We Say NO To The Spies + Plunderers of GOO-plex in our Neighborhoods !

December 13th, 2017

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ALERT ! Some time in the beginning of 2018 Google plans to open their seventh “Campus” project. In Berlin !  In Kreuzberg ! At Ohlauer Str. and Paul Linke Ufer in the Umspannwerk, a power station – known as the “cathedral of electricity ” – designed by Hans Heinrich Müller and built between 1925-29.

Other campus cities are Tel Aviv, London, Sao Paulo, Madrid, Warsaw, Seoul.

From the Google website: “We build community hubs, called Campuses, where entrepreneurs come to learn, share ideas, and launch great startups. “

But that is definitely NOT the full story ! Google’s history, Silicon Valley and the whole predatory environments of powerful tech industries shaping our new digital society is a complex tale, which is crucial for understanding ad navigating our turbulent times !

For a number of reasons – see more below – Google’s intentions to set up shop in Kreuzberg has triggered a number of concerns and outrage from local residents in the area … and the neighborhood has sprung into action to prevent it since last spring !

One group working on this, in addition to other gentrifcation issues, has opened up a semi-permanent Kiezladen in Leignitzstr.18  ( open haus on tuesdays and thursdays ) … and together with Lause Bleibt and Bizim Kiez  are hosting an evening to inform the public about this threatening  Google move :

< DEc 18 > “Google ist Kein Guter Nachbar !” 18-19h at the Umspannwerk

( The Frackbook Invite here )

PLEASE NOTE: The XLterrestrials are planning to devote alot of time to investigate this story ( and prepare public presentations ) and we need your support ! Ask us how you can DONATE TODAY, to help make our work more effective  !

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MORE COMING SOON !

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NOW IS THE TIME ! SAY NO TO GOOGLE CAMPUS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD(S) !

Google is a corporation deeply entangled with US imperialism, the military industrial complex, the CIA + NSA, and a “vampire engine” of neoliberalism and the new cybernetic krapitalism. And it’s now one of the top 5 most powerful companies in the world !

In December of 2016, one month after Donald Trump was elected president, the CEOs of the largest US tech companies met in NYC at Trump Tower. Larry Page ( Google ) and Eric Schmidt ( Alphabet ) were both present. None of them stood up and condemned his racism, misogyny, sexism, bigotry, narcissism, greed, diplomatic ineptitude, nor any of his long list of moronic visions for the future of the most militarily-armed nation-state on planet earth. All of this was on full display during his campaign which lasted nearly 2 nauseating years. Silicon Valley still remains mostly silent !

Clearly Google is a company run by executives, who are either equally self-absorbed + sociopathic as Trump himself, or complete cowards ! This is a company far too irresponsible to be allowed to operate ANY kind of “campus” in ANY city. Berlin and particularly Kreuzberg, with its rich history of social justice activism has an incredible window of opportunity to make visible our demands and to demonstrate against this most embarrassing and entirely complicit corporation !

Jeff Nesbit, former director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation wrote on DEC 8th, 2017 ” Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online. … The collaboration between the intelligence community and big, commercial science and tech companies has been wildly successful. ” ( article for QZ )

We should add, these tools are not only used for national security, but were simultaneously used by the state and private sector to create an anti-democratic and dangerously powerful internet monopoly on a global future+governance+humanity-shaping scale !

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SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR !  GOOGLE IS NOT WELCOME HERE !

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A CITY CREATED FROM BELOW IS A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIVE CREATURE !

CITIES CONTROLLED BY POWERS FROM ABOVE ARE THE REAL DANGER !

( We flipped the usual image of a tentacled corporate monster to imagine ourselves NOT as avictim, but as a positive force of nature, which is capable of becoming cleverly dark or deconstructive IF and WHEN necessary to face its enemies. One may interpret the ship on the horizon as another colonial-era invader… this time a new technological and global-scale menace !? )

A FEW RESOURCES :

- GLOREICHE NACHBARSCAFT

- LAUSE BLEIBT

- BIZIM KIEZ

- KOTTI AND CO.

- FUCKOFFGOOGLE.DE

- ANTI-GOOGLE CAFÉ

- WIR BLEIBEN ALLE !

We recommend using DUCKDUCKGO or STARTPAGE to find those not listed with URL !

There’s LOTS of organizing already happening, some of which may prefer to remain offline !

Talk with your friends and neighbors, and consider starting your own affinity and action groups !

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HKW’s “1948 Unbound” – Into the Academic Bubble and Another Round of Grim Technospheres !?

December 2nd, 2017

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< Nov.30- Dec.2 > 1948 Unbound, Unleashing the technological Present, another round of HKW investigating the Technospheres, HKW Berlin

As usual there’s an extraordinary wealth of information at this HKW conference which aims to put our most pressing economic, environmental, sociological and political problems on the examination table. In this case, it’s pretty apparent we are looking at a horribly disfigured corpse… of  our humanity. Luckily, there’s no immediate stench! But it starts to penetrate your abilities to sleep once you’ve waded into its dark pools of collected histories projected onto the clean surfaces of  institutional introspection.

A wealth of information, but perhaps very poorly distributed, to pull up the now- cliched dismaltopian Grey Dismal, the twitter handle of armchair futurist William Gibson. Not the most radical of sci-fi thinkers, the kind of stories and lack of strategies you get from a libertarian subpop petri-dish (and now mainstream), written from a Singapore Starbucks, an Ibis Hotel, or an anywhere-cubicle.

We’ve arrived at day three of HKW’s gatherings, which is about to finalize with the topics of “Token” and “Chance”. So far we’ve seen “Switches”, “Seeds” and “Hydrocarbons”. All cleverly categorized areas to take apart or navigate the threads and/or calamities of Technospheres. But one has to wonder if we really are on the right page to address the massive challenges that lie ahead, considering we have so little representation of the global south and any primary victims of the horrors of the last 50 ( or couple hundred ) years of industrializing TECHNO-FASCISM. There’s something a little bit too cozy and cinematic about these presentations. And almost a total absence of urgency.

This new category of fascism… we’ll have to unpack further down the line of our analysis.

For now, we must be brief… to catch the next rounds…

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Notes from the Hrydrocarbon section, also called Petro-Noir or Petro-Melancholia… and other terms that were rolling off the academic tongues, a little bit like rappers stage act bling in a parallel uptown universe… or a voodoo institutional-career possession, a speaking in multi-disciplinary+departmental  tongues. ( see more on Benjamin Bratton below… please allow us a little humor on the matters at hand.)

For us , it was like watching a Bunuel movie, a Last Supper of academics and hydrocarbon Catholics who can’t figure out how to exit the room ( Viridiana )…. Aside from all the poetic rants and ironic odes to the ( beauty of )  oil legacies, no global citizen bothered to ask a simple question of a lifetime oil extractor – Dieter Hiller – working at the heights of imperialist plunder a simple question: Does he ( and even we, the hostage consumers  ) feel responsible for the deaths of millions of people !? Or in the event of massive “climate breakdown” ( Monbiot ) … Billions ?!

Some XLterrestrials blurted out in frustration at the end of their melancholy dinner party: “Your all cowards, you don’t want to change the world !”  …

As artist Morehshin Allahyari, on the 1st night’s Switches groupings, pointed out, we mostly over-intellectualize these problems in such conferences and exhibitions. Nothing we say here on these stages means anything to actual people on-the-ground ( Petro-Groundless-Zero , we might add to the flood of terminologies )  in the swampy toxic stew and crippling after-affects of all our society’s “technological prowess”…  the refugees of oil wars ( we might imagine a broad-scope here, namely all of us ) are too busy scouring the cracks in fortified wastelands for shelter, housing, food, livelihoods, freedom of movement, access to basic rights for even the most minimal survival. Even the average citizen of the not-so-sovereign, higher-ground states ( the topic which was explored in Tokens on the last day, more later )  are mostly clinging to false hopes in the new predatory technological immersions, while strapping themselves in for the wild ride of unprecedented political, technological and technocratic meltdowns, happening in a kind of slow-motion for some, but with a swift kick off the newly constructed cliffs for others.

Some days later… a week…  after a storm of tasks, deadlines, daily pressures, and even some personal news of an old friend dying in a tragic accident…. But we must continue to process the situations…

Benjamin Bratton and the Replicants Of Total Dystopia  !

Make no mistake, we can definitely appreciate the admirable skills with which Bratton rattles off a densely-packed lecture on his Stack analysis…  BUT…


more to come…

CiTiZEN KiNO #69 : Electric Sheep REvisited x2 ( DEC 7 )

November 28th, 2017

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The XLterrestrials present an anarcho-feminist critique of the Blade Runner films, and a deconstructive media analysis of Hollywood spectacle- dystopias in context of our very realworld existential crises + social challenges. How will we shape an alternative vision for possible futures as we grapple with the immediate threats of a dismal environmental and social collapse accelerated by both the return of a rabid hyper-nationalism AND a new transnational techno-fascistic corporate state !?

About:
CiTiZEN KiNO is a series and hybrid platform of cinema, interactive theater, media activism + analysis, and public forum. Our earliest episodes were inspired by the idea to counteract the passive download behaviors of traditional media formats and the invasive corporate screen-machine grabs + traps. And in 2012, we presented Electric Sheep Revisited ( v.1 ) as a tribute to PKD at the C-Base hacklab in Berlin in collaboration with Telekommunisten and Mozilla Foundation.

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Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ was first published in 1968. Far more people will undoubtedly be familiar with the Hollywood-mangled Blade Runner films,  than the book upon which they are based. PKD’s whole body of work is an unusual treasure trove of insights and perspectives into our technologically-entangled, consumer-jacked society, and his tales are woven out of a psychedelic fusion of deep philosophical, transpersonal, sociological, technological and humanist threads. Perhaps not so surprisingly the entertainment industry latched onto his prolific output of vivid and prophetic future scenarios, and mostly reduced them to commercially-viable thrill-rides, omitting the immensely complex questions raised and their razor-sharp sociological critiques !

From an XLT perspective, Ridley Scott’s commercial industry empire ( RSA and Scott Free Productions ), while perhaps aiming for some middle ground between art house and blockbuster cinema, has in our analysis developed a new level of embedded and seductive propaganda, rather than an engaged medium for critical analysis, ethical fortifications and any proposals for social upgrades. In other words, Ridley is no antagonist to power, no agitating Kubrick ! He is more like the “Edward Bernays of science fiction” , a PR Man for our post-civil corporate-krapitalist techno-dystopian submission.

AND what does visionary, countercultural, pro-active, tactically-engaged and sci-fi-infused media look like !?! We found some incredible samples to get you thinking on a more radical track !

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Some film+media specimens to explore… a possible playlist :
The new Steve Cutt’s animation “Happiness”, Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency, Jared Leto’s Beyond the Horizon interview with Boyan Slat, The Chickening by Nick DenBoer,  Mumia Abu-Jamal on Star Wars (Octavia’s Brood), A.I. media clips, Boston Dynamics footage, Sophie the 1st A.I. robot give citizenship, a PKD robot, Slavoj Zizek on A.I. and Elon Musk, Octavia’s Brood creators, Walidah Imarisha & Adrienne Maree Brown, Black Futurism, Werner Herzog’s Lo And Behold, Adam Curtis’ Hypernormalization, Arte’s series on Homo DIgitalis, Zuckerberg visiting Puerto Rico in VR, George Monbiot for Verso and Don’t Look Now, excerpts from early sci-fi films like J. Searle Dawley’s Frankenstein and Aelita, and Dick Tracy, etc.

For links to preview some of the media. … continue below: Read the rest of this entry »

On the XLT Autumn Radar : Dive in to the crystal clear pools of resistance !

November 24th, 2017

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Dear arts + praxis friends,

Hope you can join us in the local + global liberations and re-alignments !

On the XLTerrestrials’ radar :

< 29.11 > – Globalista Radio Kit party + music trading, @t Buchhandlung Cafe, 20h POSTPONED ! to be rescheduled

< 06.12 >  – “AG21c”  – A network party for our new arts+science+tech working group, @t Spektrum, 20h

( Fbook invite and position paper about who we are here )

< 07.12 > – CiTiZEN KiNO #69 : Electric Sheep re-Revisited, a feminist critique of techno-dismal-topias, @t Club Der Polnischen Vesrager, 20h

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More recommended dates:

< Dec. 4 > Die Zukunft unserer Städte w/ Evgeny Morozov and Andrej Holm at Rosa Luxemburg Stifung, Berlin

( Fbook Invite )

< DEc 15-17> We Are Lost, Willner Brauerei, Berlin
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Coming soon ( and possible XLT reports )  from Art Laboratory Berlin’s conference on Nonhuman Agents In Arts And Culture, Disruption Lab’s Terror Feeds, HKW’s 1948 Unbound, The ANTI-Google Cafe, Interfilm Festival, 34c3 Chaos Congress, etc….

The XLT also recommends:

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< 26.11> the Anti-Google Cafe, Reichenbergerstr. 63a

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Wanna fight the implantation of a “Google Campus” in #Berlin Kreuzberg? Want to organize and meet mobilized people? Join the “Anti-Google cafe” Sunday 15:00 at Reichenbergerstr. 63A! <3 #Gentrification #StartupBullshit #MassSurveillance #Censorship #Decentralize #Organize

*NEW* -Fuckoffgoogle.dewebsite has been launched… for more details of what it means for Kiez and Culture in Berlin !

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An XLt Remote Guide to Last Resorts and Post-COP23 !

November 17th, 2017

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We were not able to participate in this year’s climate summit So this guide is from some far off perspectives…

Let’s begin with an important announce for those of you in Btropolis… Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and team have been providing exceptional on-the-ground coverage, not just from Bonn, but also from the frontline movement to shut down Germany’s coal mining industry.

And she will be passing through to give a presentation in Kreuzberg :

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( Frackbook invite page )

To everyone who can’t come: There will be a livestream. You can watch it here: https://livestream.com/accounts/23470207/events/7938539?or here: https://youtu.be/1CK8X6UWoTY

more coming soon !

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According to a blog post at a Rochester radio station in Jan 2017, Michael Bay has a new idiotic movie coming out – no one knows when – called Little America… which somehow is supposed to describe the incredible shrinking-American dystopia, where a Trumpy-like figure drives the country into a collapse… But similar to all the finger-pointing to blame the Russians for the US electing its own dangerous oligarch buffoon… this film will dive deep into some China-phobia… which comes to bail the collapsing country out of debt.

Let’s be clear, the climate-denying Trump-Pest scourge that befalls the planet is a very realtime horror show with roots in the krapitalist insiders of Wall Street who steer all our futures into a suicidal dystopian anti-vision, which Hollywood can only mimmick, flip and deep-fry as propaganda snackfoods and scapegoats.

After Cop23, there really is now a clear imperative, and that is to ban the producers and their puppets of  these dumb-ass reality show spectacles ! Climate deniers and fossil fool peddler-clowns are no longer welcome at ANY global conference on ANYTHING !

Well, that’d be a reasonable starting point anyway !

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This is how the downward spiral into techno-fascism begins !

tbc…

CiTiZEN KiNO #69: Electric Sheep Revisited x2 – a feminist Hollywood-slasher retort !

November 9th, 2017

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OK comrades, this looks like the direction to go next…

CiTiZEN KiNO experiments with a new feminist Hollywood-SLASHER genre ….

5 years ago ! 30 years after the release of the original Blade Runner film …. We produced Electric Sheep Revisited at Theater Kapelle in Friedrischshain ! NOW, 2 months after the release of BB 2049 …

COMING SOON TO A Live Anatomical Hollywood-carving Theater near you ! .The Sequel !

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Please Note: we have currently used the mesmerizing art of Ray Caeser, we’ll have to check in with him if we can actually use this for an official poster. After darkening the image and giving it a reddish blue chroma key remix, she looks ready to rip some partriarchal lack of imagination to shreds… it’s quite a nice effect, don’t ya think ?

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Berliner Gazette’s Friendly Fire, Citizenship reconfigured…

November 3rd, 2017

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< Nov 2- 4 > Berliner Gazette’s Annual Conference, theme Unfriendly Fire, ZKU Berlin

The formats for BG conferences are a good tactic to go deeper into some challenging topics, in a short time. This time there are 3 days of workshops on 5 different tracks -  and 3 nights of public talks. See link above.

We won’t have time to participate this year… But will attempt to report back on some of the public talks and the workshop groups’ summaries on the last day.

We did attend the opening talks from James Bridle and Eleanor Saitta, and moderated by Anna Sauerbrey … on the theme of Are Digital Non-/Citizens the Status Quo?

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A quick retort … to keep our impressions fresh… perhaps we’ll come back and try and go back to more about what was offered by the speakers:

There is the danger that when we try to describe and defend ourselves from the ominous enclosures created by the endless surge – and siege – of the technological tools and environments wielded by corporate and state entities, we can get lost in a virtuality of constructed territories and forget that also very real power still exists in citizens with their feet on the ground. From this angle, we might see that the more we submit to the tech + data games, the more we are captured and subjected to its rules and virtualizing frames !

Saitta is a computer security expert, who perhaps once shared the faith of technological social empowerment, a part of a left California Counter-Ideology. A community hacker. Though these days, the tide has definitively turned, there are very few in the field who have much optimism in tech liberation, and little strategy for digging ourselves out of the hole that a trillions dollar industry has implemented.  Yet their faith remains in the form of their more recent pessimism, as if the whole cybernetic construct actually works as a complex and functional cage of networks and operating systems.

For Citizens IRL ( in real life ), we may do best when we imagine that we ARE the state, and NOT the fragile (virtual ) systems which have been built to format and incorporate us ! Sure, there are very dangerous and very concrete realities that arise from this mapped mess of digital and geographical borders, now enforced through technological means …But the more we operate as an organic, embodied species (and communities ) not of the technospheres, the less we are the compatible play-along cyborgs required for the the continuation of simulated narratives and post-human grids. When we are away from the machines, we are not only AFK ( away from the keyboard ), we are not subjects of, nor indexes for, a keyboard-or-code derived control. Perhaps that might be at first only a mental step forward, and then incrementally a tactical and physical praxis.

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RSA Films and Scott Free Productions, The Crystallizing of Corporate Sci-Fi Relations

October 25th, 2017

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Warning : There will be spoilers below ! But if you haven’t seen Blade Runner 2049 yet, and would like to read some primer materials …

Here’s our pre-BR-2049 analysis and critiques:

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

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XLT Blade Runners Analysis PART 2:

The Crystallizing of Corporate Sci-Fi Relations

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In the coming piece, we will go deeper into examining RSA Films and Scott Free Productions, the history of product placement, the devolutionary impacts of Edward Bernays and Spectacle 2.o, the substitution of the Dystopian Technology Gods for PKD’s more hilarious and profound sublot of MERCERISM, the mass mediated religion-device in Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep…

Coming Soon to a Deconstructed theater near you !

Heineken, Rolls Royce, Lexus, Virgin Atlantic, Vogue Italia, are names of corporations that pop up on the front page of Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) web page. The production company was established in 1968 together with his brother Tony, who tragicly committed suicide in 2015.  Just scratching the surface of RSA Films you find that clients include some of the wealthiest business players on Planet Earth. The pinnacles – or rather nadir – of the Consumer Industrial Complex !  One of the collaborators not listed is the US military, but that’s a longer complicated story ! Of the current roster of 30 directors, it appears that maybe 4 or 5 are women, one of whom is Ridley’s daughter Jordan …

The question arises: Is Ridley Scott embedding his films with advertising, or is it a prime ALIEN specimen of  how international advertising empires have embedded themselves into cinema arts ?!

The Blade Runner franchise is the motherload of technotopian advertising, and it goes beyond selling products and brands, it is engaged in selling (corporate) trajectories !

Probably a longer essay is required to examine and analyze the details, but just to give you an inkling which may not be readily obvious to the casual ( fun escape ) movie- goer… BR2 dives into some extremely complicated and dangerous future industries, and one could argue that rather than seriously initiating a critical analysis, it normalizes them.

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- A.I. meets Biotech meets Robots
- corporate “motherhood” ?
- the use of robots as police state killing machines ( LAPD )
- mediated immersions
( as new levels of porn, or as A.Huxley’s version of Soma + Feelies, now as personalized AI entertainment / relationships )
etc…

And our theory is the BR films are far more successful at promoting passive consumerism and corporate dystopias, than informing us in regards to its mechanisms, or inspiring us to resist it.  But that will probably not convince a fan base, without more specific evidence…

So some quick anecdotals… ( to be added  )

Have you noticed that people who grew up with BR1 will often discuss its “beautiful” and “incredible” aesthetics, the future cityscape ?! There really is nothing beautiful about a dead planet ! PKD’s more emphasized catastrophic scenario was not Deckard living in an abandoned luxury casino hotel ( BR2, shot in Budapest ) …  Earth and ALL its species were fucked by our future-krapitalist metropolis instabilities, radioactivity, etc. i.e. A funny quote ( to be retrieved ) on a youtube clip of the BR1’s Vangelis soundtrack reveals clearly a fan lost in the cheap (and/or highly-crafted ) allure of Hollywood aesthetics, propped with familiar celebrities, rather then processing its non-visual and alarming sociological trainwrecks. In a word: Spectacle. Overriding serious and critical content.

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It’s a very straaange life being obsessive XLt psychomedia analysts + interventionists…

This morning on the serendipities overload trails : We’re on our way for a caffeine boost, and discover a bag on a doorstep with a bag full of Free Books + Dvds. Inside: The Duelists (Ridley Scott, 1977 ) and Black Hawk Down ( R.S: 2001 ) … AND a book called How To Build A Large Successful Multi-Level Marketing Organization ( Don Failla,1984 ) … And an hour earlier FaceFrack pulls up a shared memory from 2 years ago: Jared Leto interview – from a series called Beyond the Horizon in collaboration with AOL and Paradox productions – with inventor/activist Boyan Slat about his plans to clean up all the plastic in the oceans, and take some responsibility for redirecting our species from the Wastedlands of Planet Earth Inc., to a Sustainable Shared Habitat for All Species and Diverse Cultures.

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Watch Clip Here ( 7min )

And just a few days ago… Bless his Oddball heart, Stephen Parr died in SF a few days ago at 63. Writer, artist, media archivist and avid celluloid collector, “orphan films” salvager, micro-cinema maker, Other Cinema label partner and film footage dealer for Oddball Films …

A spectacular trailer about his life and company resurfaces, and we had forgotten his legendary tale of selling films in the Mission District to Ridley Scott and his ad agency in the mid 8os… his first corporate client !

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Watch trailer Here ( 4.38min )

.. BUT we digress…

AN OPEN LETTER TO RIDLEY SCOTT, ADVERTISING EXECS AND BIG SUIT PLUNDERTEERS EVERYWHERE…

WHAT IF you idiots in Hollywood and CEOs of advertising empires like RSA Films… WHAT IF you spent more time with humans like Boyan Slat ?  …

Makes ya wonder what a movie like Blade Runner could have been… Instead your just eroticizing the grim nihilism and corporate dystopias and filling the big players’ pockets ( and your own ) with blockbuster windfalls, while cramming our heads and mass consciousness with useless aesthetic merry-go-rounds of male ego and patriarchal feedback loops !

WHAT IF… you made the radical choice to empower more women directors ? And more activist directors ?

WHAT IF you made the radical step up, to be realisticly engaged to work on resolving our civilization’s most pressing problems… ?

WHAT IF you tried investing in a little more tangible strategy to turn the tide, as we face The 6th Mass Extinction … ?

WHAT IF we start believing we have the power to make a better world for future generations !? And if you don’t believe or you don’t care, maybe it’s time to put the next generation at the helm of the mass media machine(s) which are deeply influencing the shape of our future !

WHAT IF, instead of giving us a tour of failed hyper-krapitalist dystopias, you explored the new commons-based operating systems which many deep-thinking sociologists and science-n-tech pioneers strongly believe will be the best way to provide better chances for collaborative and multi-cultural and multi-species survival in the 21st century ?

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CiTiZEN KiNO #065: The XLT Guide to The Uninhabitable …

October 20th, 2017

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We are currently developing our next show…  And we are planning to take it to one of the places it’s most needed ! … And we are looking for supporters and collaborators !

Please contact us if you want to be in on our most lucrative adventure…  It’s like getting in on Bitcoins, if bitcoins were seeds and codes were soil and your key was being 3rd from the sun !

< TBA > CiTiZEN KiNO #065 : The XLterrestrial Users Guide to Making The Planet Uninhabitable ( Again  )


Did you know we have a PATREON PAGE, where you can squeeze your love letters ( not to us, to the planet…. ok, us too ) into little digits and they will come out a rabbit hole at the other end of the internetz and magically turn into public education programs in various countries where oppressed people need new tools and strategies to re-create sustainable cultures and collective intelligence … and everyone lives happily ever after !

( our Patreon page here )

( Note: A small percentage of these funds goes to some dubious dot.com bank account, but nothing as odious as Amazon or the Googleplex, at least not that we know of… )

to be cont.

Culture + Community vs. Technotopia + Krapitalism

October 14th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Model A or Model B

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

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

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

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

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

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

work-in-progress

to be cont..