbying-and-litigation arm is protesting a federal magistrate's recommendation that it cough up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for an Oregon woman. Tanya Andersen, 42, says she racked up the expenses defending against an RIAA infringement lawsuit that was ultimately dismissed for lack of evidence... The RIAA is arguing in court documents that the association shouldn't have to pay defense counsel fees, because Andersen is probably guilty anyway.Link
Vivaldi: The Red Priest unfrocked
Vivaldi's Virgins, by Barbara Quick, paints the composer as "tarnished with scandal", while Hidden Harmonies: the Secret Life of Antonio Vivaldi, by André Romijn, offers an insight into the personal life of the "priest, lover, composer". Now a Hollywood biopic is in the pipeline, with Joseph Fiennes as Vivaldi and Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bissett as co-stars. One paper heralded the film as "Vivaldi, the sex-obsessed rock star", giving some idea of the tone of this likely bonkbuster.
monochrom on GameJew
GameJew featured monochrom in his new episode (GameJew Season 2 Episode 3). Johannes talks about Roboexotica, Soviet Unterzoegersdorf and other stuff. Awesome show!
Earliest Evidence Of Modern Humans Detected
Evidence of early humans living on the coast in South Africa, harvesting food from the sea, employing complex bladelet tools and using red pigments in symbolic behavior 164,000 years ago, far earlier than previously documented, is being reported in the journal Nature.
Poe's Mysterious Death: The Plot Thickens!
Last year, the writer Matthew Pearl published a novel called The Poe Shadow, in which a young lawyer sets out to solve one of the great enduring mysteries of American literary history: What killed Edgar Allan Poe? Like his protagonist, Mr. Pearl was fascinated by the question, which has vexed scholars ever since the great man died in 1849 at the age of 40, in a Baltimore hospital after being discovered, distraught and incoherent, in a local tavern.
Mr. Pearl had wanted to write a novel exploring the mystery. But he never expected to uncover actual evidence that could help solve it.
Wrist sensor lets you conduct a virtual orchestra
"Step aside maestro. Would-be conductors now have a system that allows them to change the tempo and dynamics of a virtual orchestra with the wave of a hand... Instead of a baton, [a scientist] equips the would-be conductor with an eWatch, a computer the size and shape of a large wristwatch that contains accelerometers and tilt sensors."Link
Monkey's biographer writes from Beijing
By Stephen Chan.
There are three versions of the Monkey King on Chinese television. And a fourth as rather bad animation on the aircraft channels. None of them is good, but one of them has actors who believe their subjects. They are all about Monkey and his two companions - of whom one is a humanoid pig - escorting a pious and naïve monk across the Himalayas to India to discover the Buddhist scriptures. He must battle legions of demons all the way, and thus face a different demon king every day on the never-ending television renditions of the epic journey.Link
Report about Dorkbot: Fundraising for Todd
Arse Elektronika 2007: More arbout Moaning Lisa
Logical Lo: Hanging Around
Peter Cave has a new book just out, of philosophical puzzles old and new. Here, Peter tells the tale of Logical Lo and her reasoning.
Wanna Buy A Titan Missile Base In Central Washington?
It's just US $1,500,000.00; and dort forget: this includes three missile silos, a 4-story equipment terminal building, antenna silos and two control domes.
Link (thanx, Peter Hauser!)
monochrom presents Scott Blake
Scott Blake will visit Vienna in December and we are proud being able to present his work. "The Reader" reports:
Omaha artist Scott Blake is well-known for his cheeky bar code art, and now he’s going global this fall with a trip to Europe. Blake will spend a week with fellow artist and blogger Sean Bonner (seanbonner.com) at Net Culture Lab in Vienna. Bonner, there for a month-long residency, invited Blake to come for a week and present his work. Net Culture Lab is part of Monochrom Presents, a Vienna-based, art-technology-philosophy group. Its focus is on "pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism" right up Blake’s alley. To learn more visit barcodeart.com, http://www.monochrom.at and lab.netculture.at.Link
Evelyn & Johannes
Just to let you know: We have recently announced our engagement. (NOT at In'n Out Burger, but we like the picture.)
(Thanx, Scott Beale.)
2600's Off The Wall: Interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom
2600's Emmanuel Goldstein interviewed monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner for the radio show "Off The Wall" (Show: September 25, 2007). Emmanuel joined Johannes on his way from the Viennese Museumsquartier to one of the old WWII anti-aircraft towers to see a concert of the Viennese Vegetable Orchestra. On the way they talked about various projects and ideas.
What scanning techniques are revealing about vegetative patients.
The psycholinguistic "fuck" test
The Mindhacks blog writes:
once, whilst drinking with a psycholinguist (say that after a few pints) I was taught a useful way of quickly working out the stressed syllable in any English word - something which is apparently called the 'fuck test'. Simply insert the word 'fucking' into the word, as if you were using the swear word for emphasis, and the syllable that follows the 'fucking' is the stressed syllable. For example, absolutely -> abso-fucking-lutely. The stressed syllable is the third: i.e. absolutely. It works for every multi-syllable word I've found so far. Which just goes to show that psycholinguists are some of the coolest melonfarmers in the whole of cognitive science.
Arse Elektronika 2007: Additional stuff
Dear Mr. Schwarzenegger,
I am in Austria for a couple months visiting friends. As my elected public servant, I hope you can give me advice about what to see here. I'm in Vienna now, but I'll be travelling to Graz (a place you should be familiar with!) in a few days.
Also I'm having trouble as nobody seems to use electric dryers here. How does one dry laundry when it is cold out? Perhaps this could help California solve its energy problems!!
I hope everything is doing well back home, let me know if you would like me to bring souveneirs or chocolates or anything. I will talk to you again later.
monochrom's new resident artist: David Fine
David Fine (from San Francisco, USA) is digital artist, street artist, media activist and roboticist.
A warm welcome!
Arse Elektronika: Robot Fuck Online Again!
Behind Kink on Arse Elektronika
"Kink Hosts International Conference on Sex & Technology"...
This weekend, Kink.com hosted the first annual Arse Elektronika Conference, a 3-day event that sought to examine the relationship between pornography and technological innovation through a series of speakers, panels, demonstrations, films and performances. Partially funded by the Austrian government, this international conference brought together over 25 experts who led discussions ranging from the sociology of small-town American sex machine inventors to how sexual minorities are using developing technology to democratize sexual information. With over 200 attendees and extensive positive media attention the Arse Elektronika conference represented a conquest for all involved. Kink.com was particularly proud to sponsor an event where technology, sexuality, and sociology could merge in a forum where their impact on each other would not only be examined, but also valued as a significant contribution to an important collective discourse.Link to blog entry and video
Arse Elektronika Facebook Group
Zombie activity in SF during Mayoral Debate
There has been considerable zombie activity in San Francisco this week, where many of monochrom have been located. On their return to Austria their health will be monitored carefully.
From the notice on eatbrains.com:
URGENT ALERT: Thanks to Professor Grenzfineski's recently installed EEW system, we have detected a sudden upsurge in undead activity throughout the city. Another attack is IMMINENT.
V. Vale on Arse Elektronika
Great summary by V. Vale.
There are certain events (temporary autonomous zones or TAZs) where you feel like you're living in a future society, or a future world. I often had this feeling during 70s Punk Rock Shows, or talking to J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, and always at Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) shows. People say they experience this at Burning Man. I definitely got this feeling attending ARSE ELEKTRONIKA, curated by the Vienna art group "monochrom," hosted by kink.com (and others) at a no-sign location on Jessie St between 5th and 6th Sts.Link
Arse Elektronika 2007: And even more blogs
Arse Elektronika: BB Gadgets and The Register
"To learn how to make computers more human, we have to f*ck them." - Stefan Lutschinger @ Arse Elektronika.
Arse Elektronika 2007: Liveblogging notes
Autumn Tyr-Salvia and Fox (Metaphorge) liveblogged pretty much the whole Arse Elektronika.
Here are links to their notes.
Link / Autumn
Link / Fox
Arse Elektronika 2007: More blogs
- Viviane's Arse Elektronika link list
If you find more links, please send them to arse-elektronika at monochrom.at, thanx!
Andy Warhol on Jasper Johns
monochrom @ Special Dorkbot-SF Fundraiser for Todd Blair
Arse Elektronika 2007: Robot Sex
Arse Elektronika 2007: More blogs and press reviews
- Wired / Sex
- Digg Offbeat News
- Digg Tech News
- PC News
monochrom: SF meet-up
We invite you to a nice little Arse Elektronika (or whatever) after-(or before)-party.
We are leaving fabulous San Francisco pretty soon, and we'd love to meet all our friends without having to think about cables, video streaming, microphones, lights and fucking machines.
Monday, October 8; 8 PM @ House of Shields (39 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco). (Thanx, Shlomo!)
"Backup": German version of "Down And Out In Magic Kingdom" out
Cory Doctorow writes:
Backup, the German edition of my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom has just been published by Heyne. Down and Out was the first novel released under a Creative Commons licensed, distributed for free on the same day the book was shipped to stores — and I'm pleased to announce that Backup is the first German translated novel to be released under a CC license on publication day!And we are proud to read:
Many thanks to Johannes and Evelyn at Monochrom for their help in translating the oddball concepts like "Whuffie" and "Bitchun Society."
Arse Elektronika 2007: Blogs etc.
- metaphorge 1
- metaphorge 2
- Technology Owl
- Twitter / Ariel Waldman
- Sex Porn Pussy
Arse Elektronika 2007: More photosets
Arse Elektronika 2007: Wired Blog Coverage
Arse Elektronika 2007: Metaphorge's photoset
Nearly a complete photo documentation of the entire conference. Still being updated.
Arse Elektronika 2007: Scott Beale's photoset
digitaljournal on Arse Elektronika
Call it pornovation or sex-tech. No matter the label, the marriage of sex and technology is gaining more attention. And now the Arse Elektronika conference will spend this weekend discussing how software and hardware are getting funky under the sheets.Link
Arse Elektronika: Laughing Squid reminder
Laughing squid reminds.
San Francisco Chronicle: Arse Elektronika!
Violet Blue holds hope for the future of sex, despite the musical condoms.
This weekend in San Francisco, futurists, tech experts, sexologists, and a who's-who list of emergent sex and technology experts are lined up for talks and panels at Arse Elektronika 2007, a conference about "pr0n and innovation" — or the intersections of sex and technology. At our local Porn Palace, this first-of-its-kind international meeting of the (very geeky) minds on the subject of sex and tech looks to be both a humorous (ahem) poke at past sci-fi visions of "future sex" and some realistic explorations of technology's undeniably constant relationship with sex.Link
Arse Elektronika 2007 on Techsploitation
Annalee Newitz reports:
This Sunday at 1 PM I'm giving a talk called "A Futurist's History of Technology" in San Francisco at a conference called Arse Elektronika, devoted to pornography and technological innovation. Mostly it will be a tour of sexual technologies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including some devices that may surprise you. I'll conclude by talking about where we’re headed with sexual technologies over the next 50 years.Link
Arse Elektronika on Cranky Geeks
Radio show "Cranky Geeks" mentions Arse Elektronika.
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
MARUOSA - mushimamire (hirntrust)
VASHTI BUNYAN - some things just stick in your mind (Fat Cat)
MONEYBROTHER - mount pleasure (burning heart)
TUMIDO - s/t (self released)
WORRYTRAIN - fog dance, my moth kingdom (own)
VARIOUS ARTISTS - million ways to spend your time (quasi pop)
Arse Elektronika 2007: New press picture
A short photo shooting in the XXX department of a video rental store on Market Street resulted in one press picture. ("It's ok, but please don't expose yourself.")
(Click for high resolution.)
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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