For the last two years, it’s been my pleasure to work with my friends from monochrom on collateral and identity components for Arse Elektronika, their now yearly conference covering issues relating to the intersection of sex and technology. This year’s theme is “Do Androids Sleep With Electric Sheep? Critical Perspectives on Sexuality and Pornography in Science and Social Fiction,” and it kicks off the end of next week at CELLspace in San Francisco. If it’s a subject you find interesting, I can’t recommend it enough.
Of all the programming, I’m most excited about Thursday night. That night, alongside the Prixxx Arse Elektronika 2008 Award Ceremony, monochrom and RE/Search Publications will be presenting the first preview copies of the first Arse Elektronika Anthology, pr0nnovation?. When I was a young gothy, punky, rivet-heady anti-socialite, my friends and I spent untold hours browsing the shelves of counter culture bookshops and RE/Search, publishers of the Industrial Culture Handbook and books about Throbbing Gristle, JG Ballard and modern primitives, were hands down the coolest book slingers on the planet. So, while I didn’t personally design the cover of this anthology, it’s derived from all of the other collateral that I developed for them and seeing my work on the cover of a RE/Search publication has pretty much made my year. I’m tempted to go buy a pack of clove cigarettes and some new creepers just bring things full circle.