Taugshow #7

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monochrom presents:
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 / 8:30 PM

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: Roland Gratzer

Location: dietheater/Konzerthaus, Lothrinerstraße, Vienna.


(Interpreter: Silvia Groniewicz)

Ryosuke Tei is the Creative Director of Furi Furi Company. Tei-san founded Furi Furi Company in 1998, and is the creator of Girls Power Manifest and the Bash figure series, as well as the innovative RPG Giftpia for the Nintendo Gamecube in Japan. He is considered to be one of Japan's most important figures in the character and game design scene. He was president of Furi Furi Company from 1998 to March 2004. By focusing on character & graphic design as the core, he covers all the media that connect to this core: planning, designing, direction, etc.
Established in 1998,"Furi Furi Company" is a personal, professional design team based in Tokyo. They cover every aspect of design from consulting and planning to media promotion. Their charm is in the creation of POP, CUTE, VIVID, and UNIQUE characters that appeal to a broad range of people. These characters that break through the language barrier have been expanded and disseminated worldwide.
They have received high praise in many fields including merchandising, advertising, games, and other medias. Through their works, they will make everyone HAPPY.

Tei is currently Subotron Artist in Residence.



The AniNite is the largest festival of Japanese pop culture held in Austria. The 6th festival so far took place August 25th - August 27th 2006. The annual event is considered to be an established venue for Austrian and international fans and sympathisers of Japanese pop culture. The AniNite provides an interesting and varied three-day-agenda, including Anime screenings, costume-role play competition, various workshops and contests, Manga and video games, and shopping opportunities.

The AniNite is run by AniManga Austria, an umbrella society of Austrian Anime and Manga clubs. Next year the AniManga events will include workshops for Manga artists, film screenings and the preview event Ani'Lite' in spring for the main event AniNite'07 in August.

Festival: www.AniNite.at
Forum: www.AnimeBoard.at
Society: www.AniManga.at

+ SILVIA GRONIEWICZ: Born in Vienna with no real goal in life except reading books, many books. That changed when she watched a Japanese show she was taping for her boyfriend. Now, 9 years later, she's absolutely obsessed with Japan and works for a Japanese company.

+ RICHARD PYRKER: In charge of public relations for the digital culture festival [d]vision and AniManga. He talks about Japanese pop culture events in Austria.

+ AYA and SCHU: Two female Cosplayers talk about their obsession and will present their newest creation.
What is Cosplay? Cosplay, a contraction of the English words "costume" and "play", is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands.



Interna(tiona)l Reflections: a low altitude flyover of the small dark spiegelkammer of the soul.

David Dempsey is an ADDled informationmaniac who has replaced his mostly dysfunctional long-term memory with the web and small electronic thingies. Despite massive incomprehension of any concepts that can be described using the terms modern, post modern, or mildly clever, he has found a happy and comfortable existence as a media monkey for an Austrian radio station, where he is occasionally paid for providing commentary on the frequently brutal stupidity of his native country.



A video message comes to you from Eddie Codel inside the infamous Hat Factory in San Francisco, Kalifornia, Untied States of Ameerika. Quote: “I take you on a short tour of this thriving center of culture, leisure and humanity that I call my home. The Hat Factory building is known as the oldest live/work loft space in San Francisco, which places it squarely in the prehistoric early 1990's”. Eddie fancies himself as a video producer, making videos generally of other people talking about themselves or their big ideas. You can find out more about him at his personal site, eddie.com or on his geek video site, geekentertainment.tv.


/// Regulars:


Semantics, syllables, and sounds.


/// Showband:


Two masters of Viennese groove kitchen present their jazzy blend of sax and live-effects served on a well balanced, hot style mix of electronic beats and sounds.

Peter Natterer: Tenor Saxophone, Effects
Ingmar Vesolmann: Laptop, Percussion



Taugshow is a project by monochrom. But what is monochrom?

monochrom is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking, and philosophy which was founded in 1993. They specialize in an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost "in culture-archaeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment."
Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a one baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with the Thomann Project. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and they have hosted the first annual festival concerned with cocktail robotics. At the moment they're planning a conference about pornography as one of the driving forces of technological innovation. They also do international soul trade, propaganda camps, epic puppet theater, aesthetic pregnancy counseling, food catering, and - sorry to mention - modern dance.
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