Johannes Grenzfurthner

Artist, Filmmaker, and Consultant in Durango, Colorado

Johannes Grenzfurthner

Artist, Filmmaker, and Consultant in Durango, Colorado

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Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, director, writer, and researcher.
He lives and works in Durango, Colorado, but also can be found in Vienna, Austria.

He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally-acting art and theory group. 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 feature "Traceroute" (2016). He is working on a couple of movie projects, like "Tycho", "Sierra Zulu" and "Over Lunch".
He is founder of US-based movie production company monochrom Propulsion Systems, LLC.

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 Sciences in Graz, Austria, and the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria).

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, Neoteny Camp Singapore, Columbia University, 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.

He is married to filmmaker Anna Grenzfurthner.