Glossary of Broken Dreams
a documentation by Johannes Grenzfurthner
Our featured event at the art space Hole in the Sky Collective on July 25, the screening of the movie Glossary of Broken Dreams by the Austrian filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner, who calls himself a “Lumpennerd”, invites us to go deeper, think closer, question more and confront ourselves with concepts, ideologies, counter-culture, identities and what is happening around us, in our reality. Or is it just pure fiction all together?
For this month's contribution to our pillar “Human Rights” we are offering you to go on an intellectual ride: Open your mind, step away from your well-known established beliefs as well as thoughts and let the ideas, words and concepts that Johannes tries to capture in his monumental mosaic documentary, conquer you, at least for a little while …
You can read more about him and his ideas on his website and in the full interview At the Golden-Calf Slaughterhouse with the filmmaker, published on the blog Boing Boing, from which we selected the following thoughts, ideas and quotes.
Glossary of Broken Dreams is an inconvenient, entertaining movie, born out of the frustration that debate culture (not only) on digital platforms has become radically fragmented and fractualized, making it hard to call it discourse.
About the Filmmaker | Johannes GrenzfurthNer
Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, writer, performer, and researcher.
He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally-acting art and theory group. He is founder of movie production company monochrom Propulsion Systems.
He is a lecturer on culture jamming (at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria) and art theory (at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany).
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 directed the dark sci-fi comedy "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" (2014) and the feature-length documentaries "Traceroute" (2016) and "Glossary of Broken Dreams" (2018). He is currently working on several other film projects (e.g. "Tycho").
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.
Photo | © Johannes Grenzfurthner, Glossary of Broken Dreams