We were part of the constructing team of Bre Pettis' "Repstrap".
But there is more to come!
Director's uncut of "The BRAICIN"
Extended director's uncut of "The BRAICIN" can be found on our homepage!
"The BRAICIN" on Boing Boing TV
A short version of our film "The BRAICIN" was posted on Boing Boing TV!
FM4 radio report about Roboexotica
FM4 radio report about Roboexotica, partially in English language.
Link / MP3
Roboexotica 2007 conference on BB
Cory blogged Roboexotica conference.
The organizers of last week's "cocktail robotics" festival in Vienna, Austria, the annual "Roboexotica" event, have posted the audio from the lectures in German and English. I gave a talk there called "A Singular Metaphor" in which I tried to delve into the reason that the idea of uploading our minds is so attractive right now. Sean Bonner had a fun talk on user power on sites like Digg called "The inmates have taken over the asylum...," while Jens Ohlig from the Chaos Computer Club proposed that robots should create all literature, David Fine pondered consciousness, and Make Magazine's Bre Pettis gave a talk called "Machines: If you can't beat them, join them," about the utopia of apocalypse.
Viennese Zombie Brood: HDR portraits online
Lorenz "eSeL" Seidler took a couple of HDR portraits @ Viennese Zombie Brood. The processed pictures are finally online.
Roboexotica 2007: Audio of conference talks online
The topic of this year's Roboexotica conference was "Ghost in the Machine" and featured talks by Thomas Ballhausen, Kerstin Ohler, Alexander Edelhofer, Sean Bonner, Jens Ohlig, Cory Doctorow, David Fine and Bre Pettis.
You can download audio version of all talks from our homepage.
Link to audio page
Roboexotica 2007: DaddyD's photostream
DaddyD's Roboexotica photostream.
Dorkbot Vienna #4: Bre Pettis and the Brain Machine
Dorkbot Vienna #4 (Nov 28, 2007; 8 PM @ Metalab Vienna) features Bre Pettis who will build a Brain Machine.
This is a project that Mitch Altman put together and it's a brain wave machine that flashes LEDs and binaural audio to brute force your brain to achieve different brain wave states. Pretty much everyone halucinates in some way. A meditation sequence is programmed in, but the whole program is open source, so you can make it do whatever you like. It's built on Lady Ada's MiniPOV3 and I'll have one for you to try out and I'll have the parts for one to give away so that someone can build it to have on hand at metalab. If someone's got an EEG, it might be fun to bring it along and see it's effectiveness. Don't try this out if you have epilepsy.
Bre hasn't ordered too many kits! So if you desperately want to join, please put your name on the wiki page immediately!
Roboexotica 2007: Official photo gallery
Our official Roboexotica photographer Lorenz "eSeL" Seidler finally upload all the Roboexotica galleries... exhibition, conference, ACRA Gala...
Annual Cocktail Robot Awards 9.0: Winners!
Roboexotica 2007: ACRA 9.0 Winners! Tataaaa!
Explanator / Misha a Crest - Breathing might be THE future way to ingest herbal/alcoholic beveragesMIXING
MindReading MartiniMaker / Chris Veigl - way of determining ratio & innovative approach to shaking and stirringCONVERSATION
Chapok / David Calkins - the way he inspires drinking is quite authenticFIRE & SMOKE
El Espanol Borracho / Simone Davalos - a) for not triggering the fire alarm b) only robot that includes flambéing in the preparation processOTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Blow Your Fortune / Chris Thomas Palmer - always knows what u should drinkPERSISTENCE
Gesundheit VI / Franz Ablinger - is hardheadedly trying to find a lasting configuration.MOST WELCOME OFF-TOPIC ENTRY
Aktionsgruppe LN2.0 / FH Joanneum - good example of why and when humans are still needed in the cocktail environmentBEST SWISS ENTRY
The Holy Golden Milk+Wodcow / Roman Maeder - the milking proved to be a favorite human pastimeENVIRONMENTAL
Perpetual Popper / Jaques Gallant - feeds people using only corn and sunlight***
Robomoji / Robert Martin - patiently adds assembling steps year by yearVISIONARY:
Robofriend 2 / Tom Heike first robot that combines mixing and mobile deliveryMOST CUTE AND SIMPLE UI:
Rabbit's Revenge / FH JoanneumMOST ACCURATE DEPICTION OF A ROBOT PENIS:
Urinator / FH JoanneumMOST VERSATILE:
Explanator / Misha a Crest***
The Prisoner's Dilemma / David Fine - installation was a construction site
Roboexotica 2007: Sean Bonner's Flickr Stream
Taugshow #15: Pix online
Roboexotica 2007: Blog links!
- Make Blog
- Hackaday: Roboexotica Highlights
- Hackaday: Cocktail Robots
- Geek Gestalt
- Vienna Metblog: Opening
- Vienna Metblog: The Provider
More to follow!
Last use of monochrom's "Provider" @ Roboexotica
monochrom's mechanical answer to binge drinking. The Provider @ Roboexotica. Here is Sean Bonner's video of the last serving.
Link (to Roboexotica)
Roboexotica: Some articles and blogs
monochrom office: Sean's photoset
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
HILD SOFIE TAFJORD - kama (picadisk)
ONEHUNDREDMINUTESPERHOUR - 5 song demo (self released)
PRESIDENT FETCH - cruel beats ... gently slumbering (hepcat)
REFLECTOR - flugangst (rock is hell)
Boing Boing blogs Roboexotica
I'm headed to Vienna this weekend for the annual Roboexotica "cocktail robotics" festival, a maker show for people who build robots that drink, mix cocktails, light cigarettes, make bar conversation amd perform miscellaneous cocktail-related robotic activities. The event is put on by Monochrom and Shifz, two mad and wonderful net-art collectives based in Vienna's Museumsquartier on Electric Avenue.Link
Roboexotica 2007: Schedule
Roboexotica addresses the role of Cocktail Robotics as an index of the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt. It attempts to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication as well as being an enjoyable platform for anyone interested in the related topics. The exhibit will show robotic installations that mix cocktails, serve drinks, hold cocktail conversations, light cigarettes and -- last but not least -- display "other achievements" in the sector of electronic cocktail culture. The ninth iteration of the Annual Cocktail Robot Awards (ACRA) will honor the best entries in the above categories, with extra emphasis on the robot's charms and personality. (Award Ceremony Sun Nov 25)
Thursday 11/22, 2007
Friday 11/23, 2007
Saturday 11/24, 2007
Sunday 11/25, 2007
Roboexotica 2007: Press conference
Wednesday, November 21, 2007; 11 AM. Roboexotica Press conference @ QDK Space, Museumsquartier, Vienna.
Neoliberalism's Price Tag: 150,000 Farm Suicides in India from 1997 Through 2005
Close to 150,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in nine years from 1997 to 2005, official data show. While farm suicides have occurred in many Indian states, nearly two thirds of these deaths are concentrated in five states where just a third of the country's population lives. This means that farmers' suicides occurred in those (mainly cash crop) regions with appalling intensity.Link
Vacuum cleaner dinosaur
A new bizarre-looking Dinosaur is unveiled with a muzzle that looks like a vacuum cleaner.
Airbus Behemoth Leaves Room For Improvement
Oversized and overhyped, the world's biggest plane is here. Is the Airbus A380 the "most hideous airliner ever conceived?"
Manufacturing an alien nation
Americans have felt alienated from society and those with political and economical power since about 1974.
Viennese Zombie Brood: Puls TV report
monochrom's "Lessig ist laessig" @ Boing Boing TV
Mad professor Mark Frauenfelder shows us how to make a Curie Effect Magnetic Heat Engine from common household items. Then, Austrian art-pranksters Monochrom sing a song of love for Stanford law prof and famed copyright reform advocate Lawrence Lessig.Link
Arse Elektronika @ Witte de With Center, Rotterdam
Johannes presents Arse Elektronika in Rotterdam.
November 15, 2007. 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Witte de With Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Lecture by Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom (writer/artist, Vienna).Link
Viennese Zombie Brood: New pictures
Make Blog: Preparing cocktail robots for Roboexotica
Bre Pettis reports from the workshop with my students in Graz.
Roboexotica gathers a wide variety of cocktail robot makers from around the world and bring them together for robot parties and presentations. I'm in Southern Austria in the city of Graz today visiting the information design college where a group of artists who are putting their cocktail robots together. The group shown above is in the process of putting together a scary evil bunny robot that pours drinks for you at the flip of a switch. There is also a group making a slot machine robot that pumps you a drink when you cash out your coins. I'm doing an internship in Vienna this month and will be reporting on Roboexotica as it happens. Stay tuned!
Boing Boing features Dollar Revaluation
FM4 reports about Viennese Zombie Brood
Michael Fiedler of FM4 reports about Saturday's zombie outbreak in Vienna.
Link / Text (mostly German)
Link / MP3 (mostly German)
Submissions needed: Dollar Revaluation
The American Dollar is losing value relative to other currencies. The IMF has warned that the currency could even collapse. We must do something to increase the value of American currency! Send an email to this address with links to pictures and video of you eating dollars. How does this help the U.S. economy?
Well, fundamental to capitalist economics is the idea that price is determined by interplay between supply and demand. If the supply is greater than the demand, price will decrease. It's beyond our ability to increase global demand for dollars, what with America's massive debt and trade deficit. So we attack the problem from the supply side.
To rectify the oversupply of American Dollars, Florian removed one from circulation -- by eating it. The harsh realities of currency valuation can be hard to swallow.
Yet there are still too many dollars out there. We need your help!
Send images and video to revaluate AT monochrom.at asap!
PS.: Florian is not a US citizen. Eating dollars may be against the law for you. However, it's hard to believe that Americans could do a worse job of managing the Dollar's value than their government has. We have the best wishes for their future.
Viennese Zombie Brood: eSeL's complete photostream
With lots of brilliant zombie portraits and tons of action shots. Awesome stuff.
Viennese Zombie Brood: eSeL's photostream about the preparations
eSeL posted his pictures about the zombie brood preparations.
Viennese Zombie Brood: Bre's photoset
Viennese Zombie Brood: First pictures
Great photo gallery by Raimund Appel/photobasis.net!
China's pollution solution: Civil society groups in an authoritarian state
With China now leading the list of global polluters, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play an increasingly important role in tackling the country's environmental challenges. Lucia Green-Weiskel reports from Beijing on the dilemmas facing civil society groups in working with China's authoritarian state.
Urban Meanderthals and the City of "Desire Lines"
By Matthew Tiessen.
The Meanderthal, a new species of urban flâneur. No longer merely out for a stroll through the streets, the Meanderthal has become a threat to the efficiencies of urban life and to the flows of pedestrians, vehicles, and capital taken for granted in the urban everyday. Whether he/she is chatting on a cell phone, standing on the wrong side of an escalator, cycling on the sidewalk, or dangerously jaywalking, the Meanderthal obliviously causes that most frustrating of urban traffic jams: the pedlock.Link
How The Brain Sends Eyeballs Bouncing
All vision, including reading this sentence, depends on a constant series of infinitesimal jumps by the eyeball that centers the retina on target objects--words or phrases in the case of reading. Such jumps, or saccades, are critical to vision because only the small central region of the retina, called the fovea, produces the clear image necessary for perception. Such saccades take place several times a second and are generated within a brain region known as the frontal eye field (FEF).
Reminder: Viennese Zombie Brood
Tomorrow is Day Zero. Be aware.
Info and route (German language)
The Vultures Of Predatory Capitalism: Private Equity Companies
By Ignacio Ramonet.
While critics of the economic horrors of globalisation argue, a new and even more brutal form of capitalism is in action. The new vultures are private equity companies, predatory investment funds with vast amounts of capital at their disposal and an enormous appetite for more.Link
Moralising about GM food is costing lives
GM foods are safe, healthy and essential if we ever want to achieve decent living standards for the world's growing population. Misplaced moralising about them in the west is costing millions of lives in poor countries. Says Dick Taverne.
Thirteen Tips for Great Media Interviews [about Science]
Provided by Patricia Thomas (Knight Chair in Health & Medical Journalism; Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication; University of Georgia).
The last two years of internet progress rolled into one song...
I think I've seen about half of that. Thanks to ttc.
The Straight Story: Pilgrim's Progress
We can find hopeful advice about the American Dream in what an elderly man doesn't say.
One of the memorable scenes in David Lynch's moving film The Straight Story (1999) is when the aging protagonist, Alvin Straight, is invited to spend the night at the camp of a group of young cyclists who are moved to see a senior citizen traveling across the country in such an unusual way—that is, on a tractor. When asked by a well-meaning youth: "What's the worst thing about being old?" Alvin responds: "Remembering when you were young." [...]Link
Praise The Lord And Beat The Drum
It's not even on the radar screen of most music fans, but Christian rock is now an undeniable force in the marketplace, and millions of Americans consume the bulk of their live music while sitting in huge, non-denominational mega-churches.
Laughing Squid blogs Roboexotica 2007
Roboexotica 2007, the annual festival for Cocktail Robots, takes place November 22nd through 25th in the Museumsquartier district of Vienna, Austria. Roboexotica is produced by SHIFZ, monochrom & Bureau of Philosophy.Link
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
FEAR FALLS BURNING & BIRCHVILLE CAT MOTEL - s/t (Conspiracy)
SARALUNDEN, BJÖRKAS, MJÖS - dubious (nexsound-pqp)
SARALUNDEN & ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - there was no end (nexsound-pqp)
VOLE - vole radio 1 EP (vole)
JORGEN KNUDSEN - wealth (quasi pop)
MYRA LEE - 2 (LaMachoire)
KAREN DALTON - in my own time (just sunshine)
Monotheism Watch: Hungarian ectoplasm hunt?
David Fine, supporter of the International Year Of Polytheism, reports about strange occurences in a Hungarian church.
On a recent trip to Budapest, I documented proof of paranormal activity at St. Stephen's Basilica. In this video, we see a ghostbuster cleaning up what appears be some sort of ectoplasm spill. Watch it only if you are a brave soul with an open mind.Or could the guy even be a monotheistic godsbuster?
newagedolls: Creepy gothic dolls for collectors
Some serious creepy doll business going on here. Check out Jade Perez page.
Secularism and politics in Iran
An essay by Morad Farhadpour.
The establishment of an Islamic state in Iran and the imposition of a system of ideological discrimination have turned secularism into a magical concept. For its defenders, it signifies a sacred cure for all the ills of Iranian society; for the Islamic state, it is a kind of sacrilege. In Iran, the concept of secularism is wholly determined by these two great forces; its political function is thus problematic. It is as if religion and the state have filled the space of history, leaving no room for politics.Link
Who You Calling A Bitch: Women of Color Fight Back Against Sexism in Hip Hop Culture & the Media
Rosa Clemente, a Hip Hop activist, journalist, and entertaining speaker, discusses the importance of Hip Hop culture and its expression of social reality for Black and Latino/Latina urban youth. In that context, she examines the situation for women, particularly women of color, as they interact with an often patriarchal, sexist culture. She looks at some of the gains women have made in their struggle to express themselves through Hip Hop.
I guess you know this couple...
David Lynch, Psychotic
"Watching a David Lynch film can give the viewer the impression that the director intuitively understands the underlying mechanisms of psychotic experience. Furthermore, in an age where experiential and subjective approaches to understanding mental illness have fallen out of favour, David Lynch may also offer some insight into the feeling of what it is like to suffer from psychosis."
(The Psychologist, May 2007)
Ancient sea mud records supernova blast
(That's a cool headline, isn't it?)
An analysis of extraterrestrial iron particles in ocean sediments suggests that a 3-million-year-old supernova could have led to extinctions.
Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies
Two physicists examine certain features of popular myths regarding ghosts, vampires, and zombies as they appear in film and folklore.
For many people, ghosts, vampires, zombies, and the like are no more than Hollywood fantasy. However, these movies have increasingly come to reflect popularly held pseudoscientific beliefs. For instance, the 2005 movie White Noise is based on the new trend among paranormalists—Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). The occult underground in both America and Europe is witnessing a trendy rise in vampirism, and belief in voodoo zombiefication is widespread in many parts of South America and Africa. Furthermore, paranormal depictions in the media, especially television and Hollywood, have a definite influence on the way people think about paranormal claims(see, for example, Sparks 1998 and Sparks 2006).Link
Brain Myth - The Differences Are Sexist
We shouldn't believe the increasingly popular claims that boys and girls think differently, learn differently, and need to be treated differently.
Bre Pettis in Vienna: monochrom's new artist in residence
He finally arrived in Vienna. Bre Pettis is our monochrom artist in residence in November.
Bre Pettis produces the show "Weekend Projects," which is released weekly as a video podcast for Make: Magazine. For his show, Bre makes something every week, and then makes a video teaching viewers how to make it too. In his recent past, he's been a schoolteacher, a multi-artist, and a puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.
RE/Search podcast featuring monochrom
The fine folks at RE/Search just published the CounterCulture Hour podcast interview with Johannes of monochrom.
Most bizarre scientific tests ever
One Friday in August 1962 Warren Thomas, director of Lincoln Park Zoo in Oklahoma City, raised his rifle and took aim at Tusko the elephant, next firing a cartridge full of the hallucinogenic drug LSD into the animal's bloodstream. Tusko charged around and trumpeted loudly for a few minutes before keeling over dead.
Compilation of ten most bizarre scientific tests ever. Read about two-headed dogs, drinking vomit and turkey's having sex with a stick, all in the name of scientific progress.
monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. Our mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment. monochrom has existed in this (and almost every other) form since 1993.
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