Culture + Community vs. Technotopia + Krapitalism

October 14th, 2017

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A page from the XLT Story Book

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Just because we have semi-solid science doesn’t mean the goals and aims are properly selected. Let’s say you want to optimize life expectancy, GDP, and minimize crime. You’d likely end up with a pure totalitarian government deciding what you can eat, drink, consume at all times, trying to guide the economy and tightly ratcheting down ideas on acceptable behavior and crime. The results could be devastating.

Science gives us methods to reach goals, it doesn’t necessarily set those goals or confirm that those goals are the right ones. “

- from the comments section,  somewhere along the overloaded web + research trails

Culture + Community vs. Technotopia + Krapitalism


A topic that highlights a key theme at the heart of our XLterrestrials technotopian critiques… and our warnings for all the advancing techn0-fascist threats, now being shaped by the industrialist science + tech sectors that have essentially become our misguiding compass and rigorous social program in our modern day un-civilization.

Contrary to the illusion that a gaggle of bozo-clown tyrants – with some variant of pseudo-religiously baked fervor – seem to be at the helm of the most powerful economies and nations on our planet, these are not the real ideologies nor power at the controls.  Those might just be mere sideshows to keep us busily running to plug the gaping holes in their mangled, spewed and short-circuiting logic circus.

Behind the curtains there may be no anthropomorphic actor(s) … just a deadly variety of well-oiled machinery, mathematical plots and business objectives  !

Though certainly the Cthulucene, as it has been obscurely and dimly detected, has names and addresses, and they are taunting you in your face daily !

Which is precisely WHY we must fight for culture and community, prior to technological progress, prior to any sound and egalitarian economic operating system, prior to democratic functioning + institutions… maybe even prior to political revolution  !

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We are currently in discussion with a working group in Btropolis to imagine new directives for arts and culture in the 21s century. We are all pretty much in the realm of where art, science and technology meet, collaborate, and produce.

If it were up to the XLterrestrials our goal might be to build a time machine and evade all three fields, as they self-consciously contort themselves for the camera, the microscopes, the mirrors and archives, the money, the vanities, the power, and the need for recognition ( i.e livelihoods  ) in an operating system where there are winners and losers, abundance and scarcity, ritual users and the sacrificed.

The poetry of life has been downgraded to the utilitarianism and outputs of ego, industries, and weaponized application. It’s becoming a dismal, embarassing and bloody self-destructive epoch.

But there’s no backing away from them now, these hybrid and intertwined arts may be the only thing that can turn the living, breathing and sensing world upright again from its fouled, hijacked and victimized corpse-like state.

Our thinking this week, has been to focus on the abilities of culture to shape our worldview, construct values, and establish collaborative communities, which then become the lens and embodiments through which to navigate our shared existence + habitats.

The latest works of George Monbiot and Bruno Latour would seem to provide some clues to this essential 21st century repair + survival kit, but as yet we’ve only scratched the surface… More reading, reflection, debate will be required to draw the new maps, to unleash the new creative force.

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to be cont..

In Every City + Town + Rural Zone, A Futurologic Revolt !

October 12th, 2017

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https://fcsamsterdam2017.nl/

If there’s time to report more …. tbc…

Ridley is no Kubrick! But is he the Edward Bernays of Our Technotopian Dismaland ?!

October 7th, 2017

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This is NOT a Blade Runner 2049 review !

Not yet anyway ! At the time of writing this, we hadn’t seen it, but our “precogs” had already mapped out the high probabilities !

This is a suggested primer to understand what you may be about to  absorb, as you imbibe the granular synthesis ( * ) bits of one of the most awaited sci-fi sequel commercials ever made… It will likely make a few nods to the gonzo-philosophical genius of PKD, but it will be so fragmented from the original spirit of his work, you might as well be a half-life replicant viewer,  drowning yourself in a vat of Diet Coke.

How can we presume this ? One, because Hollywood productions are a conglomerate business, with millions of dollars invested, and strategies and formulas for return profits. These structures have long been the death of any authentic art production from any single auteur or collective authorship… Blockbuster movies are like the A.I. of cultural production, like a social software manufacturer churning out code for vested interest devices, nothing living and breathing can come out at the other end. There might be a few exceptions in the industry, but given Ridley’s track record it is highly doubtful he’s here to redeem himself and his production companies – RSA Films + Scott Free Productions – with the making of BR2. Secondly, well, we’ve said it many times before, but if there was any justice in the worlds of art and literature and mass media, Ridley and RSA should have promptly lost their license to touch PKD works in 1982!  You’ll have to read the links below to understand our take on that.

Sure, there will be a zillion banal debates about whether Denis Villeneuve, Hampton Fancher and Michael Green et al did a fine, a mediocre or a pathetic job…

But this entry is not to busy ourselves with whether or not this is a good Hollywood ride, if the Ridley franchise is good at novel adaptations or interpretations, or if the look and feel of 2049 is as well-projected as BR1’s 2019 scenarios from its 198o’s drawing board. In fact, given the current state of our civilization and planet, we don’t really give a shit about movie-making skills, we care about whether our culture is ripe ( and or royally fucked- ) enough to now imagine using mass media to get itself out of a pre-formatted idiot-user’s high-wired carnival abyss of tears… like tears in rain …

Our clock is ticking, but not any natural biological one, this one’s corporate, down to the grafted 3-D printed bones, Cat 5 storms, ocean acidification, the vanishing rain forests and total soil depletion, etc, etc….

We may be at the end of our species’ lifespans, if we don’t come up with a plan for re-ínventing our public platforms of communication, or as we’ve written before , we upgrade our collective intelligence !  The Cinematic Inc. Anthropocene has put us all on an epic and fragmented crash course ! But we don’t have to follow its low-grade abuses … and sad plot finales … nor its final solutions !

( Interestingly, this article – ‘Our minds can be hijacked’ – appeared this week in The Guardian, about the development of technologies that are luring us further away from our “cerebral sovereignty” – our XLt term. And this pinpoints one of many Technotopian-meets-Krapitalism dilemmas we allude to with our warnings of the abysmal trajectories.  And there are certainly more destructive fronts than merely what net culture has in store for us. )

So back to Blade Runner 1 + 2 : Why pick on these seemingly innocuous little Hollywood sci-fi  thrill rides ?  Because we’d just like to do what little part we can now to avoid the next 30 years of the next generation gulping the Spectacle Kool Aid discourse, and missing the point of what high art can be as our destiny, our compass, our friend… and not our arch-enemy !

And as XLterrestrials we are bound by duty to defend the true intellectual source material upon which a sticky bastardized goldmine web has been spun … and to analyze the dangerously seductive Hollywood products, which, especially in the sci-fi mode, are usually embedded with all kinds of corporate futurist advertising.

Btw, we’ve written alot over the years – see a couple sample links below – about just how embarassingly mangled PKD’s original Electric Sheep ( #DADoES ) got in Ridley’s Ad-man-machine, but if you need a refresher … consider the Cop on A Replicant Date Rape Romance angle from Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency… New CLip !

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And we’ll probably find fit to expand on this new theory of Ridley as the Edward Bernays of Our Technotopian Dismaland after we see the new one.

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Ok, 2049…  Stay tune, we’re going deeper in ….

* Granular Synthesis – a poeticly-digressive wiki footnote – or in short, for our purposes, just think a sampled, simulated exercise, w/ little relationship to the original, or the whole.

Coming SOON to the Cinema Multiplex ruins near you !

And in the meantime, these podopologs from 2015 and 2012 … explain a little bit about our personal (-ized) encounters with The Ridley(s) :

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Man Castle Ridley, The Illiterate Commercial

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And lest we forget, there was his brother and partner in the game, Tony Scott, ( pic: Here, giving a hug to his pal Jerry Bruckheimer  ( producer of such propaganda gems as Top Gun, Pearl Harbor, Blackhawk Down ).

Driving Over The Edge of A Flat Screen World !

to be cont.

Whose City? Our City ! … Der Kampf Geht Weiter ! … Volksbuhne Updates…

October 4th, 2017

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Five days after the week-long* Volksbuhne occupation was evicted, the Staub Zu Glitzer group organized an outdoor stage to discuss the situation, give updates and host concerts from the group Milliarden and guests from Ton Steine Scherben…

It was a fully poignant time and place to rethink an EastWest unification on the German “re-unification” holiday, Oct. 3rd. A number of well-aimed speakers put the actions and the whole Stadt Politik Diskurs into clear perspective.

We won’t have time to recap it all… but…. A few twitter feeders ( such as  Christian Heller @plomlompom , Thx ! ) at # vb6112 have grabbed some key quotes from a number of speakers, which included the likes of Christophe Knoch ( a former assistant/collaborator of Christoph Schlingensief ) from the Koalition Der Freie Szene, which creates a year-round self-organizing platform for the independent arts and culture scenes in Berlin.  He spoke not as rep for KFS, but as an individual having witnessed the energies and strategies during the assemblies at the occupied Volksbuhne. And he thanked the VB6112 initiative for creating an impressive “stage” which facilitates much-needed direct action, public navigations and negotiations in the current crises.

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There were many highlights, we’ll try to share… including one “Sarah Waters”, who gave us the more radical angles from a harder left, i.e. those engaged in the continuous housing and house project struggles in Berlin. Important to note : she did not dismiss this more cultural-oriented resistance… ( as some valid critiques have arisen around these actions )…  Rather she saw it as  a well-performed trigger point at an historical site of left resistance. i.e. Rosa Luxemburg Platz and a people’s theater which was built by Die Linke party at the beginnings of the 2oth century, etc.

* Btw, the Volksbuhne was one of only 3 occupations in the last decade or so that have survived more than 24hours… i.e. New Yorcke and the Refugee School in Ohlauherstr. … So the cultural angle is in fact of important tactical use.

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Rosa, the last VB actor makes her grand exit… ( foto by Shlemil Unhirsch )

And there will surely be more acts to come !

Der Kampf Geht Weiter – The Fight Goes On ! from Ton Steine Scherben, c.1973?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZafDslDHZsM

Links to Other Resources:

E-Flux and Hands Off Our Revolution Open Letter, and Chris Dercon’s somewhat disingenuous reply, which ignored many attempted negotiations : https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/chris-dercon-responds-to-open-letter-from-hands-off-our-revolution-e-flux/7115

On the Eviction of Volksbuhne by the B_books collective : https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/chris-dercon-responds-to-open-letter-from-hands-off-our-revolution-e-flux/7115

Interestingly the VB6112 wordpress was hacked, and a critique posted ( eng version provided ) :  https://glitzerzustaub.wordpress.com/

( Thx To Pit Schultz from Reboot Fm for many threads and links  )

to be cont.

The People’s Theater – Wir Spielen Alle – Day 6

September 27th, 2017

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Volksbuhne Theater Reclaimed – Day 6 – Wir Spielen Alle

( we’re all playing )

News, Analysis, Perspectives, Outlook…

The XLerrestrials are on site to share our tales of reclaimed time and space !… Inspiring Times !

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And plenums galore… for those addicted to the revolutionary processes !

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The Volksbuhne programs being distributed … like sand castles…

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A theater within a theater, a film within a film, a minature city within a city, and city politics formed in a sweet little fish bowl theater parliament…. all to be edited down later, and screened on the big blue marble !

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Footnote: Lighthaus art from Anke Westermann at www.projector.space


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XLT Radar, Herbst in Btropolis v.3: Art Attack !

September 22nd, 2017

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Dramatic News : Berlin’s Volksbuhne Theater at Rosa Luxemburg Platz has been reclaimed, occupied, transformed, re-purposed … the space is currently open for self-organized collective participation  !

Updates: DAY 6

Plenums begin daily at 18:00h !

Everything is subject to Change !

So check, the official outreach channels:

https://web.facebook.com/StaubzuGlitzer/ ….
https://twitter.com/vb_6112

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DAY 1

A beautiful little embryo of anarchy…

“Good performance at Volksbuhne 2nite…happening NOW… and neither Chris Dercon … nor Castorf … are directing it.” XLt analyst

It’s not a strike, it’s not exactly a premier,  nor is it a party … yet? …  but the Volksbuhne… is now unofficially re-opened by …  a community …  wanting more say in what happens next. An occupation has begun !

The beloved Berlin theater with its former east-side heart of radical playfulness , sharp cultural teeth and political punches ( the marquee has had several memorable titles the last years – Fuck Off, America ! – was one of the funniest ) …  closed its doors to a wild past this summer and said goodbye with a (bureaucratic) boot to its director of 3 decades… Frank Castorf, along with his team.

A deal was made in 2015 to bring in Chris Dercon from the Tate, and many of the theatre’s passionate fans have been hissing their disapproval ever since. It definitely feels like another gentrifying gear shift.

Just before the stale-mated German elections next week ( with a creeping threat of AFD nationalists gaining ground ) in the vacuum of relevant oppositions, this action could just be the best show in town to awaken civic engagement in a city that these days has felt a little stripped of its fire and raison d’être, at least in terms of an arts and culture resistance pulse.

Keep an eye on this unfolding  story ! Go by and see the developing dramatic narratives !

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The VB is LIBERATED !

… aka occupied / besetzt …  a core group of organizers ( who have been planning this for months ) prefer  – from their own tactical rational -  to call it a KUNST ACTION !

DAY 2:

“The PEOPLE’s THEATER … plenums begin at 14:00h16:ooh …. expect another full house performance !!

Recommended to come early… and maybe even come help clean from all the wild energies from last nite, help organize logistics of settling in, maintaining, securing … And/or find out how you might plug in to some of the most exciting and pragmatic political art … and art politics… in the city since … ? …  well, depends how often you look for the deep engagements. ” – XLt analyst.

Stay tune for more, analysis here will be extremely complex…

Initial impressions : The XLterrestrials are happy to inform you that the goals of this intervention seem to have already taken in the broader crises of current city politics. This is not just about reclaiming of Volksbune Theater , artists space, art labor and precarity, cultural creatives without a voice in the political bodies  … This is an autonomous zone and public forum stage ready to address many pressing issues about the people’s rights to their city.. . ( Stadt von Unten, Wir Bleiben Alle, Recalim the City, Miete Stoppen, etc. etc.  ) and this has, with full intent, strategically popped up on the eve of German elections,  this Sunday !

If you need a precedent to imagine the full scope and the potentials, take a look at what happened at the Teatro Valle in Rome, when artists and citizens fought austerity and cut-backs … which was occupied for 3 years, and subsequently transformed into a “theater commons”  …  :) …

A quickly searched link about that tale by David Bollier.

RT: via Ivor Stodolsky from Artists at Risk ” The Volksbühne is #occupied. The first play is named after the most powerful nuke of our time #vb6112 … LOL. It’s a great statement and vision: https://b6112.de/2017/09/22/pressetext-der-transmedialen-theaterinszenierung/

Day 3 Schedule ( highlight ) :

17:ooh Assembly on Stadt Politik

DAY 4 :

Everything is still open… too busy to analyze….

< 25.9 > CiTiZEN KiNO # 64 : Autonomous Time Zones, 23h in the Kino Saal, beside the Gruner Salon ( switched from Cafe Foyer room  )

( and we will try to repeat again with more notice in the days / nites to come )

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CiTIZEN KINO ( #46 ) : Autonomous Time Zones

A collection of film clips looking at on reclaimed + occupied space, communes, temporary autonomous zones…

Includes film excerpts from John Jordan and Isabelle Fremeaux ( Le Zad + Paths Thru Utopias ), Peter Watkins ( La Commune ), rare news footage from Rauchhaus plenums in the 70s, and Ton Steine Scherben band rehearsal, archival news re: Mainzerstr,  Teatro Valle in Rome, … and more media bits coming. And Suggested media welcomed !

Take part in a discussion of reclaiming land, space AND time …  in parallel and/or in confrontation to our divided nationalistic neoliberal colonialist containment !

DAY 6 :

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XLT Radar, Herbst in Btropolis v.2

September 21st, 2017

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< Sept.21-24 > AnthropoSCENE: film and climate justice in Asia and Africa, Kino Moviemento

AnthropoSCENE is a four day programme of short and feature length films showcasing recent filmmaking from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Bringing together artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and academics whose work addresses climate change, it features a wide array of documentaries and art films from Nepal to Niger, Kuwait to South Africa and beyond.

Organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)

Check the program here:
https://www.rosalux.de/veranstaltung/es_detail/LCBEY/anthroposcene/

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On the XLT Arts + Cult Radar, Herbst in Btropolis 2017

September 6th, 2017

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… Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, Holger Czukay RiP – a Globalista Radio Kit tribute, Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism at HKW, Suppe&Mucke, Topsy Qu’ret art opening, El Usman Faroqhi Here and a Yonder – Harun Farocki Retrospective at Savvy Galerie, -o/De — Sounds From Georgia at Silent Green, “The Circle” film, etc, etc…

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< 8.9 – 12.11 > The Kids Want Communism, Kunstraum Bethanien ( Fb Invite )

< 6-17.9 > Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin

< 9.9 > Suppe&Mucke Straßenfest #9 ( Fb invite )

< 9.9 > 7.Reichenberger KiezFest, Kreuzberg

< 9.9 > Haus Schwarzenberg Hoffest, B.Mitte

< 1.9-3.10 > Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism at HKW

< 12.9 > Online CultureWars-Talk: Laurie Penny, Angela Nagle, F. Klopotek, Kberg – So36 ( Fb invite )

< 14.9 > Presentation of Non-Human Agents, Arts Laboratory Berlin ( Fb Invite )


More Coming Soon !

Beware the Orwellian media dog poo !

August 31st, 2017

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{ in Btropolis, by Sozi36 ! }

Freedom is slavery, War is peace, Ignorance is strength, Antifascists are fascists …

Beware the Orwellian media dog poo !

There’s alot of nasty distraction going on out there in the mediaspheres… From the likes of Chomsky in Washington Examiner (  who probably never even quoted Chomsky til now )… Avila Chomsky on Common Dreams … and Chris Hedges at Truthdig… and a far worse and way off -the-mark flood of swampland thinking from the alt right outlets and the usual MSM…

Now is not the time to polarize the left…

And it would be a powerful moment with all this buzz about free speech to invite peeps like Chomsky and Hedges into a public debate … with high-caliber opposition from the grassroots to clear this mess up …  about #ANTIFA.

Let’s have actual voices of the Antifa perspectives, along with people like academic historian and author Mark Bray, and people from the world of mutual aid orgs like Common Ground ( also now an inspired “branch” in Houston ), Occupy, Indymedia, Direct Action groups, masked protectors, the justifiably angry youth, etc…

There is real danger that Antifa actors could escalate violent situations in certain contexts that would give most current governments excuse to crack down on a broad spectrum of left orgs + actors ( i..e the Linksunten Indymedia website in Germany was just shut down last week, very soon after the G20 demos )… But the newly risen alt right ( to the thrones of state )  in the US and other nationalist strains will attempt this no matter what happens next. Neoliberal governments are all just hair-triggers away from turning less rabid right govts. into The Turkish Model. It is true that the authoritarian forces ( and their alt right pawns ) will goad us into violence to their advantage, and we need to discuss that too !

But Antifascism cannot be defined as a violence-focused path, it is a much-needed community self-defense and realworld preparedness school.  It’s mutual aid and team “martial arts” for disarming ( and/or sabotaging ) the attackers, for well-being and the multi-layered fights to come, on both the neighborhoods, city-wide and internationalist scales !

If it is indeed a “marginal fringe”, as Chomsky was quoted as saying, we need now to link arms and expand the Antifa family and fast, not push it out of the main frame !

Dear LEFT, WE need to talk !

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While the communications conglomerates and the mostly-captured internet  steer this conversation in all the wrong directions, at least in terms of what dominates even a sophisticated surfers’ newsfeeds…

We need to launch a DESIRES OFFENSIVE !

Rather than merely fighting back against the rising tide of Trumpy Stew, HOW do we get better mobilized to push our goals to the front burner !? What we all need, want and wildlly desire NOW !

Easier said then done, but at least we have to get our compass and coordinates straight. And understand better who our comrades, alliances, and accomplices are…  even if our risks levels are not the same, and we draw our lines in the sand a little differently !

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( Common Ground, 9th ward, NOLA )

AND if  yur getting bored with the distracting debates about good or bad antifa… skip to the end of THIS ARTICLE about how U can help local orgs helping local communities in the devastation caused by krapitalist-made unnatural disasters like #HARVEY #Trump #Tillerson #Exxon #EnergyTransferPartners

* re: the Google threat…

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Technotopia, It Fails us Now ! … ( and 2morrow too )

August 24th, 2017

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On the XLt Art News radar…  we’re processing IT !

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, critical theorist and media activist, had his original program dropped at Documenta 14…  His reading was canceled, and then reformatted, b/c he dared to conjure the Holocaust atrocities in relation to Europe’s necropolitical constructs and failures to grapple with all those drowning in the Mediterranean…

re: Auschwitz On The Beach, and the caving of the Documenta organizers

re: Shame on Us, A Reading and and Discussion ( replacement program, we hope the live stream archive will be posted soon  )

XLt inquiry:

Hmm, Wait ! Isnt the denial of centuries of plunder, slavery, colonialism, war-sponsoring and dictator-supporting in Africa and the Middle East by Europeans ( including Germans ) very similar to … the denial of the Holocaust ?!

Added: Below is a full text from Bifo, reposted from social media, explaining in detail the experiences at Documenta and about the program Shame On Us.

And Who Else ?!  … is challenging the noxious art marketed bubbles these days ?!

Meanwhile Ars Electronica 2017 in Linz… will idioticly drool once again for AI … perhaps Singularians and IT investors can unite and share their stock market tips, and hedge their bets for which wars and calamities resulting from the de-humanizing and ecocidal technospheres will be most profitable.

So, who will put the Great Technotopian Failure back on the ( forensics ) table ?! So we might finally depose all these parasitic corporate krapitalist hosts !

And XLterrestrials ask: Is Techno-Fascism bigger then a Rambo Schrump in a white hoodie ?!

Note: This is how the EU deals with a refugee crisis. Investing in expensive technologies to keep people out rather than saving lives and devising official strategies to rebuild the countries it has plundered and de-stabilized … for centuries :

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< 25.08- Sept. > Tunnel below / Skyjacking above: deconstructing the border – exhibition and lectures at NGBK, Berlin

More on these topics …. Coming Soon to a theater near you !

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