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"Die Gstettensaga": NYC Independent Film Festival 2014 Official Selection

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"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at the NYC Independent Film Festival 2014.
The festival will be held in New York, October 15-19, 2014.


Microfilmmaker Magazine awards "Gstettensaga" their "Award of Superiority"

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Microfilmmaker Magazine awards "Gstettensaga" their "Award of Superiority" (with a rating of 9.5/10). Oh my! What an honor!
Their choice of blurring languages, occupations, and post-apoc mythos has created a strange cross between L. Frank Baum’s underappreciated Oz series (“Underappreciated?? But everybody saw the Wizard of Oz, right?” Yeah, but how many people are aware that there are 44 books in the OZ series, with 14 penned by Baum himself???), Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and Samuel Beckett plays like Endgame. As I said before, improbably, this actually works out.
Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl is as avant-garde as you can possibly get, with commentaries on everything from technology, nerd culture, totalitarianism, and religion, and featuring homages to everything from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to The Blair Witch Project to Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say).” And somehow it all works surprisingly well together.


Die Gstettensaga: Best Narrative Feature 2014 at "The Maker Film Festival"

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WINNER! "Die Gstettensaga" won Best Narrative Feature 2014 at The Maker Film Festival.
The Maker Film Festival took place August 9-10, 2014 in Durango, Colorado.

Electric shivers of pride!


Laughing Squid features "Die Gstettensaga" at Maker Film Fest of Durango

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The first Maker Film Festival, a showcase of films by and about the maker movement, takes place August 9th and 10th, 2014 at the Powerhouse Science Center in Durango, Colorado. The festival will include a screening of the feature length documentary Maker and a talk by artist Johannes Grenzfurthner of Austrian art group Monochrom.

Inspiring innovation, creation and discovery are at the heart of the maker movement and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate those endeavors than through Film. The Maker Film Festival sets out to highlight movements that are changing the world through action, showcase technologies that are enabling powerful new modes of expression, and relish in the incredible things that happen when people of all ages are empowered to create.


Die Gstettensaga: Best Foreign Cult Movie 2014 at "Fright Night Film Festival"

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WINNER! "Die Gstettensaga" won Best Foreign Cult Movie 2014 at Fright Night Film Festival.

The award is a fuckin' skull. Jesus H Christ! Yes!


Gstettensaga: Echsenfriedl Fan Art!

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We learned that an anonymous fan created a wonderful piece of Echsenfriedl fan art! It's a wonderful wood/metal sculpture! AMAZING!


Die Gstettensaga: Best Hacker Feature 2014 at "PhutureCon Festival"

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WINNER! "Die Gstettensaga" won Best Hacker Feature 2014 at PhutureCon Festival.
PhutureCon Festival will take place October 11 in Denver, Colorado.

Proudness, very much so!


"Die Gstettensaga": New Orleans Comic Expo 2014 Official Selection

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"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at the New Orleans Comic Expo 2014.
The festival will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-23, 2014.


monochrom @ "Make your movie: a conversation with the low-budget feature filmmakers of Fright Night/Fandomfest"

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Panelists will each briefly talk about the challenges they faced and the hurdles they overcame, from funding to
final cut, to finish their feature film that is screening at Fright Night / Fandomfest. The group will field questions from aspiring filmmakers, encouraging everyone to make a movie of their own!

Sophia Cacciola / Michael J. Epstein (Somerville, MA, USA) - TEN (movie)
Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom (Vienna, Austria): Die Gstettensaga
Eamon Hardiman (Charleston, WV, USA) - Pig Girl
David L. Eblen (Portland, OR, USA) - Ravana's Game
Jesse Knight (Boone, NC, USA) - The Orbs
Jaysen Buterin (Greensboro, NC) - The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets & Hot Pink Jesus

Spread the word!

August 2, 2014; 12:15 pm at room 211 at Fright Night/Fandomfest in Louisville, Kentucky.


Boing Boing features our "Gstettensaga" North America tour

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Award-winning post-apocalyptic hackploitation comedy 'Die Gstettensaga' is coming to a couple North American hacker conventions, film festivals and other cool locations.

July 28 it will be shown at Betalevel (a mysterious art dungeon in LA's Chinatown), August 1 at Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, KY, but also at Gen Con, The Indie Gathering, SF Global Movie Fest etc. Or, well, PirateBay.

Hedonistika Reader: Call for Papers

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"Hedonistika: Montréal" was an exhibition held at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal as part of the International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN) in May 2014. The exhibition was a multi-modal event that brought together food scholars, artists, and roboticists to examine the innumerable (and often hidden) ways in which technology and food are related. By engaging with the hegemony-challenging ideology of hacking and creating, participants interrogated and exposed the mutually constructive bonds of food and tech, while proposing alternative, playful, and stimulating reconfigurations. The event proposed a hack: a hybrid of bricolage, play, criticality, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The goal of Hedonistika was to reflect and perhaps undo the assumptions and habits that frame our everyday interactions with both food and technology, while making evident their often-neglected entanglements. The goal was to merge research-creation with critical analysis, and community engagement with celebration. To compliment the exhibition catalogue we are now looking for papers that explore the critical issues within these realms.

See http://janetingley.com/hedonistika/ and http://www.hedonistika.com/ for details of the exhibition.

We are looking for a diverse range of text – from academic to more experimental. Your contribution should not exceed 40 000 characters including the title, a short biography (max. 10 lines) and references. In addition, the number of images (diagrams, etc.) should be reduced to an absolute minimum. The images must be sent as separate files in print-quality (300dpi) and must be accompanied by complete captions (copyright information, source, etc.). The language of publication is English.

We would like you to complete the finished text by October 31st 2014 by the latest and send the electronic version (as a Word document, Times New Roman, font size 12 for the main text, font size 10 for block quotations) to <office AT monochrom.at>

Thank you in advance for your efforts!

Very best wishes,
Guenther Friesinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Jane Tingley and Simon Laroche

Video online: "Fuckhackerfucks! An audience bashing" @ HOPE X

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Johannes of art tech group monochrom will indulge in a public rant about hacker culture and why it has to be saved from itself. Expect strong language, indecency, and valid critique of the status quo of hackdom. (No wonder his 2008 Google Tech talk got censored and never made it onto Google’s YouTube channel.)
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Fuckhackerfucks! An audience bashing @ HOPE X

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Johannes Grenzfurthner of art tech group monochrom wants to indulge in a public rant about hacker culture, and why it has to be saved from itself. Expect strong language, indecency and valid critique of the status-quo of hackdom. (No wonder his 2008 Google Tech talk got censored and never made it on Google's YouTube channel.)

At HOPE X (July 20, 2014; 1 PM), Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA.

"Die Gstettensaga": Utopia Festival Tel Aviv 2014 Official Selection

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"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" has been selected to screen at Utopia Festival of Fantastic Film Tel Aviv 2014.
The festival will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 13-20, 2014


Grand Opening: monochrom's "Wellness As Usual" in Vienna

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monochrom – the special interest group for art, theory and context-crafting – is determined to confront you with a multi-layered uber-reception of individual bliss.
Dozens upon dozens of New Age/Relaxation/Esoterica CDs will be played simultaneously, in absolute darkness, and therefore create a cacophonic mist of well-being – an uneasy slur of chilloutlandishness. Whale songs and babbling creeks, synth mountains and harp surges!
n equals n plus x. And x is always radical stress relief!
Experience how the merciless juxtaposition of individual oases of full frontal feelgoodness becomes a painfully energizing sensation.
Don't miss it!

Where? At Raum D, Quartier 21, Museumsquartier.
First slot: Saturday, July 12, 2014; 7 PM. BE ON TIME!
More slots: July 13-20; always 7 PM.


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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.

Booking monochrom:

External monochrom links:
[mono Wikipedia]
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[mono Facebook]
[mono Twitter]
[mono iTunes]
[mono Soup]
[mono Foursquare]
[mono Vimeo]
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Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl (Feature film)

Nothing To Hide (Documentary feature film)


23 Works (Short films)

Wellness As Usual

Context Hacking (Essay)

Context Hacking (Reader)

The Altogether Horrid Street Ballad Of Paratii

Earthmoving (Short film)

Sierra Zulu (Feature film project)


Enforce (Short film)

Carpet (Short film)

They used to be better

Video Jingle(s)

monochrom's ISS

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 2 / The Adventure Game

Lidl-Girl (Music video)

Rated R Us

Portraying The Terran Condition (Game)

alt.backen: monochrom's early phase picture begging outreach interface


Title Sequence


Operation Overhead


Tasty (Short film)

The Earth Has Been Destroyed (Music video)

Six Feet Under Club

Krach: Anderswo (Single)

monochrom's Raw Image Format / Archive

Climate Training Camp

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf vs. Cheetos (Short Films, Ads)

Krach der Roboter: Hello World!

BP, listen up!

Wikileaks: The Ballet (feat. Unicorns)

Google Wars / RPG Extravaganza

Slacking is killing the DIY industry (T-Shirt)

Carefully Selected Moments / CD, LP

Freedom is a whore of a word (T-Shirt)


International Year of Polytheism 2007

For you (Short film)

Santa Claus Vs. Christkindl: A Mobster Battle

Could It Be (Video clip)

Pot Tin God

Hacking the Spaces

Kiki and Bubu and The Shift / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Privilege / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Self / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Good Plan / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Feelings / Short film

Sculpture Mobs

Nazi Petting Zoo / Short film

The Great Firewall of China

KPMG / Short film

The BRAICIN / Short film

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 1 / The Adventure Game

I was a copyright infringement in a previous life (T-Shirt)

Brave New Pong

Leben ist LARPen e.V.

One Minute / Short film

Firing Squad Euro2008 Intervention


The Hackbus

A tribute to Honzo

Lessig ist lässig

I can count every star in the heavens above -- The image of computers in popular music

All Tomorrow's Condensations / Puppet show

Bye Bye / Short film


PC/DC patch

Proto-Melodic Comment Squad


The Redro Loitzl Story / Short film

Hax0rcise SCO

Law and Second Order (T-Shirt)

They really kicked you out of the Situationist International?

Death Special: Falco

Applicant Fisch / Short film

When I was asked to write about new economy

Taugshow #6

Taugshow #7

Taugshow #9

Taugshow #10

Taugshow #11

Taugshow #14

Taugshow #15

Campfire at Will

Arse Elektronika 2007, 2008, 2009 etc.

The Void's Foaming Ebb / Short film

Remoting Future

When you / Short film


Free Bariumnitrate

Toyps / Typing Errors

ARAD-II Miami Beach Crisis

The Charcoal Burner / Short film

Digital Culture In Brazil


Nation of Zombia

Lonely Planet Guide action

CSI Oven Cloth

Dept. of Applied Office Arts

Farewell to Overhead

Google Buttplug

Fieldrecording in Sankt Wechselberg / Short film

Dark Dune Spots

Campaign For The Abolition Of Personal Pronouns


Space Tourism

In the Head of the Gardener

Entertainment (Unterhaltung) / Short film

Cthulhu Goatse

Nicholas Negroponte Memorial Cable

Coke Light Art Edition 06

Experience the Experience! (West Coast USA/Canada Tour 2005)

April 23

Overhead Cumshot

Irark / Short film


Instant Blitz Copy Fight

A Patriotic Fireman

A Micro Graphic Novel Project

Noise and Talk

The Exhilarator


The Flower Currency


A Holiday in Soviet Unterzoegersdorf

How does the Internet work?

Paraflows 2006 and up

Special Forces

Coca Cola

About Work

Turing Train Terminal

Me / Short Film

Massive Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling Network


Some Code To Die For

The Year Wrap-up

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Metroblogging

Project Mendel

Display, Retry, Fail

Manifesto of Ignorantism


Towers of Hanoi



Every Five Seconds an Inkjet Printer Dies Somewhere




We know apocalypses

452 x 157 cm² global durability

A Good Haul

Blattoptera / Art for Cockroaches

Minus 24x

Gladiator / Short Film


An attempt to emulate an attempt

Paschal Duct-Taping

Laptop Crochetication


Somewhere in the 1930s

Soul Sale

The Department for Criticism against Globalisation

Dot Smoke

Georg Paul Thomann

Nurgel Staring

War On

Let's network it out


Mackerel Fiddlers


Disney vs. Chrusov / Short film

Bulk Mail

Easter Celebrations

Mouse Over Matter

Condolence for a Crab

Force Sting

Turning Threshold Countries Into Plows


A Noise

A. C. A.

Hopping Overland

Achy Breaky Heart Campaign

Hermeneutic Imperative III

Holy Water / Franchise

Roböxotica // Festival for Cocktail-Robotics


Engine Hood Cookies


The Watch

Creative Industry 2003

This World

Cracked Foundation For The Fine Arts

Sometimes I feel

Fit with INRI

Growing Money

Catapulting Wireless Devices

Buried Alive

Illegal Space Race

Magnetism Party

Brick of Coke

1 Baud

Scrota Contra Vota

Direct Intervention Engine

Oh my God, they use a history which repeats itself! (T-Shirt)