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Mental Floss reviews Traceroute

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Chris Higgins at Mental Floss reviewed Traceroute... and I could be more proud.

So here's the thing: This is a documentary nominally about "nerd culture," but it's actually good. As many nerds have noticed, there's a glut of nerd-positive documentaries out there, but they tend to be either too self-serious, or too focused on the trappings of fandom to actually say much.

Traceroute manages to be a real film, with humor and true insight (sometimes called out for us—and delightfully nullified—with a blinking "INSIGHT" faux-HTML tag onscreen), primarily because it focuses on Grenzfurthner's personal journey, and he doesn't take himself too seriously. Let's put that another way: The director uses himself and a handful of subjects to create his story, and that specificity—coupled with his playfulness—makes it work. At one point he licks the chrome head of a Terminator prop. Then he licks a zombie head prop. Then he licks the propmaster himself. It's delightful.


"Traceroute": Ferrara Film Festival 2016 Official Selection

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"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at Ferrara Film Festival 2016.
The festival will be held in Ferrara, Italy (June 1-5, 2016).


Help! Tortured Artist Seeks Aid To Feel More Inadequate!

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I identify with the core concept of the tortured artist — the artist who is constantly suffering due to frustrations with art and other people — but I think I would be able to do a much better job if I had better resources.
I truly believe I would feel much more alienated and misunderstood if I could operate within a better financial framework. I have already tried smoking, sexual frustration, professional envy, heartbreak, and an array of other overwhelming emotions and inner conflicts — but I have truly failed due to the lack of a proper budget.
Being narcissistic and extraverted, but also self-loathing and introverted, is quite a personal and monetary challenge. Even self-mutilation and attempted suicide would be much more effective if I could afford the right tools.

A fully funded tortured artist is a truly productive tortured artist. Help me help myself feel more inadequate! It is an investment in me and in the future of society. Thank you.

(I will be truly miserable if this campaign fails.)

(I will be truly miserable if this campaign succeeds.)

(There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there?)

(I completely disagree with Lydia Lunch.)

(I must fear. Fear is the mind-cleaner.)


UK Films review of Traceroute

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9/10. Fuck yeah.

Some of the places, subjects and people are bizarre, some insightful and some politically and socially challenging, but always fun. That is the brilliance of Traceroute. It's a social commentary delivered from a totaly new angle and with real flair.
Johannes is always opinionated, but always open with a real sense of self discovery. I loved every minute of this quirky film. There is such a wide veriety of subjects, tied together by the geek theme, that it feels fluid and expansive, much like the subject matter its self.


Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) reviews Traceroute

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Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) wrote a really great review of Traceroute, almost a love letter!

If you're expecting nothing more than your usual nerd doc with its cosplay cuteness and asocial gamers, you're going to be not just disappointed but probably traumatized. Grenzfurthner is clearly full-on willing to challenge culture, stereotypes, accepted thoughts and just about everything else. There's a healthy dose of sexuality in Traceroute, which one might expect, yet Grenzfurthner also immerses the film in politics, activism and social shifts. [...] Refreshingly devoid of the pretentiousness so often found amongst truly intellectual films, Traceroute is simultaneously a pretty wonderful personal journey and an immensely satisfying cinematic experience.


MicroFilmmaker Magazine reviews Traceroute

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MicroFilmmaker Magazine gives Traceroute 7.5 out of 10 points. Not too shabby!

The different people Grenzfurthner chatted with were genuinely interesting and the organic way he moved from place to place was intriguing. [...] You'll find that you've learned an awful lot about technology, nerdiness, and America.


Boing Boing features in-depth interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner about Traceroute

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Thomas Kaestle did an excellent interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner about Traceroute -- and it got published on Boing Boing!

The basic idea behind Traceroute is as simple as it is effective: Johannes Grenzfurthner travels through the USA from the West to the East Coast – on the trail of people and things that made a mark on his life as a nerd. Aliens, dinos, meteorites and rockets. Film locales, graves and no-go areas. Authors, collectors, tinkerers, outsiders and nuts. Nerds of every sort and color. Traceroute is radical individual empiricism, a narrative biographical puzzle and an experimental projection matrix. Despite continual stimulus satiation, it is wonderful fun: the film tickles the synapses with a perfectly mixed cocktail of collectively shared context and a quirkiness that takes some getting used to. Whoever might be proud of having been able to interpret all of the film's cinematic references has perhaps just missed the next pop-culture innuendo in the soundtrack.


"Traceroute": HOPE XI (2016) Official Selection

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"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at HOPE (XI) 2016.
The conference will be held in NYC in July 2016.


CriticAtac features review of Traceroute

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Stefan Tiron wrote a massive review of Traceroute for Romanian leftist magazine CriticAtac.

În româneÈ™te consider că nu există un cuvânt potrivit pentru fanaticii, ahtiaÈ›ii, maniacii, obsedaÈ›ii -posedaÈ›i care scurmă È™i canibalizează deÈ™eurile deversate de complexul militar-de-divertisment în lagunele culturii pop sau pe console de joc È™i de acolo direct în sistemul de irigaÈ›ii al contra-culturii. În româneÈ™te termenul de ‘nerd’ este încă un termen orfan fără echivalent.

DicÈ›ionarele online îl reduc pe ‘nerd’ la o serie de apelative contradictorii: tocilar, greu de cap È™i È™oarece de bibliotecă. Diriginta noastră ne zicea exasperată pur È™i simplu „copii oligofreni”.

Este oare asta o conspiraÈ›ie imposibilă între foÈ™ti diriginÈ›i È™i bătăuÈ™ii din spatele È™colii de la care ne luam capace, o alianță între È™efi de detaÈ™ament È™i creatorii testelor de IQ, între vechea elită în majoritatea ei francofilă È™i duÈ™manii lor de clasă?! Dacă este adevărat, asta este atunci poate cea mai cuprinzătoare È™i transversală coaliÈ›ie din societatea românească.

Dar poate nici nu contează, pentru că È™i în engleză, cum ne spune autorul filmului termenul de nerd are o etimologie care fluctuează între jigniri popularizate de telenovele din 70, numele unei fiinÈ›e (Dr Seuss) dintr-o grădină zoologică imaginară, s-au argou ortografiat corect de însăși Philip K Dick (aÈ™a zice el).

Traceroute este filmul care se v-a lansa la NY Independent Film Festival anul asta, chiar în slava eÈ™apamentului de algorimti geo-ingineraÈ›i de capitalismul financiar pulsând în arhipelagul Googlag-ului cognitiv, botezat aÈ™a împreună cu Vladan Jeremić de la Biro Beograd/ArtLeaks într-o vară de neuitat pe insula Ada Ciganlija de pe fluviul Sava.

Vă garantez că nici anii de antrenament greu în reÈ›ele sociale, nici urmărirea de sine de tip self quantification, nici zilele È™i lunile petrecute gâdilând ecranele de toate mărimile nu vă pot pregăti pentru tsunami-ul de referinÈ›e canonice È™i non-canonice È›intite de Johannes Grenzfurthner (artist È™i nerd) spre un public de toate vârstele, de toate genurile È™i de toate speciile.


Traceroute: Nominated for Austrian Documentary Award (ADA) 2016

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Nominated! Traceroute got nominated for the Austrian Documentary Award (ADA).



Huck Magazine features our Six Feet Under Club

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Huck Magazine publishes an article by Jack Richardson about our Six Feet Under Club!

The Six Feet Under Club: an art project burying kinky couples alive
"It might get icky"

Austrian art collective monochrom offers a unique opportunity for participants to experience the warping of public and private space: having sex in a coffin while strangers watch you via webcam.

You can hear the whirring of a drill as the last cracks of light are stifled. There’s a pause, followed by the scratchy sound of dirt spilling above the wooden board just inches from your face. Then silence.

You would be forgiven for imagining this to be a scene from a horror film. But the man standing above your coffin, shovel in hand, is Johannes Grenzfurthner – founder of the Austrian art collective monochrom, to whom you have signed away full consent.

This is the Six Feet Under Club: an art installation where couples volunteer to be buried in a casket beneath the ground… along with a webcam that projects the scene for onlookers in unflattering night-vision. The intention is to keep the intimacy of a sexual moment intact while moving it from the private to the public.


The big TEN! A decade of Arse Elektronika!

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Humans! Replicants!
We will most likely postpone Arse Elektronika 2016 to January 2017.
It will be our tenth festival -- and a good excuse for our plans of a reboot and restructuring!
We will keep you updated!

Tickets for "Traceroute" World Premiere at NYC Independent Film Festival 2016

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"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at the NYC Independent Film Festival 2016 -- the World Premiere.

You can now buy tickets for the event. And we assume they will sell at soonish.

April 28, 2016 at 7 PM at the Producers' Club in Manhattan.

Ticket link

"Traceroute": DOK.fest Munich 2016 Official Selection

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"Traceroute" has been selected to screen at DOK.fest Munich (International Documentary Film Festival Munich) 2016.
The festival will be held in Munich, Germany in May 2016.


Diamond In The Rough Films reviews "Traceroute"

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Mark Schwab over at Diamond In The Rough Films reviewed Traceroute. He liked it and gave us 3.5/4 stars!

I had blocked out my inner-nerd and all it took was an Austrian to melt down the hard water stains on my psyche and embrace it again.

The Austrian is one Johannes Grenzfurthner (going to Ctrl+C that last name right now) and he has made a simply wonderful documentary in TRACEROUTE - a lovely ode to nerdom and all things geeky.  Flying into San Francisco and travelling East to New York City by van, Grenzfurthner stops at many points along the way (such as Area 51 and Stan Winston Studios) while giving us a little history, chatting with the local folks and opening up about his own personal nerd journey.

This doc works in some very unconventional ways, not the least of which is our plucky protagonist. Grenzfurthner is an absolute charmer as our host and his narration is note-perfect (the accent is so cool in that Werner Herzog kind of way). It's really rare in a documentary about a not-that-famous person where you become almost instantly won-over and invested in their personal journey.


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Traceroute (Documentary feature)

Tortured Artist Seeks Aid To Feel More Inadequate

Tycho! (Feature film)

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

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)