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Paraflows 2009 / Check it out

paraflows 09 – Festival for Digital Art and Cultures
10. – 20. September 2009

The city of Vienna has a long tradition of interventions and actions in the public space. With this year’s topic URBAN HACKING, the fourth paraflows festival continues this artistic investigation of the public and urban space of living. What is more, paraflows 09 will shed light on the role played by digital media when it comes to exploring, questioning, and shaping the urban infrastructure.


Symposium URBAN HACKING: Cultural Jamming Strategies in the Risky Spaces of Modernity
Paraflows at Metalab

And yesterday happend a really great MP3 experiment… check out the full recording

A Journey to the End of the Night

While I’m feverishly preparing the last bits and bytes for the upcoming PlumberCon conference this weekend at WerkzeugH, I’m just as much looking forward to one of the starting events on 0day (some might call it Friday the 07th), the Journey to the End of the Night!

Out of their announcement:

The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by the slow strobe of fluorescent buses in dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger’s signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

Try to make it through a series of checkpoints as quickly and as stealthily as possible, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Should you be captured, you become a chaser yourself and have to pursue your former friends and allies. No skates, no bikes, no cars — just your feet and public transport.

Starting point for the Journey will be a shallow pit in Prater, near the tram 1 stop Prater Hauptallee and U2 station Stadion (GPS: 48.20673 / 16.40878; see map).

Join in a free street game of epic proportion; a pursuit across the city in multiple parts – and be sure to wear comfortable shoes & bring water =)

Yuri’s Night Vienna 2009

1961, on the 12th of April, the first human – Juri Gagarin – orbited the Earth. This event is celebrated every year in a world-wide event. The Schikaneder cinema shows two exclusive movies, experts will present a show discussing the influences on society, politics or law which arose from this first flight. Current space flight will also be presented. These events are embedded in the “YURI’S NIGHT PARTY” which takes place at the bar.

(Sebastian Voltmer, D 2008, 58 Min)
The director and amateur astronomer Sebastian Voltmer graduated from the art school Kassel with distinction with this movie.

Space Show, duration: approximately 60 min (hosted by Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom)

(David Sington, GB/USA 2007, 99 Min)
Astronauts from the Apollo programme talk about their experiences – 40 years after flying to the moon. The documentary has won several awards and will be shown fort he first time in Austria!


Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Sector II / Public Walkthrough

Attention, comrades! Our favorite Soviet republic (surrounded by Lower Austria) is showing off their newest piece of techno-propaganda: Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Sector II. There will be a public walkthrough for the adventure game on April 9, 8 PM at Raum D (Museumsquartier).


Roboexotica 2008

This last weekend, Roboexotica – the international festival for cocktail robotics – once again took place in the Freiraum/quartier21 at Museumsquartier Vienna.

Bre stuck inside a robot by Eddie Codel

Organized by Monochrom, SHIFZ and the Bureau for Philosophy, the year 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which not only centers on the obvious thematics around robots and drinking culture, but also goes along with a series of panel talks, events and shows.

One of the most interesting and current topics the talks were dealing with certainly was the future of technology and DIY culture. Under the title Back to the Future – of Utopias in Cybernetics and Robotics, international artists, theorists, technologists and hackers discussed the importance of gaining more and more knowledge about (reverse-)engineering consumer electronic products and the change our world is currently undergoing.

roboeXotica by SHIFZ

The opening party of Roboexotica 2008 started off in front of the MQ, where the 25 foot tall interactive public sound installation RoboVox by media artist Martin Bricelj, speaking out text messages it receives via SMS, was set up.

roboexotica robovox by Bre Pettis

As for the festival weekend, the exposition involved several recurrent ‘classics’ such as the Robomoji by Robert Martin or the enhanced Chassis by Jon Foote and Al Honig; as well as lots of new, shiny and superb inventions like Liquidator by recurring guest Mikhael a Crest Sator or Sloth by Kal Spelletich, only to name a few.

More Roboexotica! by Bre Pettis
A night of high voltage music at Roboexotica by Bre Pettis
Liquidator shines by Eddie Codel

In the context of Roboexotica, Monochrom’s Taugshow #17 was dedicated to the subject, and held at Vienna’s collaborative technology/new media lab & hackerspace Metalab, featuring Mitch Altman, founder of 3ware and inventor of TV-B-Gone and the Brain Machine; maker/hacker/teacher/artist/podcaster/puppeteer/NYCResistor & Thingiverse co-founder Bre Pettis; SF-based Geek Entertainment TV producer, documentary filmmaker and technologist Eddie Codel, Monochrom’s artist in residence of November; and Krach der Robot, who provided the audience with noisy sounds and self-made attachable mini-antennas.

Taug Show #17 by Eddie Codel
Taug Show #17 by Eddie Codel

The official closing event of the Roboexotica 2008 festival took place at the MQ on Sun, Dec. 07th, and Chris Janka ushered the evening with a very special high voltage music show, performed on a Tesla coil connected to his electric guitar, followed by the awards ceremony.

A night of high voltage music at Roboexotica by Bre Pettis

The winners of Roboexotica 2008’s Annual Cocktail Robot Awards, ACRA v10.0, were announced as follows:

Fairy Juicer (Mitch Heinrich, David Fine) and Sloth (Kal Spelletich)
Mixing: Construction Wanker and K&K Kavalier Klavier (both exhibits by students of the FH Joannum)
Conversation: Chassis (Jon Foote, Al Honig)
Fire & smoke: Temporarily suspended!
Other achievements: Rim Shot Bot (CTP) and RepRap Shotbot (Marius Kintel, Philipp Tiefenbacher, Bre Pettis)

DSC07069 von CTP
CTP & Rim Shot by Eddie Codel
Roboexotica by Bre Pettis

Human subjugation:
Gina (students of the FH Joanneum)
Most legally challenging: RoboVox (Martin Bricelj)
Reproducability: Lego Shot Bot (Anthony Fudd)

Roboexotica by Bre Pettis

Most spectacularily breaking robot:
Sloth (Kal Spelletich)
Stickiest, ickiest: Globo (Johannes Grenzfurthner)
Most displaced in cocktail environment: Drill-pro-mill (students of the FH Joanneum)
Most politically and genderifically incorrect: Construction Wanker (students of the FH Joanneum)

Roboexotica continues by Eddie Codel

Some of the exhibits (unfortunately lacking US contestants who already had to leave home) will still be on display until Fri, Dec. 12th (closing at noon) at the MQ, so if you haven’t been there yet, go have a look!

Roboexotica by Edition Mono

Also, on the occasion of the event’s 10th anniversary, the retrospective Roboexotica in the form of a paperback was published by Edition Mono and can be purchased via Amazon.

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More info and useful links:
More photos on Flickr
Pre-Roboexotica 2008 post by Scott Beale on Laughing Squid
Post-Roboexotica 2008 post by Eddie Codel on Laughing Squid
Announcement of the Annual Cocktail Robot Award winners on SuicideBots

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All photos featured above have been taken by Eddie Codel, Bre Pettis, CTP, and SHIFZ, and are released under Creative Commos License AT-NC-SA.

A Personal Journey Towards Datameaningfulness

Rachel Lovinger will give a talk at metalab about a “Personal Journey Towards Datameaningfulness”.

Everything you could possibly want is out there, and soon it will all be digitized. The problem isn’t whether it exists, it’s how you find it. This is the challenge that has plagued the speaker and motivated her to pursue an ambiguous occupation called “Content Strategy.” Her idealized vision of the future of the Internet is the Semantic Web, with its promise of smarter sites that actually understand what content means. In an attempt to answer the question “How did you become interested in datameaningfulness?” Rachel will take a very personal look at the formation of that dream, exposing the cultural, environmental, and historic factors that put her on this path.

Rachel Lovinger works at Avenue A | Razorfish as a Senior Content Strategist, developing ways for global clients to help connect users to the quality content they want and need. She’s particularly interested in relevance, findability, signification, and inherently funny words.

– When: Thursday, September 18 2008, 7:30 PM
– Where: Metalab, Rathausstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna

Vienna, 1984

Here is an old Hartlauer catalogue from 1984…


…and here is the entire brochure as PDF… please check it out…

One Laptop Per Child: Party!

OLPC Austria is a grassroots coalition of people in the German speaking countries, mainly Austria, interested in contributing to the “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC) project which is more widely known as the “$100 laptop”.

On Saturday OLPC Austria will celebrate a party! Join and get involved!


Metalab, Rathausstraße 6, December 15; 8 PM.

Metaday 9: Thomas Brandstetter and the Archaeology of Computer Simulation

Thomas Brandstetter (who is teaching at the University of Vienna, Dept. of Philosophy) is giving a talk on Friday (Dec 7; 7:30 PM) at the Metalab.
The talk is dealing with the scientific ancestors of computer simulations, so-called “model experiments” in the 19th century.

Link (Metalab; German)
Link (FM4; German)

Building A Brain Machine: Dorkbot Vienna #4

Tomorrow is Dorkbot Day! Dorkbot Vienna #4 (Nov 28, 2007; 8 PM) features Bre Pettis who will build a Brain Machine.

I already blogged about this workshop some days ago, but I really have to remind you. This will be an awesome presentation. And we’ll fuck your minds. What else could you long for?


(Pic by Cory Doctorow)

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