Screw the System Explorations of Spaces, Games, and Politics through Sexuality and Technology

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  • Copyright: 2014-03-18
  • Publisher: Re/Search Publications
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Thirty trenchant essays probe the dominant paradigms ruling both the work and play industries in America, illuminating how both mirror each other in their sex, violence and power depictions. We may be familiar with the shadow industry of sex tourism, but have we thought about designing sex for Space Tourism? How about x-rated interactive video games that go far beyond the most violent pornography found on the Internet? Now that we're in the Age of Drones, have we considered how our conceptualization of "love" may have been forever modified? Have we noticed that our concepts of "The Apocalypse" may now be obsolete? Why is there increasing workplace shooting-spree violence, now perpetrated by women as well as men? Disturbingly, we barely seem to have noticed that we've entered the realm of techno-sexuality where old-fashioned Biblical morals are as obsolete as button-shoes. How have the criteria for sexual selection been transformed by ever-innovative technological leapfrogging in our immersive, 24/7 communication enslavement? This book is bursting with troubling questions and ideas, verbalizing what many already feel but are inarticulate to express, and is a wake-up call to all who are not yet fully anesthetized by the new surveillance state status quo.

Author Biography

Johannes Grenzfurthner, Gunther Friesinger, and Daniel Fabry are members of monochrom, an art-technology-philosophy collective having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. monochrom has existed in this (and almost every other) form since 1993.

Table of Contents

Space Racy by Johannes Grenzfurthner
What Does It Mean to Love a Machine? by Jonathan Mann
Blowing Your Load—The Workplace Shooting Spree as Sexual Metaphor by Phil Freeman
Love in the Time of Drones by Thomas Ballhausen
Designing Sex for Space Tourism by Samuel Coniglio and Katherine Becvar
Personal Portraits of Australia by Rich Gibson
The Six Feet Under Club: Interview with Johannes Grenzfurthner by Nadja Sayej
Queer Technologies—Component Theory and Viral Aesthetics by Zach Blas
Crash on Television—Primetime Autogeddon by Jack Sargeant
Screw the System by Arse Elektronika 2011
Sex, Lies, and Phthalates—Why the James Deen Dildo Isn't as Safe as it Should Be by Lux Alptraum
The Importance of Being Kinky by Thomas Ballhausen
We Know Apocalypses by Johannes Grenzfurthner
Designing Desire—Meditations on Technosexuality by Gopinaath Kannabiran
The Golden Age of Porn Is Just Beginning by Maggie Mayhem
Notes from and about the Pornographic Screenplay Workshop by Gabriel Menotti
Re-Caste-ing Alternative Sexuality—A Class Analysis of Social Sttus i the BDSM Scene by maymay
Sexual Science, Academia, and the PSIgasm Project by Ned Mayhem
4 Play by Arse Elektronika 2012
Amorous Bodies in Play—Sexuality in Nordic Live Action Role-Playing Games by Jaakko Stenros
Multi-P)rofile, Platform-Based Socio-Sexual Performance Constituted thru Polyamorous Relationships by Megan Rosalynn Rothstein and Adam Rothstein
Want It From Behind While You Play Super Mario Brothers? by Anonymous in Orlando
Awkward Sex—Exploring the Uncanny Valley by Pietro Righi Riva
Proverted Pleasures—Orgasm and Gameplay by Heather Kelley
Sex, Violence and the In-Between—Bikini Beach Zombie Massacres by Lindsay D. Grace
The Game 2.0—Games as Sexual Selection Criteria by Maggie Mayhem and Ned Mayhem
Acceptance Speech for Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2012: 4 Play by Anna Anthropy
Fucking Polygons, Fucking Pixels—On Procedural Representations of Sex by Paolo Pedercini
And much more, too many to list here!

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