Monocrom setting up to perform for Toronto
Had the enormous pleasure of meeting up with Yohanes and the crew from Monochrom last night (official site, wikipedia) the manic genius art-interventionist collective from Vienna. Thanks to Fran (a sometime collaborator herself) for the tipoff that they were in town.
There’s still time to catch them in Montreal later this month if that’s were you are.
monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism.
” [Monochrom has] established a 1 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 hosted the first annual and inevitably leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics.”
The show it’s self consisted mostly of Johanes regaling us with stories of their past projects each making slightly less sense than the one before. accompanied by Johanes dancing and belting out a few songs, a few odes and a general stream of techno-politico-art mashups of varying degrees of piercing absurdity. recommended.
Oh and I’ve been made an official citizen of Zombia. Let me know if you’d like a zombie passport as well, I’ve got all the paperwork. “Just one thing you should keep in mind: once a zombie always a zombie. There’s no turning back. Unless maybe you happen to find a way. Again, that is none of our business either. Zombie or not to be — this is no question!”