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Arse Elektronika 2008 Flickr Group 
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Arse Elektronika: Yeah! 
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Thanks to all the visitors, helpers, speakers, performers! Arse Elektronika 2008 was a blast! We still don't know if androids sleep with electric sheep... but what the heck.

Please help us organize, fund and promote Arse Elektronika 2009...

A reminder: the Arse Elektronika Anthology "pr0nnovation?" is out and can be ordered here or via RE/Search.

More pictures and reactions soon.

MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 3 / Politics 
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MP3s of the talks and panels of the third conference day ("Politics") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: The Future of Emergence 
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Soviet Unterzoegersdorf's hypertext expert and wine tavern commissioner Gennadyi Moloshnikov will host a diplomatic special interest gala of the Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Ministry of Foreign Difficulties. Comrade Moloshnikov understands the immense transformative power of technology and innovation (e.g. "modems") and how they can improve the lives of all citizens.

The Future Of Emergence: With Gennadyi Moloshnikov and the Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Jazz Dance Combinat.
September 29, 2008; 10 PM. As part of the "Future of Internet" conference (MQ, Vienna).

Wired: Sexy Machines Get Up and Go at Arse Elektronika 
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Wired reports about the Arse Elektronika Opening Night.

Pictures by Kat Wade.


Arse Elektronika 2008: Some blog comments 

MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 2 / Technology 
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MP3s of the talks and panels of the second conference day ("Technology") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.

MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 1 / Narration 
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MP3s of the talks and panels of the first conference day ("Narration") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.

Arse Elektronika Opening Night: Scott Beale's pictures 

Wired about Arse Elektronika: "Prosthetic Fetishes and Fan Erotica: Sci-Fi Predicts Future of Sex" 
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Wired's Jenna Wortham reports about Arse Elektronika.
Forget wondering whether androids dream of electric sheep. The real question is: Do they have erotic visions and robot orgies?

From movies and television to comic books and the internet, science fiction not only creates fantastical visions of the future, but provides a template for the continuing evolution of sex, according to Johannes Grenzfurthner, founder of Austrian art collective monochrom.


(Picture by Scott Beale)


RE/Search presents "Counter Culture Hour: Roboexotica" 
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In San Francisco? Well... you should not miss a small film presentation...
Wed, Sep 24, 730PM: Meet RE/SEARCH at Million Fishes, 2501 Bryant/23rd St. FREE! A party featuring a Counter Culture Hour episode of Roboexotica (monochrom members will be present!). Guaranteed fun!

Arse Elektronika 2008: Flyer 
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Arse Elektronika 2008: Only three more days to liftoff... 

A Year Of Streets 
Craig Robinson, the incredibly smart, funny and plain kick-ass illustrator at Flip Flop Flyin', who created, among many other things, those world-famous minipops, has compiled a list of streets that are named after days.

The ongoing project was completed on 8 September, which is located in Besançon, France. Is there also one for the 29th of February?


Sir Ben Kingsley stars in tribute to Ian MacKaye 
This is beyond real. Sir Ben Kingsley's just a minor threat!

(via Chrissy Piper)

Taugshow #16: The Divine Special 
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++TAUGSHOW #16++

Divine Special (Paraflows 08 festival special)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 / 8:00 PM @ Metalab, Vienna

We are not allowed to talk about the special guest hosts... yet!

But who are our guests?

Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His work involves deliberately blurring the lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even more obscure disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to interpret the world around us.

Jason Scott is a digital historian and documentary filmmaker based out of the Northeastern US, focusing on bulletin board system culture of the 1970s and 1980s. He often finds himself well outside of that realm and has collected many archives of general computer and software history, which he makes available on various parts of his online archive, TEXTFILES.COM.

Rachel Lovinger works at Avenue A | Razorfish as a Senior Content Strategist, developing ways for global clients to help connect users to the quality content they want and need. She's particularly interested in relevance, findability, signification, and inherently funny words.

/// Regulars:
Evelyn presents "Wicked Wordz", our regular column about lingustics.

/// Showband
Oh yes.

LHC Cocktail Recipe Contest 
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Many people think that the danger is over. It is true that CERN's particle collider was powered on last week without incident, but the first high energy god-particle creating experiments don't happen until October 21!

Nobody wants to face the collapse of space-time sober, so there will be cocktail parties all over the world leading up to the event (sadly a weeknight, what were those scientists thinking?!)

What we need from you, dear readers, are LHC themed cocktail recipes worthy of the end times. We need cocktails that will put the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to shame!
Cocktails with names like "Higgs-Boson Bender" and "Cuppa Big Bang".

Send your submissions to dfine at monochrom dot at, winner to be announced sometime before the End of Everything.

Trevor Paglen @ Paraflows 2008: state secrets, covert military bases, disappeared people 
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paraflows, the festival for digital art and cultures in Vienna (co-organized by monochrom), is glad being able to present a lecture performance by Trevor Paglen.

Trevor Paglen is geographer and artist and he takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people: through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world’s internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.

When? Where?
Monday (Sept 15; 8 PM) at Metalab (Rathausstrasse 6, Vienna).

Radio Blowfish features Arse Elektronika 2008 
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[...] a chat with Johannes of Monochrom, sponsors of the Arse Electronika art/sex/culture conference coming up in San Francisco... the only art/sex/culture conference with its own theme song!
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Soviet Unterzoegersdorf's Hyper-Hegel @ Paraflows 2008 
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Soviet Unterzoegersdorf's number crunching device "Hyper-Hegel" will be on display at the Paraflows 2008 exhibition in Vienna.

September 11 - October 24 at Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark MAK-Gegenwartskunstdepot, Vienna.

Origin of the specious 
AC Grayling dissects a new defence of Intelligent Design.
It is sometimes hard to know whether books that strike one as silly and irresponsible, like Dissent over Descent, the latest book from Steve Fuller, are the product of a desire to strike a pose and appear outrageous (the John Gray syndrome), or really do represent that cancer of the contemporary intellect, post-modernism. I suppose putatively sincere extrusions of the post-modern sensibility might henceforth deserve to be known as "the Steve Fuller syndrome". For this offering by the American-born sociologist is a classic case of the absurdity to which that sensibility leads.

There is an added thought. Fuller claims to be a "secular humanist". But having been educated by the Jesuits, so he tellingingly informs us, he "knows how to reconcile the irreconcilable". Indeed! For at the end of these nearly 300 pages of wasted forest he tells us what science needs in order to justify its continuation (oh dear, poor science, eh?) and what Intelligent Design, a theory he defended before a US Federal Court in the 2005 Dover Trial, needs to "realise its full potential in the public debate" – that is: how a theory trying to bend the facts to prove its antecedent conviction that Fred (or any arbitrary and itself unexplained conscious agency) designed and created the world and all in it, can attain its full potential in the public debate. This, note, from a professor at a proper British university. Well: if this is not proof of the efficacy of Jesuit educational methods, nothing is.

Superstitions evolved to help us survive 
Darwin never warned against crossing black cats, walking under ladders or stepping on cracks in the pavement, but his theory of natural selection explains why people believe in such nonsense. The tendency to falsely link cause to effect – a superstition – is occasionally beneficial, says Kevin Foster, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University.

10 dates when the world failed to end 
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been switched on and, counter to some doomsday predictions, the world is still turning. Here are 10 other dates in history when apocalyptic predictions failed to come to fruition.

Toyps: Large hardon collider 
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A great new typo. Large hardon collider. Wow.

Got any great typos? Please submit them!


Paraflows 2008: Opening 
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paraflows, the festival for digital art and cultures in Vienna (co-organized by monochrom), is progressing into the third round. By now, paraflows has been able to establish itself as a platform for the young, local scene of digital art and cultures, and this year it will expand on its position as an interface to already established international positions in media art.

With the title UTOPIA, this year’s festival is following up last year's topic of UN_SPACE. Starting with the already explored 'non-spaces', this year will take a prognostic glimpse at the future. Fantastic, longing, and gloomy visions are the tenor of the exhibition, the symposium and of the supporting programme.

September 11th through October 24th 2008.


Arse Elektronika: Blogs 
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Just two more weeks until Arse Elektronika 2008!

The blogosphere (sphere o' blog?) is buzzing.

Pervscan ... Cory Silverberg ... M. Christian ... Cho-Yaba ... Posthuman Marxist ... BotJunkie ... Quantum Tantra ... Fleshbot ... Corazon de Latex ... and many many more. Just too lazy for copy-pasting.

Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle 
In this installation at a Chicago Museum, two American muscle cars are "crashed" into each other over the course of 6 days. I find it an interesting parallel to the speed of the oil crisis. Western civilization has been mid crunch for decades, but is unable to stop the forward momentum of resource depletion.


Too late to save myself from falling 
Making Light wrote recently about the financial trouble the New York Sun is currently in.

I personally wonder whether their copyediting practices were one of the many things that led them astray?

The New York Sun style sheet.
"communist, socialist. See AP stylebook. Any favorable reference to a communist must be shown to either the editor or the managing editor of the Sun before publication."

WSJ on SF0 collaborative game 
Wall Street Journal did an online piece featuring the collaborative reality game sfzero.org. After an interview with the game's creators, there is footage from a task we did where "walking permits" were handed to pedestrians during rush hour.

The video focuses on the silly stuff instead of us chasing people down and demanding they take a permit. Also missing is our friend who would walk by every couple minutes and get tackled to the ground for not having his permit. I guess they thought it would make us look mean.

Link (video)
PS. You don't need to be in San Francisco to play SF0.

Etienne Balibar: The return of the concept of »race« 
On the transformation of the megalomaniac notions of race and racism by creating an »intimate enemy« – often under the mantle of universalism. By Etienne Balibar.
I am referring here to the return of the concept of »race« and not to the return of races. In other words, I am interested not so much in »concrete« groups (or something presumed to correspond to such groups, such as the »races« of 19th-century physical and cultural anthropology) but rather in a conception underpinned by a structure. However, matters are of course never as straightforward as this distinction might suggest. It is difficult to conceive of a generic »race« that is not expressed in contradictions between and hierarchies within groups. However, my focus here is on demonstrating that there has been a change in the relations between the structural, almost transcendental aspect of the problem and its empirical manifestations in terms of what was taught by the history of ideas not all that long ago. For our contemporaries the existence and the number of »races«, as well as the distinctions between them, have lost every scrap of plausibility, yet racial appellations continue to be deployed in identifying ethnic and cultural differences. People still refer to »Europeans«, »Orientals«, »Arabs«, »Blacks «, »Africans«, etc. Perhaps the principle of the race or »racialisation« plays a more dominant social role than ever, particularly as a genealogical principle and in terms of notions that trace the purported »mentality« or »abilities« of an individual or group back to their origins and ancestry. This is racism in the broadest sense of the term, although it is not appropriate to draw a distinction, as people sometimes try to do, between »racism« and »racialism«. If we talk of the return of »race«, then we are asserting first and foremost not simply that racism in the fundamental sense of the term still exists, but also that it has once more become highly virulent.

Thinking People Eat Too Much: Intellectual Work Found To Induce Excessive Calorie Intake 
A Université Laval research team has demonstrated that intellectual work induces a substantial increase in calorie intake. The details of this discovery, which could go some way to explaining the current obesity epidemic, are published in the most recent issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

History's first photograph 

The Open BTS Project: New kind of GSM network? 
The Open BTS Project is an effort to construct an open-source Unix application that uses the USRP to present a GSM air interface ("Um") to a standard GSM handset and uses the Asterisk software PBX to connect calls. The combination of the ubiquitous GSM air interface with VoIP backhaul could form the basis of a new type of cellular network that could be deployed and operated at substantially lower cost than existing technologies in greenfields in the developing world.
Link (thanx, Robert Schöftner)

Palin and the secession of Alaska? 
Alaska's governor is adamantly anti-abortion and supports teaching creationism in schools. No big surprise there. Instead, the questions revolve around how and why she was chosen, some of her actions as a mayor and governor, her daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy (the tabloid angle), and association with a political party that thinks Alaska should secede from the US.

McCain spokesmen were quick to deny any connection between Palin and a party that hopes to have Alaska split from the US, and claims she has been a Republican for many years. As the UK Guardian reports, however, AIP vice-chairman George Clark told the audience at the Party's 2008 Convention that she supported the Party before winning her first political post, mayor of the town of Wasilla, Alaska. "But you get along to go along," Clark said, "she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won't go into that." As Governor, Palin sent a video greeting to the Party's 2008 Convention. AIP's motto is "Alaska First, Alaska Always."

Interstellar 'slowball' could have carried seeds of life 
Previous studies into whether material could travel between solar systems predicted that such an exchange would be unlikely, because the speed matter would need to be travelling at to escape one star would mean it was moving too fast to be caught by another. Now Edward Belbruno and colleagues at Princeton University have shown that planetary systems in young, densely packed star clusters could throw out rocks at a slower pace. They showed that for rocks in certain orbital positions, the gravitational pull of the central star is equal to the pull of other stars in the cluster. This sends the rocks into chaotic orbits that eventually allow them to wander off at about 0.1 kilometres per second - slow enough for other stars to catch them.

'The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British' by Sarah Lyall 
In her first book "The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British," Sarah Lyall -- who moved to London in the mid-1990s as a correspondent for the New York Times and married British writer-editor Robert McCrum -- tracks the odd and endearing behaviors that help us measure our own quirks and cultural obsessions.

Classical Music: Stuff White People Pretend To Like? 
"Stuff White People Like" is a blog devoted to stuff that white people like... or pretend to like. Like classical music.

KRFTWRK - Global Human Electricity 
My latest guest post at Laughing Squid deals with Rainer Prohaska's great project "KRFTWRK", a new system for global human electricity.


ISSUES (yes, in caps) 
Oliver Burkeman's Campaign Diary on the Guardian website is fantastic, I recommend it to everyone who's interested in US politics. He goes through everything that is going on and comes out with gems, and has a great eye for especially the little things.

Today he weeded out this great quote from the McCain campaign. I love this one; it's what America is all about: issues.
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: 'This campaign is not about issues.'

Remoting Future: New entries 
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Great new entries for Remoting Future.


Best of Boing Boing tv: "we love monochrom". 
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Oooh... we are all blushing!
Boing Boing tv's "best of" retrospective continues, with a look back at some of the episodes we dig most. One of the things that makes me (and the whole BBtv team) happiest about our daily video project is the opportunity to collaborate in new ways with creative, fun, insane friends of the blog -- like Johnannes G. and the monochrom crew in Vienna. Their wonderful video contributions have become part of the fabric of our show, and no "favorites" review would be complete without their madcap art-tech-philosophy hijinks.

The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space 

Queen's Guards may go vegan 
"The Ministry of Defence will meet an animal rights group tomorrow to discuss ethical alternatives to the world famous bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace."

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Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 2 / The Adventure Game

Climate Training Camp

Krach der Roboter: Hello World!

Slacking is killing the DIY industry (T-Shirt)

Carefully Selected Moments / CD, LP

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


International Year of Polytheism 2007

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 / 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


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


PC/DC patch

Proto-Melodic Comment Squad


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


Free Bariumnitrate

Toyps / Typing Errors

ARAD-II Miami Beach Crisis

The Charcoal Burner / Short film

Digital Culture In Brazil


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


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


Instant Blitz Copy Fight

A Patriotic Fireman

A Micro Graphic Novel Project

Noise and Talk

The Exhilarator


SUZOeG Training / Short film

The Flower Currency


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


Some Code To Die For

The Year Wrap-up

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Metroblogging

Project Mendel

Display, Retry, Fail

Manifesto of Ignorantism


Towers of Hanoi



Every Five Seconds an Inkjet Printer Dies Somewhere




We know apocalypses

452 x 157 cm² global durability

A Good Haul

Blattoptera / Art for Cockroaches

Minus 24x

Gladiator / Short Film


An attempt to emulate an attempt

Paschal Duct-Taping

Laptop Crochetication


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


Mackerel Fiddlers


Disney vs. Chrusov / Short film

Bulk Mail

Easter Celebrations

Mouse Over Matter

Condolence for a Crab

Force Sting

Turning Threshold Countries Into Plows


A Noise

A. C. A.

Hopping Overland

Achy Breaky Heart Campaign

Hermeneutic Imperative III

Holy Water / Franchise

Roböxotica // Festival for Cocktail-Robotics


Engine Hood Cookies


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

Oh my God, they use a history which repeats itself! (T-Shirt)


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