Killing Capitalism with Christmas! 
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Kiki und Bubu (und monochrom) wünschen frohe Weihnacht! Kill! Kill! Kill!

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monochrom und die Zukunft des Porno / Berlin 
Podiumsdiskussion mit Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom), Rose White, Ella Saitta, Aaron "SFSlim" Muszalski @ C-Base Berlin, 29. Dezember 2009; 21 Uhr.
If you ask mainstream pornographers what their vision of the future is, it involves cracking down on piracy making more money re-selling the same generic products in new formats. What about independent pornographers with an eye on longtail markets who are focused on creating "weird" products that most people don't want to buy? Or consumers who are seeking porn to cater to their special interests not covered in mainstream heteronormative porn? Or people who prefer porn and Real Dolls to sexual involvement with other humans? And, what of the future of computer-generated porn? While the major adult companies are still trying to figure out why people aren't buying as many $45 DVDs as they used to, more and more niche pornographers, artists, merchants, and performers are popping up to create offbeat erotic entertainment with a small, but enthusiastic fanbase. Join these nerdy perverts for a discussion on the many directions in which the future of porn is really headed.

monochrom @ ROFLCon II / Daten fixiert 
Tim berichtet:
Was planning to get to announce this last week, but got caught up in some last minute finagling with MIT. But we've finally got it hammered out.

In any case, happy to announce today that we've officially decided that ROFLCon II will be on April 30th and May 1st, 2010.

Got it? Awesome. Planning to open up registration sometime in January, and we'll announce on the blog when it goes up. If you've already hit up tim AT roflcon DOT org, we've already got you covered (even if I haven't responded), and, if you haven't, definitely do drop a line if you want to be notified by e-mail when it opens up.

monochrom @ "Some stories about Context Hacking and Asia" 
Johannes, an insane Austrian man we met this weekend, will be conducting a rant at Hackerspace.SG this Thursday evening.

For those who are unfamiliar with the rant: it is a tradition of performance art which was developed in Europe in the 19th century and successfully ported to the Internet in the early-to-mid 1990s. It is now being introduced to Asia by aesthetic pioneers like Johannes Grenzfurthner.

In recognition of Singapore's leading position as the financial and cultural capital of Asia, and of Hackerspace.SG as the leading hackerspace in Singapore, he has chosen Hackerspace.SG as the venue for his first Singapore performance of this artwork.

We invite all members of and the related community to attend this rant.

There is no fee, though we wish to thank in advance all the wonderful people who consume beer, wine, or soft drinks, for their cash donations into the little glass that says "your donations are welcome."

For the purposes of licensing under Chapter 257 Section 319, this is an exempt entertainment as defined by the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Specified Arts Entertainment) (Exemption) Order 2005.

Und hier noch eine Beschreibung:
monochrom and the East: Some stories about Context Hacking and Asia
A tour-de-farce by Johannes Grenzfurthner of monochrom

monochrom is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art and philosophy and was founded in 1993. So to sum up, monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, political activism and technological disaster.

Johannes wants to tell us stories about monochrom's "context hacking" projects that specifically deal with our focus on contemporary Asian topics.

The term context hacking—like its mimetic sibling "communication guerrilla"—refers to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. Context hacking is a specific style of political action that observes and makes visible the paradoxes and absurdities of power. Context hacking uses absurdities as the starting point for interventions by playing with representations and identities, with alienation and over-identification., 70A Bussorah Street, Singapur. 17. Dezember 2009, 20 Uhr.

Neoteny unconference – How Epic Fail and Agile Development Can Change the World 
e27 berichtet:
With all the talk about failing, one interesting speaker that managed to get all our attention was Johannes Grenfurthner who runs Monochrom – an art-technology-philosophy group in Vienna. With his stage presence and use of different yet interesting metaphors conveyed why it's important to fail and had interesting points on why sometimes competition isn't the right way to create something that people need.

Gutes Neoteny Fotoalbum 
Nettes Foto von der monochrom'schen Lecture Performance auf dem Neoteny Camp in Singapur. Das Foto wurde diesem Flickr-Set entnommen.

Language 2.0: Or how we change the world with every keystroke 
Evelyn Fürlinger wird über Sprache und neue Kommunikationsformen sprechen. Wo? Auf dem Neoteny Labs Singapore Camp (13. Dezember 2009, 14:30).

Roboexotica USA 2010 
Wir sind sehr froh Roboexotica USA 2010 ankündigen zu dürfen!

Roboexotica USA 2010 wird in der weltbekannten DNA lounge stattfinden! 17. und 18. Februar 2010!


Santa Claus Vs. Christkindl: Bis einer weint / Vienna, beware! 
Santa: "HO HO HO! Wien is MY turf now, Christkindl. I've been making a list, checking it twice, and I know who's been naughty or nice... and who's going to get their skinny white angel butt kicked if they don't get out of my way. It's time to work for me or leave for China, baby boy."

Christkindl: "Santa, du Oaschsau! Gemma auf die Bluatwiesn!"

Samstag, 12. Dezember 2009; 14 Uhr Treffpunkt im monochrom Büro, Quartier 21, Museumsquartier, Wien.


monochrom in Singapore (Neoteny Camp): "Reach Out And Touch Face: A Rant About Failing" 
Johannes wird im Rahmen des Neoteny Singapore Camp am Samstag, den 12. Dezember 2009 (um 11:30) eine Votrag halten.
Hackers love knowledge. They try to find out how stuff works. And that's great. Experimentation is a major part of hacking. It is in the most philosophical sense a deconstruction of things.

A specific use is never inherent to an object, even though technical demagogues like to claim that it is. Just compare the term "self-explanatory" and the term "archeological find". It's a pretty hard task to find out what technology is and what it should do if you don't have a clue about the context. Usually the use is connected with the object through definition ("instructions for use"). Turning an object against the use inscribed in it means probing its possibilities.

Science and Technology Studies (especially Langdon Winner and Bruno Latour) have convincingly demonstrated that the widespread inability to understand technological artifacts as fabricated entities, as social and cultural phenomena, derives from the fact that in retrospect only those technologies that prove functional for a culture and can be integrated into everyday life are "left over." However, the perception of what is functional, successful and useful is itself the product of social and cultural, and last but not least political and economic processes. Selection processes and abandoned products (developmental derailments, sobering intermediary results, useless prototypes) are not discussed.

Well. What can we do?
We can fail. Beautifully.

Roboexotica: Video von "Adult Mario" 
Kyle Machulis hat wunderbare Maschinerie für die Roboexotica 2009 erstellt.


Podcast: Die Diktatur des >>man<< 
Frank Apunkt Schneider ist Germanist und Mitglied der Wiener KünstlerInnengruppe monochrom. Er lebt als unfreier Autor (u.a. testcard, Skug, Intro, Jungle World), unfreier Künstler und Hausmann in Bamberg. Im Ventil-Verlag erschien 2007 sein erstes Buch mit dem Titel "Als die Welt noch unterging – Punk und Wave im deutschsprachigen Raum von 1978 bis 1985". In unserem Podcast dokumentieren wir seinen Vortrag vom 18. November 2009 mit dem Titel "Die Diktatur des >>man<<. Von der Schwierigkeit, in linken deutschen Medien geschlechtsneutral zu sprechen. Bericht aus der weitgehend beschissenen Praxis."

Kurier: Cocktail-mixende Roboter 2009 


Der Standard berichtet: Barbesuch mit Robotern 


FM4: Die Roboter mixen wieder Cocktails! 
Lust auf einen Robo-Moji oder Digi-Colada? Die Roboter sind wieder da uns mixen uns Hochprozentiges. Auf der Roböxotica, dem einzigartigen Festival für Cocktail-Robotik, in Wien!

Taugshow #20: Roboexotica 2009 Special 
monochrom presents:
++TAUGSHOW #20++
Roboexotica Special

Friday, Dec 4, 2009 / 9:00 PM @ Roboexotica, Drinkomat-Halle, Missindorfstrasse 21, Vienna (presented by Johannes Grenzfurthner und Roland Gratzer)

But who are our guests?






/// BAR2D2

Link Wien, das Mekka der Cocktail-Roboter 
Die Szene der Cocktail-Robotik versammelt sich im Rahmen des elften Roböxotica-Festivals einmal mehr in Wien. Mehr als zwei Dutzend Roboter zeigen vom heutigen Donnerstag bis einschließlich Sonntag bei freiem Eintritt ihr Können: Sie mixen, nun ja, Cocktails, oder sie beweisen sich in anderen Bar-typischen Aktivitäten: Konversation, Armdrücken, Anzetteln von Streit oder Betteln um Zuwendungen zur Finanzierung weiterer Intoxikation. Super Mario und Tetris dürfen bei dem radikalhedonistischen Ereignis ebenso wenig fehlen wie musizierendes Sexspielzeug und ein Flammenwerfer.

Roboexotia Eröffnung 2009 
Heute ist die große Roboexotica 2009 Eröffnungssause!

Und es gibt schon eine fast vollständige Liste aller Maschinen, die heuer gezeigt werden! Wunderbare Technologien!

Opening act? Liquidoscope!

Und nicht vergessen... wir sind nicht mehr im MQ sondern in einer neuen Location: 600 Quadratmeter loftige Freude in der ehemaligen "Drinkomat"-Halle (@ Missindorfstraße, gleich neben Okto TV). Am besten die U3 zur Hütteldorfer Straße nehmen.

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monochrom, *1993. ursprünglich zeitschrift. lebt z. zt. als haufen bzw. neue unuebersichtlichkeit im museumsquartier wien, bamberg und unter arbeitet unter anderem als künstler/innen/gruppe, linksextremistischer partyservice, info-point, archiv, sloterdijk ii, liveband, gruppentherapie, computerspiel und als konkursmasse etc.

monochrom besteht aus johannes grenzfurthner, evelyn fuerlinger, franky ablinger, harald homolka list, frank apunkt schneider, daniel fabry, günther friesinger, anika kronberger, roland gratzer sowie gott und der welt. immerhin!

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