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Arse Elektronika 2014 / Call for Submissions: TRANS*.*

Arse Elektronika 2014
TRANS*.*
monochrom's festival on sex and tech!

October 2-5, 2014 in San Francisco, USA.

Call for talks, performances, games, workshops, machines, systems!

Trans is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning "across", "beyond" or "on the opposite side". What does that mean for sex and technology?
- Transitions, translations, transgressions, transistors & transducers, transactions, transmission (specifically sexually transmitted infections), transdermal?
- How does sex change as we age? As we grow, as we mature? And what about old age? Sex in nursing homes? Sex when people have lost much of their sense of identity with Alzheimer's Disease and the like, but are still horny, still sexual entities? How do pharma and biotech help/monetize this situation?
- Sex under drugs, sex under other altered states? Is Viagra a drug? At what point does a loss of cognitive function take away our ability to consent?
- Transnationality and sex. What about translations and transitions across cultures? For example: Hacking, porn, dissent in Iran? Purity Balls and the American obsession with virginity whatever that really means?
- How does our sex and our perception of sex change with the introduction of new gadgets? Who are the early (sexual) adopters? And what about the adapters? What about (white male) privilege and new gadgets? Google Glass Ceiling?
- SCOT (social construction of technology) research, such as that of Mackenzie and Wajcman, argues that the path of innovation and its social consequences are strongly, if not entirely shaped by society itself through the influence of culture, politics, economic arrangements, regulatory mechanisms and the like. So if its true that technology itself doesnt matter, but the social or economic system in which it is embedded (Langdon Winner), then what does that tell us about the transition from sex tech into the cultural mainstream?
- Is human sexual behavior transforming our planet? What's the sexual side of the anthropocene?
- Transgression and mechanophila? Is our technological society driven by erotogenic fixation on machinery? What about hardcore pornography such as Fucking Machines? Can this be seen as constituting the limit of current sexual biopolitics?
- Sex puppets, Real Dolls and the Uncanny Valley? A never-ending transition?
- Teagan Widmer's latest app, Refuge Restrooms, highlights the importance of providing safe public accommodations for trans people. How can apps like Widmers help with tasks that most people take for granted, like the ability to use the bathroom?
- Is trans* a controversial label online? How do we develop language-theory-activism in general? Programming languages are designed to be inclusive of "trans" in a broad sense for both binary and non-binary gender modalities. Does it have transmisogynist qualities?
- Feminists, among other critical scholars, have long argued the problems with the notion of the Transcendental. Focusing on the transcendental moves our attention away from the day-to-day struggles involving the material and instead replaces it with transcendent ideas and ideals. How is this manifested through issues of sexuality and technology? What can we do about it? What are the power struggles involved, positionalities afforded and relationships to, that transcendental modes of thought afford for socio-economically marginalized populations? Can we compare and contrast notions of transcendence alongside notions of immanence? What is the role of the body and embodiment with respect to transcendentalism? What are the implications of transcendental for power? Grassroots activism? Citizens' movements? Open source? Hacking? Can we have visions of the future without being transcendental?
- And, last but not least, since sex is a pretty biological thing (insofar as things are biological things), we want to remind of genetics with our theme. Genetic transformation/translation/transcription/transmission.
Submit a talk, a performance, a game, a workshop, a machine, a system!
(Online form)

Deadline: August 5, 2014.
Our selection will be announced August 20, 2014.

For questions, please email: office AT monochrom.at

See you in San Transisco!





Arse Elektronika @ Sex Matters, Vienna: Sex, Technologie und die Zukunft von Screw-It-Yourself

Eine Lecture-Performance von Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom).

Wir sind eine sexuell motivierte und Werkzeuge verwendende Spezies. Von den tausende Jahre alten Höhlenzeichnungen einer Vulva bis zum neuesten Online-Porn-Game, Technologie und Sexualität waren schon immer eng miteinander verbunden. Auch in Zukunft wird Sex eine essentielle Rolle in der technologischen Entwicklung spielen.
As part of "Sex Matters" conferenz on Sunday, June 8, 2014; 4:30-5:30pm at Im_Flieger (WUK), Vienna.





Arse Elektronika: Sex, Tech and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself @ Lyst Conference, Copenhagen

A talk performance by Johannes Grenzfurthner / monochrom.

We may not forget that mankind is a sexual and tool-using species.
From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porn game, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. New technologies are quick to appeal to pornography consumers, and thus these customers represent a profitable market segment for the suppliers of new products and services.
Currently, all factors show that high-tech developments owe a great deal of their success to the need for further sexual stimulation. One could cite the example provided by the science-fiction concept of a full-body interface designed to produce sexual stimulation. But it isn't science fiction anymore. It's DIY.<br>
As bio-hacking, sexually enhanced bodies, genetic utopias and plethora of gender have long been the focus of literature, science fiction and, increasingly, pornography, this year will see us explore the possibilities that fictional and authentic bodies have to offer.
Our world is already way more bizarre than our ancestors could have ever imagined. But it may not be bizarre enough. "Bizarre enough for what?" -- you might ask. Bizarre enough to subvert the heterosexist matrix that is underlying our world and that we should hack and overcome for some quite pressing reasons within the next century.
Don't you think, replicants?
June 6, 2014, as part of Lyst Conference on the MF William Jørgensen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex and tech in NEON

Interview with Arse Elektronika curator Johannes Grenzfurthner in NEON. German language.

Im Film »Her« verliebt sich die Hauptfigur, gespielt von Joaquin Phoenix, in ein Computersystem. Technik und Erotik – wie gut passt das in der Realität zusammen? Sehr gut, sagt Johannes Grenzfurthner. Der 38-jährige Künstler aus Österreich ist der Kurator der jährlichen Sex-und-Technik–Konferenz »Arse Elektronika«.
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Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex and tech in 'de:bug'

(German language.)


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Arse Elektronika nibble in Playboy

In Playboy, March 2014.
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"Are You Ready to Fuck Like a Nerd?" -- Arse Elektronika shout-out on Vice blog

Sure, classic nerds might be into MythBusters, Magic: the Gathering, and Minecraft. But they’re also into sex. In fact, the crossover between sex and the more traditional realms of nerd interest is longstanding; science fiction, for example, is frequently pointed at as a source of progressive and even transgressive sexual theory.

In devising alternate universes, authors, filmmakers, and fans imagine new ways of living, loving, and fucking. Sci-fi and comics are full of latex and leather and futuristic orgy planets where anything goes. Everyone loves it. Conventions like Arse Elektronika exist exclusively to provide an intersection for the worlds of sex and tech.
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Arse Elektronika on mako.co.il

Nice write-up about sex, tech and Arse Elektronika on mako!
Enjoy!

Link (Hebrew)





Arse Elektronika: Sex, Tech and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself @ Ha-Midrasha, Tel Aviv

A talk performance by Johannes Grenzfurthner / monochrom.
We may not forget that mankind is a sexual and tool-using species.
From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. New technologies are quick to appeal to pornography consumers, and thus these customers represent a profitable market segment for the suppliers of new products and services.
Currently, all factors show that high-tech developments owe a great deal of their success to the need for further sexual stimulation. One could cite the example provided by the science-fiction concept of a full-body interface designed to produce sexual stimulation. But it isn't science fiction anymore. It's DIY.
As bio-hacking, sexually enhanced bodies, genetic utopias and plethora of gender have long been the focus of literature, science fiction and, increasingly, pornography, this year will see us explore the possibilities that fictional and authentic bodies have to offer. Our world is already way more bizarre than our ancestors could have ever imagined. But it may not be bizarre enough. "Bizarre enough for what?" -- you might ask. Bizarre enough to subvert the heterosexist matrix that is underlying our world and that we should hack and overcome for some quite pressing reasons within the next century. Don't you think, replicants?
February 27, 2014, 8 PM, presented by Ha-Midrasha in cooperation with Print Screen. At Ha-Yarkon Street #19, Tel Aviv, Israel.





Arse Elektronika at "42 - Der Zündfunk Netzkongress" in Munich

Johannes Grenzfurthner will talk about Arse Elektronika. (In German.)
Von den tausende Jahre alten Höhlenzeichnungen einer Vulva bis zum neuesten Porno-Live-Stream – Technologie und Sexualität waren schon immer eng miteinander verbunden. Niemand kann vorhersagen, was die Zukunft bringen wird, aber der bisherige Lauf der Geschichte legt nahe, dass Sex auch in Zukunft eine essentielle Rolle in der technologischen Entwicklung spielen wird und dass Technologien und deren Anwendung die menschliche Sexualität gestalten. Wir dürfen nämlich nicht vergessen, dass wir eine sexuell motivierte und Werkzeuge verwendende Spezies sind. Die Frage ist also nicht ob, sondern wie diese Interaktion die Menschheit weiter verändern wird.
Where? "42 - Der Zündfunk Netzkongress."
November 28, 2013, 3:30 pm at Volksgarten in Munich, Germany.





GoSensual reports about Arse Elektronika

Great article by Anja Herberth. German only, sorry.
monochrom's "Arse Elektronika" ist ein Festival der besonderen Art: Es geht um Sex, Pornografie und Medientechnologien. Sex und Pornografie haben in der Vergangenheit eine wichtige Rolle in der Entwicklung von Technologie gespielt – und werden sie auch in Zukunft treiben. Bis dato haben Medienfestivals diesen Umstand kaum thematisiert und elegant vermieden.

Die international ausgerichtete "Kunstneigungsgruppe" monochrom widmet sich der engen Verbindung zwischen Sex und Technologie und organisiert seit 2007 jährlich die “Arse Elektronika” in San Francisco.

Die Arse Elektronika ist, wie viele andere Projekte von monochrom, handfeste Kommunikationsguerilla, oder auch 'Kontext-Hacking'. "Wir haben uns als fixen Ort für die jährliche Arse Elektronika San Francisco ausgesehen, weil dort durch Silicon Valley die richtige Mischung an interessierten Geeks und Nerds, aber auch das richtige Maß an sexueller Offenheit gegeben ist", so Festivalleiter Johannes Grenzfurthner, "Wir hatten aber auch schon einmal ein Gastspiel in Hongkong und planen Aktionen und Ausstellungen zum Thema in London und Berlin." San Francisco ist weiters eine 'Ausnahme' in den USA, so Grenzfurthner, mit einer "langen Geschichte der Gegenkultur, der Cyberbewegung. Es ist dort wesentlich einfacher, offene Leute, aber auch Sponsoren zu finden."
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Slixa: "Arse Elektronika: Like an Orgasm for Your Brain"

Slixa reports about Arse Elektronika 2013.
When Tizzy mentioned an event called "Arse Elektronika" (Sex, Tech Conference Arse Elektronika Kicks Off in S.F.) a few weeks ago, I knew I had to attend some of the events taking a place over four days just across the bridge in San Francisco. I had a feeling it was going to be a big ole brain-gasm, and I was right!

In its 7th year, Arse Elektronika is a lot of things packed into a long weekend all around the city that embodies sexuality and technology. According to Mission Local, "With more than 20 presentations over four days earlier this month, Arse Elektronika 2013 attracted some 125 hackers, makers, artists, porn stars and activists of all backgrounds and gender identities."

"From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. No one can predict what the future will bring, but history indicates that sex will continue to play an essential role in technological development..."

This is the lead in to a video of the techiest porn you will ever see: a fucking (literally) robot giving it all to a woman behind a curtain. This is the physical embodiment of the weekends events. 

I'm reminded of a some of the sex toys I've come across (specifically, the Sqweel 2 and the Fun Factory Stronic), but this is obviously something much more than the sum of its parts. This is another level. The robot holds all the toys and patiently fucks her brains out. The intersection between advances of technology, creativity of the mind, and our animalistic sex drives is the embodiment of the weekends events, which are made up of many distinct and nuanced talks, parties, and demonstrations, like the one shown at the link above.

It was a busy weekend for the conference attendees, here's the schedule for an idea of the smorgasbord of talks and parties. 
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Mission Local: "What is Arse Elektronika?"

Mission Local's Chris Schodt published a great piece on Arse Elektronika (2013) and monochrom.



Welcome to the world of Grenzfurthner, the founder of Monochrom, a leftist techno-art collective, who managed to turn such musings on sex and technology into a small conference in the basement of kink.com.  That was 2007 and seven conferences later – the meetings are always held in San Francisco – Arse Elektronika has grown into a gathering, funded by donations, ticket, book sales, and a small grant from the Austrian government.  Grenzfurthner, now a lecturer on art theory and practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria, presides.

With more than 20 presentations over four days earlier this month, Arse Elektronika 2013 attracted some 125 hackers, makers, artists, porn stars and activists of all backgrounds and gender identities.

"Sex is very nearly universal, but it just isn’t discussed frankly by most people," said Eric Sheur, an animator from Portland, who created the sex storytelling show Mystery Box Show with his partner Reba Sparrow.

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Next Arse Elektronika event in Vienna: Maggie Mayhem: "Activism/Tech/Sex Work"

Yes! monochrom's artist-in-residence Maggie Mayhem will talk about activism, technology and sex work!

Where? Raum D (Museumsquartier), Vienna. On November 14, 2013; 7 PM.

Don't miss it!

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Arse Elektronika 2014. October 2-5, 2014 in San Francisco, USA.

Trans is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning "across", "beyond" or "on the opposite side". What does that mean for sex and technology?
- Transitions, translations, transgressions, transistors & transducers, transactions, transmission (specifically sexually transmitted infections), transdermal?
- How does sex change as we age? As we grow, as we mature? And what about old age? Sex in nursing homes? Sex when people have lost much of their sense of identity with Alzheimer's Disease and the like, but are still horny, still sexual entities? How do pharma and biotech help/monetize this situation?
- Sex under drugs, sex under other altered states? Is Viagra a drug? At what point does a loss of cognitive function take away our ability to consent?
- Transnationality and sex. What about translations and transitions across cultures? For example: Hacking, porn, dissent in Iran? Purity Balls and the American obsession with virginity whatever that really means?
- How does our sex and our perception of sex change with the introduction of new gadgets? Who are the early (sexual) adopters? And what about the adapters? What about (white male) privilege and new gadgets? Google Glass Ceiling?
- SCOT (social construction of technology) research, such as that of Mackenzie and Wajcman, argues that the path of innovation and its social consequences are strongly, if not entirely shaped by society itself through the influence of culture, politics, economic arrangements, regulatory mechanisms and the like. So if its true that technology itself doesnt matter, but the social or economic system in which it is embedded (Langdon Winner), then what does that tell us about the transition from sex tech into the cultural mainstream?
- Is human sexual behavior transforming our planet? What's the sexual side of the anthropocene?
- Transgression and mechanophila? Is our technological society driven by erotogenic fixation on machinery? What about hardcore pornography such as Fucking Machines? Can this be seen as constituting the limit of current sexual biopolitics?
- Sex puppets, Real Dolls and the Uncanny Valley? A never-ending transition?
- Teagan Widmer's latest app, Refuge Restrooms, highlights the importance of providing safe public accommodations for trans people. How can apps like Widmers help with tasks that most people take for granted, like the ability to use the bathroom?
- Is trans* a controversial label online? How do we develop language-theory-activism in general? Programming languages are designed to be inclusive of "trans" in a broad sense for both binary and non-binary gender modalities. Does it have transmisogynist qualities?
- Feminists, among other critical scholars, have long argued the problems with the notion of the Transcendental. Focusing on the transcendental moves our attention away from the day-to-day struggles involving the material and instead replaces it with transcendent ideas and ideals. How is this manifested through issues of sexuality and technology? What can we do about it? What are the power struggles involved, positionalities afforded and relationships to, that transcendental modes of thought afford for socio-economically marginalized populations? Can we compare and contrast notions of transcendence alongside notions of immanence? What is the role of the body and embodiment with respect to transcendentalism? What are the implications of transcendental for power? Grassroots activism? Citizens' movements? Open source? Hacking? Can we have visions of the future without being transcendental?
- And, last but not least, since sex is a pretty biological thing (insofar as things are biological things), we want to remind of genetics with our theme. Genetic transformation/translation/transcription/transmission.