The International Space Station (ISS) is an internationally developed research facility in low Earth orbit. The presence of a permanent crew affords the ability to monitor, replenish, repair, and replace experiments and components of the spacecraft itself.


In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

In 2011, monochrom will make one of humanity's old dreams come true: an improv reality sitcom for theater stages portraying the first year of operation of the ISS (International Space Station).



Mission logs

#1: "V-Day" (recorded March 16, 2011 at Garage X, Vienna) - HD video

#2: "Dump and Circumstance" (recorded April 15, 2011 at Garage X, Vienna) - HD video

#3: "Graceyard Orbit" (recorded May 4, 2011 at Garage X, Vienna) - HD video

#4: "Rendezvous with Ramov" (recorded June 1, 2011 at Garage X, Vienna) - HD video

#5: "Arise, ye spacemen from your slumber!" (recorded June 23, 2011 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin) - HD video

#6: "Hit Space" (recorded June 24, 2011 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin) - HD video

#7: "Ender's Scam" (recorded June 25, 2011 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin) - HD video

#8: "Fortune Cookie" (was recorded on October 27, 2011 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin) - HD video

#9: "Hail Frequency!" (was recorded om October 28, 2011 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin) - HD video

#10: "The awful daring of a moment's surrender" (was recorded October 29, 2011 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin) - HD video

#11: "Bounded in a nutshell, king of infinite space" (was recorded in secret at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin; only available as part of the upcoming DVD box)




Crew info (including press images)

The show depicts day-to-day working life in outer space. What is it like to live and work under the special conditions (and impairments) of a space station, to come to terms with weightlessness and the dictatorship of the functional? What is one to do, when any little sneeze costs 150,000 dollars? And all the while the national debt is continually setting new record highs. How, under such conditions, can you deal with having banal little everyday problems, and with (not) solving them?






















 
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monochrom's ISS in "23 WORKS"

"23 WORKS" is a video series documenting the history of the art/tech group monochrom. monochrom has chosen 23 projects, anecdotes and stories out of their 20 years of material and recreated them as dioramas and machines. The group presented these objects at their exhibition "Die waren früher auch mal besser/They used to be better (monochrom 1993-2013)". All 23 videos were shot at MUSA Vienna in spring 2013.

Episode #23 is about monochrom's ISS.


Link to all 23 episodes
Link (monochrom)

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monochrom's ISS / Episode 10 / "The awful daring of a moment's surrender" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Berlin in October 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke); special guest star: Alexander E. Fennon.

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 10 / "The awful daring of a moment's surrender"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS / Episode 9 / "Hail Frequency!" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Berlin in October 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke).

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 9 / "Hail Frequency"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: DVD Set Launch Celebration




Launch Celebration!

June 12, 2012 at Filmarchiv Austria, Audiovisual Centre Augarten, Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Vienna.
Doors open at 7 PM, start at 8 PM.
Screening of episode 10 and 11! Q&A with crew members and team! Party!

Preorder now!

Standard 3-disk set (episode 1-11, making of) for EUR 24.99
Limited edition box (episode 1-11, making of, autoretro short film, ISS 2011 patch, signatures of all crew members and team) for EUR 49.99
Order via office@monochrom.at

(DVD set image by eSeL)

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monochrom's ISS / Episode 8 / "Fortune Cookie" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on October 27, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke); special guest star: Kevin Chen as Shih Hung

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 8 / "Fortune Cookie"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS / Episode 7 / "Ender's Scam" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on June 25, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke)

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 7 / "Ender's Scam"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 11 / "Bounded in a nutshell, king of infinite space"



Secret recording at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
Will only be available as part of the upcoming ISS 2011 DVD box!

Preorder now!
Standard 3-disk set (episode 1-11, making of) for EUR 24.99
Limited edition box (episode 1-11, making of, ISS 2011 patch, signatures of all crew members and team) for EUR 49.99

Order via office@monochrom.at


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monochrom's ISS / Episode 6 / "Hit Space" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on June 24, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke) -- Guest star: Andreas Stoiber

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 6 / "Hit Space"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 10 / "The awful daring of a moment's surrender"



October 29, 2011, 8 PM @ Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
(single ticket: € 13; discount single ticket: € 8)
Facebook Event

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monochrom's ISS: Episode 9 / "Hail Frequency!"



October 28, 2011, 8 PM @ Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
(single ticket: € 13; discount single ticket: € 8)
Facebook Event

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monochrom's ISS: Episode 8 / "Fortune Cookie"



October 27, 2011, 8 PM @ Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
(single ticket: € 13; discount single ticket: € 8)
Facebook Event

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monochrom's ISS / Episode 5 / "Arise, ye spacemen from your slumber!" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on June 23, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke)

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 5 / "Arise, ye spacemen from your slumber!"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 7 / "Ender's Scam"



June 25, 2011, 8 PM @ Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
(single ticket: € 13; discount single ticket: € 8 --
package: all 6 episodes in Berlin: € 50; discount tickets: € 35)
Facebook Event

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monochrom's ISS: Episode 6 / "Hit Space"



June 24, 2011, 8 PM @ Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
(single ticket: € 13; discount single ticket: € 8 --
package: all 6 episodes in Berlin: € 50; discount tickets: € 35)
Facebook Event

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 5 / "Arise, ye spacemen from your slumber!"



June 23, 2011, 8 PM @ Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
(single ticket: € 13; discount single ticket: € 8 --
package: all 6 episodes in Berlin: € 50; discount tickets: € 35)
Facebook Event

[...]
monochrom's ISS / Episode 4 / "Rendezvous with Ramov" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on June 1, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke) -- Guest star: Alexander E. Fennon

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 4 / "Rendezvous with Ramov"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 4 / "Rendezvous with Ramov"



June 1, 2011, 8 PM @ Garage X, Vienna.
(€ 14; discount tickets: € 9)
Facebook Event

[...]
monochrom's ISS / Episode 3 / "Graveyard Orbit" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on May 4, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke)

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 3 / "Graveyard Orbit"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 3 / "Graveyard Orbit"



May 4, 2011, 8 PM @ Garage X, Vienna.
(€ 14; discount tickets: € 9)
Facebook Event

[...]
monochrom's ISS / Episode 2 / "Dump and Circumstance" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on April 15, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke)

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 2 / "Dump and Circumstance"
monochrom's ISS video album

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Episode 2 / "Dump and Circumstance"



April 15, 2011, 8 PM @ Garage X, Vienna.
(€ 14; discount tickets: € 9)
Facebook Event

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monochrom's ISS / Astroblog #1 -- HD video online



Captain Ulysses Van Hundsbak (USAF, USA), Dr. Claire Saint-Jacques (CAN), Angus Slernotzki (tourist, NZ/USA) and Lieutenant Fjodor Evgenewitsch "Fogo" Golenko (RUS) answer questions about living and working on the International Space Station.

Got questions of your own? Don't hesitate to send them to astroblog@monochrom.at!

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

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monochrom's ISS / Episode 1 / "V-Day" -- HD video online



monochrom's ISS is a ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors playing the ISS crew must develop strategies on the fly in response to surprise situations, which are loosely based on actual ISS data uncovered by monochrom.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience on March 16, 2011.

Actors: Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke)

Directing (aka live torture of actors): Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer

Project page (updates, images):
monochrom's ISS

Video links:
Episode 1 / "V-Day"
monochrom's ISS video album

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ISS 2011 / Episode 1 / First images



Images by eSeL.at (Lorenz Seidler)

Link to photo set

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monochrom's ISS: Episode 1 / "V-Day"



March 16, 2011, 8 PM @ Garage X, Vienna.
(€ 14; discount tickets: € 9)
Facebook Event

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ISS 2011 Crew Members, ESOC Ground Control / CVs, Images - For Immediate Release


ISS 2011 Crew Members



(left to right:)
Captain Ulysses Van Hundsbak, USAF (USA), Dr. Claire Saint-Jacques (CAN), Angus Slernotzki, tourist (NZ/USA), Lieutenant Fjodor Evgenewitsch "Fogo" Golenko (RUS)

Hi-res group images:
Landscape format 4:3 (300 dpi, .png, 12 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)
Portrait format (300 dpi, .png, 7 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)
Square format (300 dpi, .png, 9 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)



Captain Ulysses Van Hundsbak

Hi-res image: portrait format (300 dpi, .png, 10 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)

Captain Ulysses Van Hundsbak was born on August 25, 1963 in Amarillo, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University in 1987, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Fresno State University in 1990.

After graduating from Baylor University, Van Hundsbak was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He completed pilot training at Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma, where he also won a prestigious BBQ Championship.

In December 1991, Van Hundsbak was assigned to Edwards Air Force Base in California, where he attended the USAF Test Pilot School. Upon finishing test pilot school, Van Hundsbak served as test pilot for various experimental aircraft (including the infamous "Nutcracker") as well as for all models of the F-18.

His wife Delilah details her Christian life with Ulysses and his struggles to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut in the 2004 book "Spacemen Only Break for Jesus."

The Van Hundsbaks have two children: daughter Affection and son Obediah.

Van Hundsbak was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in December 2004. He reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 2005 to begin a year of training and evaluation.

Hobbies: American football, Masters of the Universe.

Mission: In October 2009 he was assigned to mission STS-133. He is the commanding officer of the ISS in 2011.



Lieutenant Fjodor Evgenewitsch "Fogo" Golenko

Hi-res image: portrait format (300 dpi, .png, 11 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)

Lieutenant Fjodor Evgenewitsch "Fogo" Golenko (born 3 January 1974 in Leningrad, USSR) is a Russian cosmonaut.

He is the eldest son of Evgeni Nikolajewitsch Golenko and Tatjana Vasilevna Golenkova. After completing secondary school in St. Petersburg, Golenko began his studies at the Moscow Aviation Institute. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is specialized in spacecraft. 

In August 2006, Golenko enrolled as a candidate for the cosmonaut section of RKK Energiya. From January 2007 to November 2008 he completed basic training and passed the test cosmonaut examination. He began training for the test cosmonaut group of the ISS program in January 2009.

Hobbies: During his studies he was the co-operator of a Moscow club frequented by the industrial culture scene. There were rumors in the Russian press that he was an active member of the Zelenograd BDSM scene, and that he has appeared in an amateur porn film under the pseudonym Vlad.

Mission: In October 2009, the ISS crews for expeditions 27 to 31 were reorganized on account of the resignation of a team member due to mental problems. Thus Golenko was nominated as the ISS flight engineer of expeditions 29 and 30. He became the commander of the spaceship Sojus TMA-19 and worked on the ISS for one year.



Dr. Claire Saint-Jacques

Hi-res image: portrait format 3:4 (300 dpi, .png, 9 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)

Dr. Claire Saint-Jacques (born 6 January 1975, Paris) is a Canadian astronaut.
In 1985, she and her family moved to Saint-Lambert, a Montreal suburb. She speaks fluent English, French and Russian.

Saint-Jacques studied Engineering Physics at the École Polytechnique Montréal. In 2003 she received her doctorate in astrophysics from Cambridge University after writing extensive studies on the William Herschel Telescope on the Canary Islands. Additionally, she obtained an MD from the University of Laval.

Before being selected for the Canadian astronaut cadre, she worked as a physician at an Inuit settlement clinic in the Province of Quebec. She also served as Assistant Professor at McGill University.

She is not married. Her relationship with the semipro tennis player Marc Behrens broke up in 2010, and it appears that she has not yet fully overcome the incidents leading to the split.

Hobbies: biking, climbing, sailing, CDs with whale songs

Mission: On 13 May 2010, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) nominated her as a member of the fifth Canadian astronaut group in her cadre. She completed training as a mission specialist together with American colleagues at Johnson Space Center in Houston.



Angus Slernotzki

Hi-res image: portrait format (300 dpi, .png, 9 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)

Angus Slernotzki (born 18 October 1973 in Otorohanga, New Zealand) is a New Zealand-American video game developer, who with Jesse O'Falk is considered the co-father of the first-person shooter genre. He is one of the founders of EgoManic Software.
Slernotzki and O'Falk met through game designing for Heartdisk, a computer magazine that appears on diskette. Together they developed games for Heartdisk, and with "SLURP-U" they start the enterprise EgoManic Software Inc., which made its name and achieved cult status with "AntiGerman 3D," "Dorm" and "Quaker" (parts 1–3). Today the company is considered the founder of the widely popular first-person shooter genre.

After the publication of "Quaker 3," Slernotzki founded the firm Iron Storm for the purpose of developing the first-person shooter game "CortexCrusher." The ambitious project was propelled by extensive marketing hype, but the development of the game itself proved problematic. After almost a decade of production work it capsized disastrously. Nevertheless, Slernotzki is the richest game developer in the world.

Hobbies: chess-boxing, miniature steam engines

Mission: On 4 June 2010, the company Space Adventures announced that Slernotzki would fly as a space tourist to the International Space Station (ISS). Slernotzki's press release refers to this flight as a "Poetic Social Mission." He is allegedly using the flight into outer space as a means of promoting humanitarian projects. However, the multimillionaire states that "living out his childhood dream" is his main reason for wanting to live in outer space. In the history of its operation, the ISS has, in fact, hosted seven tourists, who have paid horrendous sums of money to fly to the ISS and spend several days there. Angus Slernotzki is, however, the first who can afford to stay in outer space for an entire year. In part, this development has come about as a result of the world financial crisis and the necessity of generating third-party funds to ensure the continuation of the ISS project.


Ground Control in European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany



(left to right:)
Dr. Mordecai Finkelstein (IL), Dipl.-Ing. Bodo Holtzmann (GER), Dr. Reto Blücher (CH)

Hi-res group image:
landscape format 4:3 (300 dpi, .png, 14 mb; photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom)


Dipl.-Ing. Bodo Holtzmann

Dipl.-Ing. Bodo Holtzmann Dipl.-Ing. Bodo Holtzmann (born 18 July 1979 in Braunschweig) has since 1 March 2003 worked at the European Space Operations Centre, the European ground control center in Darmstadt, Germany.
Due to an eye defect, Holtzmann was unable to pursue his ambition of becoming a pilot in the German Air Force, and thus he has devoted his life to space travel technology and communication.
Holtzmann studied electrical engineering at the Technischen Hochschule Braunschweig and at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Until 2002 he worked for the engineering firm König and Heunisch in Frankfurt, primarily in model construction.

Hobbies: Star Trek fan (especially "Deep Space 9"), enjoys Life Action Role Playing with his brother Kalle, is a professing Donaldist.

Mission: Holtzmann maintains continual contact with the ISS crew and manages the mission from the ground. He is also in continual contact with ISS Project Director Lyndon Peltzer in Washington DC.


Dr. Reto Blücher

Reto Blücher (born March 21, 1959 in Kastanienbaum, Canton Lucerne, Switzerland). He completed his doctorate in meteorology at ETH Zurich. After ten years working for Skyguide in Dübendorf (Wangen-Brüttisellen), he switched to the ESA, where he works as a communications specialist at the ESOC.

Hobbies: electronics, James Bond, Peter Gabriel

Mission: tracking and telemetry


Dr. Mordecai Finkelstein

Mordecai Finkelstein (born August 25, 1978 in Tel Aviv) is a medical doctor specializing in psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in psychology in Haifa. Although he commenced fighter pilot training, he was forced to leave the program on account of health deficiencies. In Austria he worked as a consultant at the ASA (Austrian Space Agency). Later he switched to DLR (German Research Center for Aeronautics and Space), from which he has been assigned to the ESOC.

Hobbies: Dutch football and medieval history

Mission: medical supervisor


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Photo credits: eSeL.at, monochrom

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monochrom's ISS: Astronaut training camp

Our actors Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, CSI), Maciej Salamon (Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke) will portray the crew of the International Space Station -- but first they need some serious astronaut coaching.

Space experts Norbert Frischauf (OEWF) and Maria Pflug-Hofmayr (Der Orion) will join us for a public Q&A session about living and working in orbit. Want to be part of this unique event? Please join the training at Raum D (Quartier 21, Museumsquartier, Vienna) on February 25 and 26, 7 thru 9 PM.


Our experts:
Norbert Frischauf has studied Technical Physics at the Technical University in Vienna (Austria). After having spent some years at CERN, his professional career led him to the European Science and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (ESA), where he worked as future studies systems engineer and expert for emerging technologies. From 1999 to 2006, Norbert consulted on aerospace, telecoms and hi-tech for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Norbert now works as a scientific officer at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, in the Institute for Energy. He is a leading member in various associations (like the OEWF) and is active as a science communicator, making science documentaries for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and writing popular science articles in various magazines.

Maria Pflug-Hofmayr is journalist, graphic designer, documentarian and PR consultant. She was chief editor of "Star Observer," and founded "Der Orion," the internet platform dealing with spaceflight and astronomy. Maria is the producer of "SuperNova," a regular Austrian TV show on space subjects.

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monochrom's ISS: Press Conference

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press!

At a press conference on January 20, 2011 (10:00 CET, Raum D, Museumsquartier, Vienna), the representatives of the International Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board will unanimously reaffirm their strong interest in maximizing the benefits from utilization of the ISS. Consistent with previous direction from the ISS Heads of Agency regarding the future of the ISS, the MCB will also confirm that there are no identified technical constraints to continuing ISS operations in 2011 and beyond.


Having successfully achieved an increase in the ISS crew from 3 to 4 in May 2010 and with ISS assembly nearing completion, the MCB representatives are in agreement that the full exploitation of the Station's scientific, engineering, and education development potential is of the highest priority. The enhanced use of this microgravity research laboratory will drive advanced science and technology that will deliver benefits to humanity, while preparing the way for future collaboration on international space exploration missions.

Sincerely,
Lyndon Peltzer, CoP
NASA / Washington, DC

(*) The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) includes senior representatives from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

[...]
monochrom's ISS: Call for actors

In early 2011, monochrom will make one of humanity’s old dreams come true: an improv reality sitcom for theater stages portraying the first year of operation of the ISS (International Space Station).

The show will depict day-to-day working life in outer space. What is it like to live and work under the special conditions (and impairments) of a space station, to come to terms with weightlessness and the dictatorship of the functional? What is one to do, when any little thing that needs to get done costs 150,000 dollars? And all the while the national debt is continually setting new record highs. How, under such conditions, can you deal with having banal little everyday problems, and with (not) solving them?
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.

We are still looking for actors! Sign up for our casting in Vienna on 14 January 2011.
Please send your email to iss AT monochrom.at
By making prior arrangements, an audition could possibly be scheduled for 15 January as well.

We are looking for
- two male actors, English native speakers (for the roles of the two "Americans")
- a male actor, Russian native speaker (for the role of the "Russian")
- a female actor, French native speaker (for the role of the "French Canadian")

Requirements: good English and German skills, experience with improv theater, you can work in Vienna
The Project:

Why space flight?
Life and work on the ISS, the largest international space station ever, has almost nothing to do with the lifestyle of adventure and exploration portrayed on TV shows like Star Trek. The station’s crew works under the difficult conditions of outer space, where existence is governed by adapting to the limitations imposed by weightlessness, cramped quarters and complex record keeping. Earthly comfort and the things we take for granted in everyday life can only be provided for through makeshift simulation.
Why sitcom?
The dramatic conventions of the sitcom correspond to the everyday life of people who spend an extended period of time on a space station. The latter is an unending sequence of detailed and strictly regulated tasks, leaving little room for anything unexpected. The adventure faced by the ISS crew is not to confront any fantastic events arising from the unknown depths beyond the airlock, but to come to terms with the trials of close confinement as a group while maintaining the communicative status quo between crew members.
In space no one can hear you complain about your job.




Im Frühjahr 2011 werden monochrom einen alten Menschheitstraum wahr werden lassen: Eine Impro-Reality-Sitcom für Theaterbühnen, die das erste Jahr auf der ISS ("International Space Station") schildert.

Geschildert wird der Arbeitsalltag im All. Wie lebt und arbeitet es sich unter den besonderen Bedingungen (und Beeinträchtigungen) einer Raumstation, unter Schwerelosigkeit und der Diktatur des Funktionalen? Was tun, wenn alles, was zu tun ist, gleich mal 150.000 Dollar kostet – und die Staatsneuverschuldung noch nie so hoch war wie heute. Wie kann es gelingen, unter solchen Bedingungen, banale und alltagstypische Problemchen zu haben und (nicht) zu lösen.
Der Weltraum ist im Prinzip ein Arbeitszimmer, indem niemand unser Schreien hört.

Wir suchen noch SchauspielerInnen! Meldet euch für unser Casting in Wien am 14. Januar 2011.
Meldet euch bitte unter iss AT monochrom.at
Nach Rücksprache ist möglicherweise auch ein Vorsprechen am 15. Januar möglich.

Wir suchen
- zwei männliche Schauspieler, native English speakers (für die Rolle der beiden "US-Amerikaner")
- ein männlicher Schauspieler, native Russian speaker (für die Rolle des "Russen")
- eine Schauspielerin, native French speaker (für die Rolle der "Frankokanadierin")

Voraussetzung: gute Englischkenntnisse, Deutschkenntnisse, Erfahrung mit Improvisationstheater, die Möglichkeit in Wien zu arbeiten
Das Projekt:

Warum Raumfahrt?
Arbeit und Leben auf der bislang größten internationalen Raumstation ISS (International Space Station) ähneln kaum dem glamourösen Abenteuerleben, wie es Serien wie "Star Trek" entworfen haben. Ihre Besatzung arbeitet unter den erschwerten Bedingungen des Weltraums: Schwerelosigkeit, Platzmangel und komplexe Protokolle zeichnen sich eher durch (überlebensnotwendige) Beschränkung aus, als neue Erfahrungsräume aufzuschließen. Irdischer Komfort und alltägliche Selbstverständlichkeiten müssen unter erheblichem Kostenaufwand mehr recht als schlecht simuliert werden.
Warum Sitcom?
Die Darstellungskonventionen der Sitcom entsprechen dem Alltag von Menschen, die sich für einen längeren Zeitraum auf einer Raumstation befinden. Dieser ist eine Aneinanderreihung kleinteiliger und streng reglementierter Vollzüge, die wenig Platz lassen für den Einbruch des Unbekannten. Die Abenteuer, die auf der ISS zu bestehen sind, haben eher mit der Aufrechterhaltung des gruppenkommunikativen Status Quo und der gemeinsamen Eingeschlossenheit zu tun, weniger mit fantastischen Ereignissen, die aus den unbekannten Tiefen des Raums an die Crewmitglieder herantreten.
Der Weltraum ist im Prinzip ein Arbeitszimmer, indem niemand unser Schreien hört.

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