Taugshow #9

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monochrom presents:
Friday, December 8, 2006 / 8:00 PM

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]

Host: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Content Manager: Roland Gratzer

Location: dietheater/Konzerthaus, Lothrinerstraße, Vienna.


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In 1977, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti each gave V. Vale, a clerk at City Lights Bookstore, $100 to begin publishing "SEARCH & DESTROY," now called by Jello Biafra "the best punk magazine ever, combining in-depth interviews, lists and reference material with artist's photographs and layout." After eleven issues in a tabloid format, V. Vale launched Adolescent Records and then was the first American hired to start Rough Trade Records U.S.A. He subsequently convinced Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis to back the first issues of "RE/Search" (a pun on Search & Destroy). After three "RE/Search" tabloids, Vale's publishing took a turn towards a book format, beginning with a ground-breaking, still-classic issue featuring William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Throbbing Gristle. Other early books published by Vale include Mike Bloomfield's, "Me and Big Joe," Kathy Acker's "Great Expectations," and Terry Wilson & Brion Gysin's "Here To Go." At the same time, RE/Search began producing videos, music compilation CDs, and live events and concerts. The RE/Search series includes the "Industrial Culture Handbook" (just re-issued in a beautiful, limited edition hardback), four books involving J.G. Ballard (two recently: "J.G. Ballard Quotes," and "J.G. Ballard Conversations"), two books involving PRANKS, "Incredibly Strange Films" and "Incredibly Strange Music," the ground-breaking "Modern Primitives" (credited with "launching" the tattoo/body modification movement), and other volumes of noir historian author Daniel P. Mannix, noir writer Charles Willeford, Wanda von Sacher-Masoch of Graz, Austria, and others. RE/Search's latest book is "PRANKS 2." RE/Search is currently producing a series of one-hour interview videos and has finished 20 episodes for San Francisco television (one of which features monochrom founder Johannes Grenzfurthner from Vienna, Austria). RE/Search principals V. Vale and Marian Wallace will be documenting the RoboExotica Conference, December 2006 for their video series.




Violet Blue is the best-selling, award-winning author and editor of over twenty books on sex and sexuality, two of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish. Violet is a sex educator who lectures at UC's and community teaching institutions, and writes about erotica, pornography, sexual pleasure and health. She is a professional blogger and femmebot; a correspondent at Geek Entertainment TV; the sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs for Gawker's Fleshbot.com and Metroblogging San Francisco. She was Wired's "sexy geek of 2005", she has survived being a Dorkbot SF presenter twice, and over ten years at Survival Research Laboratories -- where she does robotics, machine maintenance, industrial mechanical fabrication, welding, machine operation and robot performace production. Her podcast Open Source Sex has made iTunes cry for its mommy at least once. To visit her site, remove one item of clothing and click tinynibbles.com.



Oliver Hangl was born 1968 in Grieskirchen, Austria. Hangl, who originally startet his career as actor and stage designer in 1993, is just as active in performative disciplines and medial spaces as he is in classical fine arts exhibition sites. His current works, which are not tied to one medium, are marked by breaks in reality, doublings, and in between realms. Hangl is involved in a broad range of activites, in which he frequently switches between the positions of artist, actor, producer and/or director.



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La Trinchera (the trench) is an Austrian-Mexican sound and projection collective based in Mexico City. La Trinchera found its beginnings in the First "Festival of Improvisation" staged in Mexico City, february 2004. Since then, La Trinchera has operated as generator of impulses, as a "free fire zone" and as a call to experimentation. Risking the clash of individual creative spirit in the immediacy of a visual situation, La Trinchera has successfully brought together more than 20 artists of many diverse world views. Four of them are guests at monochroms taugshow: Rafael Balboa (handmade 16mm film-loops), Manuel Trujillo (handmade 16mm film-loops), Aisel Wicab (handmade slides), Doris Steinbichler (overhead projector).



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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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