TEDxVienna / monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner / On how to subvert subversion

POSTED BY: johannes grenzfurthner | Wed Dec 22nd, 2010 11:56 a.m.

monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner: On how to subvert subversion

Talk presented at TEDxVienna, November 2010.


The term "context hacking" -­ like its older mimetic sibling "communication guerrilla" -­ refers to unconventional forms of communication and/or intervention in more conventional processes of communication. Context hacking is a specific style of political action drawing from a watchful view of the paradoxes and absurdities of power, turning these into the starting point for subversive interventions. It's a strategy of playing with representations and identities, with alienation and over-identification. But a fundamental question remains: is it still possible to subvert? Or are we all stuck in an endless late-capitalist cycle of revolt and assimilation? Johannes Grenzfurthner will present a project by monochrom, a worldwide operating collective from Vienna dealing with technology, art, and philosophy.