WTF: "Heute" tabloid reports a third time about "Six Feet Under Club"
Sex in the coffin: "Heute" reports again!
We are booked out for Friday, but maybe you get lucky: we will have a coffin tombola for 3 slots.
Facebook event for more info.
And here is out project page.
monochrom's Six Feet Under Club in Vienna: "Heute" tabloid newspaper calls us sexperts!
If you want to book a slot for have sex in a coffin, please visit our Facebook page.
And here is the official project page of the Six Feet Under Club.
Roboexotica: Do Androids Dream of Electric Schnapps?
The first Golden Age of the automated potationist was the 1950s: In The Stars My Destination, the novelist Alfred Bester introduced a robot who served both cognac and epiphanies; in France, there debuted a model that resembled a gas pump and modulated the potency of your Martini according to its assessment of your drinking capacity. Charting the evolution of the robot bartender forward from the ’50s is akin to tracing the history of software technology. In 1973, early adopters were slipping in a punch card and then sipping Planter’s Punch. In 1984, they were knocking back vodka tonics with the aid of laser-disc software. In 2013, Google convention-goers downloaded to their phones a Makr Shakr app. In a perfect reflection of the ethos of the social Web, the app simultaneously enabled drinkers to express micro-specific personal preferences and encouraged them to create “crowd-sourced drink combinations” (which I’m guessing all turned out like Long Island Iced Teas). Where do we go from here?Link
GoSensual reports about Arse Elektronika
monochrom's "Arse Elektronika" ist ein Festival der besonderen Art: Es geht um Sex, Pornografie und Medientechnologien. Sex und Pornografie haben in der Vergangenheit eine wichtige Rolle in der Entwicklung von Technologie gespielt – und werden sie auch in Zukunft treiben. Bis dato haben Medienfestivals diesen Umstand kaum thematisiert und elegant vermieden.Link
MAKE blog recommends Roboexotica 2013
I'm a big fan of cocktail robots and the number one destination for barbot enthusiasts is Roboexotica, a festival held every year in Vienna.Link
Laughing Squid recommends Roboexotica 2013
Roboexotica 2013, a festival for cocktail robotics, takes place December 5 to 8 at the Ragnarhof art space in Vienna, Austria. The 15th annual Roboexotica is presented by Monochrom, SHIFZ, and Bureau of Philosophy.LinkUntil what seems almost recently, no attempts had been made to publicly discuss the role of Cocktail Robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. It is the first and, inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide.Poster by James Brothwell
Roboexotica 2013: The poster is here!
Jane McGonigal's TED talk about monochrom's "Massively multi-player thumb-wrestling"
Jane McGonigal gave a TED talk about our game concept for "Massively multi-player thumb-wrestling".
The idea is already almost 9 years old, and still people play it all over the world. Proud.
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?Link
monochrom wants you to go down: SIX FEET UNDER CLUB -- in Vienna
6fuc in Vienna, Austria @ Schwelle7
November 29, 2013
In the age of data mining, a person's sex life may contain less embarrassing details than their web search history. Does it make sense that the former is a tightly guarded secret while the latter is shared with anonymous corporations daily? Even though a sexual nature is one of the few things most humans share in common, our social convention is to push all trace of it out of the public sphere. The Six Feet Under Club offers attendees a unique opportunity to experience the warping of public and private intimate space.
Couples can volunteer to be buried together in a casket beneath the ground. The space they occupy will be extremely private and intimate. The coffin is a reminder of the social norm of exclusive pair bonding "till death do us part". However, this intimate scene will be corrupted by the presence of a night vision webcam which projects the scene on to an outside wall. The audience will be privy to the scene inside, but the volunteers in the coffin will be completely isolated from them. The scenario keeps the intimacy of a sexual moment intact while moving the private act into public space. It can be seen as an absurd parody of pornographic cinema or an examination of the high value placed on sexual privacy. Either way, won't you become a member of the Six Feet Under Club?
Neural Magazine reviews monochrom's "Context Hacking"
In 1993 Johannes Grenzfurthner posted on Fidonet about his intention to start a fanzine on politics, network and pop culture, and Franz Ablinger answered almost immediately. That was how the Viennese “monochrom” collective started. This thick hardcover publication seems to be the perfect container for twenty years of activity, restating their history in a different form. But although the publications have been constant over time, they have confronted and engaged with a large number of different cultural and artistic contexts. This reflects the heterogeneity of the founding members, who share what used to be called a "communication guerrilla" background, but who embody different attitudes towards communication in unexpected, sometimes quite extreme fields. They have been and are dystopic but maintain an ironic and cyberpunk attitude, talking about the future through performances, festivals, installations, sitcoms, theatre, video games, among other media. The text makes clears their roots in their home country and their awareness of the academic discourse in which they are situated. But the book also includes a catalogue of very symbolic exhibitions, which represents their main projects in a very playful and unifying way. They effectively generate aesthetic consistency over diverse projects, preserving and reinforcing with striking representational contrast the pure subversiveness of their work.Link
monochrom's Arse Elektronika presents Maggie Mayhem: "Activism/Tech/Sex Work"
monochrom @ Blue Bird Panel: "Crowdfunding: The better way of financing music?"
With Amanda Palmer, Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom), Ingrid Brodnig (Falter), Markus Keuschnigg (Slash Filmfestival) and Heinz Wolf (departure, M185).
Kickstarter and other crowd funding platforms have opened new avenues for artists and entrepreneurs to realize their visions. Even though a story of success for many, does crowd funding really work for everyone? What are the problems and challenges that arise when the sole responsibility for a project's success or failure rests on the artists' shoulders? And do campaigns of well established performers divert attention from smaller projects thus making it harder for them to find funding?
monochrom @ FSCONS Gothenburg: "Subverting Subversion: Or How We Can Fight Ourselves"
The ultimate horror is not the end of civilization, but its endless decline. But how can we get the message out if nobody wants to listen? We at monochrom call our working method »Context Hacking,« thus referencing the hacker culture, which propagates a creative and emancipatory approach to the technologies of the digital age, and in this way turns against the continuation into the digital age of a centuries-old technological enslavement perpetrated through knowledge and hierarchies of experts. Context hacking transfers the hackers’ objectives and methods to the network of social relationships in which artistic production occurs, and upon which it is dependent. In a metaphoric sense, these relationships also have a source code. Programs run in them, and our interaction with them is structured by a user interface. When we know how a space, a niche, a scene, a subculture or a media or political practice functions, we can change it and »recode« it, deconstructing its power relationships and emancipating ourselves from its compulsions and packaging guidelines.
Maggie Mayhem: monochrom's new Arist-in-Residence in Vienna
Maggie Mayhem is an international social justice activist who applies her background as an HIV/STI prevention specialist into multimedia art, criticism, and performance. Her focus is on gender and sexuality.
Link (Bio, Q21 page)
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 ]
Nothing To Hide (Documentary feature film)