Johannes Grenzfurthner

Artist, Filmmaker, and Consultant in Vienna, Austria

Johannes Grenzfurthner

Artist, Filmmaker, and Consultant in Vienna, Austria

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Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, director, writer, and researcher.
He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

He is the founder and artistic director of 'monochrom', an internationally-acting art and theory group, and CEO of film production company 'monochrom Propulsion Systems'.

Boing Boing magazine referred to Johannes as leitnerd, a wordplay that ironically hints at his role in nerd/hacker/art culture.

He likes to engage in 'Urban Hacking', or more specific: 'Context hacking', a term that Grenzfurthner coined.

His first feature film was the post-apocalyptic agitprop comedy "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" (2014), followed by the documentary features "Traceroute" (2016) and "Glossary of Broken Dreams" (2018). His new feature films "Je Suis Auto" and "Masking Threshold" will be released in 2020 and 2021.

He is one of the most outspoken researchers in the field of sexuality and technology, and one of the founders of 'techno-hedonism'. He is head of "Arse Elektronika" (sex and tech festival) in San Francisco, "Hedonistika" (food tech festival in Montréal and Tel Aviv) and host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics) in Vienna.

He lectures at different universities (e.g. University of Applied Arts, Vienna and Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany).

He gave talks at SXSWi, O'Reilly ETech, FooCamp, Maker Faire, HOPE, Chaos Communication Congress, Google (Tech Talks), ROFLCon, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Influencers, Mozilla Drumbeat Barcelona, Columbia University, Frankfurt Book Fair, Carnegie Mellon University...

He and his projects have been featured in The New York Times, Liberation, Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Slashdot, Playboy, Boing Boing, New Scientist, The Edge, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, io9, Wired, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, CNet, Toronto Star...

Johannes' artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, sex tech, popular culture studies, subversion, science fiction and the debate about copyright and intellectual property.

Johannes identifies as a leftist and atheist. He deals with his claustrophobic tendencies by occasionally burying people alive.