Last night was the opening event of Roböxotica Festival in Vienna, Austria. Roböxotica is a celebration of the underappreciated art of cocktail robotics. Held annually for the last 12 years, the festival includes an exhibition of robots, gadgets, gizmos, installations and heavy machinery built with to get people drunk. There are also talks and performances, presentations and symposiums as well as a published wrap-up and a closing event in which awards are presented in categories such as "Best use of fire."
Co-organized by monochrom and shifz, it's traditionally been held at Vienna's prestigious Musieumsquartier but due to increased attendance was moved to Mo.ë, a larger venue / warehouse space that is rumored to have at one time been a factory that produced medals of honor for the Nazis. At last night's opening there were over 1000 attendees packed in, making it the largest Roböxotica ever.
I didn't get as many opening night photos as I'd hoped since weather and delayed flights conspired to make me the sole operator of CRASH Space's entry, "The Exciterator" which is a frightful intermingling of three ancient, outdated and basically fraudulent technologies (a 1940's weightloss ass shaker, a 1960's Relaxicizer home shock treatment unit, and a 1970's door to door salesman's oil filter kit) which have taken on new life making the crappiest Gin & Tonic's known to man. But I did get a few shots, which follow. Roböxotica runs through Sunday, December 5th. If you happen to find yourself near Vienna, it's well worth a visit.
Here's The Exciterator in all its functioning glory:
More images below, one of which is NSFW.)
The Wodka Closet (vodka toilet), which is a toilet that serves Vodka you drink with a plunger:
A 12 inch pianist:
A fully automated Mojito machine:
Cock. An installation that dispenses alcohol via it's.. well... yeah:
Someone who insisted on wearing The Exciterator on her head. I suspect she might have been drunk.
This stand stops my spool of kitchen twine from rolling off the counter. Years ago I bought a loose spool of kitchen twine. My cat constantly knocks it off the counter. I finally finished that spool, and replaced it with this spool on a stand! Seriously a spool of thread lasts so long that I […]
During a concert, this June, someone at Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theater called out “FREE BIRD!” Naturally, rock and roll legend Bob Dylan obliged.
Evidently you can be full of the wrong shit. A cyclist, by testing her friends fecal output, determined she needed better critters up in herself to improve her pedal pushing. So she did. The madwoman behind “poop doping” is Lauren Petersen, a postdoctoral microbiologist at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Petersen has been racing […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]