Biophysicists are growing Petri dishes of different species of bacteria in order to develop new antibiotics. The bacteria are subjected to different temperatures and have limited food sources inside the dish. Despite these conditions, most colonies tend to communicate and reproduce. Their growth results in unique patterns of varying colors--a sort of "bacteria painting." Researchers are hoping to learn more about the strategies the bacteria use to thrive, in order to find weaknesses that new drugs could exploit.Link
There Are No Seven Stages of Grief
You can even get over it quickly.
The idea that grief is work that we must do began with Freud. He believed that if you didn't labor at it, you would never recover the psychic energy you had invested in a person who was no longer there. Over time, psychologists developed ways to describe the various stages of this "work." Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' stages are the most familiar: Stage 1, denial--"This cannot be!" Stage 2, anger, followed by bargaining, then depression, then acceptance. The stages have great intuitive appeal, but, according to Bonanno, both Freud and Kübler-Ross were wrong. The way that grief unfolds for most people is almost nothing like the old model says it should. It is not work, and it doesn't occur in stages. It can be short-lived for some people and never-ending for others. Like breathing and consciousness and almost everything else about us, grief fluctuates. Our biggest mistake when describing grief, Bonanno writes in his deep and intelligent book, The Other Side of Sadness, is that we underestimate the resilience of the bereaved.Link
1989? Why? Because capitalism is superior?
The events of 1989 are most often depicted as the failure of socialism. It's a powerful interpretation that has served to discredit alternatives to the capitalist system, which is said to have triumphed, and to bestow upon capitalism an aura of legitimacy based not only on a reading of recent history but also on assumptions about the natural order, not least human nature. Capitalism, it is proposed, is the normal state of human traffic in what people make and value and need; socialism is the deviation. Capitalism responds to the nature of "man"--acquisitiveness, competition, egoism and the insatiable need for more. Socialism stands in the way of initiative, creativity and competition. Going by its nom de guerre, communism, it proposes radical equality in a world of unequals. Therefore, it can be maintained only by the coercive power of an entrenched elite and a repressive state. In the Eastern bloc, once that force was removed and party leaders lost confidence in their right to rule, communism naturally fell, and people's instinctual drives for material accumulation were liberated. Markets won out everywhere, even when democracy did not.Link
Kyle Machulis: new monochrom artist in residence
Our new artist in residence arrived! Hooray!
Kyle Machulis, aka qDot, is a researcher of alternate input mechanisms and haptics, which is really a fancy way of saying he breaks sex toys. Through his Slashdong webpage (http://www.slashdong.org), he uses the topic of teledildonics (remotely actuated sexual experience) to teach the basic concepts of software, electrical and mechanical engineering. He also tracks the convergence of sex and technological advances in toys and interaction, building on the idea that paradigms for interfaces people would use for intimate encounters on computers can be extended to other usage experiences.
He is one of monochrom's collaborators at Arse Elektronika in San Francisco.
UK Scientists Use Laser To Give False Memories to Flies
A team of neuroscientists at the University of Oxford have discovered a way to trigger behavior in flies by selectively modifying neurons in their brain and stimulating them with a laser in order to simulate a learning experience.
monochrom's "Climate Training Camp" in Graz / pictures!
Pictures of monochrom's "Climate Training Camp" in Graz, last weekend.
Flickr Set / Link
Climate Training Camp
NYC Street Ad takeover
I like that it is unclear whether the people arrested were artists or those illegitimate advertisers. But my money is on the artists.
The first wave of volunteers in nifty OSHA-approved neon vests, buffed the ad spots with white paint, followed by a second wave of artists who added their unique touches, turning the locations into temporary public canvasses and challenging the outdoor advertising company’s claims to legitimacy.Link
monochrom's "Climate Training Camp" @ Elevate 2009/Graz
Gear up for the future: with our DIY climate booths!
Climate change tends to be seen as the result of failed politics. But the causes lay deeper: certain subjects of an economy act against each other's interests in international as well as in terms of the nation state. It's always the fault of the others who want to eat twice a day, as German chancellorette Angela Merkel rightfully stated.
'Climate machines' like portable heaters for example enabled humanity to adapt to any climate in the 19th century, creating 'climate-independent artificial man' (Friedrich Nietzsche). But the climatic challenges of the 21st century want to be tackled with a new generation of climate machines: adjusting the climate to man's needs is no longer the aim, it has to be the other way around.
In a workshop and with lectures the art group monochrom wants to convey the knowledge required to build climate booths enabling you to train your personal adaptability to the extreme weather conditions of the future, today. Success in your job and with your choice of sexual partners is guaranteed! On top of that you have the opportunity to get a whiff of tomorrow's climate in our climate booths 'sand storm' and 'snow storm', and to gain precious experience. There's a lot to endure, let's get started.
@ Elevate Festival, Forum Stadtpark; October 25, 2009 in Graz.
monochrom @ Elevate Festival 2009: Pictures!
A couple of pictures of the gala opening we hosted on the first day of Elevate 2009 -- featuring guest stars as Pat Mooney and Amy Goodman...
Jason Scott @ Arse Elektronika 2009: The Atomic Level of Porn
Eddie Codel shot a video of Jason Scott's talk about digital retro-porn at Arse Elektronika 2009.
Jason Scott @ Arse Elektronika 2009: The Atomic Level of Porn from ekai on Vimeo.
io9: Kalle the LARPer, "Best Rant Ever"
io9 loves Kalle:
This wins the prize for Best Rant Ever. A German live action role player (LARPer) named Kalle yells at Americans for being poseurs when they LARP. It devolves into Kalle beating the photographer with a stick.Link
Arse Elektronika 2010: SPACE RACY / Call for Papers, Performances, Films and Machines
Love hotels. Swinger club design. Phallic architecture. The gentrification of Times Square, kicking out all the peep shows, and similar anti-sex gentrifications and battles. Kids making out in the back seats of cars, and people fucking in parks. Housing for unconventional family units. Augmented reality sex spaces. Furniture for sex. Room design. Creating new environments. Gendered spaces, and gender in the creation of space. Architecture by women, and the potential for the construction of a feminist architecture. Actively gender-segregated spaces, as both empowering and oppressing. Queer-segregated spaces, similarly. The acts of human intimacy, sexual intercourse, and procreation in weightlessness and the extreme environments of space. Erotic space tourism. The visibility of sex, genders, and relationship structures in various spaces. Spaces of sexual control and permissiveness. Sexual subcultures as spaces of social division. Spatial enforcement of relationship structures and gendered power structures. Geotagging as an expression for kinks. The sexual reading of architecture, especially around historical and modern styles and concerning ornament and detail. The eroticization of buildings -- architecture for whorehouses, the Las Vegas strip, people who want to sleep with buildings. What makes design "sexy" and the construction of "sexy" as an architectural category as a comment on late heteronormativity. The terabyte gloryhole. The space in which the male gaze occurs and the space it defines.
Heterosexism, misogyny, and heterocentrism reinforce the dominant cultural structure and contribute to the oppression of large sectors of society. Sexuality, sex, gender, and related constructs are heavily implicated in and reproduce space, and are also constrained and restricted by it and by heterosexism. Let's explore this space of interactions -- send us your ideas for talks, performances, films and machines.
Deadline: February 28, 2010.
Arse Elektronika page
Leben is LARPen e.V.! Kalle from Braunschweig challenges American LARPers
Johannes/monochrom @ 2600 Magazine: "A Hacker Perspective"
You can find Johannes Grenzfurthner's text "The Medium is the Mess-Up. Or: How to Hack the World" in the phresh new issue of "2600: The Hacker Quarterly". Enjoy!
Arse Elektronika: Anthologies
Just to remind you: both Arse Elektronika anthologies can be ordered now!
(Picture by Scott Beale)
And if you are a journalist and want to receive a review copy: please email office AT monochrom.at
Post-Arse Elektronika 2009 Drinkup in San Francisco
Arse Elektronika 2009 was a full success. It's time to cheer! So let's have a drink and talk about Arse Elektronika 2010.
October 9, 2009; 7:30 PM.
House of Shields
39 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3438
monochrom in San Diego: Context Hacking: Some Examples of How to Mess with Art, the Media System, Law and the Market
monochrom in San Diego!
The term "context hacking" -- like its older mimetic sibling "communication guerrilla" -- refers to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. Context hacking 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 interventions by playing with representations and identities, with alienation and over-identification.Friday, October 16, 2009. Where? 9255 Towne Center Drive, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121.
monochrom in Los Angeles: "Reach Out And Touch Face: A Rant About Failing"
Johannes will give a lecture performance at Machine Project, Sunday, October 11, 2009; 8 PM.
Hackers love knowledge. They try to find out how stuff works. And that's great. Experimentation is a major part of hacking. It is in the most philosophical sense a deconstruction of things.
Laughing Squid: First photos of Arse Elektronika 2009
Scott Beale posted first pictures of Arse Elektronika 2009.
monochrom's Johannes attending ROFLCon II
Yeah! Tim Hwang writes:
With all the ridiculous awesomeness that has been floating out around the webs from last weekend's Arse Elektronika 2009 festival in San Francisco, I figure it's an appropriate time to introduce the most recent featured guest at ROFLCon II.
Arse Elektronika Anthology "Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?" is out!
Our new Arse Elektronika Anthology is officially released! "Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep? Critical Perspectives on Sexuality and Pornography in Science and Social Fiction"...
Edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner, Günther Friesinger, Daniel Fabry, Thomas Ballhausen.
Featuring essays and stories by Rudy Rucker, Richard Kadrey, James Tiptree, Jr., Allen Stein, Sharing is Sexy, Jason Brown, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz, Tina Lorenz, Reesa Brown, Karin Harrasser, Isaac Leung, Rose White, Mela Mikes, Viviane, Susan Mernit, Chris Noessel, Kit O'Connell, Jens Ohlig, Bonni Rambatan, Thomas Roche, Bonnie Ruberg, Mae Saslaw, Violet Blue, Nathan Shedroff, 23N!, Benjamin Cowden, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Daniel Fabry...
Publisher: RE/Search, San Francisco.
Buy it at Arse Elektronika 2009!
Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2009: And the winners are...
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2009!
The Golden Kleenes go to...
Ani Niow: Steampunk VibratorCongratulations!
And -- by the way -- we really like this tweet.
#arse2009 recharged my faith in humanity. plant porn! weird euro-pop! robot slaves from the 25th century! sex of the future! machinima! (chariejane)
SFist about Arse Elektronika 2009 Festival
Arse Elektronika 2009, the annual conference on sex, technology and the future, kicks off tonight.Link
New: Arse Elektronika Discuss Mailing List: dedicated to sex and technology
We decided to create a new mailing list dedicated to sex and technology.
How to subscribe / unsubscribe:
SF Gate on Arse Elektronika: "Sex In The Future Will Be Weird"
We seem to be on the edge of life itself, making it no better time than to think that like any other time when there's a prophetic series of events leading toward world destruction, our sexually charged sci-fi future is just as close as ever. I mean, for frak's sake, didn't we learn anything from Battlestar? (Other than, disappointingly, Starbuck is not gay.)Link
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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