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monochrom's "Climate Training Camp" @ DORM / Sligo, Ireland 
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Gear up for the future: with our DIY climate booths!

Climate change tends to be seen as the result of failed politics. But the causes lay deeper: certain subjects of an economy act against each other's interests in international as well as in terms of the nation state. It's always the fault of the others who want to eat twice a day, as German chancellorette Angela Merkel rightfully stated.

'Climate machines' like portable heaters for example enabled humanity to adapt to any climate in the 19th century, creating 'climate-independent artificial man' (Friedrich Nietzsche). But the climatic challenges of the 21st century want to be tackled with a new generation of climate machines: adjusting the climate to man's needs is no longer the aim, it has to be the other way around.

In a workshop and with lectures the art group monochrom wants to convey the knowledge required to build climate booths enabling you to train your personal adaptability to the extreme weather conditions of the future, today. Success in your job and with your choice of sexual partners is guaranteed! On top of that you have the opportunity to get a whiff of tomorrow's climate in our climate booths 'sand storm' and 'snow storm', and to gain precious experience. There's a lot to endure, let's get started.

Next training:
The Model, The Mall, Sligo, Ireland
Opening: May 1, 2010. Exhibition and tours between May 2 and July 4.


monochrom @ ROFLcon II / Schedule 
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Two monochrom appearances at ROFLcon II!
The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward
Friday, April 30: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm in Room 26-100

With Mike Bender (Awkward Family Photos), Jonathan Standefer (Lamebook), Helen Killer (Regretsy), Douglas Chernack (Awkward Family Photos), Brad O'Farrell (Play 'em off Keyboard Cat).
Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom) [Moderator]

While we didn't bring Goatse (sorry/you're welcome about that), ROFLCon would be remiss to not spend a moment talking about the awkward on the web. Bringing together some of the folks that have done the most to commentate and celebrate that unique kind of fail on the web in the recent year, this panel examines the role that awkward things play on the web culture.
monochrom: let's network it out
Saturday, May 1: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in Room 56-180

monochrom is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, philosophy, and crap. Chances are high you've seen one of their projects on the net and didn't even know they created it. Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, eaten sausages made from their own blood, invented Massive Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling, buried people alive, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with the Thomann Project. Johannes Grenzfurthner will give a brief introduction in the world of monochrom, context hacking and the powerless powers of guerrilla communication.

Brain-Like Computing on an Organic Molecular Layer 
Information processing circuits in digital computers are static. In our brains, information processing circuits -- neurons -- evolve continuously to solve complex problems. Now, an international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University has created a similar process of circuit evolution in an organic molecular layer that can solve complex problems. This is the first time a brain-like "evolutionary circuit" has been realized.

Guinea waits for change 
Elections are promised in Guinea this June, causing excitement among its people, tired of 
military rule and having to live on less than a dollar a day. But is the country ready for elections, let alone democratic rule?

Update: monochrom #26-34: Release festivities in New York City @ Nuyorican Poets Cafe 
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== monochrom #26-34: Ye Olde Self-Referentiality ==
== Release reading/party at Nuyorican Poets Cafe ==
== Featuring Special Guest Kio Stark, Heather Kelley, Mae Saslaw, Nick Farr ==
== April 27, 2010, 9 PM ==

The phatzine monochrom #26-34 (Goat of 1k Young) is an impossibility in an impossible universe — an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. 500 pages (67 ounces) of outrageous printed bestiality.
And we plan to thoughtfully present it at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe!

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Brains, Worms and Computer Chips Have Striking Similarities 
An international team of scientists has discovered striking similarities between the human brain, the nervous system of a worm, and a computer chip. The finding is reported in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.

Five species that cheated extinction 
If you are the last of your kind like the Galapagos tortoise Lonesome George, then short of a virgin birth or cloning, your species is doomed. But it ain't all doom and gloom. Humans have stepped in to save species on the edge, sometimes dramatically and with some success.

Indeed, conservationists have suggested starting a "blue list" of species that have come back from the brink, mirroring the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of endangered species.

Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change 
Bolivia—Here in this small Andean nation of 10 million people, the glaciers are melting, threatening the water supply of the largest urban area in the country, El Alto and La Paz, with 3.5 million people living at altitudes over 10,000 feet. I flew from El Alto International, the world’s highest commercial airport, to the city of Cochabamba.

Bolivian President Evo Morales calls Cochabamba the heart of Bolivia. It was here, 10 years ago this month, that, as one observer put it, "the first rebellion of the 21st century” took place. In what was dubbed the Water Wars, people from around Bolivia converged on Cochabamba to overturn the privatization of the public water system. As Jim Shultz, founder of the Cochabamba-based Democracy Center, told me, “People like a good David-and-Goliath story, and the water revolt is David not just beating one Goliath, but three. We call them the three Bs: Bechtel, Banzer and the Bank." The World Bank, Shultz explained, coerced the Bolivian government, under President Hugo Banzer, who had ruled as a dictator in the 1970s, to privatize Cochabamba's water system. The multinational corporation Bechtel, the sole bidder, took control of the public water system.

Financial Instability: Where Will It All End? 
This collection of essays is in the nature of a running commentary on some of the main aspects of the turbulent course of capitalist development in the last years of the 1970s and the first of the 1980s. The focus is on the United States, still by a wide margin the biggest of the advanced capitalist countries, but the context is the global capitalist order, including its advanced, less-developed, and underdeveloped components. The first essay in the collection is dated November 1977, the last March 1981, and the summarizing "Introduction" was written in late summer 1981.

What has happened in the year that has passed since then? The answer, essentially, is more of the same.

Update: monochrom #26-34: Release festivities in San Francisco 
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== monochrom #26-34: Ye Olde Self-Referentiality ==
== Release reading/party at Noisebridge ==
== Featuring Special Guest STARPAUSE SOUND SYSTEM and HARBOUR & MUSHEN / V. Vale / SFSlim / David Fine / Jonathan Mann / Aestetix ==
== April 21, 2010, 8 PM ==

The phatzine monochrom #26-34 (Goat of 1k Young) is an impossibility in an impossible universe — an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. 500 pages (67 ounces) of outrageous printed bestiality.
And we plan to thoughtfully present it at Noisebridge!

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LA Metblog features monochrom #26-34 release in LA 
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Our favorite Austrians are back in the USSA to celebrate the release of their newest phonebook sized collection of random text. Johannes is here in LA and along with contributors such as Jason Brown, John Wilcock and me, will be doing readings from the book on Friday night at Machine Project.

There is sure to be talk of assorted deities and assorted diets, assorted sexual practices and assorted practical sexutices. Don't know what a sexutices is? You'll just have to come and find out. There will also be all sorts of riveting international politics and possibly something about rivets.

More info can be found here. Friday April 16, 2010, 8PM – 1200 D North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles

John Wilcock: Special guest star at monochrom #26-34 release event in Los Angeles 
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Wonderful John Wilcock will be one of the special guest stars at our release event for monochrom #26-34 in Los Angeles... w00t!
"A good way to describe John Wilcock is to say that he is a talented bohemian counter-culture journalist who once played a major role in the emergence of America's underground press. Born 1927 in Sheffield, England, he left school aged 16 to work on various newspapers in England, and on Toronto periodicals before moving to New York City. There in 1955 he became one of the five founders of the Village Voice in which he and co-founder Norman Mailer wrote weekly columns. Wilcock called his column "The Village Square", an intended pun. He and young Mailer were not quite friends, although Wilcock was at times annoyed, but always amused, by Mailer's monstrous ego." (From the preface of Manhattan Memories, by Martin Gardner)

Boing Boing features monochrom #26-34 
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The phatzine monochrom #26-34 (Goat of 1k Young) is an impossibility in an impossible universe -- an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. 500 pages (60 ounces) of outrageous printed bestiality.

Auto-appendectomy in the Antarctic 
An account of a Russian physician on expedition in 1961.
I didn't permit myself to think about anything other than the task at hand. It was necessary to steel myself, steel myself firmly and grit my teeth. In the event that I lost consciousness, I'd given Sasha Artemev a syringe and shown him how to give me an injection. I chose a position half sitting. I explained to Zinovy Teplinsky how to hold the mirror. My poor assistants! At the last minute I looked over at them: they stood there in their surgical whites, whiter than white themselves. I was scared too. But when I picked up the needle with the novocaine and gave myself the first injection, somehow I automatically switched into operating mode, and from that point on I didn't notice anything else.

Der Orion and monochrom present: Austrian "Yuri's Night" 
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For this year's "Yuri's Night" Austrian magazine "Der Orion" and monochrom will show Orphans of Apollo. This documentary tells the true story of the boldest business plan the Earth has ever seen: commandeering the russian space station MIR.

April 12, 2010. 6pm. Raum D, Museumsquartier, Vienna.

Laughing Squid announces monochrom #26-34 USA release tour 
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In March our prolific friends at monochrom released their latest book "monochrom #26-34, Ye Olde Self-Referentiality". They are currently doing a book release tour with upcoming stops in Los Angeles on April 16th at Machine Project, San Francisco on April 21st at Noisebridge, New York City on April 27th at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and in Munich on July 3rd at Department of Volxvergnuegen.


Is that paradise beckoning, or just CO2 in your blood? 
Bright lights, tunnels to the unknown and mysterious voices give near-death experiences an mystical air. The explanation may be something rather more mundane: plain old carbon dioxide. People who have near-death experiences during heart attacks tend to have higher levels of the molecule coursing through their veins.

Argentina Revisits Dictatorship: A Year of Human Rights Trials 
Tens of thousands in Argentina recently marked the 34th anniversary of the nation's bloody military dictatorship, flooding into the historic Plaza de Mayo with cries of nunca más, or never again. On March 24, 1976 the military ceased (sic!) power and instituted one of Latin America's darkest chapters of terror. During the 1976-1983 junta, the military disappeared more than 30,000 people.

Since the 30th anniversary of the coup, in 2006, protests to repudiate the military coup have grown in size and political importance; at this year's protest more than 25,000 people overflowed the Plaza de Mayo while major human rights trials are underway. The Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo led the march carrying a banner with photos of the disappeared. The black and white portraits extended for blocks, with thousands of photos of unionists, students, artists, intellectuals, workers, lawyers, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and compañeros, many of whom were only in their 20s when commando groups kidnapped them to take them to clandestine detention centers, torture and later disappear this generation which dreamt of a better world. This generation was reflected in the outpouring on March 24, 2010, and in the collective screams of "30,000 disappeared—present! Now and Forever!"

Africa: escaping the slums 
Africa, the least urbanised continent, still has the highest urban growth rate, nearly 7% per year; 40% of Africans now live in towns, compared with 3% in 1900. By 2030 there will be 760 million Africans, and if current trends continue, more than 70% will live in slums or shanty housing on the outskirts of old colonial foundations (Kinshasa or Nairobi) or ancestral cities (Ibadan or Kano in Nigeria). Half of today's urban population – most of them under 25 – lives on less than $2 a day.

According to a 2008 UN Habitat report, this urban population has shown remarkable resilience despite living conditions that are frequently very difficult. The most dynamic proofs are the new music subcultures that have sprung up over the past 10 years, mostly in low-income communities in the main cities. Ivorian coupé-décalé, South African kwaito, Ghanaian hiplife and Angolan kuduro rework tradition using electronics and a 21st-century street attitude. But the hunger riots of the winter of 2008-9 were a reminder that this captive population, at the mercy of price rises in food and petrol, has felt neglected by central governments. Those governments have greatly contributed to the leap in property prices, helping to intensify urban gentrification.

Pixels – A Short Film by Patrick Jean 
Pixels taking over!


Flickr Photo Pool for Techno(Sexual) Bodies / Arse Elektronika Hong Kong 
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Opening of Arse Elektronika Hong Kong exhibition at Videotage was a huge success.
Please add your images!

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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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Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 2 / The Adventure Game

Climate Training Camp

Krach der Roboter: Hello World!

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

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 / 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


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


SUZOeG Training / Short film

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)


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