Misgivings of a Mechatronical Mistress / Jasmin Hagendorfer (AT), Photo: Jasmin Hagendorfer, film still

monochrom’s ARSE ELEKTRONIKA 2023: Sexponential

monochrom (AT), DH5 (AT)

Thu 7. Sep 2023 18:00 – 00:00

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Limited capacity
Language: English
Warning of explicit content. Age Limit: 18+

Address: DH5, Herrenstraße 5, 4020 Linz

Technology and sexuality have long been interconnected, from ancient cave drawings to modern VR porn. Despite the common belief that tech isolates us, it’s vital to remember that we are a sexual and tool-using species. We can challenge oppressive structures in sexuality by offering new avenues for self-expression and fulfilling underrepresented desires. Sex tech, which encompasses sex machines, biohacking, teledildonics, AI-driven experiences, and bodies with enhanced sexual capabilities, opens up possibilities for resistance. These concepts, often explored in sci-fi and futurism, warrant both intellectual and sensual contemplation. Artificial intimacy can aid us in understanding our desires within the context of societal evolution and potentially help us break free from constraints. Since 2007, Arse Elektronika has been exploring these ideas globally and is eager to bring these essential discourses to Linz. Anticipate talks, workshops, performances, and… well… progressive smut!

THU Sept. 7, 2023

18:00 – 00:00Arse Elektronika ExhibitionDH5exhibition
19:30 – 21:00Arse Elektronika: Sex, Tech and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself — Keynote by head of festival, Johannes GrenzfurthnerSalontalk
21:00 – 21:15Peaches & Cream — Thomas Kranabetter & Jasmin Hagendorfer (talk)Salontalk
21.30 – 21.40Circuitous bodies — Behiye Erdemir, Volkan Dinçer, Veronica Pace (performance)Salonperformance
21:50 – 22:50Techno-Fetish Party — Dani Ploeger (talk and performance)Salontalk and performance
23:00 – 00:00Hentai Shorts Selection — Sinan Sahin (film screening)Salonfilm screening
00:00 – 01:00Schwammerlbaron (DJ set)Salonmusic

FRI Sept. 8, 2023

11:00 – 00:00Arse Elektronika ExhibitionDH5exhibition
11:00 – 13:00BOT or NOT — Thomas Geissl (workshop)Salonworkshop
13:00 – 14:00Giga guat! — Sebastian Vetter (cooking performance)Kitchenworkshop
14:00 – 20:00Copy-Paste Hentai! — Big Tiddy Oni-Chan Collective (workshop)Terraceworkshop
14:00 – 16:30The Pleasure of Hacking — Sabrina Verhage (workshop)Salonworkshop
15:00 – 18:00OltrelaPelle — Bruxies Lab (workshop)Kitchenworkshop
16:40 – 17:35Love Tester Machines. Media Archeology of Sexual Appeal — Ania Malinovska (talk)Salontalk
17:40 – 18:35Eros, Ethics, and Cyborg Identity in Virtual Space — Quill Kukla & Dan Steinberg (talk)Salontalk
18:40 – 19:10Musings of a Mechatronical Mistress — The Peculiar Purpose of Tiffany the Sex Robot — Jasmin Hagendorfer (film premiere)Salonscreening
19:10 – 20:30Post-film panel discussion “Mechatronic Musings: Discussing Society, Feminism, and the AI Revolution” — Jasmin Hagendorfer, Kate Devlin, Katta Spiel, IriSalonpanel discussion
20:30 – 22:00Missex (concert)Hofmusic
22:30 – 23:30Wired Desires — short film selection presented by Porn Film Festival Vienna (film screening)Salonscreening
00:00 – 01:00Arse DJ SetSalonmusic

SAT Sept. 9, 2023

11:00 – 00:00Arse Elektronika ExhibitionDH5exhibition
11:00 – 11:55History of Oral Sex — Maximilian Modl and Daniel Bierdümpfl (talk and performance)Salontalk and performance
11:00 – 12:30When Sex Robots Come!— An IT Security Penetration Test and Its Legal and Ethical Implications — Iris Phan (a workshop in German)Kitchenworkshop
12:00 –  12:55Pleasure Seeker Time Travel Talk: Exploring Love, Sex, Toys and Features in Future Motions — Claudia Virginia Dimoiu & Wenzel Mehnert (talk)Salontalk
14:00 – 14:55Beyond the Cleftal Horizon: Generative AI Porn for Diversity, Inclusion, and Empowerment — Stefan Lutschinger (talk)Salontalk
14:00 – 16:00Yes/No/Maybe: Mundane Games & Normalizing sexual communication — Cassie Herbert (workshop)Kitchenworkshop
14:00 – 20:00Copy-Paste Hentai! — Big Tiddy Oni-Chan Collective (workshop)Terraceworkshop
15:00 – 15:55The Future of Social Sextech — Mahalia Henry-Richards & Abel Enklaar (talk)Salontalk
16:00 – 16:55The Fab Lab Cable Orgy Playbook — Noam Youngrak Son (talk)Salontalk
16:10 – 18:30How to Cheese AI: A Creamy History of Digital User Interfaces — Hideo Snes (workshop)Kitchenworkshop
17:30 – 18:20Interview with Anouk WipprechtSalontalk
18:30 – 20:30Technology as a Resistance Tool Against Sexual Norms — Chance or Exclusion? — performance by Uýra and a talk with maiz, Nina Comtessa, sugar pa! aSalontalk and performance
20:30 – 23:00Late Night Ultimate Full Contact Wrestling Madness — moderated by Alice Moe, music by ZAK!, stagedesign by Haras Ananas and ChristophHofperformance and music
23:00 – 00:00L’«IL YA» DU RAPPORT SEXUEL: Entity, Identity and the Construction of a Situational San Francisco — Jos Diegel (film screening)Salonfilm screening


Heads of festival: Johannes Grenzfurthner, Günther Friesinger Curatorial team: Jasmin Hagendorfer, Katsiaryna Suryna, Thomas Preindl Host: Walter Stadler

Artists: Alice Moe (AT), Amaryllis and Filonas Baschant (AT), Anton Paievski (RU), Behiye Erdemir (TR), Big Tiddy Oni-Chan Collective (AT), Bruixes Lab (ES/IT), CADerpillar (DE), Christoph Eblie Ebner (AT), Dani Ploeger (NL), Ekaterina Osipova (AT), Franz Ablinger (AT), Gregor Woschitz (AT), Haras Ananas (AT), Hidéo Snes (AT), Jasmin Hagendorfer (AT), Jos Diegel (DE), Kaname “Kenny” Muroya (JP), Kay Kender (AT), Kevin Blackistone (US), Litto (AT), liv (DE), Mar Osés (ES), Matthias Smetana (AT), Max Liska (AT), Missex (ES), momo (AT), Nas (UA), Natalia Shepeleva (RU), Noam Youngrak Son (NL), Offerus Ablinger (AT), paulaner (DE), Philipp Fussenegger (AT), Philipp Schostreritsch (AT), Sabrina Verhage (NL), Sebastian Vetter (AT), Sinan Sahin (DE), Stefan Kainbacher (AT), Thomas Geissl (DE), Thomas Kranabetter (AT), Toma Pilein (AT), Veronica Pace (IT), Veselin Hristov (AT), Volkan Dinçer (TR), Walter Schalter (AT)

Speakers: Abel Enklaar (NL), Ania Malinowska (PL), Cassie Herbert (US), Claudia Virginia Dimoiu (AT), Daniel Bierdümpfl (AT), Dan Steinberg (US), Eva Gengler (DE), Johannes Grenzfurthner (AT), Kate Devlin (GB), Katta Spiel (AT), Mahalia Henry-Richards (GB), Maxiliam Modl (AT), Quill Kukla (DE), Stefan Lacina (DE), Stefan Lutschinger (GB), Wenzel Mehnert (AT)

Night Line: Alice Moe, Amaryllis and Filonas Baschant, Christoph Eblie Ebner, Haras Ananas, Max Liska, Missex, Veselin Hristov, Walter Schalter

Stage Design: Codi, Uwe, momo aka kommunikationsknabe 95

Moderation: Johannes Grenzfurthner (AT), Katsiaryna Suryna (BY), Alice Moe (AT), maiz – autonomes zentrum von und für migrant*innen (AT)

monochrom (AT)

monochrom is an international art-technology-philosophy group, publishing house and film production company. It was founded in 1993 and defines itself as “an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism”. The group is known for working with different media and entertainment formats, although many projects are performative and have a strong focus on a critical and educational narrative. The group popularized the concept of “context hacking”.