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Film Threat: Feature über Johannes Grenzfurthner und Traceroute

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Johannes Grenzfurthner was born in 1975 and grew up in the Austrian boondocks in a small town called Stockerau. Out of the womb, Johannes was drawn to nerd culture. “I grew up with only two TV channels, and I was very happy my dad got a VHS recorder as early as 1980. It opened up a whole new telematic (as it was called back then) reality for me. I could record TV on a tape, and watch it later! Whoa! And in 1983, the first video rental store opened in my hometown, the same year as the first Chinese restaurant. That was something.”

Like many geeks who grew up in the 1980s, he experienced geek culture at the beginning… before the dark times, before Disney bought, well, everything. “I wasn’t allowed to go to the cinema, but my parents didn’t care about my video consumption. I had a great variety of films I could pick from on tape. Close Encounters of the Third Kind stunned me, Convoy and Capricorn One made me cry for justice, and Poltergeist terrified the living, scrape-your-face-off shit out of me. And I remember when I first rented Alien. I couldn’t wait to get home and see it. But at the point where the beast should have burst out of the guy’s chest, there was nothing left to see except interference. All the freak-fans who had previously rented the movie had rewatched that scene so often that the tape was completely buggered. Oh my. Still, I had night terrors for days.”

Johannes’ interest in nerd culture was something of an obsession. “I was always interested in obscure crap. I loved science fact (Carl Sagan is still my only media idol) and science fiction, especially John Brunner and William Gibson. I always felt like a nerd, although there was no word for it in German. Later, on US Bulletin Board Systems, I learned about the term and immediately embraced it.”

Johannes Grenzfurthner is as much an artist as he is a nerd. His feature documentary Traceroute (which received a rave review right here on Film Threat) is now available for digital download and the movie is a pure delight for anyone immersed in all things about nerd culture from movies to technology, the internet and even sex. In this exclusive interview, Johannes reveals what it’s like to see the world wearing glasses attuned to seeing the positively geeky side of everything in life.

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Traceroute: ab sofort auf Vimeo On Demand

Wichtige Nachricht von Johannes Grenzfurthner...

Finally! My nerd culture documentary TRACEROUTE can be downloaded on Vimeo On Demand. It was quite a challenge creating it -- and huge thanks to all the folks who supported me... during the road trip and afterwards in post-production.

I hope you consider buying or renting it. Would mean a lot to me.
(And in case you want a DRM-free option, contact me.)

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Film Threat bespricht Traceroute: 10/10!

Bradley Gibson von Film Threat gibt Traceroute 10 von 10 Punkte. Herrjeh!

Traceroute is the most fun I’ve ever had watching a documentary. If you’re a nerd (and you are) this is the road trip you’ve always wanted to take with your smartest, geekiest friend. You’re not going to want to come home. It’s Cosmos. It’s DragonCon on wheels. It’s your favorite sex fantasy. It’s alcohol soaked nonviolent subversive protest mobile and WiFi linked. It’s On The Road updated with tech, science, pseudoscience, sex, and fandom. This is Sheldon Cooper, Stan Lee, and your favorite Suicide Girls showing up at your door with an electric supercar, a bag of legal weed, and a cooler full of jello shots. No, this is Doc Brown showing up in the DeLorean saying “Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” This is Buckaroo Banzai texting to ask you if everything is ok with the alien spacecraft from Planet 10 or should we just go ahead and destroy Russia?

You say yes.

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This is Innovative breathtaking rapid-fire filmmaking raw guerrilla style with nerd friendly blandishments in titles and music and computer graphic margin notes for good measure.

Do not miss this movie.

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Buried Alive bei Herr Ostrowski sucht das Glück: In der Einsamkeit

Herr Ostrowski sucht das Glück in der Einsamkeit und zwar unter anderem bei einem Buried Alive mit monochrom am Gelände des VSL - Verein Symposion Lindabrunn!


Noch eine Woche zum Nachschauen in der ORF TVthek.




Linked Open Data: The Essentials: The Knowledge Brokering Edition

Seit heute neu in der der edition mono/monochrom! Das seit heute erhältliche Buch Linked Open Data: The Essentials: The Knowledge Brokering Edition!




Es steht unter anderem auf unserer Website unter Open Access zum Download bereit!




"Make Tragedy Farce Again": Bestellen!

Von Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom)


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#mRIF: Neck

 


Part of monochrom's Raw Image Format, our series of daily images.


"Traceroute": Leuphana University 2017 Official Selection

"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany (January 11), in cooperation with Scala Programmkino.

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#mRIF: Arrival

 


Part of monochrom's Raw Image Format, our series of daily images.


"Traceroute": International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London 2016 Official Selection

"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London, London, UK (February 18-26).

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Fucking Machines: Arse Elektronika in 'The Gap'

Ein Artikel in 'The Gap' beschäftigt sich mit Sex-Tech und der Arse Elektronika. Er beruht auf einem Interview mit Johannes Grenzfurthner.

Das österreichische Kollektiv Monochrom beschäftigt sich seit Jahren mit dem Zusammenspiel zwischen der Sexindustrie und der Tech-Welt. Bereits 2007 veranstalteten sie im Startup-Mekka San Francisco die erste Arse Elektronika, eine Konferenz für Sex & Tech, bei der jedes Jahr zahlreiche Speaker zu Wort kommen und neue Technologien vorgestellt werden. Während die Veranstaltung zunächst als einmaliges Event geplant war, wurde sie dank dem starken Zuspruch jährlich wiederholt und feiert nun ihr 10-jähriges Jubiläum. „Sex-Technologie ist ein sehr großer Bereich, der von Pornos auf Blu-ray bis zu einer technisch kontrollierbaren Fucking Machine reicht.“, erklärt Johannes Grenzfurthner, Initiator der Arse Elektronika. Unterschieden werden kann dabei zwischen Nischenprodukten, wie eigens angefertigten Fucking Machines, die nur ein kleines ausgewähltes Publikum ansprechen und dem Mainstream-Markt, der vor allem Pornos und Sex Toys konsumiert. Ein großes Thema in den letzten Jahren sei vor allem der Bereich der Teledildonik. Darunter fallen aus der Ferne steuerbare Sex Toys, die Remote-Control-Sex ermöglichen. Ebenfalls interessant seien reacting Sex Toys, wie beispielsweise Ambrosia Vibes, ein Dildo mit sogenanntem „Sucking Sensor“. Saugt jemand an dem Strap-On, gibt dieser Vibrationen an den Träger weiter.

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"Traceroute": 33c3 2016 Official Selection

"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at 33c3 (Chaos Communication Congress), Hamburg, Germany (December 29).

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Traceroute ist im Semifinale bei GZDOC

Und so eine nette Urkunde.

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"Traceroute": HEK Basel 2016 Official Selection

"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at HEK, Basel, Switzerland (November 29).

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"Privacy is a bourgeois fantasy": Bestellen!

We need a radical rethinking of how we discuss privacy. As our lives are exposed on Google, Facebook and Twitter, the dissolution of privacy shatters personal and social securities. This loss of control can be embraced and molded into productive, emancipating “post-private technologies of the self” (Ganz), making all of us happier. Post-privacy as a social theory hits a raw nerve in Germany because of its totalitarian past. Jeff Jarvis observed when Google Streetview created an outrage in the German media: “Germans love going naked to mixed saunas and letting complete strangers take an intimate look, but when it comes to the Internet, the buck stops there.” Is surrendering to “full-frontal data nudity” a sign of de-solidarity and apolitical behavior? Is post-privacy only an option for the privileged? Is privacy a necessary means of self-defense against certain powers?

Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom)


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monochrom *1993. ursprünglich zeitschrift. lebt z. zt. als haufen bzw. neue unübersichtlichkeit im museumsquartier wien, bamberg und unter www.monochrom.at. arbeitet unter anderem als künstler/innen/gruppe, linksextremistischer partyservice, info-point, archiv, sloterdijk ii, liveband, gruppentherapie, computerspiel und als konkursmasse etc. monochrom besteht aus johannes grenzfurthner, evelyn fuerlinger, franky ablinger, harald homolka list, frank apunkt schneider, daniel fabry, gnther friesinger, anika kronberger, roland gratzer sowie gott und der welt. immerhin!
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