Monthly Archives: March 2009

And Then There Was Lightboxen!

In a quest for the perfect balance between cost-effective and high-detail screen printed productions, my first roadblock was to be able to make screens in a short amount of time with little mess.  Instructables and Make both suggest that for very little compromise in quality, you can build your own lightbox on the cheap.

The only problem is that information about ideal conditions for exposing screens is sparse and varying.  After about a year of lurking researching many different sources, it was time to build.  The total project materials cost came to about $75.00.

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Pumping Station: One in the Columbia Chronicle!

Yesterday, Pumping Station: One was featured in an article in the Columbia Chronicle!  Thanks to Evan Minsker for coming out to our meeting a few weeks ago, interviewing some of our members, and writing the article about us.

Hello and welcome to anyone who came here after reading that article!  The article gives you a good idea of some of the things that we’re up to, but there’s definitely more to explore.  We are a group of people interested in a diverse range of art and technology…chances are that if you’re a person with creative ideas, you’ll find something interesting here.  Make sure you take a good look at our wiki; it’s full of information about who we are as an organization, and what kinds of projects our members are working on so far.  You can also join our public Google group and start talking to people involved in Pumping Station: One, or our  announcements Google group in order to hear about events we have coming up.

If you are intrigued by what you have read and you want to get involved, we’re excited to meet you!  The best way to get involved is to come to a meeting.  We meet every Tuesday night at Cafe Mercury, 1505 W. Chicago Ave., at 7:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings, learn about us, talk about projects, and become a member of Pumping Station: One!

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Monochrom Coming to Chicago

monochrom---vorsprung-durch-kulturtechnikMonochrom from Vienna is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking and philosophy and was founded in 1993. So to sum up, monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and
political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.

monochrom released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a 1 baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with The
Thomann Project. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and host the first annual and inevitably leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics. At the moment they’re creating a conference series about sex and technology. Also they do international soul trade, propaganda camps, epic puppet theatre, aesthetic pregnancy counselling, food catering and — sorry to mention –modern dance.

monochrom’s Chicago gig will be a medley, a little tour-de-farce, a presentation of their projects and political motivation. A joyful bucket full of good clean fanaticism, crisis, language, culture, self-content, identity, utopia, mania and despair, condensed into the
well known cultural technique of a gala show. Powernapping highly welcome.

At Mercury Cafe. March 18, 7:30 PM.
1505 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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