Fucking polygons, fucking pixels: On procedural representations of sex / Arse Elektronika 2012
Paolo Pedercini of Molleindustria on procedural representations of sex in videogames.
Arse Elektronika (not to be confused with the similarly sounding, slightly more established new media art festival in Linz) is the most important conference investigating the intersection of sex and technology. The past six editions revolved around themes like porn as innovation driver, sexuality in science fiction or body enhancements. This year the emphasis was on games and the three day festival included performances, workshops, and an eclectic mix of lectures: from the challenges of simulating sexual intercourse in Nordic LARPs to the dating strategies among volunteers in disaster zones, from the physics of vibrators and sex machines to the auto-ethnography of masturbation…
The Digital and Analogue Subversion of monochrom: Günther Friesinger @ furtherfield
Once, when I was living in Moscow before 2011, I was informed about monochrom by recommendation of my friend: the activist initiatives of this art group from Vienna seemed fascinating due to its art-tech philosophy and it put a smile on my face due to its pop attitude. Later on in Linz Günther Friesinger, one of the creators of monochrom, gave a lecture to Media Art Histories students of the Donau Universität, which inspired me to arrange an interview with him. The first question I asked was about establishing monochrom. Günther explained that “monochrom came into being in 1993 as a fanzine for cyberculture, science, theory, cultural studies and the archeology of pop culture in every-day life. Its collage format is reminiscent of both the early DIY fanzines of the punk and new wave underground and the art books of figures such as Dieter Roth, Martin Kippenberger and others. For a while now, monochrom have been venturing further than publishing alone, and have been responsibly influencing people’s minds via film production, performances and festivals. If you are in Vienna in autumn by chance, have a look at the paraflows festival - one of the main projects run by monochrom.Link
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.
External monochrom links:
[mono IMDb (at)]
[mono IMDb (us)]
[office AT monochrom.at]
[ P r o j e c t s ]
23 Works (Short films)