You Cannot Be Neutral On This Murderous Moving Train !

December 13th, 2014

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If you are living in the US and have not been standing with the #ferguson #blacklivesmatter #mikebrown #ericgarner #AlexNieto protests YET, now’s an appropriate time to ask yourselves why the f*ck not ??

You cannot be neutral on this murderous moving train ! What are you doing to break from the injustices of the current power structures and systemic inequalities ??

LOts of demos and actions around the country … check your local listings ! Or go out and make Your Own Protests !

For SF Bay Area, see Indybay.org Calendar

Oakland and Berkeley have been inspirationally stepping up to tell the nation these ongoing travesties of justice, this racist bullshit, this suicidal operating system will not be allowed to continue  ! The Eastbay shutdown highways, commuter rail and the Bart trains for four days in a row, and this movement is just beginning !

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{ eastbay freeway last week }

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{ make art in solidarity ! }

tbc…

Demand Justice ! #Ferguson ( Day 4 + 5 )

November 27th, 2014

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We will try to throw together a list of resources for actions in response to the injustices in Mike Brown’s killing and subsequent Grand Jury (mis)trial of police officer Darren Wilson in Missouri.

Currently the most compelling articles we read these last couple days were from Davey D Cook from KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio and the Hip Hop Corner blog, one of the most engaged journalists we’ve come across on the problems of racism in the US. One text describes the whole corporate media Set-Up for escalating the racial tensions, so precisely ! (Currently only on his facebook page ) It’s a complicated psychological mix, a staging, a peddling of fear ( for the black man, and the other ).  And we should be very alert to how the situation gets further manipulated. As this keeps us divided and not working on the root causes of injustice .We’ll have to come back to analyzing that.

The other was a piece in Counterpunch by Robin D.G. Kelley called Why We Won’t Wait :

“We’ve all been waiting for the grand jury’s decision, not because most of us expected an indictment… District Attorney Robert P. McCulloch never indicted a cop in his life, so why expect anything different now?

Some waited hoping for a miracle; most waited because they knew a crisis was brewing.

As we waited for the grand jury’s decision, a twelve-year-old Black boy named Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police in Cleveland because the officer mistook his toy gun for a real one.

As we waited, Cleveland cops took the life of Tanisha Anderson, a 37-year-old Black woman suffering from bipolar disorder.

As we waited, police in Ann Arbor, Michigan, killed a forty-year-old Black woman named Aura Rain Rosser.

As we waited, a Chicago police officer fatally shot 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh.

As we waited, police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, pumped six bullets into Darrien Hunt, a 22-year-old Black man.

As we waited, a twenty-eight-year-old Black man named Akai Gurley met a similar fate as he descended a stairwell in the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn.

As we waited, LAPD officers stopped 25-year-old Ezell Ford, a mentally challenged Black man, in his own South Los Angeles neighborhood and shot him to death. The LAPD stopped Omar Abrego, a 37-year-old father from Los Angeles, and beat him to death.

And as we waited and waited and waited, Darren Wilson got married, continued to earn a paycheck while on leave, and received over $400,000 worth of donations for his “defense.

Each is a case with details which mark them as a problem of systemic racism, and no one should hold their breath for justice ! Because there is no intervening force other than the people demanding justice, and no system of independent / judicial oversight in place to hold police abuses accountable. The terror just goes on and on and on…

We should by all means consider and expect that there will be ONGOING DAYS OF ACTION until the system is forced to make a change. NOW is the time !

Day 4:

And a fine Thanskgiving weekend to remember the history of white supremicism, and  the LOOTING of indigenous lands :

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Day 5

Black Friday, No Business As Usual !

#BlackFridayProtests || #JusticeForMikeBrown || # Ferguson ||

Please feel free to send us links to news, resources, actions, we’ll compile them here as best we can…

For SF Bay Area, keep an eye on the indybay.org calendar for upcoming actions !

to be cont.



From Situationist Cracks to Transmigrations to Cinema Hacking … and Upcoming Shows!

November 17th, 2014

So, ladies, gents and all migrant aliens on-the-upside-attack …

Our upcoming shows:

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{ Image from Murphy Anderson’s cover of Mystery In Space v. 1 #22 – 1954 }

< Postponed until early February >

< Dec 10th > CiTiZEN KiNO # 40.6 : Technotopia, All You Can’t Eat – w/ very special guests at The Internet Archive in SF, 19:00h

And here’s the new PIRATE PAD for developing the theme ! This is our open source curating device, where you can suggest media and tactical angles, constructive rants and feedback.

And we’ll be meeting on weds. nites ( at Noisebridge? ) to analyze materials together and explore new ways to experiment and upgrade our audience interactivities. Contact dr. Podinski’s Not-A-Bot [ X ], if you’d like to work with us.    …

work-in-progress, more soon !

We were just reflecting our own trajectory of sci-fi media activist forms as we prepare for one of our biggest shows to date… We went from “The Transmigration Of Cinema” to “Radio Organisms Unite” to CiTiZEN KiNO in the short blip of … close to a decade.

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We’ve had the great pleasure of working with some killer collaborators, and just to highlight one in this short post, the Zulah master… a graphics artists and designer wizard ( among other myriad talents )… see more poster work here on the flip-side of the XLt pages, Collapsible Institute

You can peruse the posters in full size HERE below :

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CiTiZEN KiNO #41: The Occupied Territories

November 10th, 2014

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The next episode on The Cali-cidal Tendencies Tour…

< Friday Nov 14th > CiTiZEN KiNO #41: The Occupied Territories on the housing struggles at Noisebridge, SF – doors at 20:00h w/ intro films. C-kino performance begins at 21:00h

Our XLt analysts ask: Can Home & Shelter as traded market commodities and rent traps STILL be hacked !?

What is C-KiNO ?

ABOUT CItiZEN KiNO:
It’s media self-defense,
it’s cinema hacking,
it’s curated screenings mixed with performance and community
brainstorming.
It’s screen and nettime anarchy, and 4th wall experiments.
It’s ripping gaping holes in the spectacle 2.0, and getting you out of
your comfy over-mediated seats to strategize in the embodied urban
dimensions and on multiple fronts ! It’s indigenous and feminist-infused corporate capitalist critique, and community lab organizing.

Each episode takes on a theme of critical engagement w/ an urgent sociological non-fiction dilemma … this month’s theme : The Occupied Territories, more here

COLLABORATE : And there’s a PIRATE PAD (notes) so you can participate right NOW! It’s for developing the playlist, sharing your thoughts, suggestions, tactics , blowing our minds, etc. It’s a part of the expanded-citizen-cinema platform + concept to make the research and media playlist available open source and rhizomatic, you can make a version of CiTiZEN KiNO wherever you are [ Help needed ].

the Fedbook invite here ( an evil social media convenience , at your own risk. )

And more XLterrestrials analysis on hacking the housing problems, coming soon ! We’re furiously researching, and all your suggestions welcome …

to be cont.

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Added :: Follow-up ::

So we had a Great Audience at Noisebridge, and we engaged everyone in a little XLterrestrial experiment towards the end of the C-Kino media playlist. In order to expand our visions for solutions to housing, and raise the bar for our horizons and what we actually want. We asked people to suggest things we could fight for, beyond what we might deem winnable in election scenarios, beyond the electoral crumbs. Each participant wrote them out on an index card, and was told they should create a pseudonym…

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The November Nines

November 10th, 2014

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{ synagogue in Hannover }

(1) On Nov. 9th in 1938, more than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to concentration camps, roughly around 2,000–2,500 citizens were murdered ( incl. suicides ), over 1000 synagogues (and possibly as many as 2,000) were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and 7,500 Jewish stores and businesses were damaged or destroyed … and the pogroms that lasted 7 years were fully mobilized across Europe.

(2) On Nov. 9th, 1989, the DDR fell ( or in eng, GDR ) and Germany was on its way to reunification ( treaty signed August 31, 1990 ).

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In Memoriam and Solidarity for Aaron Swartz !

November 8th, 2014

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< Nov.8 >  Aaron Swartz Day At The Internet Archive, 6pm

On what would have been Aaron Swartz’s 28th birthday (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) , a planet-wide event begins today to honor his dreams of making the world a better place! To protest the injustices of his and others’ thuggish persecution. And to mobilize the movements further !

We finally had time to catch “The Internet’s Own Boy” in full, and it’s very emotional stuff, and probably best to watch and share it together with your friends + community … rather than absorbing it alone in the cubicle mode.

If you’re in SF Bay area, the most extraordinary place to gather and see it is an event at the Internet Archive being organized by Lisa Rein, a co-founder of Creative Commons and a friend of Aaron’s. It’s been out for some months ( at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014), and many who work in this field will have already caught it, but there will be a potent mix of speakers with lots of updates- Barlow, April Glaser, Trevor Tim, Brewster Kale, etc, and the maker of the doc – Brian Knappenberger – on hand for a Q+A, after.

A 2-day Hackathon has already kicked in there ( 11am ), and at probably dozens of other cities… officially confirmed so far: Berlin, Boston, Buenos Aires, Houston, Kathmandu, Los Angeles, Magdeberg, New York, Oakland, Oxford, and San Francisco.

Make your own, 2day, 2morw, wherever, whenever !

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We’re currently in the midst of a weird experiment, simultaneously reading through Cory Doctorow’s latest Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free and James Lovelock’s original Gaia – A New Look At Life on Earth 1st published in 1979.

As you can read in earlier plog posts we’ve been having our own confrontational debate w/ the entangled Datacentric worlds brought on by a digital revolution and a technologically-occupied society. All research for expanding and updating our CiTiZEN KiNO show critiquing Technotopia. And now tentatively scheduled to premiere at the Internet Archive in <December >. The best possible venue we could imagine to create a forum on this material.

Cory’s featured in the doc on Swartz, and it’s a sharp and eloquent moment, and he even drops his guard, and gets fleshy and soggy-eyed. It made us want to clear the air, and remind anyone following our recent critical analysis that we deeply respect the warriors on the technological front. And their work is helping us form our own views and strategies in the liberation struggles.

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tbc.

Infocentrism Wants Free Reign ! ( Part 2 )

November 1st, 2014

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{ Part 2 of 3… Part 1 is here }

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Analyzing Cory Doctorow’s Info-ex-centrisms

We’re still processing the rapid-fire concepts of Cory Doctorow, who spoke at the JCCSF last week. The auditorium was oddly empty due to a scheduling mishap pitting a crucial discussion on the future of culture and technology ( in the land of silicon vulture capitalism ) against the un-worldly televised opiate spectacle of ( billionaire-franchised ) baseball.

Everything about this presentation of his new book – Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free ” ( out in a couple weeks on McSweeney’s ) strikes us as being misaligned with addressing or resolving the sociological upheavals in the current climate of a voracious technocentric appetite.

The evening concluded with an XLterrestrials’ analyst question regarding this aggressive quest to turn the world into an anthropocentric and computational dysneytopia, at our fingertips.

” We would like to examine this notion of the internet as our – society’s – ‘central nervous system ‘ and your claim that EVERYTHING we do will be with computers. Let’s put it this way, many things that we love to do have absolutely NOTHING to do with computers! For example, we love to go on hikes in Muir Woods (or wherever) , have spicy feasts with our most cherished friends, swim in the undersea worlds teeming with the richest territories of bio-diversity ( for how long? ) etc, etc. And currently, the majority of time swallowed by computer screens seems to distract, distance us from, and disrupt so many of our lives’ most precious aims.

Having just seen Citizen Four on whistleblower Edward Snowden’s jaw-dropping alarms, and having for a long time now observed that we are digging ourselves into a terrifying datacentric bunker hole, why on earth would you imagine plunging ourselves ever deeper into a man-made (and corporate-controlled ) technological labyrinth is a good idea, and even, in a rather fanatical directive, calling it THE “inexorable future” for EVERYONE ? “ an XLterrestrials analyst

Cory’s answer began with some meandering counterpoint that by having a GPS device in the woods will make that experience safer, more enabled, empowered, incredible. Our initial impression was: wow, we never knew how dangerous being on a trail in Marin was ;) … We kind of stopped listening to the answer, b/c he hadn’t really grasped our critique, or he intentionally chose to dodge our concerns … But for sure there’s much much more to digest in this discussion, and to question just how  flawed? the reasoning and logic of Cory’s positions and visions for the future might be. And how dangerous ?!

Some incredible articles relevant to this conversation, and perhaps the position Doctorow plays within it:

Conversation with Spanish social critic César Rendueles by Geert Lovink

The Meme Hustler By Evgeny Morozov

The Creepy New Wave Of The Internet by Sue Halpern

Charles Stross on why the Singularity is … bunk.

Note: We expanded the XLT analyst question to give it the full weight of what was on our minds. We will attempt to give Cory’s response an extended consideration as soon as we have time to review it.  JCCSF archives all talks, and both Cory and David Pescovitz from Boing Boing graciously gave audiences at the outset of the talk full reign to use it.

to be cont.

A Digital Digestive Tract, and more SF Bay Blurbs…

October 28th, 2014

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< Oct.29 > JCCSF Lectures w/ Cory Doctorow, with David Pescovitz
Presented in partnership with Boing Boing (warning : expensive! )

Extract: ” Can lesser-known artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? Science fiction author, activist, journalist and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the U.K. Open Rights Group. His latest book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. He is joined by his partner at Boing Boing, co-editor David Pescovitz, for a conversation about the pitfalls and opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) face today.”

Some very hot topics !

[ Which btw, we think Astra Taylor's The People's Platform has addressed with amazing tactical precision, and which we've written a little about in previous bits; Ideas we've been spreading through our CiTiZEN KiNO - episode 40 tour : All You Can't Eat ! ]

So here’s a little XLt preface…

Cory’s on a tour w/ this new book which takes a spin on Stewart Brand’s infamous quote ” Information wants to be free.”

We now have a digital culture which has nearly wiped out the ability for artists and writers to make a living, while the Big 5 Publishing houses and the internet’s new blood-sucking Giants are swelling like a global predator parasite engorging itself on everything you make and share. So the XLterrestrials are a Little curious what tacts he’s advocating in these times of a digital digestive tract with an insatiable appetite for livelihoods… and all your data.

Keeping in mind Cory’s a full-on technotopian who is still evangelizing about liberation through technological means, and advocates for the “internet of things” … i.e. imagine the current asymmetric corporate net exponentially accelerated, that is, getting far worse and far more controlling when it has access to every object you possess and interact with.

And utilizing Amanda Palmer as an intro-writer is a very very bad sign… Her fairytale kickstarter is rumored to have been primarily backed by Scientology connections, not her fans; And is anyway a perfect model for viral narcissicism and the downward popcult spiral, rather than a good example of high-level collective production and radical community intelligence for challenging times. And she played the kickstart game like a true winner-take-all shark, feeding the +1million dollars into her own projects, while avoiding payment to her collaborating / laboring musicians who tour(ed) with her.

Come prepared w/ deep questions. The net-dominated culture remains a dangerous labyrinth that needs to be strategically navigated, passionately debated and urgently re-shaped by a multitude of diverse voices.

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Added: Afterward impressions:

Cory’s an incredibly fluid and intense thinker, speaker, creator … and we’re processing many thoughts and having some great conversations as a result. We appreciate all his prolific work, and we are happy to see that he’s on top of the fight for a free net culture. But we find some troubling trends and paradoxes in some of his thinking, that will take time to analyze…

But here’s a taste of some disturbing resonances…

“Ok, let’s sink our teeth into this : “the Internet is our – society’s – central nervous system. EVERYTHING we do will be with computers.” (Doctorow )…  OR… Is the internet the spineless white men’s best hope for post-humanity (and ongoing capitalist operating systems) since sliced bread. And moreover tools of remote control domination, oppression and plunderpalooza colonialism ?? (XLterrestrials )

Hmm, probably a bit of both, but currently more of the latter. Stay tune for a full report. And we’re happy to have an advance copy of “Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free “  to think these issues further through. It’s a carefully crafted directory for some very important social struggles ahead.

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And more SF Bay Listings coming soon !

< Oct.28 > Internet Archive.org annual party

< Oct.29/30 > BETTER HOMES & GARDENS TODAY! A project by Megan Wilson and Christopher Stratton on the housing struggles. Weds. & Thursday! at ATA (Artists’ Television Access) 992 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 7pm – 9pm

< Oct.29 > Shaping SF Talks w/ James Tracy discussing his new PM Press book Dispatches Against Displacement

< Nov. 8 > Moon Fails, a space operetta by David Cox debuting at Othercinema, in SF

< Nov./DEc. > CiTiZEN KiNO #41 : The Occupied Territories , dates TBA

And in NYC:

< Nov. 14-16 > Digital Labor Conference, New School, NYC

tbc

Slow Tech, B.A.C.H., and the new CiTiZEN KiNO #41 themes…

October 15th, 2014

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{ Radar and anti-ballistic missile bunker from Cold War 1.0 }

We’ve been using a slide w/ text from the Slow Tech Manifesto ( read in full here ) combined with an image of the Nekoma Safeguard Complex ( aka Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, which cost a mere $6 billion and was a total strategic and operational FAILURE ) for our latest CiTiZEN KiNO (#40) performances focused on analyzing and critiquing Technotopian ideology. Ranting about the misplaced and wasted resources by the Military Industrial Complex was also our theme for a show we did in Leipzig last summer. ( CiTiZEN KiNO #37 ).

And most recently at the Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces (B.A.C.H.) (wiki) unconference for a ‘5-minutes of fame’ concluding session, we wanted to alert the SF Bay Area hacklab community of this new self-reflective and critical territory, which is somewhat more pronounced and developing in places like Berlin and Amsterdam, perhaps because the hacklabs there are more closely associated w/ leftist movements that remain vociferously suspicious of corporate industries and the technological giants.

BACH was a small but ambitious gathering of hacklabbers, mostly from Noisebridge (SF) , Sudo Room and Counter Culture Lab which hosted it at the impressive new autonomous social center called The Omni. An old italian-american club house ( Ligure Club ) built in the 30s, a short stint as a rock club in the 90s + aughts, and now home to nearly a dozen radical social tinkerer orgs. And Sunday was a little pre-launch brunch for-and-by La Commune Cafe / Bookstore in the front room as you enter the building. Sudo and CCL are the two resident hacklabs, one hardware+maker oriented, the other diy biotech. Both of which felt to us could benefit greatly from the alarms being sounded by the Slow Tech Group, Uncivilization listers, and the Unlicensed Psychomedia Analysts ( XLt )… and whoever else out there is working on this, how shall we call it, Post-Ludditean Indigenous Resistance (?). More on those groups later.

Discussions at BACH together with our XLt analyst living in the SF SOMA neighborhood where an increasing number of desperate homeless people ( mostly of color, but not all ) are frequently camped out in the alleys, triggered some new insights for our CiTiZEN KiNO, so we wrote the Noisebridge list with some new thinking…

Hi NB peeps,

The B.A.C.H. weekend was inspiring, and great to see the whole OMNI
project picking up speed on serving the community on a bunch of levels.

During one of the last unconference sessions on “hacking housing” we had a
few insights… kind of basic, but really resonating deeply with some of
our research lately. ONE being that it’s really great when hacker culture
merges with social struggles that deal with the most essential needs of
the peeps. TWO, that the housing crisis is currently one of the most
severe and pressing problems in the Bay Area ( and around the US in
general ). THREE, shelter is a human right and necessity for survival, and
to make a citizenry pay (so excessively) for it, is part of a system of
oppression and neo-colonialism and capitalism run amok. FOUR, we must devise a variety of alternatives !

We decided to start working on the next episode of our
CiTiZEN KiNO ( in SF Bay ), our platform for collectively analyzing various
social struggles and social crises, and figuring out how to organize our
communities around them.

So a working title of : LANDGRABS + LANDLORDS vs. SHELTER
HACKING + COMMUNES

For the shows in Berlin, we will often create a piratepad to allow for
public participation to collect resources, media bits, ideas, etc. and to
begin the discussion of how to make the program as tactical as possible.
( CiTiZEN KiNO is cinema and social media hacking. )

So for anyone interested, here’s the URL
http://piratepad.net/BOHmRLfmfL

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{ Columbus Day “celebrations” in the Mission District }

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to be cont…

Tales from The Sci-Fi City v.2 … SF Bay Area XLt blurbs

October 10th, 2014

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{ snapshot from The Great Martian War, and a remix/edit by Plazma }

< Oct.10 > CiTiZEN KiNO #40.5 : Technotopia – All U Can’t Eat ! Scollan Ranch in Sacramento. ( afraid you’ll have to email us if you want directions ). By donation, to help cover our train costs. Yes, California has a few trains, that actually work. :)

But also more shows to come to SF BAY Area and BEYOND. The XLterrestrials’ Cali-cidal Tour has been extended. We are accepting and considering all invitations to bring CiTiZEN KiNO to your area. All venues, ideas welcome from Tenderloin community centers, to Singularian University, to Man in the High Castles. :)

Other SF Bay Area events… XLt recommends…

< Oct.11/12 > the first unconference of the Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces (BACH), this weekend at the Omni Oakland Commons — Sudo Room’s spacious new home! starting at 10am until … all night apparently.

And Sunday is the opening of the Omni’s La Commune Cafe !

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< Oct.10 > A presentation of Bjork’s Biophilia Live film project at Grey Area Theater, SF

[ Meetup Link w/ info ]

< Oct. > and Biophilia The Film also playing at Roxie Cinema

[ Fedbook invite ]

< Oct.11 > Othercinema Optronica Part 1 ( expanded cinema ) at ATA, SF

Cresting the new wave of expanded cinema, the Bay Area is discovering new correspondences between the audio and the visual realms. Cross-platform pioneers John Davis and Sweet Tooth manage to create a third voice from the sum of two disciplines–old Soviet newsreels and hand-patched analog synthesizer–in the world premiere of their Spontaneous Order. Brian Darr also brings his own synth, and gongs and ratchets, to conjure up ingenious soundtracks to silent films—Mack Sennett’s frolic of Fatty Arbuckle at our own 1915 World’s Fair, and SF muse Kerry Laitala’s Sadistic Seaweed, a feral homage to the Musee Mechanique, just a short swim away from Treasure Island!  Artist-in-residence at the SF Dump, Jeremy Rourke compresses a garbage-truck of Frisco effluvia into a wildly inspired live-musical animation, A Way of Falling. PLUS Len Lye, Mary Ellen Bute, and Dan Gunning on Flexi-Discs (and free 78rpm records!). $7.77.

[ Fedbook invite ]

< Oct. 26. > Green Apple on the Park: James Tracy’s “Dispatches Against Displacement” – Discussing community, housing, displacement, and solutions to the urban crisis -  at Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave, SF

[ Fedbook invite ]

< Oct.29 > Cory Doctorow discussing his latest  at JCC, SF

Can lesser-known artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? Science fiction author, activist, journalist and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the U.K. Open Rights Group. His latest book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. He is joined by his partner at Boing Boing, co-editor David Pescovitz, for a conversation about the pitfalls and opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) face today.

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And read all about the artists fighting back against evictions and the rising rent gouges here in The Mission Local news !

more coming soon !