Arse Elektronika event on sex and tech now under way in SF

Johannes Grenzfurthner of monochrom, whose work we've featured many times on Boing Boing tv, reminds us that their annual "Arse Elektronika" conference is now under way. The name is a pun on the esteemed Ars Electronica festival; that one's venerable, this one's more venereal. Topics are sexually explicit in nature, but presented with internet-indigenous humor and wit. Arse Elektronika, "Critical Perspectives on Sexuality and Pornography in Science and Social Fiction," continues through Sunday in San Francisco. A very special congrats from BB to both Johannes and Evelyn, also of monochrom, who recently wed.

Update: Scott Beale has photos of the ongoing event.

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  1. No, i don’t care for your metal looks
    I don’t care for your bleeps and bloops
    Go away why don’t you just shut off
    Your pretty smile
    Digital dial
    I hate your every bolt and screw
    I don’t like anything about you

    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)
    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)
    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)
    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)

    Yes, everyday i’ve been thinking ’bout you
    In my dreams, we’ve been making out
    Isn’t that what human life’s about
    (No)
    My circuitry comes off the scale
    Baby, got the hots for you
    My index sent a shock right through
    My body needs you
    My body needs you

    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)
    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)
    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)
    You’re a dirty robot
    (I’m a dirty robot)

    You’re a dirty robot
    You’re a dirty robot
    You’re a dirty robot
    You’re a dir-dir-dirty robot

    I’m a dirty robot
    I’m a dirty robot
    I’m a dirty robot
    I’m a dirty robot

  2. i hope they sent the philip k dick trust a few $’s for using his title.

    Dude, really? Did you miss that it’s “sleep with” rather than “dream of,” or are you just being overly lawyerly? Not to mention it’s an academic conference. The Dick estate hardly needs to be bleeding a meager few bills from arts organizations that are paying homage to his legacy.

    On another note, worth mentioning that they’ll also be presenting the new anthology of writing from last year’s conference, published by RE/Search:

    http://www.monochrom.at/arse-elektronika/blog/2008/08/presentation-of-arse-elektronika.html

  3. yes, cpt. obvious, i saw the “sleep with” as opposed to “dream of”. i still feel they need to show PKD some love, be it in monetary form, or even a mention. and, yes. re/search rulez.

  4. Okay, all the graphics and website links and everything else are spelling “Elektronika” with K’s . . . why isn’t Boing Boing?

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