Hack The Jellyfish: Or How To Mess With Reality (monochrom @ Steirischer Herbst)
Featuring Minerva Cuevas, Dmytri Kleiner (Telekommunisten), Jens Ohlig (CCC), Nick Farr (HOPE, HackDC) and others!
Normality and reality are created within the structure of society. In a media-based society (and of course there is no such thing as a non-media-based society consisting of more than one person) it is the signs and significants, the meanings and habits and conventions of speaking and thinking, the images and stereotypes which control everything. It is important to analyze how it is represented and of course what is not represented or how it lacks representation. It's not so much Rupert Murdock whose assholeness we will not dispute that we should attack, but rather something we would call the cultural grammar of the public space (which consists of the media space as well as of streets, places and baseball stadiums). Power is formed within such a grammar. Access and non-access to each and every thing is regulated in its realm. Meanings are negotiated there. Good and evil are determined. Society is an ongoing process of rediscussing and remodelling its power structures. Power is more like a fluid, or like a jellyfish, than a solid brick wall, and we can play with it.
That's why monochrom thinks that hackers, artists, technologists, activists, developers, players and other fellow nerds should leave their cozy peer-groups and comfy in-scenes and exit their spaces of cultural incest and patting-each-others-shoulder and talk about what we can do to hack the jellyfish.
At Thalia, Steirischer Herbst, Graz. September 23, 2012; 1 am.
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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