BUFFERING... Arse Elektronika 2014... "TRANS*.*"... October 2-5, 2014... San Francisco!

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Arse Elektronika: MP3 archive (2007-2014) online

Hey brainpervs!

We took some time and edited and uploaded all the available recordings of Arse Elektronika talks and presentions.
They can be found on the "Schedule" pages (on the front page for 2014, and in the archive section for all AEs 2007-2013). Just click on MP3!

Enjoy!






Johannes Grenzfurthner about sex and tech in "Business Punk"

Issue #4 (2014) of German magazine "Business Punk" features statements by Arse Elektronika curator Johannes Grenzfurthner.



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Dispatch from Arse Elektronika -- Some Things Games Can Learn from Sex & Tech

Mattie Brice wrote a great piece about Arse Elektronika 2014.
This past weekend, I went to the annual sex and tech conference in San Francisco, Arse Elektronika. This was actually the first conference I spoke at back in 2012 when it was specifically about play and games, and I got to come again this year to see what new projects people thinking and crafting about sex were up to. This conference tends to attract a cross-section of toy makers and academics interested in sex topics, but also nets in software people and artists.

What’s interesting for me about this group of people who convene over sex and tech is how similar and different the mood is to my experience in video games. The demographics are about the same, with maybe the ratio of women you’d see at an indie games event, so higher than the industry but not as much as men. But there is an unspoken understanding  of non-judgment that I see in the kink community in SF that makes it easier for people to bend outside of gender norms for the most part. If anything, a lot of baggage around heteronormativity and monogamy is left behind, but technocentrism and the centering of hegemonic masculinity’s relationship with sex still exists. An interesting site of reference if you want to see the dynamics where fluid sexuality is a thing and how men, and sometimes others, relate to each other in a context they don’t really get to outside of these situations. So I wanted to share with you all my thoughts on some of the presentations and how they relate to our realm of play.
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Arse Elektronika 2014 on Boing Boing

Cory Doctorow featured Arse Elektronika 2014!
The theme this year is "trans*.*" and the event features "Talks, machines, games, workshops and performances;" runs from Oct 2-5 at San Francisco's Chez Poulet (3359 Cesar Chavez St).

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?

Brief comment: opening night is at Chez Poulet, the other events are at the Center for Sex and Culture and Noisebridge (see schedule).

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Arse Elektronika 2014 / Final Schedule: TRANS*.*

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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.
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.
Voila!






"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.






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

At Chez Poulet, the Center for Sex and Culture and Noisebride.

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.