monochrom festival and exhibition // Roböxotica 2005 / Vienna (16 November - 20 November): Roböxotica is the first and, inevitably, leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics. Until recently, no attempts were made to publically discuss the role of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebensraum, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. A micro mechanical change of paradigm in the age of borderless capital. Mr. Turing would without a doubt test this out. Scientists, researchers, computer geeks and artists from all over the world participate to build cocktail robots and discuss about technological innovation, futurology and science fiction.
Roböxotica is a cooperation with Shifz and 'Bureau für Philosophie', Vienna.
The topic of this year’s event is Public Fictions - Robots for (almost) everyone! The title public fictions refers to two different ways of collaboratively generating technical artefacts and cultural conventions: On the one hand it refers to the fact that society and technology are partly structured by fictions generated by the two of them together. It seems that certain technological developments have partly been defined by imaginariae derived from popular culture. [More....]