The phatzine monochrom #26-34 (Goat of 1k Young) is an impossibility in an impossible universe — an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism.
500 pages (67 ounces) of outrageous printed bestiality. And we plan to thoughtfully present it at Machine Project.
But wait! There’s more. These readings will be performed not just by any random yahoo, but by these storied/lovable/masterful yahoos in particular — John Wilcock (co-founder of the Village Voice, and occult expert), Sean Bonner (this guy), Jason Brown (Machine consigliere/puppetmaster) and other special guest stars.
WTF is monochrom print?
monochrom is a magazine object appearing in telephone book format, which is published by the art/tech group of the same name. monochrom came into being in the mid-1990s as a fanzine for cyberculture, science, theory, cultural studies and the archaeology of pop culture in everyday life.
Its collage format is reminiscent both of the early DIY fanzines of the punk and new wave underground and of the artist books of figures such as Dieter Roth, Martin Kippenberger and others.
With a great deal of forced discontinuity, a cohesive potpourri of digital and analog subversion is pressed between the covers of monochrom. Each issue is an unnostalgic amalgam of 125 years of Western counterculture cocked, aimed and ready to fire at the present. It is a Sears catalog of subjective and objective irreconcilability the Godzilla version of the conventional coffee table
monochrom #26-34 / Content
Screws and astronauts. Roundworms and Columbia. Cannibalism at sea. Conlanging 101. The basic mechanisms of New Economy and Neoliberalism. The sketchy world of Elffriede. The status of martial law. RFID. Henry the Halibut. Rieseberg and the emergence of work. Dracula (a poem). Historicity, temporality, and politics in the cinema aesthetics of Deleuze, Rancière and Kracauer. Or-Om’s call to the children. The problem with social robots. An (anti)history of Rave. The life of a Swiss banker and fascist anti-imperialist. Considerations by Martin Auer. The Stepford wives and stereotypes of putative perfection. Noise and talk. A little potpourri about amok runners, mass homicide and 80s pop songs. Scratching means life. Mae Saslaw’s 10005. Kiki and Bubu and Orwell’s 1984. Cybernetics and whatever happened to it. The integrating of the Fringe. Witchcraft and lesbianism. The weirdness (and PR) of the wonders of Oz. Rachel Lovinger’s personal journey towards datameaningfulness. Revolution, ads and revolt. A pilot study on the philosophy of life of schizophrenics. Pro Asylum. Bird Ball. Medicine in the Dark Ages (humor, leeches, charms and prayers). Reflections about Ivan Grubanov and Paul Chan. Communism, anti-German criticism and Israel. Surprise findings. Hot, hard cocks and tight, tight unlubricated assholes. Dubbing (Casablanca and forged movies). The treatment of media in H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror. The relationship of books and films explained via Capricorn One. Stories about our friends (e.g. whales). The history of Pinball machines. Italy and the incubation of fascism. Consider Phlebas and The Waste Land. The implicit ideology of media activism and its current opportunities. Urban Pilgrims touring Vienna. Ronald McDonald slapping a guy in the face. Text adventures. The Shining (Jack of all Trades, Master of None). Reappropriating architecture and playing with the built city. Recoding LOLcats. Sitcom as Endgame, Tatort out of the Volksempfänger (an attempt to understand the culture industry). Gender, race and film comedy. Neon Bible and its hidden agenda. The SNAFU principle and how hierarchies inhibit communication. The power of disposition over (global) space as a new dimension of class structuration. Lustgas. Stammlager 217 and Israel’s popular culture of the 1960s. Supertheory(TM). Adopt a highway. X-Wing penetration, dominatrix fathers and phallic light sabers. Europanto. The Unicorn and the Maiden. Leben macht Spass. How to build a magnificent Boom-Boom. Lots of reviews of deities, personalities, questions, states of mind, culture (as opposed to nature), nature (which cannot be divided from culture), words, social practise, future(s), technological artefacts, experiences, things on a keyboard, and matter. The short story of Pocahontas and Avatar. Walled World. Hacking the Spaces. Sally Grizzell Larson’s No. 29. The tyranny of structurelessness. Jack Kirby’s top 20 creations. The need of Change (keep your coins). Fehler and Fairchild Semiconductor. Richka’s Answering Space and the question about Home. Worm. Future 42.0. Doctorow’s row-boat. Bare life innovation. A mnemonic of longing. Etiology of Romero-Fulci Disease (and the case for prions). Campaign for the abolition of personal pronouns. Yahooking. A social-centric, canine-inspired perspective on the placebo effect. Helpless machines and true loving caregivers. Information doesn’t work (that’s why we need information workers). The myth of Xanadu (reconsidered). John Wilcock and the Manhattan Memories. The Cult of Done. Looking at Gene Wilder. Sweet Home Alabama (and why diamonds are a girls worst nightmare). Pretesting the idea of apparative hermeneutics. Ignorantism. Artistic fears in the age of religious fundamentalism. Smoking against America. The Things of Eternity. After warfare in Yugoslavia (or: moral order of recognition). Existential game-show experiments. The epic of Gilgamesh. Mozart as public relations hype. Las Vegas and its casino traditions. Sikhs. Pornographic coding. Invader and public tiles. Splasher, street art and the Situationist International. MakerBot. Long live the porn flesh. The three rules of sidewalk junk giveaways. Melcus and his maps. Mister plomlompom’s embracing of post-privacy. Catty (the baseball player). John Duncan (in: Blind Date). Michayluk’s crush of worship of the copy. The Telecommunications History Group. monochrom’s initiative for the accomplishment of Total Population. The medieval agricultural year. Office Art. A cartoon that makes neoliberals laugh. A rough guide to number stations. The digital age and ubermorgen.com. Mobile phones and “for whom the SAR tolls”. A call for more science… and giant dinosaurs who bite each others head off.