An XLterrestrials Guide to Corporate Climate Terror at #Cop21

November 27th, 2015


Coming Soon To A Global Theater Near You !

Anyone out there wanna help compile some resources for this ( for #cop21 and Beyond ) , and help construct the XLt analytic and tactical view ?!? … contact us ! Send us your thoughts, your links, your strategies !

Here’s the relevant and inspirational links so far:

*new* Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws ( 27.11 )

What’s really at stake at the Paris climate conference now marches are banned by Naomi Klein

Call climate change what it is: violence by Rebecca Solnit





ACTIONS for # COP21 :

< Nov. 30 – Dec 12 > Climate Games Project … ( From some of the same peeps who organized actions at COP16 in Copenhagen ). Excellent press/media page there as well.

< Nov. 29 > #climatemarch – everywhere


< Nov. 29th > Global Climate March,  in Berlin, Hauptbanhof

Fedbook invite


- Want to get really really angry? … Want to wake up from the nightmares surrounding us ? … Qant to know what you should be doing these next weeks to educate about the ?#?cop21? summit… Start here to learn about the coporate terror :

The Age Of Stupid ( full doc )


State of Climate Emergency – JOIN US IN PARIS !

#COP21Paris #ClimatDePaix #marcheclimat #creatclamor #MSLC21 | velorutionD5 | #fightwithlight #amazonwatch | challengers Ingenieux | atelier des possibles #cestcalurgence #villagemondial #ANVcop21? #climatejustice4peace #climategames




IF you would like to help an independent arts + praxis Org cover the issues and think outside-the-terror-boxes … consider donating to the XLterrestrials, so we can invest a sharper, full-time focus on these issues the next weeks, and create a really potent resource guide for gobal citizens to become a part of the solutions !

Also coming soon :

< 26.12 > CiTiZEN KiNO #48: An XLt Guide to Corporate Terror and/or Inhabitable Futures at Spektrum, Berlin

to be cont.

Hang the Mother-Earth-Fuckers ?!!

November 26th, 2015


Yes, we all can blabber all we want in some vague fury or some toxic clicktivism on social media * that this is CAPITALISM, CORPORATE INSANITY, and/or TECHNO-FASCISM.

And yes, it’s all three. But it’s also a specific company with a CEO, and its major investors…

Wonder if all the other f*ckhead CEOs would continue running such high risks, if you immediately took this CEO and all the major shareholders and put them on trial with possible death sentences and/or lifetimes in a punitive labor colony , immediately froze their bank accounts like any other captured terrorist, took away ALL THEIR ASSETS and BELONGINGS and gave it to the damaged families, and canceled the companies business licenses FOREVER…

THEN, we might 2morrw, still have dreary, dangerous, uncreative krapitalism, but we wouldn’t have to fear a looming fucking apocalypse on a daily basis… HANG THE MOTHER-EARTH FUCKERS !!


{ effects of the dam break in Bento Rodrigues, Brasilien, report in German }

* btw , XLterrestrials attempted to post this new advocacy for possible death penalty for corporate terrorists on Frackbook as a status update, but it was immediately censored. Just a reminder that this is not the poeple’s communication medium, rather … fracky-fed-book works in not-so-mysterious ways… … it will not let us rant about the most serious problems our civilization faces… it will not let us stategize in these challenging times to come, it will not let us talk with teeth … it’s a spineless corporate parasite, it’s a slimy bottom-feeding Zuckerborg w/ attached blood-sucking copbots !

Just so you know, as things heat up, we will need to communicate more on other … Real Peoples’ Platforms.


And of course not to single Brazil out, we advocate this new type of governance world-wide to hold those responsible for the Gulf Oil Spill, for those that gave rise to and perpetuate the war in Syria and Iraq, to all environmental atrocities… to whomever endangers the future of an inhabitable planet for all.

#samarco  + #hangtheMEF


{ Samarco on wikipedia, owners: Vale S.A. and BHB Billiton }

CiTiZEN KiNO #47: Guinea-pig-dom, Will Eat Itself !

November 5th, 2015


“When our neighborhoods, our culture , our civilization, our planet are being made into a guinea pig farm and an exploitative industrialized shithole the best thing to do is to go on the OFFENSIVE ! “  XLterrestrials analyst in the lab preparing for the next C-KiNO…

< Nov. 16 > CiTiZEN KiNO #47: Guinea-pig-dom, Will Eat Itself ! at Spektrum, Berlin. 20:00h.

Cinematic experiments to Test Your Willingness To:
a.) Join The Cultural Devolution
b.) The Global Uprising
OR …
c.) Defend Your Hood (Earth) !

Our most interactive and strangest event yet !

And here’s a C-KiNO #47 TiTaN PaD Link for collecting notes and possible media for the theme(s). Feel free to make suggestions. Our project is intended to be a participatory open sourced, open forum, tactical cinema. If you would like to make your own event, feel free to use the resources there, and investigate the topics with YOUR LOCAL communities.

Some Notes:

We’re just reading today about the news that the full text of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) was made available, long after much of it was leaked to the public by orgs like Wikileaks ! It’s a nauseating and criminal power grab, of course we knew that already. Under such plans, you are just an eXTra in the really shitty B-movie made by scumbags. The world becomes a sinister marketplace laboratory, where no one knows the results, nor gives a flying fuck.

But more important, what is the people’s wildest wishlist !? This is the crazy dream of demented corporate pigdom,… but when are we gonna make our demands ? Instead of constantly playing defense, constantly sticking our fingers in the dam to prevent the flood and swill of the idiots, and constantly fighting for damage control.  Are we just gonna ask for some vague “democracy” ?

In C-KiNO #47, we’re going to play a game. We’re going to compile a list of the impossible things WE WANT NOW ! If we’re going to be treated like Guinea Pigs, we might as well go WHOLE HOG ! … and think tactical … in implementing the scenarios we’d rather live in, outside the walls of the neo-liberal fantasy wasteland !


CiTiZEN KiNO #47 : Welcome to #guineapigdom ! experiments to test yur … frickin patience !

More Coming Soon !

GuineaPigdom and The Climate of Control ( Part 3 )

October 25th, 2015



GuineaPigdom and The Climate of Control

( Part 3 of our analyzing current events in Btropolis, see previous blog entries )

Reflections on the UNCOMMONS Conference put together by Berliner Gazette w/ many partners, such as Bundeszentrale Fuer Politische Bildung, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. EU (?), Knight-Mozilla Open News, Zeit-Stiftung, Avec Lab, Supermarkt, etc…

We won’t have time to make any deeper comments on their funding structure and partner relationships, but we are familiar enough with Berliner Gazette programs over the years to appreciate the information shared,  the people they bring together, and the experimentation with workshop formats ( rather than just the usual celebrity-speaker downloads). They really make an effort to create a tactical community engagement that resonates beyond the conference platform. That said, we don’t expect a lot of vociferous challenging of the so-called experts in the field, because they remain close to “center-left” positions … and those angles which do not ruffle too many institutional feathers. And in these contexts the atmosphere often remains overly polite.

We only arrived on the last of 3 days, so we really can’t give anything of a complete analysis or review. And it was very difficult to pull away from the HKW program on Wohnungsfrage ( On The Housing Question ). Focusing on this crisis of housing struggles in the midst of a vicious global trend to capitalize on basic human needs for survival. The housing market is one of the most visible and tangible dilemmas which exposes how the market is willing to forego social responsibility + care for social relations in order to “make a killing”. And this territory makes for a powerful common cause to bring about new systems and infrastructures through which to exit the devastating and exploitative neo-liberal trends and planning agendas.

And for us, it has been a satisfying switch to go into researching issues related to more immediate needs and concerns of communities under siege, rather than the, often abstract and remote, desires for upgrading society through technological developments, or say, defending the internet as a public tool to realize and facilitate “share culture” and a more sustainable global commons approach. Which as we will see, is not always w/o vested and colonizing interests.

That said, we were eager to hear the panel featuring Max Haivens, Michel Bauwens and Jochai Benkler on ” What could be our commons? “.

We won’t have time here to encapsulate all that was said, but if the video archive gets posted we’ll come back to share the link.

To preface our impressions, we will say that there was an impressive wealth of knowledge on the stage, and sincere intentions to articulate the struggles required in transitioning to more intelligent and collaborative social relations, beyond the predatory Krapitalism, which currently dominates our lives around the globe.

But where we wish to enter into this conversation, is from our now long-developed XLterrestrials critique that the dream for technotopian solutions, such as the digital commons, is now in a severe crisis, and not merely from a Post-Snowden perspective, but from a wider-angle view. From a historical perspective – brief as that may be in terms of net culture – there is an increasing mistrust that arises from analyzing the technological industrialization of human and cultural interactions and endeavors. The current forms of communication capitalism ( i.e. Jodi Dean, Astra Taylor ) that primarily drives the developments have already become a dangerous vortex. We should begin these conversations by asking: Will we succeed by going deeper ?! Will we survive the incorporated Net ?! Can cybernetic systems even be considered as re-routable ?!

We have many angles from which to critique the net effects of the current networked cultures, and we won’t address them all here… Our most recent text below aims at questioning how we arrived at this rather strange and perhaps untenable notion that the internet has become and should be so central to our future, and to the much-touted hope that therein lies the ultimate tool to achieve change of consciousness and new social structures on a mass scale. We might even argue that change on the local community level has more promise, especially in respect to averting totalitarian-type disasters and/or corporate abuse. Just as one can sharply critique that Monsanto’s grand plan for agricultural production to feed the world is clearly a profiteer’s ruse !

Perhaps if our civilization were not currently so deeply immersed in,  and at the mercy of, corporate-capital designs, the internet would indeed provide some radical transformations in social engineering and new sustainable infrastructures. But even then, our analysis paints a picture that these technological achievements do not provide a soft landing for human-scale and local community existences. They do not operate in our lives without severe reductionist implications and impacts. Brought in to bear on such all-encompassing aspects of living on the material and embodied plane, there begins a long list of questions regarding the directions we take, which are not being addressed adequately.

Perhaps due to a technology evangelism, perhaps due to the engrained linear-trajectory plans ( which begins with the history of mass media ), perhaps due to industry and/or academia entanglements, perhaps due to stubborn pride and/or hubris, perhaps due to positions of power within the very fields that benefit the most.

One thing is pretty clear, after two and a half decades of a supposed public domain internet, we have greatly accelerated the climate of control and empowered krapitalist domination. And our thinking needs to shift accordingly, because the hopes of Net-made liberation appears now to be a very unlikely outcome of our deep investment in the virtually-connected worlds.

We may have reached a crossroads…

The 1st world wishes to “complete” this massive project of connecting the world through the cybernetic realm ( or even more extremist : mass exodus, total transference, ie. the Singularians), while the disenfranchised and developing world (which is really far more ubiquitous than this small sector of 1st world technotopian planners ) is clamoring for affordable shelter, access to agricultural lands and natural resources, clean water, migratory rights, a voice to determine their own futures, and a safe harbor refuge from the incessant disruptions of global-scale business.

The idea that The Net will provide them any of this is increasingly slim, rather it connects them to subjectification of powers from above, and embeds a technological realm that is far more suited to manage and control a population’s access to EVERYTHING ! ( i.e. EU borders )

Because…  we have obviously arrived at a breaking point and a finite earth, where the high standards of living are only attainable and maintainable for some, and not the many. Should we remain under the illusion that the market evolution of these powerful tech tools will bring about a reasonable equality, or even something remotely sane.

This is certainly not to contradict the desires to transition to a commons; That absolutely has to happen ! It is to question to what extent, realistically, will the digitally connected, incorporated networks be the primary facilitation to get us there. Sure, there’s great people working on the tools and a net culture by and for the people. But why put all our eggs in one basket ? Many things operate extremely well outside the realm of digital environments, and the inherent danger there of total domination by the same ol’ krapitalist controls is now propelled by the new wave of powerful global-scale-reaching technologies.

Analogies of 1.Airports + 2.Libraries

( draft )

1. Comedian CJ Lewis has a monologue that went viral expressing how westerners are incredible whiners regarding our modern achievements, and do not see that the sheer awesomeness in the fact that one can sit in a metal tube 10,000 meters high in the sky, flying from one side of the planet to the other, arriving in various cities within hours. Of course missing from this western-centric picture is the fact that a large percentage of non-westerners ( and westerners ) may never experience this opportunity, in their krapitalist contexts, and there is a very real debt – and ongoing massive cost – to the developing world and its peoples for these miraculous advancements.

But aside from that, YES, an airplane is a pretty mindblowing technology, we are already living in an incredible science fiction world. And YES, The internet is a pretty mindblowing technology.

But how did we arrive at the scenario where now this wonderous INTERNET has become so CENTRAL to our future ?! Sure, it’s a powerful tool, a powerful new language… but allowing it to “disrupt” all language and culture and our relationship to the SPECTACULAR “natural” environment around us… suddenly appears as an inconceivable con job.

As airplanes and airports are an incredible means to get from one place to another, we would never consider moving into an airport, or spending the better part of our days inside a metal tube. Though we can picture some zombie business suit doing just that: stepping out of the machine to shake the hand of another bizness player and then getting back into the cage to make a next appointment across the country.

We should never consider transfering all our cultural assets into these new airports. The airlines are a way to get from one place to another, as the internet transports us from one bit of knowledge to another.

Sure there are interesting elements of the net as a massive game-changer, a new language, new territories like the written word,  electricity, algebra, computing + code, film and media, or molecular biology, but we don’t have time in this essay to anlayze all that… Rather we wish here to say, if the development of this technology – the “Technosphere” – is willing to sacrifice so many other pre-existing forms with all their STILL invaluable and magical additions to LIFE, then you know it must be a corporate con, cause it could only be a corporate krapitalist agenda that would attempt to play us for such Idiots ! And beware, cause we are apparently easily seduced idiots, easily entranced by the new ads for the future on our screens !


2. Now let us put the analogy of a traditional social space – Public Libraries – into the mix, as they  became a part of the day’s conversations ( from a concerned elder).

The Digital Cult(ure) Enterprise has almost entirely inverted the concept of a shared resource, by designing a massively privatized form of a library. Using the internet is hardly a free-entrance public domain…

The industry has made the costs to enter the new libraries several thousand euros and upwards ( if you take into account the multiple devices, planned obsolescence techniques, the ability to keep pace in competitive environments, and rapid platform shifts which play favor the leading technology companies. – See: Rushkoff ).

The new library has gone from access for all, to a vicious hierarchical battlegrounds. It is arguable that this krapitalist advancement of technology and telecommunications has not gone towards upgrading of public interest + infrastructures, as much as they have gone into strategic monopolization. Worse, the entire digital game is now built on the betrayal of the consumer by selling personal data to competitive business. As Jaron Lanier once pointed out: we are in deep shit if advertising industry drives the development of mass media and communications.

In this sense the internet has already become TV 2.0, an exploitative trancification of mass consciousness. A massive dumbing-down and cubicle-ization of social relations. And brace yourselves, Web 3.0, the Internet of (Mass Consuming) Things is already under construction !

Of course there’s sincere, sharp and dedicated players to help level the field of a library commons, but we’re not sure that this will realisticaly outmaneuver capital-financed infrastructures…. While it is a hopeful territory for power from below to re-code net culture, we must face the facts, as one presenter at Uncommons – Morana Miljanovic (Hertie School of Governance) – pointed out, the extent to which the entire infrastructure of the Net belongs to the for-profit business sector. [ her slide here ]

So we might suggest it’s high time to question the usual strategic tact, and/or revolt in ways that do not enhance our dependencies to net culture. In fact, it should be on the table at this seriously grim moment to consider various types of internet Boycotts, for clearly the net is BROKEN, and one could argue no longer heading in the direction of the public good ! At least not until the rules are overhauled and new dreams awakened in the context of lost territories ! Defeating trade codifications like ACTA and PIPA in this respect are only defensive measures, band-aids on a gaping wound. They are far from our demands for a reclaimed and safe net culture in co-existence with liberated embodiments. Such top-down enclosures will continue to keep us extremely busy … occupied ! And many of these battles are not won ! We have seen the success ratio of NGOs on this front, it’s not a pretty picture. [ Anyone know the battle score-card from an org like EFF? - wins / losses. We used to think that this would be too devastating to reveal, but now it's possible it's needed to really make the right decisions. ]

So one small idea, as a starting point point…. what if we consider returning the power of the net to the actual physical  domain of libraries, rather than attempting to win the battle of retro-actively levelling the field in the realm of personal consumer devices, gadgets, and the toxic flood of endless new electronic products, which are consistently designed by leading industry players ?! The hardware which massively shapes the user, massively separates the haves from the have-nots, and restructures are individual being to operate optimally FOR the machines’ evolution.

Is there more potential at achieving scenarios of equality and access by making actual refurbished libraries the public’s main access points to the Net ?!

Imagine 1000 Internet Archives ( in reclaimed “churches”, as in San Francisco ) arising. Each one actively participating in the (r)evolution of better non-commercial and non-predatory technologies.

As it is now Public Libraries are slipping behind in dwindling budgets and into anachronistic holes, rarely equipped to sufficiently serve the people at the street level. Those who cannot invest in the membership imposed by device consumerism are losing, badly.

Actually we may already call it an Asymmetrical Massacre, if we imagine the high-speed technologies being used for extremely cryptic high-speed stock market trading next to the kid in Kalamazoo logged in to share the latest viral meme ( which may have anyway been spawned by a marketing agency ), much less a family in Haiti trying to find information on water-filters from the one connected social center in the nearest town.

As we’ve written about before, we are falling into the One-Laptop-Per-Child trajectory of an industry’s myopic Dysneytopian fairy tale, which is a natural resources and toxic waste catastrophe ! One Anything Per EveryOne is a drooling marketworld plan, that is already creating unfathomable havoc on the ground.

Can we still de-personalize the user-interfaces? Return the internet to a publicly accessed and minimized hardware ?!

And perhaps the biggest advantage of such a shift in really-shared user technologies, is that skilled experts can actually create terminals which are secure. Educating the public sector to protect themselves will never keep pace in the new rising markets of security tech and governments w/ nearly bottomless black budget funds for intrusive developments.

The often- inspiring phenomenon of Hacklabs are already an encouraging movement in this direction. Though to this day, we’ve only seen ONE attempting to provide a nearly suitable number of terminals for public use. Noisebridge in San Francisco, an anomaly region which can take advantage of an abundance of skilled high-tech workers, gear and tech money to chip into these micro-experiments. But even in this kind of high-tech oasis, Other severe obstacles arise, because as much as they try to serve the average citizen, there’s a tendency to become social clubs for privileged techies, who do not necessarily share or perceive the desperations of the disenfranchised.  And they are NOT devoting the time required in social work, rather more-often-than-not joining in the competitive climbing of the tech industry ladders. And let’s not forget the military industrial complex is not sleeping:  “infiltrations” by DARPA-type funding + influence, and the recruitment of tech talent is becoming the norm.


{ for CiTiZEN KiNO #47 : GuineaPigdom, coming in Nov. }

#Uncommons skewed

All these perspectives were highlighted by the 3 panels we attended at #UNcommons, and… in particular, as we butted heads with Jochai Benkler – a Harvard Guru of the Net, over whether or not our society could opt out of such a massive wave of new precarious technological developments [ at least to some extent,  in order to make various sectors of the populations less vulnerable to corporate power] . He misinterpreted or misrepresented our critique as retreating to some “pastoral life”, which he described as a dangerous idea.

To us it was as if suddenly a deep-thinking humanitarian was reduced to some caricature from Wired magazine, a Kevin Kelly-Donut or a Mark Zuckerborg peddling the latest digital sugar in front of the neighborhood public school, like a delirious eighties cyber cultist. This seemed really out of touch with just how predatory and dangerous the net – as it currently operates – has become.

And we would argue it is far more dangerous to imagine that we can live completely detached ( or decoupled ) from the land. [ see Monbiot ]. And in fact a vast portion of global civilization still subsists directly from its relationship to the land. And in fact the rest of the (urbanized and imbalanced) planet ALSO subsists from that connection… and that labor, which is almost always a neo-colonial slave labor !

Isn’t it far more dangerous to imagine being entirely dependent on an existence which becomes entirely managed and mediated through a corporate-held Technosphere ? Here there is a crucial point, and all the more reason to discuss rehabilitating the idea of a digital commons ( and in the mainstream discourse), but reveals an even more essential goal: to re-establish the commons of the land and agriculture !

Because, unless Benkler and all his comrades in the academic ivory towers have now all subscribed to purchasing Soylent packets ( an artificial food concoction from a Bezerkeley  / Silicon Valley start-up ) They and Us will all need a more reasonable public control of natural resources and land-based production to survive the next century.

We – XLterrestrials – do not surrender to a cybernetic regime, and “techno-industrialism”, of which he appeared to be an evangelical proponent. Put into the context of what the industrial world is now doing to our planet,  we should not argue whether or not the Technosphere is humanity’s destiny, but whether or not our participation in it equates to a form of Techno-fascism.

Participating in the build-up of technological industries on a global scale , as it lays waste to not just an entire ecosystem of sustainable livelihoods but also to the vast millions-year-old genetic library of natural species living amongst us is the perspective we must now preface any conversation regarding where we are headed on the accelerating high-tech horizons.

By the way, isn’t it long overdue to admit the cybernetic dreamers NAIVELY and SERIOUSLY FUCKED UP !? There is no logical reason to give these frenzied cybernetic gamblers, who have laid the foundations for both high-tech krapitalism AND deep state surveillance, more rope with which to hang us ! The Technosphere remains a seriously untested gambit – for the future of ALL LIFE on the planet.

In fact, technological remedies are often, now when we can begin to see how bad our global crisis has become, being pitched as the inevitable escape route, rather than facing them as the actual roots of an unfolding humanitarian disaster.

We do not reject further advancement of incredible online tech tools, but the tech community, after producing a number of massive FAILS, needs to realize they are no longer the central planning committee for an extremely diverse and multi-faceted citizenry of THE various COMMONS !



Extra notes: MASS EXTINCTION, oops !

This article below, (which came to us via the Uncivilization list, which discusses these issue in-depth ) on the 6th Mass Extinction will help emphasize the current situations we are facing, and we will continue to investigate the programs on the Technosphere at HKW.

And our preface to the post:

We recently encountered the geologist Peter Haff in person in Berlin for the opening weekend of TECHNOSPHERE ( exhibition and seminars, a 4-year topic of investigations  ) …. A nice guy, pretty humble for a US scientist currently in the limelight…. But his theory is not entirely convincing … as it extends itself too easily to the Anthrobscene / Corporacene / Capitalcene, and humans ( collectively) have far more agency to opt out of this nightmare… when they understand the Faustian bargains involved. Warning: if your just tuning in to the 6th Mass Extinction topic, this article may disturb your sleep.

How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction, by Jeremy Hance – Oct. 20, 2015


{ Electronic waste in Agbogbloshie dump, Accra, Ghana. E-waste trash pickers risk their health in search of metals they can sell. Foto: Andrew McConnell / Alamy. From Guardian UK }

xtra xtra notes… Read the rest of this entry »

1st world Problems in Btropolis ?! ( Part 2 )

October 24th, 2015


{ Cat 5 Hurricane * }

To which conference do we send the XLterrestrials to 2day : #UNCOMMONS or #WOHNUNGSFRAGE ??! …. 1st world problems in Btropolis ;)

Last nite following some goood tactical talks at Wohnungsfrage, we got ourselves into a ridiculous debate at the bar about whether Ubu-webby Kenneth Goldsmith is a dick, useless, an ego-tripper, career opportunist, white privileged douchebag and/or poetry killer ? We were arguing all of the above !

When we got home we surfed a little about the Cat 5 Hurricane crashing into Mexico and the refugee boats in the Mediterranean getting attacked by masked men attempting to prevent them from arriving on the EU shores,  and often leaving them to drown.

Last night we weren’t so sure, but this morning we woke up and felt pretty sure we won the argument.  At least we all hugged at the end.

1st World problems in Btropolis !

Today we hope we’ll stay more focused, and not let the heaviness of the world and sillier time-wasting conflicts pull us down.

< Okt. 22-24 > Uncommons at Volksbuehne, Berlin

Today : 3:00 p.m.: What could be our commons?
With Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, Chiang Mai) and Yochai Benkler (Harvard University, Boston). Moderation: Max Haiven (Radical Imagination Project, Halifax).

to be cont.

{ * actually a foto of Isabel (2003) not Patricia ( 2015 ) }

Wohnungsfrage !? We don’t just live/work here, we fight back ! (Part 1)

October 23rd, 2015


{ Erbil / Hewler }

< Oct 23 – Dec 14 > Wohnungsfrage at HKW, Exhibition, publication series, academy, Berlin

When the call went out for proposals to Haus Der Kulturen’s ( HKW ) exhibition and seminar Wohnungsfrage it was accompanied by this image of Erbil, also known as Hewler , one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world, where evidence of human settlement dates as far back as 5000 B.C.

An image of the Middle East rarely seen in the West, and we wondered if this city was one of the places in Iraq suffering the ravages of an imperialist war. As it turns out upon closer investigation, this region of northern Iraq did not see heavy fighting, but now sits at the center a dangerously destabilized region. And the primarily Kurdish population there may be seen as a somewhat a cornered, manipulated and utilized ally to the invading forces such that in 2003 a US military special forces headquarters was based there.

So this image – for us – provided something of a context for the current battle over where we all live, the precarious and disrupted times we live in, and implying a serious battle for our HOMES.

We were wary that HKW, Berlins’s major cultural institution which has immense resources to dive deep into investigations of such themes, will very possibly transform these questions of Wohnungsfrage and place them into the soft bubble container of arts, exhibition and academic inquiry… when in fact what the times are calling for is STRATEGY and ACTIONS to defend our homes, and to radically transform the current predatory trends that go against the grain of autonomous manifestations for living.

No doubt there are good people involved who are more serious and engaged than to allow this struggle to just be pressed into catalogue forms, quaint installations and alluring picture/video frames. There are a number of days for seminars, workshops, on-site tours. The question will be: can the urgency and agitation overcome these limiting structures of conference + exhibition centers, and put real pressure on the political machines. And trigger the “attendees” to go beyond the legislative walls (which can take years to make even small dents) to just go out NOW and start creating their own visions for habitats detached from economic leashes and bureaucratic shackles.

Last night’s opening deeply provoked us to begin throwing hard questions at the concepts and language already in the title of Engel’s text from 1872 “Zur Wohnungsfrage” ( and other key texts here ) which frames the whole show.

… Let us not begin with questions about our living environments… but begin knowing full-well that we are caught in an exploitative game; begin with demands and our outrage that’s been pushing citizens to the brink; begin with contesting the neo-colonial + neo-liberal forces around us. Yes Engel’s text sets the stage, but it’s a little bit of a long-winded back pedaling, causing anyone living in precarity already feel this in their bones, and in their daily anxiety and confines.

So let us not cue up for wine and snacks at this cleverly packaged Bundestaat-funded spectacle,  but scream that we are under attack by systemic designs to squeeze lives into these cages that are constantly being formed to contain and capture and profit from our necessities for living, and suppressing an overflowing desire to be free.

Our minds already raced with imagined interventionist actions:

A Hundertwasser-type fully disrobing to into his birthday suit and giving an unannounced rant on the stupidity of the zombie designs around us. A crowd of refugees arriving to occupy the center foyer and climbing atop the mountain of dirt – a simulated construction site vibe made to appeal to our low-level galerie art-selves to get all sarcastic and a little dirty, without having to touch the real mess. Invading the seminars w/ a rage + discontent that will chase any architect who’s ever built a live-work loft in a gentrified ethnicly-diverse neighborhood out into the street to save his scalp.

Someone must have read our minds, cause someone was already hanging funny agitprop messages throughout the exhibition last night like “Evict the Landlords!” and “Kill Your Colonizers! “


{ defending Rote Flora in Hamburg, 2013 }

Time-allowing, we’ll try and report from the arts + culture + academy sector front ! And see what’s salvageable for the people’s resistance kitchen !

to be cont.

XLterrestrials Back Online + CiTiZEN KiNO (#46) on RECLAIMING the HOME Planet !

October 14th, 2015



Dear XLt Friends and newcomers, we’ve been away !  We’ve been tangled in an inglorious battle to keep our projects alive on THE NET. It’s been TECH HELL ! Over a month w/o access to our website and XLT mails ( new contact: here . If your mails bounced, please write us again there.). But we’ve learned a lot in this temporary digital absentia. We’re all in deep shit in ways we hadn’t even begun to imagine ;) … More on all that in an upcoming article.

But first, we have great news: Our next CiTiZEN KiNO is coming soon to Spektrum in Berlin, and it is perhaps of more concern than any cybernetic labyrinth; It’s about the HOUSING STRUGGLES, an immediate life + death issue for all of us living in the rising, tossing, gentrifucking waves of the Global Casino Krapitalism…


{ SF Graffiti image by Political Gridlock / fotographed by Hanna Quevedo }

< Oct 21 > CiTIZEN KiNO #46: Gentrifucking Lubricants & Notausgang, on Housing struggles, shelter + mobility rights, refugee crisis, the neo-Con and re-colonialisms. At Spektrum, Berlin

gentrifucking lubricants
& notausgang

In the rabid new predatory climate, housing costs are now at the root of an indentured servitude, our trappings in the krapitalist economy. As a prime example, San Francisco is a city already floating in a kind of luxury excess gruel of irrelevant bubbles and agendas, and an array of manipulative industry imagined and managed by technocratic Cloudfarts.

And yet still XLterrestrial analysts found it to be a place shining light on the urgent directives to retain autonomy and sovereignty in the midst of these vicious games. Fight the system of exorbitant blood-sucking rents, land + property controls and you will be closer to a more tangible and inhabitable freedom.

Strategies to take this battle on are not obvious. Each territory has unique angles and urgencies, but for certain it’s a nasty global trend ! As we battle policy legislation, combat crony govts. with wacky-ass neo-liberal turbo drivers, as we resist forced evictions, or show solidarity for every new threatened social center and community space, we also can lose touch with many pro-active resources and creative maker- modes of living, outside and beyond the walls. Those things and places which nourish us on a daily basis.

As Bucky Fuller ingeniously said, ” You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ” But if your ideas are being preemptively shut-down, blocked, co-opted, and your time and energy are being harnessed by profiteers and 1% agendas,  and the costs of living have colonized you, your movements can be effectively derailed, and territories lost. You cannot create alternatives if you’re wearing shackles designed by the economic system, and especially if you have no ground to stand on !

We’re not here to present easy answers to all that, we’re hear to listen. We stir it all up in front of your face, and see if , together, we have ideas to advance our causes and find those willing to join the fight to stay free !

And we will explore a variety of metropolitan and rural area forms of cultural resistance, in the struggle for affordable and alternative housing.

You can participate in the collection of media for the program, make suggestions, join the discussions for C-KiNO #46, here on the Titan Pad.

And the Frackbook invite is here. Please invite your friends and spread the word!

Similar themes were presented in San Francisco, for C-KiNO #42 at the Noisebridge hacklab back in January 2015, here’s some of our notes + thoughts from then. So #46 is a bit of a continuation, and we’ll be comparing the California and German situations, and reporting back to Berliners what the fight looks like in the SF bay Area, and what we’ve learned, and what we’ve taken to heart, and who + what we’ve been inspired by.

Next Up :

Back From / Into The Dead Zone!

Next Up, we’ll explore in essay form, what it means to lose your access to the web, and to find yourself over-invested in digital communications.

more coming soon !

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September 6th, 2015


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Dear arts+praxis friends and organisms,

The XLterrestrials are back in Btropolis and we are reloading + relaunching our CiTiZEN KiNO series – a situational and cinematic engagement for tactical explorations.


CiTiZEN KINO #45.1: A Heartwarming Rejection Of The Uninhabitable Technospheres

- A hybrid of film, theater, webs, hacker culture, art happening and public forum
to analyze + address urgent topics in times of endangered collective-intelligence and severe environmental disruption !  ( more about the content below. ) -

< This Weds, Sept. 9th >
at Spektrum in Neukoelln.
Bürknerstraße 12,  Berlin
Doors at 19:00h.
Media navigations begin at 20:00h (punctual)
by Donations / Spende


the frackbook invite


This event marks FIVE years for us developing new media techniques to analyze and address the environmental, planetary and social challenges ahead. And while we feel we’ve come along way in our research, techniques and productions, we are NOT a business-oriented species, and we’d really appreciate your SUPPORT – financial, and otherwise – to help us put the ideas into better and broader action.

We will continue to keep the events LOW-to-NO cost for the public, but we ask you to consider:

1. How important is it for you to see arts and praxis operating in new territories for your community? 2. How much can I give to make this kind of engaged work continue? 3. And what resources- in addition to a ticket price or any generous financial donation – might I have which can contribute to the advancement of arts + media education and collective-community upgrades in these precarious and dangerous times ? 4. Do you know that the planet is in serious trouble ?

Contact us if you have any questions, suggestions and/or would like to be a donor:
pod (at) XLterrestrials (dot) org

We hope you will find the time to join us for the event(s) this season !
and Deep Respex !

dr. Podinski and the XLterrestrials


CiTiZEN KiNO #45.1: A Heartwarming Rejection Of The Uninhabitable Technospheres

In this episode, we examine the technotopian and anthropocentric delusions that have landed us in a perilous, unstable and over-mediated environment. The clock is ticking. Krapitalism is licking at our heels. And rapid shifts being brought on by technological innovations are digging us deeper into a nasty vortex of market-mangling realities and corporate capture. Is there an exit to this spiralling crisis of civilzation ?! We ask, we provoke, we detourn, we collectively engage !

We’ve just returned after a year of deep-fried and traumatizing ;) research in CALIFORKYA – Land of Technopoly Money + Dysneytopia Uber-Alles ! This is clearly a No Picnic Zone for diverse humans and other living species. And Oh Boy, have we got tales to tell !

We also include a report back from Chaos Communications Camp, the world’s largest convergence of hackers in the semi-wild outskirts of the usual-urban configurations. And we ask where is the tech sector resistance in relation to all the earth-bound species now in the claws of the “disembodied and unsustainable agendas”.  Could a convergence in the woods every 2 years to strategize new social and technical operating systems, be enough to re-calibrate humans to their realworld, vegetational and species’ habitats? … Every 2 weeks ?! ;)

And of course, we have some astounding media we want to watch together with you, and see how you will react and respond !


About C-KINO:

C-KiNO events are a hybrid of film, internet, theater, hacker culture, art happening and public forum. Each program is an interactive and tactical media performance, a live multi-dimensional cinema with co-curated screenings at its core. This is an ongoing series presented once-a-month at various venues, with the goal of planting a new “open-source” media platform to utilize a/v media materials with a passionate desire ( and urgency ) to upgrade community + collective intelligence in these predatory times.

For the last 5 years, C-KINO ( mostly based in Berlin ) has been exploring new routes in media education, and working extensively with the genre of expanded or live cinema. But our techniques are less about the film arts and more about navigating a new community media communications which encourages a public re-embodiment of information, as opposed to passive downloads, cubicle-ized culture and spectacle/entertainment forms.




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CiTiZEN KiNO #45.1 work-in-progress, any sponsors out there ?

August 25th, 2015


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CiTiZEN KiNO is back in Btropolis, and we are re-launching the series. Actually we did our first show upon returning at the Chaos Communications Camp, and now working on material to do a kind of report back from the tech resistance sector at an exciting new venue in Neukoelln, Spektrum Berlin.

We are hunting for sponsors, investors, patrons, etc.. So if you would like help support the project, please be in touch !

< 09.09 > CiTiZEN KiNO #45.1 – a heartwarming rejection of the uninhabitable technospheres, at Spektrum-Berlin.

More Info:

Tech requirements: A projector, a screen, amplified sound, a microphone or 2.

CiTiZEN Kino is a hybrid of curated screenings, theater, interactive happening, and public forum. Each episode analyzes urgent topics in our extremely precarious times by utilizing a collection of film and media, and enagaging the audience to participate in navigating the critical SITUTATIONS.

We call it “cinema hacking” or “media self-defense” and/or a public media navigation system.

In addition we make it a form of interactive infotainment, as well as a deconstruction of Spectacle, by rejecting the usual passive spectator and the hypnotic capture of screen-culture.

We add a character element into all presentations, and often include special guests and experts into the mix. And we playfully provoke the audiences to go beyond the limitations of mediated forms, but encouraging collective engagement and a re-embodiment of information !

CiTiZEN KiNO #45.1 titled ” A Heartwarming Rejection of The Uninhabitable Technospheres ” examines our society seduced and entranced by the powers of technology and mass media, which currently distracts us from the planet’s own living, multi-dimensional and multi-species communications.

C-KiNO is arts + activism at its most passionate ! And your support in helping us to develop this project is also a request to support new + critical experiments in arts+activism !


Current show:

General Info about C-KinO:

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XLT Tails of Summer Blurbs v.4 : Denatured Btropolis Mix

August 21st, 2015


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XLt recommends ( and/or things to rant about ) :

< 19-23.08 > Berlin Atonal, at Tresor+Kraftwerk, Berlin

< 25.08 > Jello Biafra’s Guantanamo School Of Medicine, S036, Berlin

< 28.08 > Embedded Artist w/ Wolfgang Spahn and Malte Steiner, Spektrum Berlin

<29.08 > BrunnenHoffest, Mitte

< 29.08 > By The Lake Festival,  Freilichtbühne Weißensee, Berlin

< 30.08 > Haus Schwarzenberg Hoffest, Mitte

< 03-06.09 > At.tension #6 – Theatre Festival, Lars, De

< 04.09 > Speisekino #18_PSYCHOSOCIOTRONICS w/ 2/5 BZ (Serhat Köksal and Zeynep Sarikartal) at ZKU, Berlin

< 09.09 > CiTIZEN KiNO #45.1 : A Heartwarming Rejection of The Uninhabitable Technospheres, at Spektrum, Berlin

< 11.09 >  SAMIZDATA: Tactics and Strategies for Resistance, Berlin

< 22.10 > Wohnungsfrage Academy – The Housing System, HKW – Berlin

more to be added…


And OTHer more SERious (local) Stuff : )


< 28.09 > BiZim Beats Soli-sause, Lido, Berlin

And every Wednesday, solidarty in the streets at Bizim Bakkal shop in Wranglestr., K-berg ! For some backround on this gentrification story, and how the hood is fighting back, check this story at Quantara.

more coming soon!