Boing Boing TV presents a "Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Terrorist Training Video".
But there is already an official reaction by Soviet Unterzoegersdorf blogging officer G. Moloshnikov.
Comrades all over the world!Boing Boing Link
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Reaction
Arse Elektronika 2008 on Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow reminds all the internet people about our Call for Papers for Arse Elektronika 2008.
"First they twitter, later they shit on your head" // monochrom @ re:publica, Berlin
monochrom performance in Berlin.
April 3, 2008; 8 PM.
The anti-God squad dominates the sales charts...
An atmosphere of moral panic surrounds religion. Viewed not so long ago as a relic of superstition whose role in society was steadily declining, it is now demonised as the cause of many of the world's worst evils. As a result, there has been a sudden explosion in the literature of proselytising atheism. A few years ago, it was difficult to persuade commercial publishers even to think of bringing out books on religion. Today, tracts against religion can be enormous money-spinners, with Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens's God Is Not Great selling in the hundreds of thousands. For the first time in generations, scientists and philosophers, high-profile novelists and journalists are debating whether religion has a future. The intellectual traffic is not all one-way. There have been counterblasts for believers, such as The Dawkins Delusion? by the British theologian Alister McGrath and The Secular Age by the Canadian Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor. On the whole, however, the anti-God squad has dominated the sales charts, and it is worth asking why. [...]Link
2008 Ten Worst Places To Be Black
By Bruce Dixon.
In this year of symbolic optimism, when a black man is a leading contender in the presidential race—as well as being a leading recipient of contributions from Wall Street, big insurance, and military contractors—the need to describe life as it is actually lived by millions of African Americans has never been greater.
Solar Storms: Ugly
Every 11 years or so, the sun gets a little pissy. It breaks out in a rash of planet-sized sunspots that spew superhot gas, hurling clouds of electrons, protons, and heavier ions toward Earth at nearly the speed of light. These solar windstorms have been known to knock out power grids and TV broadcasts, and our growing reliance on space-based technology makes us more vulnerable than ever to their effects. On January 3, scientists discovered a reverse-polarity sunspot, signaling the start of a new cycle — and some are predicting that at its peak (in about four years) things are gonna get nasty. Here's a forecast for 2012.Link
Annual monochrom meeting, 2008 / Reinsberg
Really nice weekend in Reinsberg, Austria. Much ado. Lots of blah.
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The Sun Is
Fleshbot, Laughing Squid and Regina Lynn announce Arse Elektronika 2008
Great to see that the blogosphere seems to be excited about Arse Elektronika 2008.
Link Laughing Squid
Link Regina Lynn
Arse Elektronika 2008: Date and location
Arse Elektronika 2008 -- "Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?" -- will take place at San Francisco's Ft. Mason Center. September 25 thru 28, 2008.
Exact address is
Ft. Mason Center, Bldg C, room 362Arse Elektronika / Link
Crackdown: China's Brutal Olympic Echo
China's crackdown against Tibetan protesters ahead of the Summer Olympics in Beijing carries with it a brutal echo from the past. Scores of people, including school children are reported dead and more repression has been promised. The People's Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), said "[We must] resolutely crush the 'Tibet independence' forces' conspiracy and sabotaging activities."Link
Kthxbai, Spirit, kthxbai!
Spirit, the Mars Rover, left to die before its time.
The brave, unflagging Mars rover Spirit, who has lived on the Red Planet for almost four years, has been given a death sentence by the U.S. government. Right now, the little robot is resting on a sunny slope, waiting out the winter and preparing to do more tests on the Martian atmosphere. But now it looks like Spirit has rolled on its six wheels and done science experiments for the very last time. The U.S. government has forced NASA, this country's national space agency, to cut its budget by 4 million dollars. And that means only one rover, Opportunity, will survive. To say that this is a tragedy is an understatement.Link (via Annalee Newitz)
Arse Elektronika 2008: Call for Sponsorship
We are still looking for funding and sponsorship for our sci-fi/tech/sex conference "Arse Elektronika 2008: Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?"
Any interested sponsors or private "investors" out there? Hello? Hello?
I guess we still have to get our dirty hands on 5,000-10,000 USD.
Paying venue, paying plane tickets and hotels for our speakers, infrastructure.
If you want to read our "Call for Papers", you can find it here.
If you have further questions, don't hesitate to send us an e-mail. We'll be discrete.
Does a boomerang thrown in space return to its pitcher?
The question sounds like a Zen koan, but a recent space station test proves one thing - the answer does not depend on gravity.
Does a boomerang thrown in space return to its pitcher? It does if it was thrown inside an airy environment like the International Space Station, a Japanese astronaut proved last week. But scientists say he would have had different results if he had tossed the boomerang outside the orbiting outpost.Link
On Borrowed Time: Urban decline moves to the suburbs
A few months ago, about 125 leaders from religious institutions, civic organizations, and social service groups met at Etz Chaim synagogue in the town of Lombard, in DuPage County, to wrestle with a new reality: a budget crisis. Budget crises aren not supposed to happen in places like west suburban DuPage. It is home to nearly one million souls and more than 600,000 private sector jobs. It boasts a median income of $70,000, one of the highest in the nation. And yet the county, strapped for cash, was threatening to cut convalescent services, veterans’ services, housing assistance, breast cancer screening, and many other essential public functions.Link
New look for Eiffel Tower
The elegant, tapering signature of the Eiffel Tower is to be reshaped, altering the skyline of Paris, in time for the structure's 120th anniversary next year, the Société d'exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (Sete) has just announced.
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
ACTUAL MUSIC QUARTET RSM - s/t (r.a.i.g)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - dig, lazarus, dig!!! (Mute)
FRIGHTENED RABBIT - midnight organ fight (Fat Cat)
KILLED BY 9V BATTERIES / JOLLY GOODS - split (Siluh)
Signs of Hidden Ocean Underneath Titan's Crust
Slippage in Titan's rotation suggests water between its surface and core--and a higher likelihood of ancient life on Saturn's biggest moon.
The Battle To Save New Orleans Public Housing
At a press conference last December 18 at New Orleans' City Hall, Martin Suber of the Coalition To Stop Demolition explained the purpose of the fight to stop the razing of the city's four largest public housing complexes (aka "The Big Four"): "They're using New Orleans as an experiment, to privatize schools, cut back on bus service, and knock down housing projects. That's what we're fighting against and that's why people have come from all over the country to support us."
France: The Communist Hypothesis
Why does the spectre of May 68 still haunt French discourse? Alain Badiou on the country's longue durée sequences of restoration and revolt, and the place of Sarkozy's presidency within them. Lessons in political courage from Plato and Corneille, and a call to reassert the Manifesto's founding wager.
monochrom on Liberation's "Ecrans"
Ecrans is a subsite of french newspaper "Liberation", that is only about digital culture and techno geek things.
They seem to like our work. So far they wrote about our "Overhead" anthem, "myfacespace", "Soviet Unterzoegersdorf" and our general approach of context hacking.
Still blog reactions to monochrom's talk at "The Influencers"
Seems we did a good job.
Stefan Tiron: Romanian Manga & Forbes
Stefan Tiron, our former monochrom artist in residence, is featured in a great piece about Romanian Manga culture. Our good friend Cory Doctorow wrote the article for Forbes.
Les anti Big Brother contre-attaquent
New "3-D" Camera Will Have 12,616 Lenses
The camera you own has one main lens and produces a flat, two-dimensional photograph, whether you hold it in your hand or view it on your computer screen. On the other hand, a camera with two lenses (or two cameras placed apart from each other) can take more interesting 3-D photos.
But what if your digital camera saw the world through thousands of tiny lenses, each a miniature camera unto itself? You'd get a 2-D photo, but you'd also get something potentially more valuable: an electronic "depth map" containing the distance from the camera to every object in the picture, a kind of super 3-D.
Audrey Penven: monochrom Artist in Residence
Audrey Penven is our new monochrom artist in residence. Hooray!
Audrey is a photographer from San Francisco. She works with experimental techniques, physical manipulation, conceptual games, the layering of time, and historical processes.
Skateshop Opening & Photo-Exhibition
I realise this is very short-notice, but it's definitely worth a look. The good people behind Vienna's best sneaker-store (independent sneaker-store!), Stil-Laden, have decided to open a skate-shop as well, and tonight's the opening reception. Skater-owned and sure to be top of the crop.
Also on display will be an exhibition on Vienna's most important skate-spot, the Donauinsel. If you know, you know. If you don't, come down!
Wenzel Storch's "Speckpater" on monochrom.at
Wenzel Storch's wonderful autobiographical essay about the so-called "Ostpriesterhilfe" ("support for Catholic priests in the former Eastern Block") and the lebenswelt of an altar boy in postwar Germany. Sorry, only in German language.
Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep? // Arse Elektronika 2008 // Call For Papers
Arse Elektronika 2008: Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?Arse Elektronika 2008 / Call for Papers: Link
Arse Elektronika 2007 / MP3s and abstracts: Link
Universe's most powerful blast visible to the naked eye
The most powerful blast ever observed in the universe detonated on Wednesday. That day, a record four gamma-ray bursts were detected by NASA's Swift telescope.
Whoever's winning, it isn’t the iraqis: Iraq's lethal fieldwork
No one doubts that the US military needs help understanding Islamic cultures. But many anthropologists object to their colleagues working with the military, especially in combat situations.
Buffon, the Enlightenment sensation
The finest pen of his age, a giant of natural history, geometry and art: Buffon deserves to be restored.
This year marked the tercentenary of the birth of two of the greatest naturalists of the eighteenth century – the Swede Carl Linnaeus (1707–78) and the Frenchman Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon (1707–88). In April, Linnaeus’s 300th birthday was celebrated in the scientific journals, museums put on special exhibits, newspapers published articles about his influence. But for Buffon’s birthday, in September, there were no candles on the cake. Even in France, not much fuss was made – a conference in Dijon, a few displays at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, a flurry of publishing; and that was it.Link
"The suicide is almost always a sadist, because he alone wants to get out of a situation and can act," according to an almost forgotten Austrian writer (and racist, antisemite and misogynist).
On 26 March 1827 one of the undisputed geniuses of Western civilization, Ludwig von Beethoven, died in his room at Schwarzspanierstrasse 15 in Vienna. Seventy-six years later the address would become famous once again for another death. In the same room on 3 October 1903, shortly after the publication of his magnum opus, Geschlecht und Charakter (Sex and Character), the 23-year-old Austrian philosopher Otto Weininger shot himself in the chest. He was found the next morning, fully clothed and covered in blood, and was taken to hospital but died soon after. Weininger had only recently returned from Italy, where he had gone for a holiday, after completing the work for which, if at all, he is remembered today. That he banked a great deal on the book's reception is evident from a remark he made to a friend shortly after finishing it. "There are three possibilities for me," he declared. "The gallows, suicide, or a future so brilliant that I don't dare to think of it." What actually happened can be seen as a self-fulfilled prophecy. Weininger had expected his work to excite critical acclaim, and while it was cordially received, it failed to make the stir he had hoped for. Disappointed in his masterpiece's reception, and troubled by his own depressions, Weininger, who considered himself a kind of 'Redeemer', decided to end his life where one of his greatest heroes had ended his, thus forging a link between Beethoven's genius and his own, genius in general and his own in particular being one of Weininger's central themes.Link
Global warming myth eroding environmental movement?
The global warming myth is a powerful tool of co-optation that has even eroded one of the most fertile grounds of political activism: the environmental movement.
Link (thanx, Evelyn Fürlinger!)
monochrom's Invertebrate Trachea Easter Sunday
March 23 is monochrom's Invertebrate Trachea Easter Sunday! See radioactive material! See a Geiger counter! See "Them!", a wonderful monster film noir from 1954.
The Trinity nuclear test transforms regular ants into giant formic acid atrocities!
This is not pure chance! It is a sign!
monochrom's Invertebrate Trachea Easter Sunday is part of "Projektion" project -- but this time in English language.
March 23, 8 PM @ Raum D, Museumsquartier, Vienna.
Geek Entertainment TV: ETech, feat. monochrom
O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conference is often ground zero for useful and meaningful tech stuff and the geeks who invent these things. In 2004, Flickr debuted here. In 2008, many DIY projects bloom, such as Socialbomb, ariel drones, binary LED watches, modular programmable open source gadgets and cheap open source robots. We talk to a few of their inventors.
Episode links: ETech 2008, Socialbomb, Nate True, Bre Pettis, monochrom, IPRE, Bug Labs, EFF Pioneer Awards, Mark Klein
Are you human?
Want to join the "Quantum Random Bit Generator Service"? Well...
Just to prove you are a human, please answer the following math challenge.Link (thanx, Boris Kamenik)
Metroblogging LA: Corporate Anthems
Tonight! Corporate Anthems!Link
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
FELIX KUBIN & DAS MINERALORCHESTER - music for theatre and radio (Dekorder)
PSYCHOPATH - the ass-soul of psycho-path (Moon Lee)
MAKAZORUKI - analogue breakfast (narrominded)
CRITIKAL - graphorrhea (Kvitnu)
BIRCHVILLE CAT MOTEL - gunpowder temple of heaven (Picadisk)
KRILL.MINIMA - nautica (native state)
LASSE MARHAUG & ANLA COURTIS - jordslev horaldje (Quasipop)
BB recommends "Corporate Anthem" talk
To do in LA: "Corporate Anthem" talk by Johannes from monochromLink
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Operation Retrieval
His Excellency the Ambassador of the People's Republic of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf -- Nikita Chrusov -- and his Secretary Nicolai Jossif Malkin are currently executing "Operation Retrieval".
monochrom's Innermost Unifier @ Machine Project, Los Angeles
Johannes Grenzfurthner will present a talk/audio performance @ Machine Project, Los Angeles; March 17, 2008; 8 PM
The Innermost Unifier: Today it's the Corporate Anthem
German Movie-Posters (Ugly Dept.)
"Die grässlichsten Filmplakate aller Zeiten" (The Ugliest Movie-Posters Of All Time) may be an exaggeration because I'm sure there's more out there, but this is a pretty entertaining cross-section of 70s and 80s design-horrors. I actually believe some of the posters are pretty well done, it's just the thought of having to watch those movies that makes me shiver!
Coverage of Nikita Chrusov Crashing Disney Party at ETech
Laughing Squid reports!
Falco in D.C.
The city of Washington D.C. has followed San Francisco's example by dedicating a grand staircase to Falco. These stairs overlook the Potomac behind the Lincoln Memorial. Mr. Lincoln would be proud.
The city remembrance society hereby dedicates this staircase to Falco, the most recognized Austrian composer of the twentieth century. 1958-1998.
Keep track of the Falcostiege movement here:
Disney vs. Chrusov on Boing Boing TV
Boing Boing TV features a political incident.
His Excellency Ambassador of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, Nikita Chrusov, is entering the Marriott Hotel in San Diego, during O'Reilly ETech conference, to attend a corporate afterparty sponsored by Disney.com.
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf is now part of Metroblogging network
The Bureau of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf is happy to announce a new window to the world: Hypertext.
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf is now official part of the Metroblogging network. Secretary Moloshnikov will inform interested comrades all around the globe about the ongoings in the motherland.
Austin360 is Soviet-friendly
Austin360 recommends "Plutopia" featuring the Ambassador of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf.
monochrom @ SXSW: GUERRILLA.COM
Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom) will talk about guerrilla communication @ SXSW Interactive.
The term guerrilla communication refers to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. Communication guerilla is a specific style of political action drawing from a watchful view of the paradoxes and absurdities of power, turning these into the starting point for political interventions by playing with representations and identities, with alienation and over-identification. The talk's starting point will be a rather trivial insight: information and political education are completely useless if nobody wants to listen. Guerrilla communication doesn't focus on arguments and facts like most leaflets, brochures, slogans or banners. In its own way, it inhabits a militant political position, it is direct action in the space of social communication. But it doesn't aim to destroy the codes of power and signs of control. Communication guerrillas do not intend to occupy, interrupt or destroy the dominant channels of communication, they focus on detourning and subverting the messages transported. But what's new about all this? Nothing. But standing on the shoulders of earlier avantgardes, communication guerilla doesn't claim the invention of a new politics or the foundation of a new movement. It is merely continuing an incessant exploration of the jungle of communication processes, of the intertwined and muddled paths of senders, codes and recipients.March 11, 2008.
SXSWi / Austin Convention Center
Tuesday, March 11th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
It's a shameless self-plug, but it's got to happen from time to time. I've re-designed my photo-website a bit, and I want to tell the world. Hope you like it.
Commissar Chrusov will visit "8th Annual SXSW EFF-Austin Interactive Tech Gathering of the Tribes"
His Excellency the Ambassador of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf will visit "8th Annual SXSW EFF-Austin Interactive Tech Gathering of the Tribes".
Monday, March 10, 2008, Scholz Garten, Austin, TX.
"The Emergence Of Tomorrow: A Soviet Approach" / Vissago
Vissago provides us with his great photo documentation of "The Emergence Of Tomorrow: A Soviet Approach" (ETech 2008; March 5, 2008).
"Context Hacking" / talk summary
Urbeingrecorded provides us with a nice summary of monochrom's "Context Hacking" presentation at ETech Conference (March 5, 2008).
"The Emergence Of Tomorrow: A Soviet Approach" / Laughing Squid
Scott Beale blogs his excellent photo documentation of "The Emergence Of Tomorrow: A Soviet Approach" (ETech 2008; March 5, 2008).
Violet Blue: "The Disney, ETech and Monchrom scandal"
Violet Blue offers a great summary of a diplomatic incident.
[...] I went in with dear friend Scott Beale, and was delighted to see about an hour into the party the arrival of character "His Excellency Ambassador of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Nikita Chrosov", dressed in a full Russian officer's uniform, accompanied by a live cameraman. He proceeded to liven up the party, meeting guests in character to a "t", endeavoring to meet and network with Disney executives, hoping to learn the strange customs of Disney and our country — he told me he wanted to meet a Disney rep and discuss what he called the effect of the "sugar coated bullet" of Disney on his people. [...]
"The Influencers": Blog feedback
Some blog feedback concerning our appearance at "The Influencers" festival in Barcelona.
- art 21 - freezenfreezen- rebelart - thevacuumcleaner - digicult - timeout - enmedio - revistamu - poptronics - ptqk - communicant - grrr
Critical diplomatic incident: Ambassdor of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf expelled from Disney.com party
--- Urgent message ---We will keep you updated.
Gary Gygax. RIP.
Levidepoches on "The Influencers"
Levidepoches features a great French language summary of "The Influencers 2008"... including a couple of our statements.
Things I won't work with #72
It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.Link
monochrom @ The Influencers 2008, Barcelona
Tonight -- Saturday, 8 PM -- Johannes will give a talk about guerrilla communication and will introduce a couple of our projects. Please join us at the CCCB.
A Tale Of Two Davids. . .
...dynamically compiled by Soren Ragdale's meme-o-matical concoction that will eventually be distilled into its very essence, like precious bodily fluids; one enormous inside joke that only you and your friends know about (where "You and your friends" is a set of people who are completely sick of memes in general and this meme in particular).
Two Davids will surely lead to Armageddon. Choose your Side.
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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