Taugshow #14

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monochrom presents:
++TAUGSHOW #14++
Friday, September 21, 2007 / 8:30 PM @ Metalab, Vienna (as part of Paraflows 2007)

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)

Fri Sept 21, 8:30pm, Metalab, Vienna.



Hacking is, very simply, asking a lot of questions and refusing to stop asking. He says this is why computers are perfect for inquisitive people -- they don't tell you to shut up when you keep asking questions or inputting commands over and over and over. But hacking doesn't have to confine itself to computers. Anyone with an inquisitive mind, a sense of adventure and strong beliefs in free speech and the right to know most definitely has a bit of the hacker spirit in them.

We’ll ask Emmanuel Goldstein about hacking and popular culture.

Eric Gordon Corley, also frequently referred to by his pen name of Emmanuel Goldstein, is a prominent figure in the hacker community. He and his non-profit organization 2600 Enterprises, Inc., together publish a magazine called “2600: The Hacker Quarterly“, which Corley founded in 1984. He hosts a weekly radio program in New York called "Off the Hook."



How would non-human entities communicate with the primates of earth? Would they use radio signals? Or poorly built spaceships which inexplicably crash in the desert? Or would they communicate through highly charged symbols and bizarre psycho-sexual performances?

Jason Brown is an ambient noisemaker, constellation manipulator, and paranoid historiographer. He is consigliere of Machine Project, a Los Angeles based non-profit which encourages heroic experiments of the gracefully over-ambitious. He is director of Superbunker, a framework for conducting and disseminating critical and creative research. He was a founding member of c-level, a collaborative group which focused on media, protest and play. He is acting janitor of Betalevel, an underground venue beneath Chinatown. He is an instructional technologist at Pomona College.



They bring a table.



/// Regulars:


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


/// Showband:


Georg Gratzer is a classically trained musician and plays saxophones, bass clarinet, flute and percussion. He has studied jazz saxophone in Austria and plays in a successful folk band there.

Georg brings elements from all over the musical world to his jazz improvisations and compositions. Currently he is exploring extended woodwind techniques creating entirely new sounds.

Thomas Mauerhofer trained in classical guitar, studied jazz guitar at the prestigeous Graz University, and plays in rock bands. He has developed a huge repertoire of guitar music and styles, which he brings to his jazz improvisations with sublime ease.

Thomas is also a producer and director and continues to "play" the computer to create new musical textures.

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Taugshow is a project by monochrom. But what is monochrom?

monochrom is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking, and philosophy which was founded in 1993. They specialize in an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost "in culture-archaeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment."
Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a one baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with the Thomann Project. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and they have hosted the first annual festival concerned with cocktail robotics. At the moment they're planning a conference about pornography as one of the driving forces of technological innovation. They also do international soul trade, propaganda camps, epic puppet theater, aesthetic pregnancy counseling, food catering, and - sorry to mention - modern dance.
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