Hi, I’m Johannes…

June 11, 2005 at 3:44 pm in LA

…and it seems that I’m the new blogging.la ‘exchange blogger’ (Thanks, Sean!).

Usually I live in Vienna, Austria.
I’m writer and artist and founding member of Vienna-based art-tech-philosophy group monochrom. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. Or something. You can find some additional info about us on Wikipedia.

My blogging history?
Of course I’m a regular blogger at Vienna Metblog.
I’m also web host for the Austrian alternative-mainstream radio station FM4 (host area: fm4.orf.at/grenzfurthner/).
I was guestblogging for several blogs, e.g. Boing Boing.
And most of the time I post on the monochrom blog.

What about a picture?
Ok.

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Why am I visiting LA?
Well.
monochrom’s US/Canada West Coast tour starts in Los Angeles.
Our basecamp will be the glorious and gandorious MACHINE PROJECT.

The motto of the tour is “Experience the Experience”.

The basic idea:
So-called “experience” is a highly Anglo-American term. Roughly speaking, everything is plugged as “experience”. Whether it is a “dining experience” in a restaurant or the “Disney experience” in Orlando or “experience the sorrow and tragedy of Ground Zero” in New York City… everything has to be made “experiencable” or presented as an “experience”. Yet there is not even a word for it in German. “Experience” is untranslatable. Of course, this is the same as with all cultural ideas: being untranslatable, ergo driving you crazy. Even though we are coming disguised as tourists, we don’t want to always just take. We would also like to give. We bring something with us for North America. And when we leave, we will have gained the experience of how our experience has been experienced. We want to see what that does to us and what the what-it-does-to-us does to North America. We want to convey a total of 7 new “experiences” to the local population in three North American cities (Los Angeles/Vancouver/San Francisco), making them “experiencable” in performances and events.

In Los Angeles we offer the following experiences:

* Experience The Experience Of Being Buried Alive (June 14, 8 PM)
* Experience The Experience Of A Magnetism Party (June 18, 8 PM)
* Experience The Experience Of A Brick of Coke (June 21, 8 PM)
* Experience The Experience Of An Illegal Space Race (June 25, 2 PM)

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So… I’m looking forward to contributing some entries — but first I have to get on a plane…

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