A Digital Digestive Tract, and more SF Bay Blurbs…

October 28th, 2014

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

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

Some very hot topics !

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

So here’s a little XLt preface…

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

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

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

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

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

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Added: Afterward impressions:

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

But here’s a taste of some disturbing resonances…

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

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

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And more SF Bay Listings coming soon !

< Oct.28 > Internet Archive.org annual party

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

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

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

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

And in NYC:

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

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CiTiZEN KiNO #41: The Occupied Territories

October 21st, 2014

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The next episode on The Cali-cidal Tendencies Tour…

More info …

coming soon to theater near YOu !

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

October 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Hi NB peeps,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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{ Columbus Day “celebrations” in the Mission District }

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to be cont…

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

October 10th, 2014

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

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

Other SF Bay Area events… XLt recommends…

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

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

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

[ Meetup Link w/ info ]

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

[ Fedbook invite ]

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

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

[ Fedbook invite ]

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

[ Fedbook invite ]

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

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

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

more coming soon !

Tales from The Sci-Fi City …

October 4th, 2014

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< 10.03.14 > NOiseBridge Reboot Party

Rumor has it that vj podinski ( XLterrestrials + CiTiZEN KiNO ) will be added to the sensory inputs… among all sorts of other wild fun:

  • Mock Church
  • Audrey Spinazola (solo looper/Accordian/uke)
  • Elipton (dark electronic powered by an Apple IIgs
  • Project Euphorbia (aka “The Orbs”), etc…

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more coming soon !

Is This The End Of The Anthropocene ?! … That was a short-lived era :)

September 24th, 2014

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Ironically this beautiful captured image of the Climate Action march of roughly 400,000 peeps in NYC was taken from a civilian-use drone. A fascinating and expanding Re-re-appropriation phenomenon of what began as a hacker hobby, went full-blown into military and surveillance industry , and now is frequently seen used by activists to get a selfie of our resistance cultures.

[ the latest in Hong Kong is truly Spectacular ! But as we've seen with all the uprisings of late, what happens on the ground next will be where the struggles for liberation are... won and/or lost. ]

XLterrestrials might consider this drone phenomenon another example of dumpster-diving in those toxic technotopian dreams. And we wonder if flying them above any civilian populations should be either a license-only operation or banned entirely, because : 1.  public safety ( relatively heavy objects w/ rotary blades, flying overhead, piloted by ANYONE ?! )  2. De-escalation of the gadget world arms race.

Perhaps there c/sh-ould be a clause for media + filmmakers, who would need to get permission from a local community board. Nevermind government institutions like FCC or a FISA-like committee, cause in These Un-Democracy Days they’ve all got built-in back doors and joker card security waivers by authoritarian control. And besides they’re probably all getting heavily invested in Amazon’s Love-Drone Delivery Fantasy!

But we digress…

Is This The End Of The Anthropocene ?!!

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In our latest CiTiZEN KiNO episodes, we have been attempting to dig into the root causes of “planet whacking”, namely those over-abundant neo-liberal enterprises that have an absolute faith in technological progress.

Two ideological territories that appear to be driving forces of this raging unsustainability are Enlightenment-Era Science ( patriarchal plundering and industrial-scale nature raping ) and a new growing trend, this intellectual/academia embrace of THE ANTHROPOCENE.

[ And of course there's the economic operating system as a main driver as well. But we'll leave that complexity for another article. ]

Now one has to be rather careful to critique this shit, cause it will immediately land you in one of these: 1. the Neo-Luddite Box or 2. the Anti-Civilization Box or 3. the Progress Troll Box …

We were recently handed the Earth Island Institute issue from Spring 2103 from one of our astute eco-comrades (at the Center for Biological Diversity ) following our CiTiZEN KiNO performances at Noisebridge in San Francisco. Titled: Welcome To The Anthropocene – Manmade. It’s all online of course.

Great article by Raj Patel called “Manthropocene”,  Winifred Bird + Jane Braxton Little called “Radiant Wildlands” about the ongoing calamity of Fukushima, and many others. But the article that perhaps really cuts to the chase is Derrick Jensen’s ” Age of The Sociopath ” .

” The term Anthropocene not only doesn’t help us stop this culture from killing this planet – it contributes directly to the problem it purports to address.”

Another great article that was shared by our colleagues at Technologia Incognito just recently surfaced at TruthOut, by Erica Etelson, who nails it as well ! This goes pretty deep for a one-essay swoop: Is Modern Technology Killing Us?

Gotta love the example of the Bill and Melinda Gates brain-ghetto-ing Eco-Toilets idea at $2000 a pop, something anyone already living on the land can construct together w/ their community and near-zero tech for under $20. We think this kind of technological solutionism should be called “The Golden Philanthropist Poop Scoop “.

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It’s gotten way too easy to rant and gaggle about the myriad failures of Technotopia, and we could construct an epic comedy series around it that could probably get about a 4-year run on FOX TV! Uh, guess what: their new series franchise is called Utopia -  pioneering dreamers meet Survivor drama / ethics )… We actually met its Netherlands writer/creator, but that’s another story.

But what matters is the tactics we aim for as solutions-advancing…

In Berlin, there’s a group that’s forming under the banner of  The Slow-Tech Manifesto. ( excerpts coming / See Below ).

In Amsterdam a sharp gathering of tech adepts finally turned the corner and began deconstructing their own nerd cosmologies and delusions. It was a conference in August called Interference. It was unfortunately claiming to be just a one-off.

But a group of us met afterwords and began to strategize how to counter the religion-ary missionary Technotopia.  Taking cues from the most fanatical and bunkering branch cult of Singularity, we figured that the ol’ Eco-topians community – who actually prefer organic fruit + veggies over synthesized Soylent nutrition schemes – would have to upgrade their non-virtualizing and non-reductionist promises to its devoted, collectivizing land-based members. Nope, no 90s Cyber-evangelists nor Petri Friedman Sea-Steaders among us.

That will also require another article, but be warned: The Cult Of A Tree-Sitting Squirrelly Matriarchy is about to reclaim our visions for the future !

tbc…

A couple footnotes:

1. We don’t use the word Techno-u-topian, cause utopia implies some ideal. We never considered a technologically dominant culture an even remotely utopian dream. Techno-topian somehow sounds more accurate, but perhaps we should migrate to techno-dystopian… whatya think ?!

2. We’ve gotten many requests to post the media archives, the various pieces we’ve been featuring in CiTiZEN KiNO #40 : All You Can’t Eat ! Please stand by, we’re working on that. Thx for your impatience. :)

Added: Below is the complete text of an initial Slow Tech Manifesto in Eng and De … please share….

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XLterrestrials have landed ! The Cali-cidal Tendencies Tour (Updated)

August 28th, 2014

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XLterrestrials present CiTiZEN KiNO (#40) on THE CALI-CIDAL TENDENCIES TOUR

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< Sept. 16 > Sudo Room / Omni,  Oakland, Ca. – 7 pm

< Sept. 18 > New Nothing Cinema, San Fran , 16 Sherman Alley (betw. Folsom & Harrison, 6th & 7th) – As part of Shaping SF Talks. 8pm -

< Sept.19 > Noisebridge, 2169 Mission St., San Fran – 7 pm -

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{ Foto: remixd from Nadine and Nina at C-KiNO launch party in Berlin. Used for a little FEdbook Guerrilla Marketing experiment : See below. * }

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ABout : CiTiZEN KiNO is a hybrid of film, internet, theater, hacker culture and
public forum. Each program is an interactive and tactical media
performance, a live multi-dimensional cinema with co-curated screenings at
its core. An ongoing series of events based in Berlin used to upgrade
community + collective intelligence.

Our latest episode – C-KiNO #40 : All You Can’t Eat ! – focuses on digital
culture in this extremely precarious and dubious era of predatory
corporate capitalism + technotopian extremism. We’ll examine the
technological landscapes which are rapidly shaping civilizations with so
many undemocratic agendas, questionable ‘progress’ and disturbing trends.
We’ll be reflecting on the situations now often described as the
post-Snowden internet, or as the XLt terms a “cybernetic regime”. We assess
the dangers and discuss possible new routes to maneuver and intervene in
this information-flooded, over-networked and now fully militarized social
sphere.

With a variety of current research from the likes of Astra Taylor, Evgeny
Morozov, and excerpts from an illuminating public domain documentary
called Eyewar from Root and Thorn. We also include insights from
Berlin-based projects like Chaos Communications Congress ( Europe’s oldest
and largest hacker convergence) , Tactical Tech Collective ( a public
advocacy and watchdog group similar to The Electronic Frontier Foundation
in California ), the art group Telekommunisten ( coders and cultural
tinkerers now working with Thoughtworks ) and festivals like Transmediale,
Re:publica and events put on by Berliner Gazette. Plus we always features
a wide variety of unusual audio-visual specimens, which will be used to
experiment with you – the media-users.

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About XLterrestrials: We are an expandable+collaborative arts and praxis group currently based in the last remaining tunnels of Btropolis, where the tectonic plates of east meets west meets the planetary whole ! We are stocking up on brainfood items, counter-cultural maps, re-embodied detournement and freshly-picked perspectives to prepare the next autonomous zones where a diversity of subcultures can survive. We are fully unlicensed psychomedia analysts and interventioneers since 2133.

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You can read additional info about the XLterrestrials on tour Here. And find out more about how you can join forces and develop the CiTiZEN KiNO with us or on your own. It’s an open source – media interventions – platform ! :)

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* AND, a little face[FED]book Guerrilla Marketing experiment *

If YOU participate in the ‘lovely’ FEDBOOK ( low-life spam guerrilla marketeers extraordinaire, selling your data to innumerable 3rd parties ),  you can TAG YOURSELF in the IMAGE above and/or just help to share the INVITE, for these VEry RAre CiTiZEN KiNO SF Bay appearances. Hmm, btw, how many people can one tag in an artvist/meme image ?

We’re catching up on promoting these shows, after having to spend the last week dealing w/ the XLterrestrials site being hacked ( by spammers most likely, or other malacious entities, supposedly via China + Romania. Btw we DO have a sweet spot for Romanian hackers especially, except when we’re the targets ).

So any help spreading the word would be most appreciated ( and rewarded. just let us know at one of the shows. we’ve got some culty Btropolis goods for YOU! ).

CiTiZEN KiNO #40.1 for Interference Fest + The Cali-cidal Tendencies Tour

August 4th, 2014

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XLterrestrials On Tour

* New * Please visit the new XLt Tour Page, where you’ll also find a PRESS RELEASE, and ways you can perhaps support us as we construct the itinerary. We plan to present CiTiZEN KiNO at a variety of events and spaces from NOW until Dec. 15, 2014. And we’re also looking further ahead for possibilities + collaborations in 2015.

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Upcoming CiTiZEN KiNO dates:

< 11.08 >  C-KiNO #40.1 + Afterparty at Morgenrot Cafe, Berlin 20:00h

< 15.08 > Interference Festival / Conference , Amsterdam

< 16.08 > Interference Party w/ dj Podmosis and many others at Binnenpret, A’dam

< Sept.> The Cali-cidal Tendencies tour, CiTiZEN KiNO events < TBA >

Left Coast Territories – Los Angeles / San Fran / Oakland / Davis

( These dates will be posted very soon, and please contact us if you’d like to assist in the California events )

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Our process for developing a program + playlist is still a work-in-progress. One of the ways we want to make the construction of our themes/analysis a bit more open source is to have a notepad for the public to contribute and/or perhaps even re-use for their own C-Kino-style public media navigations.

So here’s the CK40 pirate pad link, where we can discuss the topics, suggest media resources, etc. ! Become an XLterrestrial :)

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The XLt Article for The Interference Reader

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Hello CiTiZENs, we are the psychomedia analysts from the XLterrestrials, an arts and praxis group currently based in the last remaining tunnels of Btropolis, still under siege, stocking up on brainfood items, counter-cultural maps, re-embodied detournement and freshly-picked perspectives to make it through to the next autonomous zone alive and intact.

We were once an extremely naive project which landed in the midst of the Silicon Valley screams – the Cali-technotopian 90s – in the belly of the IT beast, and we began to hatch an aberration species of insurrectionist events to keep awake the pre-mediated consciousness, like little pre-Apple Inc. organic community pods, keeping a record of living organisms bobbing up and down in the shitstorm ( of agendas), before the next wave of gadgeted colonies could entirely erase the collective memory of rent control, fair wages, job security, health care, world peace, anarchist horizons and fleshy fun in a beautiful physical world.

We initially called it “The Transmigration Of Cinema” and we attempted to take head-on The Spectacle 2.0.

” Living in the future means we can read instant missives from teens living under siege instead of diaries years later, yet cruelty persists. “ – tweeted by Astra Taylor, documentary maker and author of The People’s Platform.

Here we are now, living a Strange Fruit Future in the digital settlements, where Some people get access to all the information, and others to All You Can’t Eat, the former group piles high their profits and power and virtual orgy-time scraped from your hourly un-earthed and uncompensated labor to run the world further into the deepest glory-hole ditch. And there are The Others, who are getting their asses droned into the stone age like the sadist’s best and realest and spectacular-est video game ever. And we all watch !

A sharp Internet Combatant like Astra Taylor may be even too polite in her critique of the game ! Reformers beware ! The digital occupation is showing all the signs of an absolute catastrophe. Unbound silicon caliphates ravaging across the fields,  like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Zuckerberg team  and their cheerleader media mouthpieces like the Tim O’Reillys, Clay Shirkys, Jeff Jarvises and Kevin Kellys, etc…. to name just an unpopular few.). There’s currently a fundamentalist neo-liberal feeding frenzy, technotopian controller extremists who hold all the techno-cards… or so it seems.

Taylor provides a few glimmers of hope in correcting the balance of empowerments, fighting bravely the feminist and mutli-culturalist and community fronts, but w/ pacifist-like arms tied behind her back, pointing mainly w/ nods toward all the ways the civic-minded might strengthen the institutions that can help redeem our creativity and our world from that bloody gaping maw of advertisers and winner-take-all monopole black holes.

Let’s not forget all these communications and tech tools that exist in a predatory- corporate-capitalist environment. Practically nothing will be used by the masses as any passionate, collective-minded citizen would desire; They’ll more often than not be turned upside down on their head and implemented to suck you and your graphed circles dry.

Might we need to focus on changing the operating system before powerful new tech can be applied ?!!

Just last night as we were surfing the net like the frozen cat being hoisted toward the militarized and interconnected stars of imperial horizons, unable to focus in the flood of information, and all the images of flattened ancient and sacred cities, the fresh-splattered blood of disemboweled, children of the net and the broken-necked indigenous bodies hanging from all the accelerated money trees…

And then we stumbled upon a little dusty cultural treasure, a fire really. Yeah, the dust caught fire !

On the Youtubes, an old Killing Joke song at the peak of punk dissent and self-discovering euphoria , a song called “Pssyche”, a b-side of “Wardance” from around 1980. Fortunately, it was not another mesmerizing eye-candy video, just an image of the 7″ single:  Gene Kelly in a tux and top hat dancing over a body of some previous world war corpses. And just that raw thrashing sound of a young band at a pinnacle of their expressive fury ( no doubt fueled by Thatcherism / Snatcherism ). An inspired music project fresh out of the nest, before the popdom factories even had a chance to boil and squeeze them down into little shrunken product dolls.

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” You’re alone in the pack,

you’re feeling like you wanna go home

You’re feeling life’s finished but you keep on going,

the reason is there

You won’t find it till you’ve been and gone

because you’re living a hoax!

Someone’s got you sussed!

Dull your brain or seek inspiration

You feel illusion and then you finally say Transfer

Transform a machine to play with your head

So you can stand back and watch

or take part and learn.

If you don’t know the game,

then you’re still part of it … “


Excerpt. Jaz Coleman / Killing Joke , almost a prescient and situationist nudge towards a hacker manifesto ( 1980 ) Listen Here. ( LOUDLY ).

It was just enough to shake us from the surfing stupor. We were back on our feet.

“As Lacan used to say about Big Data, it’s far more dangerous for man than the atom bomb. “ tweeted Evgeny Morozov about a year ago, feisty take-no-technotopian-prisoners author of The Net Delusion and Click Here to Save Everything.

We are lost without, at the very least, some punk attitude to these all-seeing, all-sucking, all-managing operating systems now. We can’t meander through the endless  “Oil of the 21st century” * and “communicative capitalism” *, through the poppy fields and/or bottomless pits of the disembodied showtime.

We must rise up before the soma poison hits the central nervous system of the collective consciousness. Or else we’ll all lie paralyzed in the web of corporate endgames, and the motherload of transnational black spider data-reaches coming to devour us and our neighborhoods, one by one in our cocooned and misconnected cubicles.

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XLterrestrials present CiTiZEN KINO #40 : All You Can’t Eat

All our psychomedia + psychoactive agents got to offer currently is a desperate but blazing tactical maneuver: Going back in mediated history times to re-route the basic Spectacle-code !

Taking cues from Charles Pathe’s day of the newsreels, that 2nd door of the epic new cinema tools, the one that didn’t just lead to 2-hour dreamy avatar-fantasia and phantasm/ escapism, but tactical engagements w/ current events. Enter here:  A hyper-linked, sub-poppied tunnel to the days of the dark room public sphere gatherings.

To hack it ! To ingest it ! To detourn and reconstruct it ! To analyze, and plot ahead ! Absurd maybe yes, but consider this: Here was the moment when the Eyewars* began, and it could have evolved into some platform for open-sourced, collective intelligence, instead we got the short end of the stick, a downloaded dangling feed from the overlords and infowar profiteers. Like a facepluck, ripped out from a whole head, mined and extracted from the whole communing social body. So, can we go back and re-route the game for true citizen upgrades, from it’s original pre-militarized mass media sources ?!! Can we still slip out the back door of this burning digital theater ?!!

~tbc~

The Handwringing Super-Clowns + Resources For Peace In The Middle East v.1

August 2nd, 2014

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” The massacres continue after another short ceasefire… the footage we’ve just watched is the stuff of nightmares… it feels like civilization is unraveling, not just in Gaza… but in multiple war zones… Because there are no world leaders anymore, just blood-lusting, hand wringing and hand-shaking clowns, all with corpses in their closets, running from their crimes, and attempting to obscure them, struggling to stay on top, where they think the stench of death is thinner …

But of course that just causes the blood to gush up from some new hole they’ve punctured in another land… ” XLt analyst

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RESOURCES FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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It would be just as necessary to set up a page for Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Ukraine ( we did one, but not up-to-date ), Egypt, Libya, UK, U.S., China, Russia, Brazil, Turkey,  etc… but since we’ve just been pouring through news on the Gaza invasion… it will take less time for research… and we can be more useful and timely in what we can now provide on this particular situation. *

And since it’s a current bloodbath waged upon mostly unarmed civilians, w/ little-to-no access to a proxy military sponsor ( as is the usual case these days, proxy wars ) since it’s a tightly enclosed fishbowl colony, it feels even more urgent…

Ultimately it’s really a question of what we as global citizens can do about the super-powers, all the big actors, the corporate players and the forces behind their moves, and not JUST with the zones of conflict which they have helped to fuel outside their own borders.

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1. – Boycotts AND the #BDSMovement

An alliance of international rappers have put together this incredible track in solidarity w/ the people of Gaza – Rappers unite for  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgr9lO3Amu8 …

RESPONSES and CHALLENGES to Chomsky’s recent position on BDS : http://www.thenation.com/article/180590/responses-noam-chomsky-israel-palestine-and-bds#

2. - Naomi Wolf ( fbook link ) doing some interesting work tracking down an actual + current Hamas Charter… rather than relying on 2-hand info and Israeli PR machine about what it says AND most likely to debunk the persisting Zionist+Likud party claims / lies / talking points for self-defense ( i.e. it’s alleged goals to wipe Israel off the map )  … discussion threads on Facebook for now. But we can probably expect some published article(s) to appear somewhere soon.

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NEWS + TALKING POINTS:

1. “Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright also made an appearance [ on the show ] and said, “I am concerned about Israel. I am a great believer in the security of Israel and the moral authority of the Israelis. But I am very worried about what is going on in terms of their image.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/27/mounting-civilian-casualties-image-problem-israel

What about all the hospitalized women and children YOU BRAINDEAD STATE TOOL ??? Go crawl back under a rock M. Albright, and all you secretaries of states, we had enough of your nauseating handwringing already ! ! !

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2. Charlie Rose interviews Hamas leader. This will be a fascinating media moment to Fully analyze… and will be interesting to see, among other things, if Charlie Rose’s remote control PBS knob is turned up to ELEVEN  http://www.mediaite.com/tv/charlie-rose-battles-hamas-leader-over-whether-hell-recognize-israel/

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3. So Brasil ( and Chile? ) recalled it’s ambassador from Israel, is that the only country that realizes what sort of govt. is being dealt with here ?!

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4. So in case you haven’t been following, Netanyahu ( and his party ) made the decision to go to war based on LIES ! Now over 1000 Gazans killed, THOUSANDS more injured and over 40 IDF soldiers killed…

So citizens ( and supporters ) of Israel are you going to take ( legal ) action against the criminals in your own country ??! Is this the end of LIKUD ? If not, why not ?!! And if not, remember YOU TOO are complicit in the war crimes !

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5. CiTiZEN MEDIA is winning ! Keep It Real ! #NYC2GAZA – No More Blood Money @ IDB Bank http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/nyc2gaza-no-more-blood-money-at-idb-bank/

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ok, just a few random things to get a few ideas rolling… please send us links and reports that you have found …

* Oh Jeez, we almost forgot, we did a #Gaza resource page back in 2009 during the Cast Your Own Lead Shoes Operation … Useful to reflect on this dismal + catastrophic loop… if you can bear it.

more coming soon !

CiTiZEN KiNOMATiCA #40: ALL You Can’t EAT ! + Tour News

July 28th, 2014

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Correction : < 31.07 > < 30.07 > WEDNESDAY:  CiTiZEN KiNOMATiCA #40 : All You Can’t Eat ! at Panke, Berlin 21:00h

( the fedbook invite )

< 10.08 or 11.08 > ( TBA )  C-KiNO #40.1 at Morgenrot Cafe, Berlin 20:00h

< 15.08 > Interference Festival / Conference , Amsterdam

< Sept.> The California Ideology Crash tour, TBA

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The CK40 pirate pad link, where you can help us develop the theme, discuss, suggest media resources, etc. !

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To begin, those who’ve been to one of our shows before may be wondering why we have changed the name from CiTiZEN KiNO to KiNOMATiCA… Well, our whole point of analyzing the mediated spectrum was not to ingest Yet More Media, but to provoke (a) movement, to absorb some new media perspectives and then set those new insights into a more embodied motion, response and praxis.

kin·e·mat·ics (kn-mtks) n. (used with a sing. verb) The branch of mechanics that studies the motion of a body or a system of bodies without consideration given to its mass or the forces acting on it.

So in this new branch of cinema…

Of course, we ARE concerned with the causes ( forces and mass ) ! We investigate ( psychomedia analyze ) themes through a primarily cinematic lense – the very optic medium by which our lives+culture have been captured or occupied ( by Spectacle ) – and then attempt to export the information into our physical environments. Re-import to the situations. Application … ( an anti-App ? ).

So here we experiment with a conceptual + semiotic mash-up of kinematics, cinematic, kino ( cinema in german ), citizens and auto-o-matic consumerisms of the machinic culture, etc …

( Not to mention in 2006 we presented an early version of XLterrestrial cinema deconstruction project at the Kinema Icon ( cinema ) at the Arad Museum in Romania.)

Recently we wrote to our comrades at Other Cinema – the pioneering underground cinema in San Fran. : While we will often find incredible art works to screen, CiTiZEN KiNO is less about the film arts per se, but about navigating what media is out there, and translating that into a community forum / platform / process.

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All You Can’t Eat !

In this episode, we wish to explore the Technotopia that no one wants, to borrow from ’s recent sharp article in The Guardian: The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

That TITLE’s a bit provocative, almost buzzfeed-(un)worthy news bait… And certainly not all nerds are involved in such dubious endeavors as an artificial food production called Soylent. No joke. And in contrast, lately we’ve been enjoying the new developments in tech resistance, such as the blooming skill-share phenomenon of Crypto Parties, as a form of direct tech action. BUT Hennessy’s article is a potent and timely critique and juxtapositioning : digital + analog, synthetic + real, manufacturing + creating, Dataworlds + Living matters. And therein the growing polarities and disenchantments w/ the over-quantified, uber-efficient and tasteless future of technotopian extremists.

He writes “… there is something intrinsically repellant about a world in which our food, jobs and personal relationships are replaced by digital proxies in the name of ultra-efficient disruption. The geeks, with their ready willingness to abandon social norms, are pulling us toward a utopia nobody wants. “

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AND, If you’re still wondering what CiTiZEN KINO#40 is going to be about…

[ We Are Too ! It's a work-in-progress show developed over a month-long tour ]

Here’s a little teaser… an incredible 2011 lecture from Evgeny Morozov in London. That’s 3 years ago. 3 years in internet time is like 200 DOG YEARS, so looking back on it now, he got A LOT RIGHT and a FEW THINGS are still a little FUZZY … we’ll investigate that w/ you ! ( TONIGHT at Panke ) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk8×3V-sUgU

to be cont.