is an art-technology-philosophy group of basket weaving enthusiasts
and theory do-it-yourselfers having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis.
is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude,
subcultural science and political activism. monochrom publishes the
book of the same name in addition to its activity in other areas. What
are we doing? monochrom is an open field of experimentation:
Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a one baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with the Thomann Project. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and they have hosted the first annual festival concerned with cocktail robotics.
monochrom's mission, its passion and quasi-ontological vocation, is primarily the collection, grouping, registration and querying (liberation?) of the scar tissue represented by everyday cultural artifacts. This mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.
What does that all mean. Everything and nothing. Anyway, you feel well but are afraid of skin cancer.
monochrom is an offer, for a limited time only, to partake of our guided tours and travel services, but it is also a collage with archive and an alternative listing system that understands how to evade mainstream agricultural influence through the art of movement. monochrom is a book, a notebook, a fanzine. As a book it is the book based on the major motion picture; the movie is the movie based on the situation, the situation is political; and, being political, it is supranational; the supranational is a job for Superman, but it is also a prototype of the typical workaday anomie of today's individual. The continental drift arising from this workaday anomie needs to be supranationally reanchored in little planned ergonomies. monochrom, as its name already indicates, can be read in the tradition of Russian Suprematism, but also under any ordinary nightstand lamp. monochrom is a website, an email invitation, a media archive. As an email invitation it is an offer to make contact, and yet this contact is subject to numerous special conditions, such as that of human existence. Thus no email invitations are sent to frogs and a roll of 35mm film has never been encouraged to make a state visit to a potential public. Still, among people, there is contact. And there is monochrom.
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Since October 2002, international artists who do not normally reside in Austria
have the opportunity to live and work with us, most of them as part of the ongoing
programme of Museumquartier Wien.
So far the following ambassadors
have been appointed:
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Postal address: monochrom, Quartier 21/Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna, Austria/Europe
Vox: +43-676-783 1453 or +43-650-204 9451 // Fax: +43-1-952 3384