Mental Floss reviews Traceroute
So here's the thing: This is a documentary nominally about "nerd culture," but it's actually good. As many nerds have noticed, there's a glut of nerd-positive documentaries out there, but they tend to be either too self-serious, or too focused on the trappings of fandom to actually say much.
Traceroute manages to be a real film, with humor and true insight (sometimes called out for us—and delightfully nullified—with a blinking "INSIGHT" faux-HTML tag onscreen), primarily because it focuses on Grenzfurthner's personal journey, and he doesn't take himself too seriously. Let's put that another way: The director uses himself and a handful of subjects to create his story, and that specificity—coupled with his playfulness—makes it work. At one point he licks the chrome head of a Terminator prop. Then he licks a zombie head prop. Then he licks the propmaster himself. It's delightful.
"Traceroute": Ferrara Film Festival 2016 Official Selection
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at Ferrara Film Festival 2016.
The festival will be held in Ferrara, Italy (June 1-5, 2016).
Help! Tortured Artist Seeks Aid To Feel More Inadequate!
I identify with the core concept of the tortured artist — the artist who is constantly suffering due to frustrations with art and other people — but I think I would be able to do a much better job if I had better resources.
I truly believe I would feel much more alienated and misunderstood if I could operate within a better financial framework. I have already tried smoking, sexual frustration, professional envy, heartbreak, and an array of other overwhelming emotions and inner conflicts — but I have truly failed due to the lack of a proper budget.
Being narcissistic and extraverted, but also self-loathing and introverted, is quite a personal and monetary challenge. Even self-mutilation and attempted suicide would be much more effective if I could afford the right tools.
A fully funded tortured artist is a truly productive tortured artist. Help me help myself feel more inadequate! It is an investment in me and in the future of society. Thank you.
(I will be truly miserable if this campaign fails.)
(I will be truly miserable if this campaign succeeds.)
(There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there?)
(I completely disagree with Lydia Lunch.)
(I must fear. Fear is the mind-cleaner.)
UK Films review of Traceroute
9/10. Fuck yeah.
Some of the places, subjects and people are bizarre, some insightful and some politically and socially challenging, but always fun. That is the brilliance of Traceroute. It's a social commentary delivered from a totaly new angle and with real flair.
Johannes is always opinionated, but always open with a real sense of self discovery. I loved every minute of this quirky film. There is such a wide veriety of subjects, tied together by the geek theme, that it feels fluid and expansive, much like the subject matter its self.
Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) reviews Traceroute
Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) wrote a really great review of Traceroute, almost a love letter!
If you're expecting nothing more than your usual nerd doc with its cosplay cuteness and asocial gamers, you're going to be not just disappointed but probably traumatized. Grenzfurthner is clearly full-on willing to challenge culture, stereotypes, accepted thoughts and just about everything else. There's a healthy dose of sexuality in Traceroute, which one might expect, yet Grenzfurthner also immerses the film in politics, activism and social shifts. [...] Refreshingly devoid of the pretentiousness so often found amongst truly intellectual films, Traceroute is simultaneously a pretty wonderful personal journey and an immensely satisfying cinematic experience.
MicroFilmmaker Magazine reviews Traceroute
MicroFilmmaker Magazine gives Traceroute 7.5 out of 10 points. Not too shabby!
The different people Grenzfurthner chatted with were genuinely interesting and the organic way he moved from place to place was intriguing. [...] You'll find that you've learned an awful lot about technology, nerdiness, and America.
Boing Boing features in-depth interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner about Traceroute
Thomas Kaestle did an excellent interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner about Traceroute -- and it got published on Boing Boing!
The basic idea behind Traceroute is as simple as it is effective: Johannes Grenzfurthner travels through the USA from the West to the East Coast – on the trail of people and things that made a mark on his life as a nerd. Aliens, dinos, meteorites and rockets. Film locales, graves and no-go areas. Authors, collectors, tinkerers, outsiders and nuts. Nerds of every sort and color. Traceroute is radical individual empiricism, a narrative biographical puzzle and an experimental projection matrix. Despite continual stimulus satiation, it is wonderful fun: the film tickles the synapses with a perfectly mixed cocktail of collectively shared context and a quirkiness that takes some getting used to. Whoever might be proud of having been able to interpret all of the film's cinematic references has perhaps just missed the next pop-culture innuendo in the soundtrack.
"Traceroute": HOPE XI (2016) Official Selection
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at HOPE (XI) 2016.
The conference will be held in NYC in July 2016.
CriticAtac features review of Traceroute
Stefan Tiron wrote a massive review of Traceroute for Romanian leftist magazine CriticAtac.
În româneÈ™te consider cÄƒ nu existÄƒ un cuvânt potrivit pentru fanaticii, ahtiaÈ›ii, maniacii, obsedaÈ›ii -posedaÈ›i care scurmÄƒ È™i canibalizeazÄƒ deÈ™eurile deversate de complexul militar-de-divertisment în lagunele culturii pop sau pe console de joc È™i de acolo direct în sistemul de irigaÈ›ii al contra-culturii. În româneÈ™te termenul de ‘nerd’ este încÄƒ un termen orfan fÄƒrÄƒ echivalent.
DicÈ›ionarele online îl reduc pe ‘nerd’ la o serie de apelative contradictorii: tocilar, greu de cap È™i È™oarece de bibliotecÄƒ. Diriginta noastrÄƒ ne zicea exasperatÄƒ pur È™i simplu „copii oligofreni”.
Este oare asta o conspiraÈ›ie imposibilÄƒ între foÈ™ti diriginÈ›i È™i bÄƒtÄƒuÈ™ii din spatele È™colii de la care ne luam capace, o alianÈ›Äƒ între È™efi de detaÈ™ament È™i creatorii testelor de IQ, între vechea elitÄƒ în majoritatea ei francofilÄƒ È™i duÈ™manii lor de clasÄƒ?! DacÄƒ este adevÄƒrat, asta este atunci poate cea mai cuprinzÄƒtoare È™i transversalÄƒ coaliÈ›ie din societatea româneascÄƒ.
Dar poate nici nu conteazÄƒ, pentru cÄƒ È™i în englezÄƒ, cum ne spune autorul filmului termenul de nerd are o etimologie care fluctueazÄƒ între jigniri popularizate de telenovele din 70, numele unei fiinÈ›e (Dr Seuss) dintr-o grÄƒdinÄƒ zoologicÄƒ imaginarÄƒ, s-au argou ortografiat corect de însÄƒÈ™i Philip K Dick (aÈ™a zice el).
Traceroute este filmul care se v-a lansa la NY Independent Film Festival anul asta, chiar în slava eÈ™apamentului de algorimti geo-ingineraÈ›i de capitalismul financiar pulsând în arhipelagul Googlag-ului cognitiv, botezat aÈ™a împreunÄƒ cu Vladan JeremiÄ‡ de la Biro Beograd/ArtLeaks într-o varÄƒ de neuitat pe insula Ada Ciganlija de pe fluviul Sava.
VÄƒ garantez cÄƒ nici anii de antrenament greu în reÈ›ele sociale, nici urmÄƒrirea de sine de tip self quantification, nici zilele È™i lunile petrecute gâdilând ecranele de toate mÄƒrimile nu vÄƒ pot pregÄƒti pentru tsunami-ul de referinÈ›e canonice È™i non-canonice È›intite de Johannes Grenzfurthner (artist È™i nerd) spre un public de toate vârstele, de toate genurile È™i de toate speciile.
Traceroute: Nominated for Austrian Documentary Award (ADA) 2016
Nominated! Traceroute got nominated for the Austrian Documentary Award (ADA).
Huck Magazine features our Six Feet Under Club
Huck Magazine publishes an article by Jack Richardson about our Six Feet Under Club!
The Six Feet Under Club: an art project burying kinky couples alive
"It might get icky"
Austrian art collective monochrom offers a unique opportunity for participants to experience the warping of public and private space: having sex in a coffin while strangers watch you via webcam.
You can hear the whirring of a drill as the last cracks of light are stifled. There’s a pause, followed by the scratchy sound of dirt spilling above the wooden board just inches from your face. Then silence.
You would be forgiven for imagining this to be a scene from a horror film. But the man standing above your coffin, shovel in hand, is Johannes Grenzfurthner – founder of the Austrian art collective monochrom, to whom you have signed away full consent.
This is the Six Feet Under Club: an art installation where couples volunteer to be buried in a casket beneath the ground… along with a webcam that projects the scene for onlookers in unflattering night-vision. The intention is to keep the intimacy of a sexual moment intact while moving it from the private to the public.
The big TEN! A decade of Arse Elektronika!
We will most likely postpone Arse Elektronika 2016 to January 2017.
It will be our tenth festival -- and a good excuse for our plans of a reboot and restructuring!
We will keep you updated!
Tickets for "Traceroute" World Premiere at NYC Independent Film Festival 2016
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at the NYC Independent Film Festival 2016 -- the World Premiere.
You can now buy tickets for the event. And we assume they will sell at soonish.
April 28, 2016 at 7 PM at the Producers' Club in Manhattan.
"Traceroute": DOK.fest Munich 2016 Official Selection
"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at DOK.fest Munich (International Documentary Film Festival Munich) 2016.
The festival will be held in Munich, Germany in May 2016.
Diamond In The Rough Films reviews "Traceroute"
Mark Schwab over at Diamond In The Rough Films reviewed Traceroute. He liked it and gave us 3.5/4 stars!
I had blocked out my inner-nerd and all it took was an Austrian to melt down the hard water stains on my psyche and embrace it again.
The Austrian is one Johannes Grenzfurthner (going to Ctrl+C that last name right now) and he has made a simply wonderful documentary in TRACEROUTE - a lovely ode to nerdom and all things geeky. Flying into San Francisco and travelling East to New York City by van, Grenzfurthner stops at many points along the way (such as Area 51 and Stan Winston Studios) while giving us a little history, chatting with the local folks and opening up about his own personal nerd journey.
This doc works in some very unconventional ways, not the least of which is our plucky protagonist. Grenzfurthner is an absolute charmer as our host and his narration is note-perfect (the accent is so cool in that Werner Herzog kind of way). It's really rare in a documentary about a not-that-famous person where you become almost instantly won-over and invested in their personal journey.