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Glossary of Broken Dreams: Almost done!

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Some folks were already asking: "What are you working on? Why are you so quiet about your current film project? What happened to your film about Tycho Brahe?"
Well... we still needed some more money for Tycho, but in July we learned that the goddamn ORF declined to support us -- and we had to postpone the whole production for a year.

I was so mad and frustrated that I decided: fuck it all. I will do another film, right now, just for my creative sanity. So I created... GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS.

I just started working. I asked friends for their help, and I'm glad they were kind and supportive. The really cool thing was: I simply kept working and working and working without asking anyone for permission, without writing yet another godforsaken grant application, and I didn't give a damn what people might think about the project. No target audience, no marketing strategy, no necessity to please juries, nothing. I made the film that I wanted to make. And I did it with my friends... in roughly five months.
99 minutes runtime.
I am very grateful for that.

GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS is an ideotaining cinematic revue about important political concepts. Everyone is talking about freedom! Privacy! Identity! Resistance! The Market! The Left! But, yikes, I couldn't tolerate ignorant and topically abusive comments on the "Internet" anymore! Supported by my good friend and intellectual sparring partner Ishan Raval, I try to explain, re-evaluate, and sometimes sacrifice political golden calves of discourse.
It features puppets! And anime! And pixel animation! And live-action! And stock footage!
Many thanks to my performers and artistic collaborators: Amber Benson, Max Grodénchik, Jeff Ricketts, Jason Scott, Stefanie Sargnagel, Gerald Votava, Robert Stachel, Stuart Freeman, Katharina Stemberger, Conny Lee, Jolyne Schlien Schürmann, Hannes Duscher, Roland Gratzer, Alexander Fennon, Michael J. Epstein, Michael Smulik, Kudra Owens, Martin Auer, David Dempsey, Anna Behne... and many others.

Color grading is done. Couple more days of sound design and mastering and GLOSSARY OF BROKEN DREAMS will be ready for the festival season.
Here is the project page:

Traceroute made it into the semi-finalist list at Filmplus Festival

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Wow. Filmplus is a film festival honoring film editing and montage.
It's quite an honor to be on a list with Monika Willi, for Christ's sake!


Therapeutic Arson

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Johannes always wanted to start a band with that name. Never did. Well, at least he has merch for it now.

Design is based on work by the wonderful Josh Ellingson.

On skirts, shirts, mugs, stuff.

Wild Thing

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A little cut-cup design based on the layout of an article about feral children. (Johannes created that layout for monochrom #15-23).

On shirts, leggins, skirts, mugs, whatever.

No name is higher

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A message for believers.

Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.


ALF: A Clockwork Orange

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“There was me, that is ALF, and my droogs, trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.”

Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom) and James Brothwell (of Impeccable Flith)

Johannes Grenzfurthner: http://www.grenzfurthner.com
James Brothwell: http://www.impeccableflith.com

Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.


Sleep. No more.

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It's a collage. A COLLAGE!

Available on shirts, mugs, posters, whaterver.


Photoshop LAYER

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Photoshop LAAAAAAAYER was first available in Adobe Photoshop 3.0 in 1994. That rocks.

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User review of Traceroute... makes us cry tears of joy

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User "Pepe F" writes about Traceroute on Rotten Tomatoes. Read.


Traceroute: VOD options

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Traceroute is available on Vimeo On Demand and Amazon USA/UK/DE!

For DRM-free download deals please contact us (traceroute AT monochrom.at).

Film Threat: Feature about Johannes Grenzfurthner and 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.




Traceroute: download it on Vimeo On Demand

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Important message from 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.)

Shout-out to the great staff at Video Caption Corporation for providing us excellent subtitling/CC service!


Film Threat reviews Traceroute: 10/10!

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Bradley Gibson of Film Threat gave Traceroute 10 of 10 points. Damn!

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.


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.


"Make Tragedy Farce Again": Order it!

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Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner (of monochrom)

Link to products (posters, mugs, pillows, all you can wish for!)

"Traceroute": Leuphana University 2017 Official Selection

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


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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.

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Glossary of Broken Dreams (Feature film)

Traceroute (Documentary feature)

Therapeutic Arson

Wild Thing

No name is higher

ALF: A Clockwork Orange

Sleep. No more.

Photoshop Layer

IDIA: Schatzi, i hob di gern

Privacy is a bourgeois fantasy

Reactor Leak


Upgrate (the Hard Cheese Drive)

Tortured Artist Seeks Aid To Feel More Inadequate

Tycho (Feature film, in production)

Occupy East India Trading Company

Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl (Feature film)

Zardoz is pleased

It's a bug hunt!! (Kermit goes Aliens)

The Man (Short film)

Dogs Playing D&D

Venus of Strapondorf


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)