Taugshow #6

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monochrom presents:
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 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 of artwork.
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 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 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.




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.



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.
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