[rohrpost] Taugshow #12 @ Chaos Communication Camp

das ende der nahrungskette jg at monochrom.at
Don Aug 9 10:34:12 CEST 2007

monochrom presents:
++TAUGSHOW #12++
Friday, August 10, 2007 / 9:30 PM @ FOO, Chaos Communication Camp, Finowurt


The flat hierarchies of talk shows are about as subversive as NYC 
Democrats smoking dope. But count us out! We won't produce a talk 
show. Nope. We produce a TAUGSHOW! Which means: we dig it. Our guests 
are geeks, heretics, and other coevals. A joyful bucket full of good 
clean fanaticism, crisis, language, culture, self-content, identity, 
utopia, mania and despair, condensed into the well known cultural 
technique of a prime time TV show.

[taugen; Viennese slang: to dig/love/adore something]

Host: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Content Manager: Michael Zeltner (replacing Roland Gratzer)


Thanks to the wonderful folks of the CCC and the Metalab for helping us...



Maps tell stories, and the stories they tell both reflect and create 
reality. We live in a phenomenal Universe. What we see, smell, hear, 
taste and touch is mediated by our senses. What we see are the 
records of photons hitting our eyes, and what we smell is the effect 
of molecules of that material binding with receptors in our nasal 
passages (think on that as you visit the porta potty). Because we 
live in a phenomenal universe in which our experience of
reality is mediated by our senses the maps that we create to 
represent reality also create reality. Rich Gibson is interested in 
the geospatial component of what people do. Everything we do, think 
or experience we do, think or experience somewhere. But who cares 
where you were when you added 'milk' to your grocery list? Consider 
that our primary source on the lives of many people, including in 
recent historical time, is their middens and outhouses. That is, 
their garbage dumps and shit. The locative part of our history is at 
least as important as our shit! And if handled well we can learn from 
where we have been.

Rich Gibson appears to be a mechanism for turning sugar and alcohol 
into energy and ideas. He lives in Sebastopol California where he 
writes code and words, and tries to understand and perhaps change the 
ways he and the world interact. He is the co-author of "Mapping 
Hacks" and "Google Maps Hacks". He works with Meadan.org. We care 
about what is close to us, and Meadan is working to bring the world 
close to all of us.



Pirate Radio is not only possible in the US, but easy, affordable,
low-risk, and a useful important medium. KBFR (K-Boulder Free Radio) 
was a enormously successful and long-lived (5 years on the air) 
station in Colorado, which was made more successful and long-lived 
with the involvement of hackers. In the end, we had 40 Djs, a rented 
space, benefit concerts and a cd of local music we recorded at our 
studio, thousands of listeners, and an unforgettable impact on the 
community. Together we confronted, and have lots of funny stories to 
tell about, the many interesting questions involved in running a free 
station, like pleasing the community, advertisers, free speech at 
large, "real" radio competition, and of course those evil bastards the FCC.

B9punk is basically a "hacker enabler," meaning that she has had a 
hand in setting up projects like making a new 2600 meeting, starting 
a pseudo-hackerspace in New York (the Hacker Halfway House), 
designing and coordinating the HOPE conference, and most recently 
Hackers on a Plane. Her most interesting and favorite adventure in 
this line of work so far,
was being involved with a pirate radio station in the US. She 
currently lives in New York City, but has been spending a lot of time 
in Europe lately in an effort to pick up some class and avoid being a 



Phillip Stearns is a Los Angeles based sound and visual artist, 
composer and recent graduate of the California Institute of the Arts 
music composition department. His most recent work is centered around 
the notion of the circuit as a site for expression through 
subversion. His projects are personal inquiries into electronic 
technologies and their role in shaping our notions of community, 
space, isolation and interconnectedness. The tools of his practice 
include hacked and custom designed electronic hardware, misused audio 
hardware, compromised and abused commercial software, and recently antiquated

"I <3 Computer Music Too!" goes right to the core of electronic 
media: The Hardware. Rather than engage with the tradition of 
software programming to generate sound and image, custom designed 
analog/digital circuitry is used to hack, augment and transform the 
electronic signals flying around the motherboard of a PC computer 
into an abstract audio/visual mind-warp. The performance is 
improvised and deals with negotiations between the performer and 
equipment in the creation of a real-time media based performance 
work. Instead of creating a system which converts from one media to 
another, sound to audio or visa versa, the hardware in "I <3 Computer 
Music Too!" treats all signals equally. All electronic signals are 
analog and are without meaning until they are "formatted" to suit a 
particular display or output device. Within the piece, this 
formatting is done as directly is possible with the goal of minimal 


/// monochrom regulars:


Jake Appelbaum will talk about Flickr, Yahoo!, unintended 
consequences of censorship, and publishing on the net as an artist.

Jacob Appelbaum is the monochrom Ambassador. He's currently living in 
San Francisco.


/// Showband:

MONOCHROM ALLSTAR BAND featuring Michael Zeltner

An eternity of whetstones per kilo-newton!