Strategies for Turtle Islands: Part 3 – The Media

September 28th, 2016


{ One of 1,000s of biting viral memes, expressing voter frustrations }

Strategies for Turtle Islands

Part 3 – The Media

( p.1 + p.2 )

Naturally we’d like to just move on to discussing what movements are arising in solidarity to steer planetary consciousness away from the US “selectoral” trainwreck and onward to face practical on-the-ground challenges for both local communities and global inhabitants, and not just humans in the Anthropocene scenarios, but all our relations. The activated indigenous cultures ( repeatedly threatened by colonialism, displacement, slavery, genocides…  ) are really at the forefront of holistic and revolutionary thinking, because frankly they are just NOT as invested in, or as much suckers to, the seductive + delusional practices/promises of the corporate brain-tap and nation-state agendas.

Even our highly-trained XLTerrestrials group of psychomedia analysts can’t help watching the fascinating and utterly tragic selection gameshow, or as J.G Ballard once framed it – an Atrocity Exhibition.

So for any westerncentric, tuned-in and hijacked, mass-mediated and globalized audio-visual cortex, it is important to first deconstruct the MEDIA. And ask ourselves: Is another kind of media, community-run, the first-step to recovery and/or system change and/or another possible world ?!

Yes and No. The No side is harder to answer, so we’ll come back to that.

To create an alternative to the krapitalist and corporate versions of technologically-devolving communications  has been one of our main objectives with CiTiZEN KiNO and other projects here on the XLT podopolog for more than a decade.

We have never really had access to any substantial funding, so things have been slow-going, but the ideas have undergone numerous developments and crystallizations. We still lack the means for successful execution/production. But even that would perhaps be irrelevant, if more of the public would attempt similar media strategies on their own, and/or building upon our humble beginnings. If working on alternative media platforms is your approach to upgrading planetary consciousness and collective intelligence, then perhaps our latest proposals will be of benefit to you. Any feedback, desires to collaborate, or suggestions to find better funding, please contact us.

CiTiZEN KiNO #57+58+59 : Strategies for Turtle Islands : ( part 2 )

( written for Memefest 2016, but an evolution of an arts + media praxis which began c. 2004 )


We have been following the work and analytical writings of Daniel Pinchbeck for some years. His most recent social media post yesterday following the depressing spectacle of Republicrat debates is sharp. And we were reminded that he too, with the Evolver project, saw alternative media mixed with social tools and community gatherings as a key territory for helping humans get their shit together before it’s too late…

His articulations of the problems are an excellent start to see where exactly we are at on this precarious map in 2016, and with a few insights on where things need to go from here…

Read in full on his Frackbook page. Here’s an excerpt below:

The corporate media, tied to the complex of hyper-consumerism and capital accumulation, is the main engine driving us toward a species-level collapse. [ Global ] Warming is spiking now and we know from past epochs that once feedback loops are engaged, we can get a 6 – 8 degree rise within a half century. At that point, with forests gone and oceanic plankton no longer reproducing, we run out of oxygen and asphyxiate.

Personally, I made an initial admittedly naive attempt to create an alternative media platform and transformative corporation / nonprofit when I started Evolver a decade ago. Through our nonprofit, we developed a model for local communities to come together to explore transformative ideas and practices such as permaculture and complementary currencies. Alas, we couldn’t find a revenue model that supported our volunteers to scale the project, and it ultimately collapsed. The company wasn’t able to attract the investment capital we needed to create powerful alternative media.

I still feel that basic model combining media with social tools and on-the-ground local communities is the model most likely to be effective. The vision behind such an enterprise has to go beyond Clintonian Neoliberalism: We need to rally around a profoundly new vision of what we want to be and do together as a civilization.
We have to do something to counteract the forces that have reduced the mass of the US people to a level of inanity that has few historical precedents.

The NO part ( i.e. media and tech solutions are not the answer ) of the XLT analysis acknowledges another view of the MEDIATED problem,  that is to say, to become technologically inter-connected is grossly over-rated + over-emphasized in most westerncentric movements. [ And It’s even less a viable medium for liberation and intelligence upgrades now that the net and the whole technological (consumer) realms have been militarized by predatory companies.

If we take some lessons and our cues from the indigenous resistance, say those coalitions now forming against the Dakota pipeline(s)… Their emphasis is rather on close-knit communities, tribal affinities and solidarity, families and extended families, respect for habitat (sacred earth) and obligations to future generations. Media tools are just not a primary concern. And the cultures are perhaps not as vulnerable to their infinite distractions. i.e. Water is life; Not the commercial or the message for saving the water.

The media map is not the territory.

But then the trick of the matter may be: how does a society unplug its own culture from the colonial machines and systems of control ?!

But more on that later.

to be cont.

CiTiZEN KiNO #57+58+59 : Strategies for Turtle Islands : ( part 2 )

September 21st, 2016


< TBA > CiTiZEN KiNO #57+58+59 : Strategies for Turtle Islands

Coming Soon !

We’re getting excited about this !



( YOU are all welcomed to invite the project to YOUR local habitat ! )

1. Provide an overall summary of your campaign/project

CiTiZEN KiNO is an initiative to create a new relationship to our rapidly “shifty” media environments.  We experiment with a combination of online participation ( social media platforms ) and social gatherings (various local and neighborhood venues) which begin as a cinema environment, but which ultimately are transformed into realtime public forums. Our events are what may be called a public media navigation system, and utilized as a medium to intervene in an (over-)mediated society, thereby instigating a new space in which to rediscover full community engagements, better collective intelligence and on-the-ground political agency.

In 2016 and 2017, C-KiNO will be working with the theme of “parallel politics” and post-electoral situations. Our working title is “ Strategies For Turtle Island(s)” – which takes its cue from the indigenous tribes’ original name for the “North American” territories prior to a genocidal occupation.  And we explore what it might mean for 21st century global citizens to identify as indigenous inhabitants and cultures now under threat of a global-scale techno-industrial colonialism, mass displacement and ecocide.

If accepted for a residency, we would bring our performance(s) of CiTiZEN KINO to _______, and provide an exhibition of our current and previous cinema poster work (see attached). These visualization processes are an important element of creating the framework for each CK episode, and could become a larger part of poster campaign for “Turtle Islands” theme and its evolving serial episodes over the next year.


2. What kinds of strategic approaches and tactics are used

Our arts+media praxis involves inviting citizens into the process a month or 2 before the actual CiTiZEN KiNO events by proposing an urgent topic that we feel a need to analyze, strategize and mobilize.  In the initial phase, we make a call out for citizens to help us collect media materials, resources and perspectives, and enter into the preparatory and curatorial discussions.

These topics or situations are territories which our societies ultimately require new community strategies, collective agency and praxis.

At the screening nights we bring the collected materials as a playlist ( images, movie extracts, video clips, agitprop, special guests, performers, etc. ) and we explore and navigate together.  And we provoke debates, dialogue and brainstorming.

Our main objective is to transform the old download-only viewer setting into an expanded and recombinant cinema, a newsfeed embedded in an art event, and eventually unfolding into a town hall meeting.

It’s potentially a reclaiming of the Pathé newsreels ( a feature of early cinema up until television) + public service broadcasts intermixed with all those disintegrating Hollywood-screen spectacles and cubicle-izing digital frames  and arriving at a re-embodied social media gathering.  One that that has real teeth for collective organizing and unscripted  futures… and the revolution of everyday life!

CiTiZEN KiNO: One small step for occupied humans, one giant  leap off the edge of our screens ! An open-source (and rhizomatic) platform  to return home and start building communities again.

3. Briefly describe the social impact of your campaign/project

The impacts have thus far have been to awaken audiences to the possibilities and potentials of re-inventing the cinema + social media, as a far more dynamic medium. And to imagine using the powerful learning tools of the various media formats as something that resembles more a kind of civic engagement rather than a labyrinth of consumer downloads.

As Christoph Schlingensief once said at a screening he presented at the Berlinale film festival, shortly before he succumbed to a terminal illness that same year. The event was billed as Schlingensief presents the very first Italian feature film based on Dante’s Inferno. Paraphrased, he said: ” Well, we do not need to treat this as some sacred untouchable thing, we can use it for whatever we want and need.” Five minutes into the film, he broke into its artistic mediated trance, he froze the frame of the historic film and launched into an hour-long rant and a lucid analysis on much more immediate versions of the hell on earth that we are creating now on our planet, in our times. Mixing in a wide variety of various media sources along the way ( including excerpts from Apocalypse Now ). The theater was now alive, an unpredictable vehicle for intervention,.  We were taken off the rails !

4. What did you personally learn while deploying this campaign/project?

We’re continuing to learn that cultures of resistance are anything and everything but futile ! They are also an abundant source of energy and inspiration.

And it should be mentioned that the project does address this year’s “pleasure” theme, in 2 ways:

a.By sharing media in a communal and performative setting we have experienced that it becomes far more pleasurable to navigate the materials in a space where people are given the chance to respond to the inputs, rather than swallowing it all in our solitary cells of computer screens and isolating online formats. And it makes processing heavy subject matter far more rewarding when your own thoughts and ideas can be immediately shared and appreciated.

We also learned not to exhaust citizens w/ the most challenging sources. The shows function better when we mix difficult intellectual work with humorous and uplifting bits, utilizing the full spectrum of the cinematic arts. And also making fun of ourselves when we have over-intellectualized some rather obvious problems.

b. From another angle, there is also an element of C-KINO which is meant to challenge the escapism which the film industry has so ubiquitously capitalized on and made into a consumer formula.

In affect studies, pleasure is considered a short term gratification. And spectacle and eye-candy has become a very dominant pleasure commodity in our society, which circumvents from the larger aims and strategies of communications to provide common meanings and contexts needed for political action.

By disrupting, interrupting or deconstructing this now almost irreparably imbalanced medium, we can postpone the gratification for greater rewards later on. C-Kino bypasses the lesser spectacle-pleasure for the more relevant and empowering social gratification. Less appeals to the eye + the Id, and more to the Ego (rational) + social well-being, and building upon pleasures of a deeply connected group and the collective spirit.

We’ve learned that changing our media environments, and our behaviors within them, are crucial and urgent for changing the operating systems of our society.



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A Post-Electoral Uprising on Turtle Island : ( Part 1 )

September 17th, 2016


Originally we wanted to do a piece entitled ” The XLterrestrials Guide to U.$. $elections ” to help people navigate the mindfuck created by entirely fraudulent, coporate-massaged s-elections. But given the recent extraordinary standoff in Dakota – #NODAPL – against the Oiligarchy’s ever-expanding pipeline(s) to the great ecocide, a “parallel politics” arises which supersedes any critical analysis of the surrender ( and coercions ) into lesser evilism and the usual exercises of total democratic failure. More vital, urgent and engaging Post-Electoral strategies are already being born !

The mind-numbing Shillary and Trump-nutz Show ( a new genre of Reality Sitcom Horror ) is suddenly discontinued, the spell is broken, the Channel-for-Idiots may be permanently changed  …

We interrupt this meaningless bullshit program !

This is an emergency broadcast !

to be cont.


On the XLt radar : Tails of Summer/ Heads-On in Autumn

September 8th, 2016


On The XLT Radar




Note: { * } The frackybook invites / links :

< 10.09 > Arab* Wunderground Panel + Party with Mehmet Aslan, Badre, Habibi Funk, [móa], Moji Taali, Miranda de la Frontera, usw… at Storkower Str. 121, Berlin -  { * }

< 13.09 > David Graeber + Michael Hudson at Lit Fest, Berliner Festspiele

< 14.09 > Jazar Crew presents Palestinian, Tunisian and Kuwati hiphop nite at Yaam, Berlin { * }

< 15.09 > John Kameel Farah record release, Roter Salon, Berlin

< 22.09 > From Moscow with Love – Edward Snowden über die Kriminalgeschichte der Demokratie (live aus dem Exil), Volksbuhne, Berlin

< 25.09 > The Ex @ Roter Salon, Berlin

< 26.09 > Negativeland’s EU Tour, Roter Salon, Berlin

< 30.09- 01.10 > Disruption Lab, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

< 30.09 > Batuk Musik w/ Spoek Mathambo, Aero Manyelo & Vocalist Manteiga/ZA) Delfonic (Oye Records/D) Freak de l’Afrique (Cambel Nomi & Mista Wallizz/D) – Gretchen, Berlin

< 16.10 > 25 Years Friendship, MS Stubnitz, Hamburg { * }

PLEASE send us info on events we should know about, all our alien tentacles will try to add them into the info-overflow-feeder … AND feel free to hit us up anytime w/ press passes and guestlist invites, if ya want us to like you even more, and in the flesh :)

to be cont.

CiTiZEN KiNO – New season, new collaborations, new thin wafer experimints…

September 1st, 2016


New season, new collaborations, new thin wafer experimints…

< 03.09 > CiTiZEN KINO#56: Music Videos on Mount Olympus @ Veteranenstrassefest #2, B-Mitte ( Frackybook invite for C-KiNO )

We’ve assembled an illustrious and juicy XLterrestrials jury to analyze and critique some of the most politically-engaged sounds + vision ( i.e. music clips ) ever made.

Part of the strategy of this new CiTiZEN KiNO episode is to continue looking for ways to go beyond the screens, and build up the network of politically-engaged artists in Btropolis (and beyond). We’ve reached out to music “industry” veterans to participate.

… And we hope to expand the idea, and repeat this show at other venues and cities… And perhaps looking into a collaboration with Brotfabrik in October, and in 2017, to screen some of our favorite feature-length ( music ) docs – standby for a potential list.

to be cont.

alternative poster for CK56…


And PLEASE NOTE : It’s never too late to overcome the increasingly stupid corporate mass media… And become a sponsor of TACTICAL ARTS + PRAXIS…  Become a C-KiNO sponsor  ! Buy season tickets ! Advertise your own work or company project !

This year we offer – to like-minded + ecologically-caring entities – a spot to put your logo or media clip onto our world-touring C-KINO screens ! Contact us and ask us how you can drop some money into our educational fund.  ( We use Patreon, Paypal and good ol’ meet-ups at a local worker-owned cafe to share coffee and do our banking + transactions direct. )


Note: Everyone and his/her long lost uncle Shruggz and his show dog Jeepers seems to be doing an event this weekend… Here’s a list of MORE things on The XLT radar… and upcoming bits in Btropolis:

- Polnischer Versager – 15 years anniversary jubilee

- EXBerliner issue on Polski culture in Berlin out now

- Czentrifuga – Step Across The Border – Benefit for Calais Refugees At SupaMolly – Sept. 3

- Negativeland Tour coming to the EU

- Jello Biafra dj set at White Trash – Sept.4

- Palestinian, Tunisian and Kuwati hiphop at Yaam – Sept. 14

- Easterndaze label in Berlin – Sept/ Oct.

- TTP and CETA Demo in Berlin – Sept 17 (?)

- 25 Years Stubnitz Friendship – Oct. 16


more coming soon !

XLt Radar cont., the Hyper-Local Summery Spirits ( v.3 )

August 27th, 2016


One of the best things about living in Btropolis is the solidarity networks, particularly around alternative housing projects – hausprojecte.

And it’s currently high season for solidarity summer parties – Hoffesten – We’ll be listing a few below. They always make great posters, and while hunting for the one that lists all the 2016 haus parties, we came across alot of useful links we hadn’t visited for awhile – from KVU, Baiz, Brunnen 6/7, Leute am Teute , etc… stuff we haven’t probably listed here in a long time.

So we’ll be adding those down below as well. Though certainly not a comprehensive index…

We’re too busy putting together the next CiTiZEN KiNO #56: Music Videos on Mount Olympus…  This time at a new location – the Rosengarten Cafe in Weinbergs Park,  for the 2nd annual Veteranenstrassefest ! And we’re focusing on building a network of people who [ STILL ] make their livelihoods in the music worlds, veterans of the “Industry”, and inviting them to take part as jurors to vote on the most politically-engaged music videos ever made… you know, the ones that are tactically poised to set your brain +/or  your world on fire ! The cream of the crop from various cultures of resistance.


The initiator of this new fest is Mike Riemel aka dj Aussenborder, also perhaps best known in the art sector for his book Flyer Soziotope… And an ol’ colleague from one of Btropolis’ earliest media (hack)labs and co-working spaces – the Bootlab. Not to mention his involvement in various grassroots radio projects from Reboot FM, Collab radio, etc.

Needless to say, Riemel’s got a killer overview of what’s been happening with Btropolis wave-makers over decades !

On the XLT Radar :

< 27.08 > Linien206 Birthday Party, Linienstr. Btropolis

< 27.08 > Stereo Total at Communications Museum, LangeNacht der Museen

< 28.08 > Tired and Betrayed + Zapoteks at Cortina Bob’s. Kberg

< 31.08 > Cinema Politica Berlin featuring Iara Lee’s K2 & the Invisible Footmen, at Du Beast ( frackbook invite )

< 03.09 > CiTiZEN KINO @ Veteranenstrassefest #2, B-Mitte ( Frackybook for C-KinO )

< 03.09 > Brunnen 6/7 Hoffest, B-Mitte

< 03.09 > Haus Schwarzenberg Hoffest, B-Mitte

< 03.09 > Welcome Festival – am Templehoferfeld

< 03.09 > Step Across The Border w/ Czentrifuga, Supamolly, Fhain

< 25.09 > The EX at Roter Salon, Mitte

< 28.09 > Negativeland at Roter Salon

to be cont.

On The XLt Radar, Summery Spirits ( v.2 )

August 15th, 2016


On the XLt radar - summer 2016 – v.1 -

Summery Spirits ( v.2 )

< Aug 15 > Street artist Topsy Qur’et presents “Doppelwelt” the remixed sculpture, Morgenstern Cafe, Kohlfurter Str. 13 @ Admiralstraße, Kreuzberg,
19.00 Uhr

Drinks afterward @ Pirata Bar nextdoor.

[ XLt analysts wrote a little interpretive bit about the project HERE ]


< Aug 18 > The Rise of AI, Betahaus, Berlin

< Sept.3 > Veteranenstrasse, Festival, Mitte-Berlin

< Sept. > Club der Polnischen Versager – 15 Jahre Anniversary – Mitte-Berlin

< Sept. > Ars Electronica – Endless Prototype, Linz Austria

< Oct. 16 > 25 Years Friendship – the MS Stubnitz, Hamburg

< Oct 27- 29 > Tacit Futures – a Berliner Gazette production, Volksbuhne – Berlin

< Nov 9 > Aaron Swartz Day, everywhere

And details about our new CiTiZEN KiNO season …

< new >


< Sept. 3 > CiTiZEN KiNO #56: Music Videos on Mount Olympus, Veterannenstr. Festival, Berlin

New season of C-Kino begins with one of our biggest community collaborations yet. We team up with the 2nd annual Veteranenstrasse Festival, which launched last year and had 2000+ attendance.

Plus we’ve put a call out all veterans of the Btropolis music scene to participate in a jury to analyze and judge the most political music videos ever made, and other categories to poke some fun at an industry now overrun with the excrement of  bottom-pop-feeders !

more details to come

The XLT Guide To Getting Over The Big Shillary Hump !

August 8th, 2016


The XLT Guide To Getting Over The Big Shillary Hump !

( Selections in The US )

The XLterrestrial analysts, like many of you, have been spending an insane number of hours slogging through the excruciating news coverage of the US Selection process, in order to be good global citizens, and help navigate the planet’s future, as it will likely be significantly shaped by one of most powerful, self-righteous and corrupt governments in history… or NOT !

ANd now we finally have it figured out ! … stay tune for our guide to US SELECTIONS, and what WE – as global citizens – can do about it.

ANd if you would like to support THIS exclusive + independent report ( and possible series of articles ) write to us HERE , and ask how you can DONATE to our alien staff – no relation to The Simpson’s Two-Party System aliens pictured above. ;)

More on The Republicrats, HRC and The Clintons, Drumpf + Trumpnutz, Hillary’s emails (+ Wikileaks), Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, Gary Johnson, etc…

Here’s a quick Selections Primer from the mad cartoon genius of Matt Groenig, Harry Shearer and crew… The Two-Party System. Watch the whole hilarious CiTIZEN KANG episode ( still searching, but here’s another taste ). Cartoons  don’t get more accurate than THIS ! :)

to be continued !

On The XLTerrestrial Radar : The Fire THIS Time !

August 1st, 2016


{ posters in Lyon }

We’ve just returned to Btropolis from Lika Camp – an arts+activist+strategies camp in the Balkans (more coming soon) – where there was very little (or very weak) wifi connection to the corporate news troughs, asocial media and all the virtual ill-realities. And it was a delicious break!

… But now that we’re back, it’s time to jump back into the fray, and find out the blistering hot bits that may be crucial to our communities’ well-being. And there’s plenty of juicy things to nourish your resistance and insurrections !

To begin, Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine are back… at SO36… for a summery electoral bonfire ! #nazitrumpsfuckofftour :)

If we get a chance we’ll try and ask em what they think about the whole 2-party fraud selection circus …  And if they are/were down with the Bernie “revolution” ? … how the struggles against the coporate krapitalist imperialism might proceed ?… what the SF Bay Area is doing to sav eits neighborhoods against the tsunami-sludge of neo-liberal + techno-fascist gentrifucks !? … etc…

< Weds. 03.08 > Jello Biafra and The Guanatanamo School of Medicine, at SO36 , Berlin … check out the whole European tour schedule here.


Update Added >> Eviction has been postponed. So no action scheduled for 9.08 ! more info in DE here. But problem and threat of eviction is NOT resolved, so remain vigilant !

< Aug 7 – 8 – 9> Stop The Eviction of HG Lindenua + the M99 shop !

HG’s been running the M99 shop for 30 years, and now they are attempting to force him out for profit. Expect resistance ! Read the story in Eng here.

Interesting to note the strategy of 3 days of actions scheduled. Before, During and After the attempted eviction date on monday morning Aug. 8. Bizim Kiez / Kreuzberg is ready to fight !


More radical news + event picks to come !

Lika Camp, Out of the Over-mediated Zones ( Updated ) !

July 25th, 2016


{ a placeholder pic for the southern trails }

Out of the Over-mediated Zones !

( Updated )

Here are some links to get us started:
Original planning doc:
Twitter: #LikaCamp2016
UnCiv mailing list archive:

And a review + analysis + thoughts for any future LIKA camps is currently being compiled by Vesna at Tech Inc in Amsterdam, stay tune !

original post follows…

Lika Camp is a project that we won’t say too much about while it’s in progress over the next 2 weeks, but we’re busy taking notes.  Presenting a version of our Citizen Kino #54/55: “Collective Identities / Agencies”… Taking small workshoppy skill-sharing sessions…literally building a new road… ( and toilets )… and meditating on the future of newly engaged planetary consciousness, which may entail:

A. preparing for a civilization breakdown

B. imagining how to survive an “Uncivilization” era ( see Dark Mountain concepts as a starting point, but we have our own variations on that ).

C. Upgrading Planetary Collective Intelligence, before it’s too late, and imagining a reasonable balance of high tech culture and living organisms, i.e. a mix that does not further disrupt the pre-techno-fascist’s reshaped + mangled earth. Antifa + Anti-Ecocide !

D. Undoing the dim-witted “un-leadership” which is violently cracking apart the EU, the States and other regions… the drivers of a downward spiral/cycle of predatory corporate-krapitalist transnational warmongering divide+conquer imperalialism.

E. All of the Above, electrically amplified, w/ perhaps a nod to Tesla’s left path visions of a socialist circuitry vision + Steiner’s holistic organisms (?) … 2 inspirations both born in the Balkans, btw.

Deep in the rural Balkans with very bad net connections is a blessing in disguise and one step back and 3 steps forward … into naked truths … empty… full … deep dive !

Listening to “I Love you Ono” by Stereo Total … is the current mood.

” Big Money, Big System, Big Fame, Big Brother,  No no no no, i don’t need it, perfect system, i am foreign, no no no ! “