Johannes Grenzfurthner



Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning director, artist, writer, and researcher. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Durango, Colorado, USA. 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. He directed the dark sci-fi comedy "Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" and the feature length documentary "Traceroute" and is working on several other movie projects ("Over Lunch", "Sierra Zulu", "Nothing To Hide"). 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 teaches art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria, and is a lecturer on culture jamming at 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.



2016 / Dokumentarfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner


Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl

2014 / TV-Spielfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner


Monochrom: 23 Works

2013 / Dokumentarfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner



2012 / Kurzspielfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner


The Earth Has Been Destroyed

2010 / Kurzfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner


Kiki and Bubu and the Good Plan

2008 / Kurzfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner


Applicant Fisch

2007 / Kurzfilm / Regie: Johannes Grenzfurthner