Friday, September 15, 2006
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! Where people will be
persons, even legal bodies. Which means: we dig it. Our guests
are geeks, heretics, and other coevals. Taugshow is a tour-de-farce.
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]
Host: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Content Manager: Roland Gratzer
Location: dietheater/Konzerthaus, Lothrinerstraße, Vienna.
/// LED THROWIES
LED Throwies is a new form of Graffiti developed by Grafittiresearchlab
based in New York City. They combine classic street art with the
technophilia of geek culture. Their works are both quickly produced
and can be easily be removed from the tagged surface. The creative
results are instantaneous beauty and dynamic collaborative pieces
Michael Bauer aka 'mihi' has moved around in geek communities
for quite a while now. One of his interests always was Streetart
and Graffiti although he just recently started to create his own.
/// VIK OLLIVER: REPRAP, NANOTECHNOLGY AND FREE
Vik Olliver is a 40-something longhair software developer, artist
and volunteer firefighter who lives with his family (wife Suz,
daughters Kate and Tamara) and many cats in the Waitakere Rainforest
in New Zealand. He is a half-English, half-Austrian and half-mad
supporter of Open Source software. Vik got into computer art and
computer design. Basically, he wanted to carve expensive stone,
and tried to model it first to see what it would look like. He
never got to the stone. Vik was part of the team that designed
the Schneider 6128 computer, if you remember it. Late 80's.
Currently he is one of the driving forces of the RepRap Project
(http://reprap.org/); which aims
to create the first practical and programmable self-replicating
machine. So to say: RepRap is a machine for making things that
can also make themselves. We're giving it all away free so anyone
(especially the world's poor) can have one. First one due 2008,
millions to follow. RepRap is bringing evolution to machines.
Most people seem to think that means RepRap will therefore take
over the world - Bwahahaha! So, does that mean it'll take over
the world? Yes, but as something that we can ultimately use to
make ourselves more independent of manufactured goods. We can
choose environmentally-friendly materials, and make artifacts
just the way we want them. Don't forget, RepRaps will be able
to make little factories for medicines and their own raw materials.
Imagine the possibilities in Africa.
RepRap isn't nanotechnology but has encountered a lot of the same
problems. There are a lot of things being classified as nanotechnology
for marketing reasons that we would actually call chemistry or
biology, but real nanotechnology will transform our lives.
/// ADIA MARTIN: FASHION, TECHNOLOGY, HEMLINE
AND FEMALE SOVEREIGNTY
Adia Martin is a New York ex-patriate currently residing between
Vienna and London. Having spent the past ten years of her life
working in various different areas of the fashion industry, her
primary concentration has always found its way back towards a
historical foundation. A collector of antique clothing herself
(with her collection based mostly between the years 1910 and 1929);
she has held a position as an in house archivist at What Comes
Around Goes Around, one of the United States premiere antique
clothing resources. She has spent the first half of the current
year working as personal shopper for Lauryn Hill of the musical
group The Fugees, who is an antique collector as well.
The topic of her discussion will focus on 20th Century fashion
and the female identity/consciousness. She will look at how the
change in the roles of women in society directly influenced fashion
styles, tastes, and necessities. Because the 20th Century created
some of the most rapid and significant evolutions in recorded
history, it becomes easier to recognize how quickly what we wear
is directly correlated to what we do. While men have pretty much
always held and secured their positions as leaders of the community
(the lack of any sort of radical change in the male wardrobe being
an obvious example of this), women have in the past 100 years
gone from being the quiet decorative wallflowers of societies
background, to major players at a global level. While most tend
to believe that as soon as the hemline was lifted and the women's
liberation movement began that female sovereignty was immediately
won. Adia will discuss how the discretions were constantly volleyed
throughout the entire era, thus serving to raise and lower, and
raise and lower, the appropriate hemline through many decades.
+++ EVELYN FUERLINGER, MA
Our lives and languages are full of sounds. But different languages
select different sets from the entirety of sounds the human larynx
is able to produce. In this month's "Beautiful Words"
column, Evelyn Fuerlinger
will talk about the differences between the English and the German
sound-systems, as well as about birds.
/// SHOWBAND: BEATA POZITIVA VS. ALFONS
Anglo-Hungarian eclectic Diva Beata Pozitiva combines singing,
live DJ-ing and spoken word. Beata has shows on Hungarian independent
Radio Tilos 90.30FM Budapest (http://www.tilos.hu)
and the Internet Radio Play.FM (http://www.play.fm)
in Vienna. Find out more about her on (http://www.myspace.com/beatapozitiva)
Alfons Bauernfeind plays the guitar with the bands Blockwerk (http://www.blockwerkmusic.net)
and Cunning Dorx (http://www.cunningdorx.com).
At the Taugshow he will support Beatas performance with his inimitable
sounds and styles.
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.