Sex, Tech and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself

Geisterfilme und ihr politischer Spirit (Vortrag mit Clips und Jumps)
Johannes Grenzfurthner (Arse Elektronika/monochrom.at)

Fr 03.04.2020 – 21:30 (doors 21:00) – p.m.k
22:30 p-sides – 23:30 Pumafrau

Von den ersten Höhlenzeichnungen einer Vulva bis zum neuesten Porno-Live-Game – Technologie und Sexualität waren schon immer eng miteinander verbunden. Niemand kann vorhersagen, was die Zukunft bringen wird, aber der bisherige Lauf der Geschichte legt nahe, dass Sex auch in Zukunft eine essentielle Rolle in der technologischen Entwicklung spielen wird, und dass Technologien und deren Anwendung die menschliche Sexualität gestalten. Wir dürfen nämlich nicht vergessen, dass wir eine sexuell motivierte und Werkzeuge verwendende Spezies sind. Die Frage ist also nicht ob, sondern wie diese Interaktion die Menschheit weiter verändern wird.

We may not forget that mankind is a sexual and tool-using species. From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. New technologies are quick to appeal to pornography consumers, and thus these customers represent a profitable market segment for the suppliers of new products and services. One could cite the example provided by the science-fiction concept of a full-body interface designed to produce sexual stimulation. But it isn‘t science fiction anymore. It‘s DIY. As bio-hacking, sexually enhanced bodies, genetic utopias and plethora of gender have long been the focus of literature, science fiction and, increasingly, pornography. Our world is already way more bizarre than our ancestors could have ever imagined. But it may not be bizarre enough. „Bizarre enough for what?“ – you might ask. Bizarre enough to subvert the heterosexist matrix that is underlying our world and that we should hack and overcome for some quite pressing reasons within the next century. Don‘t you think, replicants?

Johannes Grenzfurthner (*1975 in Vienna) is an award-winning Austrian artist, filmmaker, writer, actor, curator, theatre director and lecturer. He is known as the founder, conceptualist and artistic director of monochrom, an international art and theory group. Most of his artworks are labelled monochrom. He is one of the most outspoken researchers in the field of sexuality and technology and one of the founders of ‚techno-hedonism‘.

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