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Arse Elektronika: Yeah!
Thanks to all the visitors, helpers, speakers, performers! Arse Elektronika 2008 was a blast! We still don't know if androids sleep with electric sheep... but what the heck.
Please help us organize, fund and promote Arse Elektronika 2009...
A reminder: the Arse Elektronika Anthology "pr0nnovation?" is out and can be ordered here or via RE/Search.
More pictures and reactions soon.
MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 3 / Politics
MP3s of the talks and panels of the third conference day ("Politics") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: The Future of Emergence
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf's hypertext expert and wine tavern commissioner Gennadyi Moloshnikov will host a diplomatic special interest gala of the Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Ministry of Foreign Difficulties. Comrade Moloshnikov understands the immense transformative power of technology and innovation (e.g. "modems") and how they can improve the lives of all citizens.
The Future Of Emergence: With Gennadyi Moloshnikov and the Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Jazz Dance Combinat.
September 29, 2008; 10 PM. As part of the "Future of Internet" conference (MQ, Vienna).
Wired: Sexy Machines Get Up and Go at Arse Elektronika
Arse Elektronika 2008: Some blog comments
Heroine Sheik 2
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and of course: Twitter Search for Arse Elektronika
MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 2 / Technology
MP3s of the talks and panels of the second conference day ("Technology") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.
MP3: Arse Elektronika Conference / Day 1 / Narration
MP3s of the talks and panels of the first conference day ("Narration") of Arse Elektronika 2008 are now online. You can find links on the Schedule page.
Arse Elektronika Opening Night: Scott Beale's pictures
Wired about Arse Elektronika: "Prosthetic Fetishes and Fan Erotica: Sci-Fi Predicts Future of Sex"
Wired's Jenna Wortham reports about Arse Elektronika.
Forget wondering whether androids dream of electric sheep. The real question is: Do they have erotic visions and robot orgies?
(Picture by Scott Beale)
RE/Search presents "Counter Culture Hour: Roboexotica"
In San Francisco? Well... you should not miss a small film presentation...
Wed, Sep 24, 730PM: Meet RE/SEARCH at Million Fishes, 2501 Bryant/23rd St. FREE! A party featuring a Counter Culture Hour episode of Roboexotica (monochrom members will be present!). Guaranteed fun!Link
Arse Elektronika 2008: Flyer
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Arse Elektronika 2008: Only three more days to liftoff...
...and the bloggers are buzzing...
and many more...
Arse Elektronika page
A Year Of Streets
Craig Robinson, the incredibly smart, funny and plain kick-ass illustrator at Flip Flop Flyin', who created, among many other things, those world-famous minipops, has compiled a list of streets that are named after days.
The ongoing project was completed on 8 September, which is located in Besançon, France. Is there also one for the 29th of February?
Sir Ben Kingsley stars in tribute to Ian MacKaye
This is beyond real. Sir Ben Kingsley's just a minor threat!
(via Chrissy Piper)
Taugshow #16: The Divine Special
LHC Cocktail Recipe Contest
Many people think that the danger is over. It is true that CERN's particle collider was powered on last week without incident, but the first high energy god-particle creating experiments don't happen until October 21!
Nobody wants to face the collapse of space-time sober, so there will be cocktail parties all over the world leading up to the event (sadly a weeknight, what were those scientists thinking?!)
What we need from you, dear readers, are LHC themed cocktail recipes worthy of the end times. We need cocktails that will put the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to shame!
Cocktails with names like "Higgs-Boson Bender" and "Cuppa Big Bang".
Send your submissions to dfine at monochrom dot at, winner to be announced sometime before the End of Everything.
Trevor Paglen @ Paraflows 2008: state secrets, covert military bases, disappeared people
paraflows, the festival for digital art and cultures in Vienna (co-organized by monochrom), is glad being able to present a lecture performance by Trevor Paglen.
Trevor Paglen is geographer and artist and he takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people: through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world’s internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.
Monday (Sept 15; 8 PM) at Metalab (Rathausstrasse 6, Vienna).
Radio Blowfish features Arse Elektronika 2008
[...] a chat with Johannes of Monochrom, sponsors of the Arse Electronika art/sex/culture conference coming up in San Francisco... the only art/sex/culture conference with its own theme song!Link Podcast
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf's Hyper-Hegel @ Paraflows 2008
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf's number crunching device "Hyper-Hegel" will be on display at the Paraflows 2008 exhibition in Vienna.
September 11 - October 24 at Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark MAK-Gegenwartskunstdepot, Vienna.
Origin of the specious
AC Grayling dissects a new defence of Intelligent Design.
It is sometimes hard to know whether books that strike one as silly and irresponsible, like Dissent over Descent, the latest book from Steve Fuller, are the product of a desire to strike a pose and appear outrageous (the John Gray syndrome), or really do represent that cancer of the contemporary intellect, post-modernism. I suppose putatively sincere extrusions of the post-modern sensibility might henceforth deserve to be known as "the Steve Fuller syndrome". For this offering by the American-born sociologist is a classic case of the absurdity to which that sensibility leads.Link
Superstitions evolved to help us survive
Darwin never warned against crossing black cats, walking under ladders or stepping on cracks in the pavement, but his theory of natural selection explains why people believe in such nonsense. The tendency to falsely link cause to effect – a superstition – is occasionally beneficial, says Kevin Foster, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University.
10 dates when the world failed to end
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been switched on and, counter to some doomsday predictions, the world is still turning. Here are 10 other dates in history when apocalyptic predictions failed to come to fruition.
Toyps: Large hardon collider
A great new typo. Large hardon collider. Wow.
Got any great typos? Please submit them!
Paraflows 2008: Opening
paraflows, the festival for digital art and cultures in Vienna (co-organized by monochrom), is progressing into the third round. By now, paraflows has been able to establish itself as a platform for the young, local scene of digital art and cultures, and this year it will expand on its position as an interface to already established international positions in media art.
With the title UTOPIA, this year’s festival is following up last year's topic of UN_SPACE. Starting with the already explored 'non-spaces', this year will take a prognostic glimpse at the future. Fantastic, longing, and gloomy visions are the tenor of the exhibition, the symposium and of the supporting programme.
September 11th through October 24th 2008.
Arse Elektronika: Blogs
Just two more weeks until Arse Elektronika 2008!
The blogosphere (sphere o' blog?) is buzzing.
Pervscan ... Cory Silverberg ... M. Christian ... Cho-Yaba ... Posthuman Marxist ... BotJunkie ... Quantum Tantra ... Fleshbot ... Corazon de Latex ... and many many more. Just too lazy for copy-pasting.
Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle
In this installation at a Chicago Museum, two American muscle cars are "crashed" into each other over the course of 6 days. I find it an interesting parallel to the speed of the oil crisis. Western civilization has been mid crunch for decades, but is unable to stop the forward momentum of resource depletion.
Too late to save myself from falling
Making Light wrote recently about the financial trouble the New York Sun is currently in.
I personally wonder whether their copyediting practices were one of the many things that led them astray?
The New York Sun style sheet.
"communist, socialist. See AP stylebook. Any favorable reference to a communist must be shown to either the editor or the managing editor of the Sun before publication."
WSJ on SF0 collaborative game
Wall Street Journal did an online piece featuring the collaborative reality game sfzero.org. After an interview with the game's creators, there is footage from a task we did where "walking permits" were handed to pedestrians during rush hour.
The video focuses on the silly stuff instead of us chasing people down and demanding they take a permit. Also missing is our friend who would walk by every couple minutes and get tackled to the ground for not having his permit. I guess they thought it would make us look mean.
PS. You don't need to be in San Francisco to play SF0.
Etienne Balibar: The return of the concept of »race«
On the transformation of the megalomaniac notions of race and racism by creating an »intimate enemy« – often under the mantle of universalism. By Etienne Balibar.
I am referring here to the return of the concept of »race« and not to the return of races. In other words, I am interested not so much in »concrete« groups (or something presumed to correspond to such groups, such as the »races« of 19th-century physical and cultural anthropology) but rather in a conception underpinned by a structure. However, matters are of course never as straightforward as this distinction might suggest. It is difficult to conceive of a generic »race« that is not expressed in contradictions between and hierarchies within groups. However, my focus here is on demonstrating that there has been a change in the relations between the structural, almost transcendental aspect of the problem and its empirical manifestations in terms of what was taught by the history of ideas not all that long ago. For our contemporaries the existence and the number of »races«, as well as the distinctions between them, have lost every scrap of plausibility, yet racial appellations continue to be deployed in identifying ethnic and cultural differences. People still refer to »Europeans«, »Orientals«, »Arabs«, »Blacks «, »Africans«, etc. Perhaps the principle of the race or »racialisation« plays a more dominant social role than ever, particularly as a genealogical principle and in terms of notions that trace the purported »mentality« or »abilities« of an individual or group back to their origins and ancestry. This is racism in the broadest sense of the term, although it is not appropriate to draw a distinction, as people sometimes try to do, between »racism« and »racialism«. If we talk of the return of »race«, then we are asserting first and foremost not simply that racism in the fundamental sense of the term still exists, but also that it has once more become highly virulent.Link
Thinking People Eat Too Much: Intellectual Work Found To Induce Excessive Calorie Intake
A Université Laval research team has demonstrated that intellectual work induces a substantial increase in calorie intake. The details of this discovery, which could go some way to explaining the current obesity epidemic, are published in the most recent issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.
History's first photograph
The Open BTS Project: New kind of GSM network?
The Open BTS Project is an effort to construct an open-source Unix application that uses the USRP to present a GSM air interface ("Um") to a standard GSM handset and uses the Asterisk software PBX to connect calls. The combination of the ubiquitous GSM air interface with VoIP backhaul could form the basis of a new type of cellular network that could be deployed and operated at substantially lower cost than existing technologies in greenfields in the developing world.Link (thanx, Robert Schöftner)
Palin and the secession of Alaska?
Alaska's governor is adamantly anti-abortion and supports teaching creationism in schools. No big surprise there. Instead, the questions revolve around how and why she was chosen, some of her actions as a mayor and governor, her daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy (the tabloid angle), and association with a political party that thinks Alaska should secede from the US.Link
Interstellar 'slowball' could have carried seeds of life
Previous studies into whether material could travel between solar systems predicted that such an exchange would be unlikely, because the speed matter would need to be travelling at to escape one star would mean it was moving too fast to be caught by another. Now Edward Belbruno and colleagues at Princeton University have shown that planetary systems in young, densely packed star clusters could throw out rocks at a slower pace. They showed that for rocks in certain orbital positions, the gravitational pull of the central star is equal to the pull of other stars in the cluster. This sends the rocks into chaotic orbits that eventually allow them to wander off at about 0.1 kilometres per second - slow enough for other stars to catch them.
'The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British' by Sarah Lyall
In her first book "The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British," Sarah Lyall -- who moved to London in the mid-1990s as a correspondent for the New York Times and married British writer-editor Robert McCrum -- tracks the odd and endearing behaviors that help us measure our own quirks and cultural obsessions.
Classical Music: Stuff White People Pretend To Like?
"Stuff White People Like" is a blog devoted to stuff that white people like... or pretend to like. Like classical music.
KRFTWRK - Global Human Electricity
My latest guest post at Laughing Squid deals with Rainer Prohaska's great project "KRFTWRK", a new system for global human electricity.
ISSUES (yes, in caps)
Oliver Burkeman's Campaign Diary on the Guardian website is fantastic, I recommend it to everyone who's interested in US politics. He goes through everything that is going on and comes out with gems, and has a great eye for especially the little things.
Today he weeded out this great quote from the McCain campaign. I love this one; it's what America is all about: issues.
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: 'This campaign is not about issues.'Link
Remoting Future: New entries
Great new entries for Remoting Future.
Best of Boing Boing tv: "we love monochrom".
Oooh... we are all blushing!
Boing Boing tv's "best of" retrospective continues, with a look back at some of the episodes we dig most. One of the things that makes me (and the whole BBtv team) happiest about our daily video project is the opportunity to collaborate in new ways with creative, fun, insane friends of the blog -- like Johnannes G. and the monochrom crew in Vienna. Their wonderful video contributions have become part of the fabric of our show, and no "favorites" review would be complete without their madcap art-tech-philosophy hijinks.Link
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
ALL THE ISLANDS - polarise (How is annie)
DR. JOHN & THE LOWER 911 - city that care forgot (cooking vinyl)
KHALE - sleepworks (own)
VARIOUS - escaping the colors: recomposing and remixing rapoon (quasi pop)
VARIOUS - einfrieren (Kapu)
VOKAL IDIOT - s/t (gracetone)
Queen's Guards may go vegan
"The Ministry of Defence will meet an animal rights group tomorrow to discuss ethical alternatives to the world famous bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace."
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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