XLt Radar – Btropolis is On Fire ! – v.1

May 15th, 2019

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XLt Radar – Btropolis is On Fire ! – v.1

THE DATES :

< 16.5 > Bob Rutmann 88th Bday @ Eschloraque
< 16/17.5 >  Dead Can Dance @ Tempodrom – soldout
< 16.5 > E. Neubauten @ Brecht-Haus
< 18.5 > Reichenberger Kiezfest @ Kberg
< 22.5 > Orlando Julius + The Heliocentrics @ Yaam
< 22.5 > Arto Lindsay @ Urban Spree
< 28.5 >  Altin Gün @ Gretchen – soldout
< 25.6 > Caetano Veloso @ Tempodrom

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< 11.5 -8.6 > Zukunftsland 2099 @Alpha-Nova Kulturwerkstatt
https://www.facebook.com/events/1926251400816839/

< 11.5 – 6.6 > Die Häuser denen, die drin wohnen! Foto Ausstellung + Talks @ Regenbogenfabrik

< 18.5 – 7.6 >  Genesis P.-B. Orridge + Void exhibition @ Neurotitan

< 17.5. – 8.6 > Julia Murakami – “Dwell in Lovers’ Eyes” @ Walden Kunstausstellungen

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< 20.6 > CiTiZEN KiNO #79 + Fundraiser Party @ Regenbogenfabrik Kino

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< 24.5 > Großer Klimastreik zur Europawahl in Berlin @ Brandenburger Tor

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KIEZ Notes :

… coming soon…. Bob Rutman’s 88th Bday, Genesis B.P. Orridge art exhibition at Neurotitan, Nick Cave’s belly-button babbling on an Admiral Palast stage,  Dead Can Dance LIVE – 39/40 years celebration, E. Neubauten discussing their work at the Brecht-Haus, Arto Lindsay at Urban Spree, Orlando Julius + The Heliocentrics, Reichenberger Kiezfest ( w/ RegenbogenFabrik + Meuterei Bar on a gentrification cliff’s edge ),  Zukunftsland 2099… Our giddy 19-year-old gothic brains are swirling + squirming like they were just invited to a late-nite art orgy in a cemetery under a full moon glow… it’s hard not to be a little distracted … It’s a little like Air-B-N-B is now renting out our past lives… It’s Like PKD’s Ubik gone entertainment-complex-viral and we can now telephone our own nostalgic half-life spirits and talk endlessly on a flat rate … It would almost be a golden age of the artist livelihoods, except the tech monopolies have all your kidneys hooked up to an automat milking machine…

Oh well, anything to ignore the current battles for an inhabitable present !

This industrial-goth-romantic meme-dog with her tongue hanging out wants to say: IT’s So FINE !

“And if anyone ever tries to tell you: You cannot go back in time!  It’s wholly within your magickal rights to promptly tell them to Fuck Right Off ! It’s your future that’s now impossible ! The only way forward is back ! And music is a time machine that has existed since the beginnings of the dreamtime !” – XLt analyst

Stay tune for more dates ( + links ), or maybe not… no one fucking pays us to do this …

Btw, iIf ya like, read, use the XLT radar, please consider DONATING to keep us going ( write us how ).  And invite your friends to our FB pages ( Globalista Radio Kit + CiTiZEN KiNO in Btropolis… while they last ), so we can build our network, for when the shit Really hits the fan, and we need to communicate the emergency news, tactical response + convergence points !

Sure it’s a messy ass wordpress site we got here, but one day we hope to upgrade !

AND speaking of ” ON FIRE”

Check out Abby Zimet’s column at CommonDreams, and her post linking Bill Nye’s – the bow-tied US TV science guy – very funny and very precise state of planetary affairs… clip made for John Oliver’s pretty in-depth climate episode… in-depth, for a comedy-news report ( 20 mins.) .

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XLt NEWS Alert: #Seenotrettung #MoleculeMan … excellent foto-op + SOLIDARITY ACTION … by @_Seebruecke_ this morning ( 17.5 ) on The Spree, Berlin … As #SeaWatch3 remains stranded at sea with 65 rescued people, … PLEASE SHARE IT !

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#RP19’s “tl;dr” is cute, but where’s the literate resistance ?!

May 6th, 2019

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As George Monbiot recently unleashed on Frank Boyle’s UK BBC show re: Climate Breakdown + The New World Order  “We can’t just be pissing around the edges of the problem… We’ve gotta go straight to the heart of capitalism; and overthrow it…” We can all have different versions of what that means and how, but we cannot deny the gravity of the situations. These are dark and unstable times !

Things are equally as grave in the digital culture realm: it’s currently overfeeding the corporate monsters, fueling the most outrageous populist idiots + manipulators, enabling authoritarianism, devastating livelihoods, consolidating wealth, installing a nightmarish central (and/or transnational liquid) panoptic command… and expanding techno-fascism + the resource wars !

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And what does Re-publica do ? It adds another German car company to its list of sponsors… well done ! Genius ! Daring !

That’s not only pissing around the edges of the problem, it’s taking a mighty slick shit in the digital pool ! … And we suppose they’ll be hosting some dance parties inbetween, and floating some smiley balloons with corporate and/or start-up logos, perhaps with surveillance cameras attached to take somnambulist crowd-selfies, as the chillin firedog meme repeats “It’s fine!” .

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We’ve got a long list of grievances about the technotopian core of re.publica, since it’s very beginnings in the blog-hype-fog phase … because it began as naive and privileged nerd-dom and has inflammated to the size of a pus-filled boil on the face of Europe’s vision for the future… Let’s call it the “Eurovision of Survelliance Capitalism” !  … And pay no attention to that Blob-sized leech behind the curtain !

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( we haven’t scoured thoroughly through its fluffy program, but not yet found anything substantial on these HOT topics below… )

In order to analyze what’s wrong with #RP00, rather than cut thru its mediocre and/or cheerleading swamp of all-things-digital… it will be a sharper angle to see what it omits for BIG STORIES in its “coverage” ( teppich? ).  Just like corporate mass media + MSM outlets fail in informing the public about real and present  issues/dangers, by avoiding the elephants in the room, and all the root causes of our troubles, and not challenging them head-on !

An XLT list of possible priorities :

1. Why is there nothing in the program about Chelsea Manning in prison ?! ( or Assange or Bini for that matter, as complex stories as they are ). Seems she was trendy hot and use-able last year, but not when she’s in deep trouble !? One of the signs that Re-publica isn’t too daring when it comes to the complex realities and powers struggles. Where’s the solidarity ?! Guess they won’t be getting any Tech CEOs to speak up with spine intact on THat !

2. Nothing about “Surveillance Capitalism” – Shoshana Zuboff’s analysis is clearly one of the biggest bits of research + analysis to hit the shelves this year in terms of where we’re at in the totally broken technosphere.

Added / correction: Day2 – Stage 3 -15:00 – 15:30 : Dark side of your digital profile (or: how did it happen that we lost control?) with Katarzyna Szymielewicz … is analyzing S-Capitalism …

BUT not a stage w/ live stream ! And the write-up of the session fails to mention up front the names of those who invented + implement + suck your data on a 24/7 global scale. And Btw, is Google still allowed to have a booth on the trade show floor at #rp19 ?! )

3. Why didn’t RP invite any of the neighborhood groups who spent the last 2 years fighting off the Goo(gle) in Kreuzberg ?! Another sign that RP is too busy schmoozing with power players and doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers ! RPoo wouldn’t know a local ( tech + gentrification ) struggle if it was right under their noses… and it is… Berlin is under siege ! … And Tech Capital is bringing massive upheavals ! …  But RP are apparently very happy campers in the corporate-sponsored gatekeeper clouds,

4. Nothing about Carole Cadwalladr’s brilliant + bold investigations into Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and Goo… She just dropped the most disruptive TED talk ever in Vancouver and revealed how democracy is being destroyed by S-valley and its monopolization + corruption of our communication channels. Social Media is rotten, and RP00 is still plugging for it like suckers for the Cybernetic Regime / End-Net-Times. And has no guts for seriously challenging the tech titans in any meaningful way ! RP00 was never on the cutting-edge of resistance culture and hacker scenes, as much as it would like to pretend it’s one of em and/or down with the cause !

5. The Bitsundbaume.org conf. at TU in collaboration with many groups ( CCC; GermanWatch, etc. ) was one of the most important digital culture events in Berlin ( or anywhere ) in 2018. It finally ( it only took CCC 35 years ) linked the tech sector in a serious way to our ECOLOGICAL problems, and those which are accelerating due to our civilization’s consumer fetish for Futurism Inc. and the military industrial complex-invested technospheres !

6.… more to come…

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the Really Really Spring XLt Radar v.3: All In … Rebellion !

April 30th, 2019

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The 1st of May circus has drifted so far away from its original meanings + intent, perhaps it’s time again to play our cards far outside the box … that flimsy cardboard container that got flattened and stuffed into an overfilled recycle bin… but the workers, the makers, the people… and all our acts of solidarity… we are all still here … our passions, our rights, our dreams, all still ripe as ever to rise !

So a little poke in the eye …. of the storm…

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“Who knows, maybe people gonna party like it’s 1919 today… !? “- XLt analyst

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Spring XLt Radar v.3 :

< April 29 > 50 Years of Busen Attentat ( Overture + Schizo ), Roter Salon

< April 29May 1 > Cinema in Times Of Catastrophe, ( FB invite )

< April 30May 2 > “Die Abfahrt” – Drinnen & Draußen ( Fb Invite )

< May 1st > 1. Mai in Grünewald, at S-Bahn Grünewald, 13-17h ( FB invite )

< May 1st > Everywhere !

< May 2 > We Are All Assange ! Solidarity For Journalists, Hosted by DIEM25 w/Angela Richter, Whistleblower Network chairman Annegret Falter, biologist and founder of EcoLeaks Esteban Servat, and Srecko Horvat- at Brandenburger Tor, 12:00h

< May 3 > DIEM25 BarCamp : Technological Sovereignty at C-base

All day, workshops, presentations, discussions… evening film screening of “Codenaut” ( 2019 )

< May 2-5 > Radical Film Network: What is Radical Film? at Silent Green ( FB invite )

Excerpt: Continuing the spirit in which the Radical Film Network (RFN) was founded, the first RADICAL FILM NETWORK MEETING in Berlin aims to create a temporary space with the intention of initiating open exchange and dialogue between actors of the Radical Film Network, Berlin filmmakers and cultural practitioners. It will bring together activists, academics, filmmakers and artists in Berlin to jointly answer the question, “What is radical film?“.


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Our own XLterrestrial 2cents: Until tactical tech ( +media ) takes on more of on-the-ground ecological + agricultural + urban/municipalities situations as urgent + primary sovereignty factors, we will likely see an accelerated desertification of our society, habitat and humanity.

Much more to be said there, but we’re on the run…



the Really Really Spring XLt Radar v.2: Sit-Ins, Die-Ins, All In… Rebellion !

April 26th, 2019

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XLt Radar V.2 – Sit-Ins, Die-Ins, All In… Rebellion !

April 25th, 2019

( resource links below )

Extinction Rebellion – the non-violent protest movement to awaken all of us to the urgencies and need to act in response to climate breakdown + the looming threats/realities of a 6th Mass Extinction -  is growing fast !

There will be a number of actions happening all over the world 2morw April 26th ! #FridaysForFuture + #ExtinctionRebellion …both ! … it’s impossible to keep track of all the sprouting chapters … or have a full overview … or measure the impacts on the general public… or on political institutions…

But it feels very Very BIG ! … finally a pretty all-inclusive format… for undoing our current political paralysis !

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In our Btropolis, Berlin…  there will be a critical mass-style bike ride on Friday ( at 15:30h beginning at the Marx-Engels Forum ( the park just across the river from the new Berliner Stadt(-Shite-)Schloss, former Palast Der Republik ), a mass die-in on Saturday at Gendarmenmarkt ( noon ) + performances … and on Monday an action happening in front of the Kanzleramt  (17:00h ) to address EU/Brasil trade, and to call for saving the Amazon from the Bozonaro machine, perhaps by calling for sanctions or an economic boycott of sorts.

There are no shortage of ecological issues to fight for, and the grassroots structure of the movement leaves no shortage ( and no ceiling ) of ideas… Anyone can bring some to their local meetings… And one can only imagine this is all going to expand as more and more people become aware of it and its open public assembly nature.

For anyone getting negative impressions or cynical analysis from whatever corporate media outlets and online ( social media ) glimpses… don’t let them sink in … go see + experience it for yourself ! And if for some reason you think the actions could take on some better forms… show up at your local meeting groups and propose something !

Here in Btropolis, we have to admit we are pretty spoiled. There are excellent organizers and communicators, experienced legal and press teams, a generational diversity, gender diversity… and, ok cultural diversity ( i.e. diverser contexts, i.e. refugees, global south ) could be a bit better ! …

The flow of the process, the plenums have been impressive ! Everything seems to be unfolding like an organic team that knows how to play the (serious + grounded ) game, and is feeling confident that it can raise the bar for motivating a public to rethink our entire social organizations ! … and the feeling is contagious ! And against the cruel and sad backdrop of political institutions in their absurdly helpless rigamortis and incompetence, it’s almost like a task made easy by an opponent that hasn’t done its homework, has no new moves nor any inspired vision … in decades… if ever.

Ok, there may be flaws, and errors … similarities at times to Occupy or the Anti-war movement or the anti-globalization mov…. which could potentially arrive at enough of agreed-upon points, align the people and/or the minorities together for some actions, but not penetrate the power structures. And there are moments when one can doubt the strategies… there’s plenty of room for debate. We should all know that, by now. We have probably the biggest challenges of our lives before us… and there are tears flowing, knowing all that we have already lost… or from feeling overwhelmed by it all. But here are local spaces ( and an international network ) forming to come figure it out together face-to-face. Conflicts will arise, but when the whole planet and our present and future habitat are in peril, we may find it’ll be preferable to put our differences aside to keep this new political space / vessel intact. And willing to experiment on-the-fly !

Taking action now in whatever forms or scales we are ready to take on ( individually, personally, collectively ) … is empowering ! … It is so much more energizing than beating a retreat, or sinking into one’s solitary melancholy, defeatism, rifts. It’s the medicine we all need, to be part of community … fighting for a new life, a reclaimed humanity, and a solidarity with all our fellow species !

If you find this laughably over-optimistic, that’s fine … have a laugh, breathe it in… and then… let’s get to work  !

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RESOURCES:

https://xrebellion.org/ ( international)

https://extinctionrebellion.de/ (deutschland )

https://extinctionrebellion.de/category/blog/ ( de blog )

https://extinctionrebellion.de/veranstaltungen/ ( de events )

https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/ (main )

https://fridaysforfuture.de/ ( deutschland )

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ADDED: ER CRITIQUES :

There are some important critiques arising in regards to the origins of Extinction Rebellion….  and the recent ( attempted?) “alignment” with Green Capital business leaders, who initiated an “XR business” coalition ( and website ) with ER in the UK … We say “attempted” because there are statements coming from various chapters to challenge (and distance themselves from this alignment )… incl. Germany and France. This is a good sign that various decentralized groups will be able to develop their own approaches… And react to any possible “hijackings” or “co-optations” of a movement… or weakening strains… or misdirection… OR as the case may be, even to break away from its co-founders’ flawed origins, IF they are seen as such.

Note: This is written hastily, and our wording may not be as precise as needed in this delicate matter/moment. And it IS a very complex problem that will need further analyzing… Which of course you are also welcome to do… and to feedback here, on our XLterrestrials wordpress page.

Ultimately, this will also open up the can-of-worms + debates around various strategies… And poses questions as to whether ER is attempting to go for a broad-reach “critical mass” environmental movement, or be on the frontlines of radical interventions, or exist somewhere in the gray zones inbetween. Or perhaps it will be all of the above depending on what local chapters will decide what to do. We might find that this latter possibility could be a formula that provides an amorphous organism that can respond to different situations and provide a diversity of tactics, and offer multiple entry levels for people at different stages ( and risk-taking levels ) in one’s own community activist inputs/outputs.

For now, we provide links to those who have begun to warn, investigate and comment on the controversies:

https://enoughisenough14.org/2019/04/24/rebellion-extinction-a-capitalist-scam-to-hijack-our-resistance/

https://nowhere.news/index.php/2019/04/01/dr-gail-marie-bradbrook-compassionate-revolutionary-for-hire/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/extinction-rebellions-lack-direction-waste-good-coverage-sarah-mciver/

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XLt Radar v.2 :

more upcoming dates soon …

the Really Really Spring XLt Radar v.1: Rebellion with a Big Smile !

April 21st, 2019

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15-27.4 :: Extinction Rebellion ( link for DE ), everywhere !

20.4 :: Seun Kuti at Yaam, 20h

21.4 :: Czentrifuga + Step Across the Border, at Markgrafendamm 24c – Ostkreuz

24.4 :: “rethinking copyright” for music – with Music Pool Berlin (https://musicpoolberlin.net/) in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt (https://www.hkw.de/de/index.php), at ACUD Studio (Veteranenstr. 21).

26.4 :: Günther Schickert ( from Ziguri ) at Acud

29.4 :: Dokumontag at Czech Zentrum – “Hotel Jugoslavija” – http://berlin.czechcentres.cz/programm/event-details/eunic-dokumontag-hotel-jugoslavija/

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2 or 3 Mega-News-bytes: ExRe + The Church of Silicon Valley, On FIRE !

April 19th, 2019

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Two or Three mega-news-bytes:

1. Extinction Rebellion

2. Carole Cadwalladr exposes the Surveillance Capitalism’s squirming underbellies

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XLt analysis coming soon !

While we draw up a few connecting dots, and a little glimpse into the inspiring new form of tactical rebellion…

Have a look at Carole Cadwalladr’s TED talk, it’s like finding a real live scumbag network in action and dragging it into the light. Will the Brexit referendum go down as an illegal and invalid sham election ?!  Note: we are not fans of TED ( and O’Reilly greasing the wheels of technodystopia ), but it’s like watching the Church of Silicon Valley ON FIRE.

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The XLt Guide to JA’s Arrest + WikiLeaks + War Crimes

April 14th, 2019

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The XLT Guide to JA + WikiLeaks + War Crimes

April 11th, 2019 – Julian Assange is dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy by civi-clothed Metropolitan Police in London, carrying a copy of Gore Vidal’s  “History of the National Security State” ( 2014 ).

To this date, no one has been indicted or prosecuted in an international criminal court for the illegal war in Iraq, for torture, nor for military personnel shooting/bombing reporters, civilians, women + children and the already- wounded. Unambiguous evidence, all of which exists in the “Collateral Murder” video ( footage which was captured by the US military cameras from over a kilometer away, and then honorably leaked by Manning), was published by Wikileaks on April 5th, 2010.  Of course military and state courts have numerous methods of dodging these incriminating facts in their own courts. But by using new technological tools and new media strategies, Wikileaks made it possible for millions of people to watch the brutal and asymmetric viciousness of 21st century-style wars of aggression by the world’s most powerful military.

What forms of “gunship spectacle fire” from above will now be unleashed to shoot the messenger over and over and over again, to control + steer + reign-in the new playing fields of net + media territories,  and to ignore and distract from the real + urgent issues ? … And what long dragged-out media circus sequels will be used to flood our already over-saturated and online-tethered brains … to distract from those actual tools and methods that can empower the people in these dangerous times, when sick + sinister figures operate at the highest levels of those omnipresent governing forces ? And corporate krapitalist media does its spineless and coweringly best to cover for them !

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Let’s back up a little…

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We are in a whole new phase of the Mass Mediations. And we will have to think more radically in how we now navigate the Digital Culture environments that are now entirely weaponized as a corporate+military cesspool of Surveillance Krapitalism.

Wikileaks came along and changed the game for a little while, perhaps in a comparable way that Tute Bianche came up with “”novel ways”" to protest in the streets. It is a viable thing to implement still now… Secure drops ( like the Panama Papers ) may still play out… but they will certainly no longer have any elements of surprise, and corporate media has myriad ways to diffuse and twist any shocking new leaks, even if we want to entertain the idea that substantial shock is still possible via news items  in the new dizzying daily levels of perpetually screened nausea.

An interesting comment on Nettime mentions that millions saw the horrors of Iraq, but unlike say the Vietnam era… outrage and any mobilized reactions had little impacts on the ruling power.

So … what now ?!

Solidarity for all journalists  ( and various cultures of resistance ) for sure… but what is to come for our offensive game ?!

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In the meantime…

Suggested RESOURCES:

1. Jonathan Cook on the 7 Years of Lies

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2019-04-11/julian-assange-lies-arrest/

2.Caitlin Johnstone on How to be Certain that the US Charge is Fraudulent

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/how-you-can-be-certain-that-the-us-charge-against-assange-is-fraudulent…..

3. The quick legal low down ( unsealed charges ) via Just Security + ExBerliner http://www.exberliner.com/features/politics/assanhgearrest-the-lowdown….

4. Greenwald’s censored? interview with NPR’s Morning Edition
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/heres-interview-glenn-greenwald-about-julian-assange-it-seems-npr-didnt-want-you…

5. Slavoj Zizek ( Let 100 WL bloom ! ) … https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/julian-assange-extradition-us-wikileaks-google-slavoj-zizek-a8866741…

6. An interesting backround analysis/debate from c.2011 via Metamute betw. Florian Cramer and Ted Byfield on what Wikileaks was attempting to achieve, successfully or not?
http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/wikileaks-has-radically-altered-military-diplomatic-information-complex…10-reasons-and-against

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Fortunately there IS SOME GOOD NEWS… Embassy cat’s lawyers have assured us that cats cannot not be extradited by any warmonger state’s laws !

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( Bini was illegally detained in Ecuador 4 days ago, with… very unclear charges ?… )

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XLt Spring-At-Last Radar v.o1: The Time is Ripe for….

April 4th, 2019

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ON the XLT RADAR:

April 4-7 : ADM Subkultur Festival + Benefit, at Urban Spree

April 6 : CiTiZEN KiNO #78 – sneak preview – at Urban Spree, 19h

April 6 : MIETEN WAHNSINN ! Rising Rents + Housing Crisis Demo, Alexanderplatz
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April 11 : CiTiZEN KiNO #78: World PREMIERE, Club der Polnischen
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Every FRIDAY : #FridaysForFuture, at Invaliden Park in Berlin ( and everywhere )

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… ... … . Last night we went to the opening of the ADM festival, and it was very much a part of the Revalerstr. RAW-Gelande partyheads and tourist zones of Friedrichshain, and that’s OK… it’s finally … sorta … Springtime…

And we all need to reclaim a little breathing room and playspace, even if it is just a weekend escape. At least this party is a BENEFIT for the good fight ( and ADM’s legal costs )… AND in addition to the festivities, there is also much to learn from the cultural free-haven(s) – done with the Dutch squatter-styles – that were able to find and sustain SOME experimental pockets ( of actual land + housing ) in the midst of the gruesome neoliberal frenzies of the übernormal EU hyper-biz-as-usual.

In fact, as we were watching a bunch of doc film / materials being screened in the little sub-keller cinema, we were struck by all the tales and perspectives on ADMs struggles over the last 18 YEARS ( that span of time in itself is a VICTORY ! ), and it’s a necessary reminder of fighting not just against the grain of all the neo-colonial-imperialist soul-crushing, but it’s about the things we are fighting FOR… the revolution of everyday life ( to quote situationist : Raoul Vaneigem ) ! And it was a alarming to realize how far NOW , and to what extent, we are ALL being DISPLACED … and pushed deeper and deeper into the deadly containers – the unihabitable death strips – of industrialized life… and headed for a massive “civilization” breakdown + collision with those expanding mechanisms of control !

Some topics we hope to expand on in our C-KiNO presentations there on Saturday evening ! ( 19-21h )…  and again on April 11th in Mitte.

And of course a fantastic reminder why THOUSANDS of people will be in the streets for the MIETENWAHNSINN DEMO… the time is RIPE for putting our dreams of another possible community life…  into action and praxis !!!!!!

And we absolutely need MORE on-the-ground autonomous zones to create these alternative and other worlds !!!

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CiTiZEN KiNO #78 re-animates the Frankfurt School for Our Digitally Cooked Times

March 22nd, 2019

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“For “totalitarian” is not only a terroristic political coordination of society, but also a non-terroristic economic-technical coordination which operates through the manipulation of needs by vested interests.”

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society ( 1964 )

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” Techno-fascism plumps us up for the choice between total devotion to the  sausage-making industrialization of someone else’s backyard or an ever-deeper seduction-escape into a technological rabbit hole of unknown pleasures. Sticks us in the oven and awaits the asphyxiation climax.”

- XLt Analyst ( yesterday )

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‘There is some shit I shall not eat … and I will not kiss your fucking flag!’ – e.e. cummings ( 1926 )

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< 6.4 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: The Work of Art In The Age of Auto-erotic Asphyxia … SNEAK PREVIEW for the ADM subkulture festival / benefit at Urban Spree – Revaler Str.99 – 19:00h ( eintritt ? )

< 11.4 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: The Work of Art In The Age of Auto-erotic Asphyxia … at Club der Polnischen Versager,Ackerstr. 168 – Berlin Mitte – 20:00h – by Donation

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Those dark pioneers of *critical theory* and *negative dialectics* and deep analysts of the culture industry, who fled the Holocaust and set up shop in the Disneyland of Post-war Ka-Ching Boom, are certainly relevant for our digitally cooked surveillance krapitalist times. It’s high time to re-animate or re-package The Frankfurt School … and locate the emergency exits in the burning theaters.

C-KINO – a situational cinematic investigation – curates a film clips evening, and stitches together a zone wherein all triggered emotions and relevant insights from the critical theory archives can be laid out in a fearless and highly-eroticized theater, transformed into a new school of resistance. Dr. Podinski and the XLterrestrial friends put the Btropolis Patient on the couch and asks what one sees in the 24/7 live stream consumption … but not without a bouquet of flowers and poems flying from our extended hand… and a tribute to our fallen arts+culture comrades !

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New promo text +  Notes for C-Kino #78:

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Our newest episode of CiTIZEN KiNO – a series of situational cinema + tactical media interventions – will revisit the Frankfurt School’s critical theory approach and analysis of the culture industry ( mass media + big tech). We examine what their works reveal in relationship to our current horror show of netted-Culture in these times of rabid “Surveillance Krapitalism” ( Shoshana Zuboff ). Do the 21st century tech tools that promised to connect us just give ever more unprecedented powers to the engorged and frothing idiots who now divide + capture + consume us in a blurry eyes-wired-shut tyranny ? Are we all getting steered deeper into distracted, disembodied, asphyxiating, and utterly uninhabitable environments. Are there technofixes for the techno-Fixers and all those neoliberal tech-titan “Wichsers” !? Are there actions and exits ( that are not like getting the Brex-shits )  that can still get us out of this burning planet-theater in time !? As Greta Thunberg, and many others have been saying, “It’s time for you to Panic !”

Warning! Surrealist reactionary-ism, primal screams and disturbing footage may all be used as part of our arsenal of tactical arts to pull the emergency brake and/or push all the buttons for a new operating system !

to be cont.

RESOURCE LINKS:

The F-school
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School

Habermas:
“If capitalistic technological society weakens the autonomy and rationality of the subject, it is not through the domination of the individual by the apparatus but through technological rationality supplanting a describable rationality of communication. And, in his sketch of communicative ethics as the highest stage in the internal logic of the evolution of ethical systems, Habermas hints at the source of a new political practice that incorporates the imperatives of evolutionary rationality.”

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Alex Ross in The New Yorker
The F School Knew Trump Was Coming ( 2016 )
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-frankfurt-school-knew-trump-was-coming

Explaining the (new) attack on Cultural Marxism:
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/78mnny/unwrapping-the-conspiracy-theory-that-drives-the-alt-right

( some hilarious videos out there on the alt right web )

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Review of Stuart Jeffries’ book Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School.  ( 2017 )
https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/politics-without-gasoline-grand-hotel-abyss/

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A quik read ADORNO summary:

https://arthistoryunstuffed.com/theodor-adorno-and-the-culture-industry/

XLt Radar v.3 + Kiez Notes, Sisters + Solidarities cont.

March 12th, 2019

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pic : From a #fridaysforfuture protest somewhere ( quick search )

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( 25,000 people out today – #m15 – in Btropolis for the school strikes begun by Greta Thunberg, foto by PM Cheung )

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- early Spring – XLt Radar – v.3

Upcoming Actions + Events

< 14.3 > Money Talk #7: CIRCLES – A Universal Basic Income, with Julio Linares + Sara Friend at SupermarktMore info + FB invite

< 15.3 > Fridays For Future / School Strike, in nearly 100 countries, check your local listings: #fridaysforfuture

< 6.4 > #MietenWahnsinn Demo, Alexanderplatz 12h

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Cultures of Resistance

11.–17.3.2019 > “Comrades, I Am Not Ashamed of My Communist Past”* – 30 years after the fall of the walla mixed program at Hau Theater

< 4-7. 4 >ADM ( former squat + cultural free-haven in NL ) – Benefit PartyMulti-Subcultural Art Fair, Urban Spree – more info

< 4.11 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: Work of Art In the Age Of Auto-Erotic Aspyhxia, at Club Der P. Versager, doors 20:ooh, show 20:30h

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more coming soooon !

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( fotos: those historic territories of the Palast: the completely devastated city center after WW2, the DDR HQ / the Palast Der Republik and the new billion+ euro Berliner Stadtschloss project about to reopen )

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( the closing panel on New Alliances: Margarita Tsomou, Prashad, Varoufakis, et al – more speaker names to be added )

KIEZ NOTES:

The Political + Cultural + Academic + Social Theater(s)

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We think we went to too many events this weekend… our heads hurt, our bodies hurtbut it’s a good kind of hurt , like when your muscles are all sore the next day from that climb up the mountain. And the views were INCREDIBLE!

We’re going to have to jot down some Kiez Notes in this Schaufenster (window display ) journal. Knowing that this is our little transparent public web platform ( for all to see and/or be surveilled ) this will necessarily require some delicate handling.

To begin, we unfortunately didn’t list a fantastic event on our XLT Radar, and we wish we had. Thanks to a comrade from DIEM25, we got word that there was an impressive panel at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele’s “Palast Der Republik – Kunst, Diskurs & Parliament – the finale of a dense 3-day program.

As much as we like chocolate mousse desserts, we thought on first impressions that this fest was a little too Charlottenberg for us, ATM… a little “too conceptually rich” to attempt re-animating the DDR ghosts + still very alive OST spirits so close to all that Ku-damm couture-ing. Was this going to turn into a “Former West” colonial-capturing of our united and internationalist complaints ? Yet another cultural show with little praxis ?

But luckily we did not pass up the invite to see the last day, and a session called “There is An Alternative – Neue Allianzen Für ein anderes Europa“, with a range of guests that provided a true culture-hacking depth !

And in fact, revisiting the whole DDR Palast story ( as the new Berliner Stadtschloss nears completion ) IS re-opening up a can of worms that IS a juicy and unique Btropolis mess to revisit. And if you weren’t around during its various phases of the last 3 decades since the fall of the wall, it is a poignant bit of still unfolding local history, that is so easily swept under the new red carpets of the rebuilt palace(s) and wild self-indulgent city expenditures, at a time when everything – from political party machinations to cultural spectacle to our city being sold to all the neoliberal bidders – looks headed for a mesmerizing high-speed disaster !

We won’t be able to give a complete analysis of all these great speakers who are experimenting with daring new political platforms for another possible European configuration + Demos. But let’s just say, if Brussels could be reclaimed tomorrow, this group wouldn’t be such a bad interim steering committee for an EU Parliament to get more real… inclusive… transparent … and caring !

But it even went beyond rescuing this dysfunctional EU family, by pushing for a transnational interventionist party of sorts. To begin our analysis ( as we did with Transmediale article in Feb. a few weeks ago ) we look at the closing round to cut to the chase. It was Vijay Prashad, rebel historian and journalist, who provided a fierce condemnation of EU considering itself the central steering committee of ANYTHING… In a short paraphrase : When the rest of the planet’s nations and peoples think of EU governance, they immediately start to worry about bombs falling on their heads and colonialist agendas up-the-whazooo and all the vested interests ! And if a new EU party/demos is being re-imagined and forming ( i.e. as in DIEM25 ),  it had better have anti-imperialism and a serious plan for global equality and financial equity ( i.e. ending the tax havens ) at the front of its agenda ! BOOM!…

THis could have ripped the whole theater + theme apart, but in fact it was precisely because this was all taking place in THE THEATER… ( and Prashad has an art of making you laugh, and THen chopping off any of your lazy right-arm allegiances, if required ) it reminded us that the world of politics IS a frickin THEATER !

And we might as well start making our own in parallel, and as wildly revolutionary as we all can dream together… and from there have a horizon to aim for as we set out upon establishing a new social organism that functions for ALL !

So, Politics in the Theater ! Yes ! … Something the XLterrestrials, with all its roots in deconstructing and scaling-down from the entertainment complex in these challenging and terrifying times, had begun to see as a hopelessly dis-engaged  playspace with little impact on the where the actual power lies. But we are now forced to look at it with a new appreciation and potentials for a tactical approach !  We took this as a reminder: that this IS a broad + deep cultural hacklab, and an embody-able territory, that provides us the room + space to speak loudly, and which cannot be so easily denied to us, nor shut down !  And it CAN even make use of the fat pockets of city cultural funds to wildly outdo and “show up” the pathetic narratives of that tired and dismal old theater of fear,  control and domination at the other end of the political spectrum. We will certainly need more of creative manifestations, and in a variety of forms, to have a foundation for another competing reality on the ground.

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The Anthropocene Theater

In another extraordinary theater the next night we participated in the School of Disobedience at the Volkbühne, which is currently hosting seminars on the topic of the Anthropocene. In a similar fashion as the Palast episode above, this also revealed a THEATER of science, academia and the technological industries, while at the same time providing us with some very hard facts of what an urgent crisis we are all up-to-our-necks in today. We will try and provide a map and sketch of what happened there.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg from Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin is hosting 3 seminar sessions in the Grüner Salon, the last of which is on March 25 at noon.  In addition to the registered seminars there is one public evening, which featured guest Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence who is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Many useful facts were given to illuminate the urgent crisis of climate change…or climate breakdown ( as Monbiot prefers to call it out more radically ). Mostly focused on the dilemma of CO2 emissions, and the challenge to keep this below a 1.5 degree rise as the Paris agreement attempts to achieve. But what is lacking in this frame of the issue is any analysis of the science departments framing of the issues !

If you have been following the so-named Anthropocene issues – the favorite term for academic institutions to handle a looming catastrophe for humanity and our diverse societies – you may already be aware that the Paris agreement has many failings, and is currently nowhere near being on any functional track to be implemented. While they did highlight the science communities massively confounding efforts to paint the picture to a lay public, it does little to address the political entanglements and nightmares that prevent our abilities to properly ACT in meaningful ways in response to one of the most, if not THe most pressing crisis of our times.

We are not going to take time to rewrite a comprehensive summary of the messy stories, nor even all that was discussed by these scientists. But what was useful in listening to them speak is the PROBLEM of how the institutions of science FRAME the Anthropocene from a very western-centric focus, and avoiding any clarification regarding the primary actors who have brought civilization and our habitat to the brink of ecocide and self-annihilation. Hint: It’s the political and economic operating system. And it should more appropriately be called Capitalocene, or as The XLterrestrials have previously written ( in response to HKW seminars, which also pushed these flawed approaches ), to be even more precise: The Corporacene, which we might say is even more hostile, more difficult to regulate, and more out of control, than krapitalism itself.

( Additional Note: It is a pretty clear sign of the political import of this terminology, when one examines the ongoing scientific debates revolving around WHEN the “anthropocene” era begins. Whether when puts the marker at industrial agriculture, fossil fuels extraction, nuclear industries or absurdly “chicken bones” will reveal where the instutions themselves will point the blame. And they don’t seem to be in any rush to inadvertently shoot themselves in any of their own feet. We suspect they will eventually choose something that obfuscates the systems at the root and their own complicities. )

We do not wish to get hung up on debates around the names. But important to be aware of how naming exerts a definite power and direction upon the problem. “Anthropocene” is highly flawed, because it is riddled with agendas.  Anthropocene assumes that the trajectory of the planet and the fate of our species is in an inevitable morphosis/transformation into a human-made earth a “2nd Nature” or “Technosphere” as it is sometimes evoked. A next level of ( inhuman + unsustainable ) industrialization!?  … This reveals that is not on the plate of tasks for governments, institutions and/or ( fossil fuel era ) corporations to CLEAN UP what technotopian 1st world nations have so recklessly and viciously produced for its colonized subjects, the next generations, and all other species.

This is an entirely unacceptable position… because 1. It lets off the hook all the powerful actors who have done the damage and 2. These actors are precisely those who wield the re$ources, and who can in so many ways implement technologies-of-scale to begin repairing the nature they are primarily responsible for having fucked up !

This is The Anthropocene Theater – which in many respects – is a ploy to deal with the accelerating problems only in the ways which do not incur losses or responsibilities on the business elites who profited, and continue to profit, off the krapitalist game of resource extraction and plunder ! And in fact, the solutions they will attempt to advocate are those which will they will put themselves into the driving seat again to reap the businesses that will be generated out of their strategies for managing and controlling the next stages ! Meanwhile the tragic-comedy may push us all off the cliff toward The Uninhabitable Earth ( a new book by David Wallace Wells, a journalist in NYC).

Volksbühne, fortunately has been a friendly place to challenge the discourse… but one definitely needed to remind this group that if one wants to establish A School Of Rebellion…  to rebel, one needs to put some actions on the table… or it’s just more theory and talk… power-points and data dumping… another school exercise in debating.

There are a number of anecdotes we would like to come back and share because this approach needs challenging …

But in the meantime, have a look at what the kids are up to these days …

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To be cont. (?)