CiTiZEN KiNO #42: “The Occupied Territories” (part 2)

January 22nd, 2015

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{ see below for info on street art in this poster }

XLterrestrials presents
CiTiZEN KiNO #42:
“The Occupied Territories”

< Friday, Jan. 30th >
At: Station 40
3030b 16th Street, SF, CA.
21:00h – 19:30h
by Donation

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CiTiZEN KiNO is a Berlin-based series of events to inspire
collective intelligence and new forms of arts + praxis. A hybrid of film,
internet, theater, hacker culture and public forum to analyze and
strategize around urgent social issues.
Currently on tour in the US.

Episode #42 is “The Occupied Territories” – alternative routes in the
fight for housing and autonomy.

In today’s neo-liberal commodification of Everything, housing has become
the most vicious and predatory marketplace. To settle in any major city
around the world, one must submit to the rule of property owners who will
frequently extract the lion’s share of hard-earned income. And for those
who live in precarious situations and economic instabilty, one is
perpetually subject to a form of economic terrorism. Pay up, or survive in
the streets !

Shelter is a human right! And to establish any kind of self-determination
and dignity in a city existence, we must ultimately be the masters or
co-creators of our inhabited space, or else we remain subject to new
parasitic and colonial contexts. The rules of this game are deeply
entrenched in the current operating systems, and it is not an easy road
from the here+now to full autonomy and liberated communities. But clearly
this is a root matter in reclaiming the power to establish new structures
for living beyond the feeding frenzies.

In this episode, we’ll explore a variety of longhaul paths to get there.
From the historic battles for squat culture in Europe in places like
Berlin, Netherlands, Spain and Denmark to the experimental fringes of
urban renewal in places like Detroit.

w/ Special guests including Kt Andresky co-founder of The Yes Farm, and Cindy Milstein from Station 40.

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FEEDBACK, edit suggestions and additions MOST WELCOME !

ADDED: Here’s our pirate pad link for contributing media and ideas, coming soon ! ( Actually this is from CK#41 Occupied Territories Part 1 in Nov. 2014, but no reason to set up a new page. And we will use resources from part 1 for part 2, many clips, which we obviously had no time to use in one show )

If you are reading this in the SF Bay area, feel free to stop by the Valencia Grafitti Wall in it’s full mesmerizing beauty of free expression between 23rd ad 24th St. – click on image to enlarge :

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{ street art from Political Gridlock , mucho thx to YoSoy132BayArea – warning: frackbook link -  for alerting us }

Got a grafitti wall in YOUR neighborhood ?! Make one today !!

MLK weekend, reflections, and tactical analysis

January 20th, 2015

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“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”
Excerpt from A letter from Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King Jr.

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One cannot underestimate the importance of all the actions arising out of a new popular community resistance and new fight for civil liberties across the nation.

Last night walking through the Mission District in San Francisco, someone had put their boombox out on the balcony and was playing some speeches from MLK just loud enough to be heard for a good portion of the block. People would stop and listen, and it was nice to see a new form of action taking place, at whatever scale is available to the citizens at any given moment.

As Davey D Cook writes:

“Today was a good day in the Bay Area.. Props to Stanford for shutting down the San Mateo [ bridge ]… One thing we should recall about the Civil Rights era, is things we’re always popping off by different groups.. If some one in DC did something someone else in Nashville would follow up..Hopefully someday soon we have an end to police violence.. and there will be no need for big marches or to shut down bridges “

And…

” This weekend has been historic with all the direct actions happening.. From the shutting down of the Fed building.. To teach ins.. To the demonstrations at Walmart… to far too many other activities to name. Its great to see so many folks come together put lots of pressure on various joints holding up the system.. Its great to see so many folks from diverse ethnic backgrounds participating. Its great to see church folks out there throwing down. Its great to see seasoned activists who hold various ideologies out there inspiring others to step up and do better..
While these actions are all taking place in our collective way to reclaim the legacy of Martin Luther King who has been reduced to a groveling dreamer vs a confrontational, uncompromising freedom fighter, there are still lots of folks who hold key positions who are either sitting on the fence, trying to cut lopsided deals with oppressive forces or completely absent..
There is an erroneous notion that because folks are not on Sunday morning talk shows or not rubbing shoulders with folks at their local democratic club, that they are unaware of how government and the system in general works. There is a mistaken belief that folks are not paying attention to the policies and politics of those in office. There is a misunderstanding in thinking folks are not putting demands on those holding power..
Let’s be clear. One reason for the all the demonstrations and direct actions is because folks are aware. Folks are not marching and doing direct actions because they saw a documentary. What’s taking place is part of a process..Its a process that did not just start yesterday. It won’t end tomorrow and no one or two actions are be all end alls. In short, folks are marching just to march..Traffic being stopped and buildings being shut down is not being done because its trendy or cute..
It’s a process in which folks had to study, learn, reassess and build upon best practices that take into account some of the unique aspects of today’s political and social landscape and adapt and respond accordingly. Part of that process is being clear in understanding that when power is threatened those holding it will try to discredit and publicly dismiss what it finds threatening.
Folks clearly have been taking notes on which way folks are moving, voting, advocating, not voting not advocating etc.. Folks talk, Folks plan, information is being shared..People are watching and watching closely..More importantly folks are re-imagining..
In a society that has representatives doing the bidding of the people, you first ask folks who represent to you to propose and uplift policies that reflect you and your communities interests..In short you negotiate..
When there is no response from those in power to your attempts to negotiate, you make noise..In other words you demonstrate..
If that doesn’t work you have no choice but to see the marginalization, ignoring and overt slighting as a form of repression that must be vigorously resisted..
We Negotiate, We Demonstrate, We Resist… ”

Important analysis, and we highly recommend following his reports…

We’d also like to add some angles to this as a bit of an outsider ( as much as we’d like to be out there in solidarity, our time has been monopolized by trying to keep our own activist projects afloat, in a city that has us in its high costs-of-living in its grip! ).

We think there may be some helpful insights, observing this from a distance, with some perspective on how these things play out in the media, and how people get channeled into one form or another by the way the media, which has the ability at times, to construct the playing/battle – fields.

to be continued.

Man Castle Ridley, The Illiterate Commercial

January 17th, 2015

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Ridley Scott’s making Philip K. Dicks’s Man In The High Castle … for BBC TV and now via Amazon. Perhaps you’ve already noticed: Episode 1 is already available.

The image above is, in part, taken from one of the original covers for PKD’s 1962 Hugo award-winning alternate history tale in which the Axis powers are present within the US as the victors of WW2. It weaves an ingenious social analysis of a totalitarian state from that odd and uncomfortably close scenario.

The XLterrestrials respond !

1st off, BOYCOTT Amazon ( an NSA partner, now in the business of hosting their servers as they surveil and archive your ass. Just one of Many miserable corporate monopoly practices. ) ! ….

2nd, OH NO! We fear Ridley Scott once again turning pure genius social fiction into his own diluted product. This time a BBC TV Series … a Noir melodrama perhaps ?! … Let us guess: US, Germany and Japan all become romanticly involved w/ robots at the end … and fly away to smooth jazz Vangelis music. :)

People don’t remember, or perhaps they never knew…

FRANKLY, Scott should have had his license to adapt novels taken away in 1982 ! ;) You see, Ridley apparently doesn’t read.

XLterrestrials have been developing a project for some time now, ripe and ready for touring when the long-threatened Blade Runner II comes out, to explain JUST HOW BAD Ridley Scott’s first adaptation of PKD actually was…

Missing almost Every profound plotline and detail in “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” … (  making it a great work of zeitgeist art on the scale of Orwell’s 1984, Brave New World, Brothers Karamazov, Heart of Darkness or The Dispossessed). From the nearly uninhabitable toxic nuclear wasteland-Earth to the irony of consumerism and ( the vanities of ) owning artificial life on a dead+poisoned planet to the total piss-take on morally-impaired killer cop-hunter culture to what it means to be human vs. a corporate creation … etc.etc.etc.

We know this may be hard to swallow!  The look and feel of the film seduced us all ! You see, Ridley’s Blade Runner remains an incredible cult-status testament … to the stupidity of cash-cowing Hollywood … and Hollywood audiences … Both.

You see, as much as it may have been pioneering in its well-crafted Mise-en-scène future, this was an absolute content and context FAIL, and yet we all love it as one of THE sci-fi movie classics of all time ! Way too few people know anything about the master’s visionary, and disturbingly prophetic book ( Think: Fukushima, Drones, A.I., Ferguson ). Ah, the power of Hollywood, Dont’cha love it !?

Ripe and Ready we tell ya ! … PRODUCERS WANTED ! … Contact us before the planet becomes entirely illiterate and/or a toxic wasteland and/or a Hollywood drive-by shooting ;)

ELECTRIC SHEEP REVISITED !

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{ a CiTiZEN KiNO educational production }

To be honest we’re highly curious what plotline abominations will occur in Ridley’s version of The Castle, but for sure we won’t be giving a penny to Amazon. A true corporate monstrosity. But hey, let us know what ya think !

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The point here, if it needs to be repeated ( which apparently it does, given some of the comments we’ve received in various social media) is that no one should be under the delusion that the cigar-chompers of Hollywood have anything to offer in terms of a critique of corporate capitalism and the role cops play in our post-modern and “technologically-waterboarded” ( by greasy idols+pop cults streamed 24/7 ) society. Does anyone seriously think he will properly portray the nuanced analogies to contemporary society and the US’s own fascist and imperialist tendencies in his version of The Man In The High Castle ?! Or will he just be raiding PKD’s popularity again for its cashbox value and/or simply b/c he knows it’s quality material that he can get his grubby hands on ?!

Added: Keep in mind this is the same slime-bucket who took Pentagon money and rode around in Pentagon-approved helicopters to tell the tragic story of WHITE PEOPLE in MOGADISHU !  Is there even a Somalian person speaking in the film? … nevermind the Bechdel test, which come to think of it is even more pathetic when applied to docu-fiction.

We confronted Scott at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2005 about the dangers of Hollywood making films for the Military Entertainment Complex, as he sat on a panel with extraordinary artists like Dante Ferreti ( art director for Fellini, and later Scorcese ) discussing a theme called “Designing The Future.” An educational program for emerging artists, the evening began by screening a banal and tedious 10 MINUTE COMMERCIAL he made for PRADA with his daughter Jordan, who was in the audience.  And when we asked him: what he thought about Hollywood making movies in collaboration with the Vapid Consumer Industries AND the Pentagon, and if he thought by doing so, would we – the next generation – have ANY FUTURE LEFT TO DESIGN ?

And he had the gall to tell a house of up to 600 young aspiring filmmakers that Blackhawk Down was not war propaganda, that it was about the tragedy of war. ( And the moderator quickly steered the debate to something else ).

On the contrary, Micheal Moore, Chris Hedges and Oliver Stone have both called it War Porn ! Other astute critics have called it essentially a recruitment film which appeals to the comraderie of (mercenary + colonialist) soldiers, others have described it as simply a British white man’s horribly misconceived tear-jerker script about poor white victims as they poured fuel onto an essentially African tragedy !

* A Note on the image above: The text behind the party hat is a copyright tag reading “graphic leftovers”. But for us it added to the illiteracy humor, by having reversed it and made it unreadable. And come to think of it, wearing a hat with a copyright/owner’s tag on it suits Ridley well, as he buys his way into the PKD estate, while displaying so little respect for the original works. Sadly, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see another filmed feature of Electric Sheep, it’ll go down in history as the sci-fi classic, owned and distorted by Scott, Hollywood and Warner Brothers.

When The 1% Start Singing Whalesongs …

January 14th, 2015

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{ Photo was taken in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where children bathe in water that is contaminated with lead paint and scrap metal. One of the places where retired and abandoned cargo ships -that transport products across the globe to feed our civilization’s consumer addictions – end up to be “recycled”. S. Salgado? }

An investigative analysis of the 1% dreams for the future.

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When The 1% Start Singing Whalesongs … In the Long Now… Run !

( part 1 )

Last night we got a beautiful invitation from some old friends to come and experience the lecture series from The Long Now Foundation. And Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment and Senior Research Associate at The Rockefeller University in New York City was presenting : Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities. more here. Note: An a/v archive of this talk w/ slides should be available soon.

Jesse’s an extraordinarily clever character. And in the back of your mind as your listening to him speak, you’re probably having little synapses going off in your brain: If I owned a company I’d want to hire this guy! No chance I’m gonna lose my shirt with this guy on my team !

But IF you start putting his talk into context of everything in the headlines today, from the funeral of the four hostages killed in Paris, to the possible return of that Romney billionaire buffoon into the political arena, to Woody Allen doing a new TV series distributed by Amazon, to the horrific slaughters in Africa … oh nevermind that last one, it’s barely in the news…  Just about every sign of a global population breathing in the toxic fumes of its own inability to change its ways, screams at you daily !

And suddenly these messianic visions for the seamless continuation of the white male technotopian corporate+venture capitalist futures hosted in the luxury of the gorgeous new San Francisco Jazz center begins to strike us as a surreal black comedy.

Don’t get us wrong, we could appreciate his calm and jovial demeanor, and his unusual optimism and rosy outlook for conserving the natural world. Apparently the planet is, to Some extent, undergoing a Global Greening. Nature and species are supposedly rebounding in Some places. And this can be a result of humans increasingly concentrating into dense urban areas. And YES many technological innovations can alleviate the environmental wreckage and all the miseries heaped upon developing nations, the indigenous and the working class in the era of 20th century consumerism. And there ARE infinitely brilliant things we can do to change destructive , greedy and clueless behaviors.

Championing the systems inherent to corporate ventures and visions IS NOT one of them !  As Ausubel repeatedly mentioned the Amazons and Apples as bringing us all this ingenious progress and the increasing de-materialization* of 21st century products and production, we began to notice how cherry-picked his narratives and statistics are. And advocating that such powerful corporate monopolies ( beholden to market logic ) continue to steer the course for our future, after the track records we have all witnessed, is an intolerable travesty. Incomprehensible. Incongruous. A sick joke.

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As we listened, in our own cognitive dissonance, we could picture those mountains of e-waste that land in places like Nigeria.* Having met an extraordinary artist from Lagos last year, who explained to us the toxic impacts and the suffering there in terrifying details. See the enagaged and compassionate work of Jelili Atiku.

Now it would take time to analyze completely and/or deconstruct many of these wonderfully positive statistics and charts Ausubel provided to show us how our society IS supposedly making the necessary and incredible transitions. Many whom we spoke to after were doubtful about the data he provided.

We don’t have the time, nor the Rockefeller funding to do that kind of research adequately and scholarly. And we’ll have to rely on others out there to provide more data that exists to reveal the contrary Other side of this dreamy enterprising eco-futurist coin. Cause there’s undoubtedly a dark side to all this cheery western-affluent delusion, and conveniently omitted aspects in his pitch for urban density futures. i.e. The rate of species extinction worldwide.

There’s definitely dozens of good NGOs out there doing crucial watchdogging that would have made fascinating counterpoints to his thesis. But no, we were in the heart of the [California Ideology] bubble, a Long Now Foundation testament to mega-city trajectory plans and big technotopian business investments. There was no open debate, just cards passed out for questions to be selected by Stewart Brand, the moderator.

This seminar fit like a glove into what we’ve read before about Brand’s own vision for accelerating mass migration from rural areas into the ’smart’ high-production and hi-tech mega-cities, places which all require massive resources from Elsewhere. And in these versions, it apparently involves extending dependence on nuclear energy sources, whose unresolved toxic menace still looms over the safety of citizens everywhere.* In other words, this futurist “Brand” does not exactly foster autonomous self-sustaining cultures nor decentralized community structures. On the contrary, one can argue that it also fuels massive plundering mechanisms, pyramid schemes and the resource wars.

For us, this push may resemble more an advancing, aggressive techno-fascism, displacing people from their lands and independent local-scale livelihoods ( as in having to hustle to survive by working for big industry players like Google, Facebook, Genentech or Cisco to afford places like San Fran) , and thrusting them into the rarely meaningful workforce, the high-rent market of preying landLords, and the shopping zones where the shelves are stocked full for all those welcomed new exploitable refugees-cum-consumer/debt-slaves.

In Part 2, we can provide you with some extremely simple analogies to provide other informed perspectives. Let’s call them starting points to a MUCH-needed debate on how we can actually get to those goals of a truly greening planet … for ALL.

Let’s start w/ an analysis of E-Readers vs. The Book… which Ausubel referenced frequently… two vastly different realms of technologies and information systems.

But first, re: Whalesongs…

We’ll have to explain this in greater detail, cause it’s so poignant to the comedy and this critique. Ausubel’s talk concluded by showing us the beauty of sea life and whales somewhere off the coast of Tahiti, where the water is still crystal clear. And he added that whales are starting to come back into to waters off NYC, a polar opposite place on the map that will unlikely attempt to restore the full beauty of nature for anyone slaving for the 1% in, say the Bronx, in our lifetime… And in fact, the chance of any family living in any of the mega-slums around the world, will ever save enough money to visit Tahiti and experience the pristine, unfucked beauty there is SLIM.

It seemed a super slippery wriggling twisted mix of facts, academics + business trends to sell an agenda for the corporate technology sectors in today’s competitive and predatory climate, while tugging on the emotions of those of us so deeply concerned for saving planet earth.

Is this a real convergence point for viable paradigm shifts?  And does anyone still really buy into the theory that the marketplace is going to get us there…  all together … and in one piece ?

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{ a yacht in Tahiti }

Added: A couple fresh articles below that point out the need for a departure from corporate capitalist strategies, w/ some more alarming facts that Ausubel is unwilling to provide:

That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth

Humans Have Brought World’s Oceans to Brink of ‘Major Extinction Event’

And not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, Ausubel pointed to Some interesting innovations ( we”l have to revisit when the archives are up), that could be utilized within structures of a different economic operating system, but in the context of what we currently are subjected to, there is no guarantee that 1st world business will not continue to reap the advantages, while dumping the negatives in someone else’s backyard.

to be cont.

Now THere’s A Sharp Pen Calling Out The BULLSHIT ! #CharlieHebdo

January 11th, 2015

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Now THere’s A Sharp Pen ! #CharlieHebdo

No, we don’t mean the cartoon artist above – Mark Knight, Herald Sun, we mean the incredible analysis provided by Corey Oakley in REDFLAG, an Alternative Socialist newspaper out of Australia. His piece is called Charlie Hebdo and the hypocrisy of pencils … And it’s like this whole can of worms, and all the debates we’ve been getting into on this squirmy matter, have finally been given the proper context and a fully articulated light. A must read !

we might feel the need to post more resources on this story, or it may be time to move on to other work, but if you feel you still need some exceptional clarification on the issues at stake, we recommend Glenn Greenwald’s piece for The Intercept, and cartoonist Joe Sacco’s take …

Dysneytopia and/or Ai WeiWei on Planet Alcatraz

January 5th, 2015

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( vj podinski mix of an Ai WeiWei portrait * )

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Coincidentally the same week we went to go see the Ai WeiWei exhibition on Alcatraz, we got a couple emails about a razor sharp talk at #31c3 – The 31st Chaos Communications Congress – by Hans de Zwart, a civil rights activist with @bitsoffreedom.  A presentation about living under permanent surveillance, which is not just the state of the famed Beijing artist embattled with the Chinese govt., but a glimpse of all our technopolized futures. It’s now been converted into an article for The Medium -  a site started by a co-founder of Twitter, and in order to comment there one needs to log in via Twitter or Facebook. Itself, a kind of escalation of data-mining opportunities meets journalism.

In any case ( w/o logging in), you’ll still be able to read about Zwart’s revealing work on some disturbing Dysneytopian trends already in mass production.

( We’ll also try to find the archive lecture link from #31c3 )

Ai WeiWei on Planet Alcatraz

Until the Alcatraz exhibition, the XLterrestrials were a little ambivalent about Ai WeiWei, who seemed highly influenced by his years in New York and picking up on strategies of the art world game played by the likes of Warhol, (an artist we consider to be one of the most banal in the history of modern art & product ).

A strong desire for freedom of expression, personal identity and individualism in the context of celebrity/spectacle platforms and the gallery bubbles, far removed from the daily life and struggles of everyday citizens and oppressive systems and situations. And this NYC period appears to be for him the place of learning the art market navigations, which helped eventually catapult him into a massive museum star commodity. ( we’d like to examine how that actually transpired, cause that rise does not seem to be ‘an organic process’. the sausage making of stars ? )

[ And here is a theme within the theme, that we'd like to elaborate on later:  the Spectacle culture is a kind of collapsing remnant of the late 20th western century, and is not in synch with the needs of a 21st century global society, which is perhaps requiring a stronger community commitment, communal interactions and taking on collective responsibilities. Is there something in eastern cultures which already embodies this (?), but which is also being diffused and disrupted by life ruled by the markets and corporate culture ?  Of course there is some nasty state censorship and the  authoritarian operating systems we see entrenched in so many nations, but it would also be interesting to examine if Ai WeiWei is perhaps now, in some sense, colliding with eastern traditions b/c of his bringing an artistic ideology and enterprises of western origin. It is as if Ai WeiWei has returned to China to inject western values, and a system there is attempting to reject them. And there appears to be an aspect that he is promoted so heavily in the west, as to play the thorn in China's governing structures. ]

For us, no longer idolizing the self-absorbed modern art trajectories, this was some of our first impressions of Ai Weiwei.

But now examining his evolution as an artist, it was his first internet activity back in China, beginning in 2005, that his creativity took on a fight for truth, and a fight for the people, and he began to explore more dedicated maneuvers w/ a cultural sword. It was his speaking out about the Sichuan earthquake (corruption/scandals) and the various  damaging effects on citizens’ lives leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games, when things got interesting ! And also the point at which he courageously and defiantly ventured into some very dangerous waters !

Was it because of his struggles within China and its tightly-managed culture , that his content took a sudden turn towards powerful actions of resistance, solidarity, and praxis ? We still haven’t researched this enough to know if this was indeed a major shift, a re-direction of his work, and are still not able to know all that triggered this far more serious output. But definitely the experiences at Alcatraz have given us the possibility to see him in a much more tactical and subversive light !

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Art In Solidarity

“Speaking up for courageous political prisoners around the world is one of the most beautiful things you can make for political art… thx Ai Wei Wei ! … we were inspired 2day !” XLterrestrials

Ai Weiwei: @Large is at Alcatraz, San Francisco through April 26, 2015

“@Large” has been written about in many media outlets, so we won’t spend alot of time on that, but we would like to include here  THE LIST of political prisoners which have been included in the Trace section – as Lego portraits - One portion of the Alcatraz installations housed in 4 different buildings on the island.

Each story is astounding, and if you visit the exhibition, one touching and tactical element is to invite the attendees into writing prison letters/postcards. Beautifully engaging, and very meaningful to the lives of the incarcerated, should those addresses indeed be reached. No doubt, not all of the cards will reach their destination.

‘Infiltrating” one of San Francisco’s major tourist attractions, and a former prison which becomes mostly a monument to law and order, discipline and punishment, and the power of the state, he introduces this kind of crowd to the plight of mostly unknown and unseen political prisoners. Quite a magical feat to inspire the deviant artist in all of us ! A most compelling art hack !

to be cont.

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Propaganda (2012) vs. The Interview (2014), And Fast Forward to Liberation in 2015 !

December 31st, 2014

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” In case you swallowed too much Hollywood this year, this media might help you untangle your brain… while not 100% verified, it supposedly comes from N. Korea.. ( which may also be a clever hoax). In 2012 it went viral, and was the hit of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), possibly the most important doc festival for the industry. It kinda makes Seth Rogen, The Interview and the Hollywood censorship ruse look like just another profit-making hemorroid on the asscrack of humanity. http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/propaganda_2012/

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Happy New Years to all the friendly organisms !  Losar Year of The Goat … May truth + beauty thrive among the peoples’ pursuits for Other Possible World(s) !

Note#1 : This IS a disturbing film. Not recommended to watch alone. Share with friends and discuss… *

Note#2: “Would we wish to live in N. Korea ? ” No, we prefer to live w/ No Nations, No Borders, No Masters !

*Note #3: We screened excerpts from Propaganda for CiTiZEN KiNO in 2012, a tactical media + community cinema project, hacking the corporate media uploads, and de-colonizing hearts and minds since c. 2132.

#31c3 : The Internet’s (Not) Over If You Want It …

December 27th, 2014

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{ picture possibly from 29C3, the 1st of Hamburg returns }

Hmm, a quick glance from the program, of the 31st Communications Congress we see Alec Empire as keynote and Laura Poitras in the deeper mix…

But this article is a good preface for us, sent via the Uncivilization list ( some sharp, warm and fuzzy folks we met at 30c3 :

The Internet’s Unholy Marriage to Capitalism

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In the meantime, as we get our bearings around where the net culture and the state of net resistance are today…. here’s our friend’s Sven’s excellent resource guide:

some notes on #?31C3 :
http://www.guckes.net/31C3/notes.txt
what to do after #31C3 in berlin:
http://www.guckes.net/31C3/
chat: freenode or hackint #31C3

highlight resource for those watching from afar, “recordings” + streams :

Fahrplan ( program )

http://streaming.media.ccc.de

+

http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2014/index.html
http://31c3.ex23.de/html/recording_index.html
http://dumps.muling.lu/31c3/

standby for the XLterrestrials rants and escape routes

Beneath The Planet of The Republicrats

December 22nd, 2014

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{ Artist: Yuri Shwedoff }

This is not a plog on a specific topic. It’s a latenight weaving together all the info that has been streaming through our brain portals over the last weeks… And an attempt to connect the dots. *

Beneath The Planet of The Republicrats

Sometimes a powerful image will pull up a big picture of what all these latest jumbled scenarios might mean when combined… Like taking in the latest news of the #NYPD murders and putting it beside the #ferguson and #ericgarner ( and so many others !! ) protests, and then stringing it further along into this bullshit Sony hack, which seems more like a drummed up little wagging of the dog to make us look past those hideous reports of CIA torture atrocities, and have us worry about a CIA Comedy called “The Interview” instead. Weapons Of Mass Distraction. Hollywood is still a swarm of central un-intelligence avatars and applications, spinning cobwebs of dead end plots and pulling us out into useless far off orbits.

From industry executives to presidential puppets, from Sony to Clooney to Roguen Frankonia Entertainment Inc., people used the media not to address the crises of our planet, discuss and respond to the latest US atrocities, the spiralling racial + economic divide, another failed climate conference ( in Lima).. No they used it to say a new cyberwar has begun against N. Korea. Nevermind that Snowden told us about the very real one’s already been in play against us all, but that’s stale news in the daily blinky net-loads.

Now that’s comedy !

Like landing a robot rover on a lifeless asteroid and using it to mine for fecal celebrity stickyness and exploring how to turn it into gold and snacky edibles and political clout at the top of a pyramidal food chain, while the world right in front of your face is screaming with injustices and on a path toward mutually assured desecration.

to be cont.

* Not unlike what journalist Nafeez Ahmed has attempted to do in his work The Crisis Of Civilization ( book and film ) or in his articles for The Guardian UK, before he was censored and fired. For being too sharp on connecting the political + environmental machinations seen up close through the humanitarian lense.

You Cannot Be Neutral On This Murderous Moving Train !

December 13th, 2014

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If you are living in the US and have not been standing with the #ferguson #blacklivesmatter #mikebrown #ericgarner #AlexNieto protests YET, now’s an appropriate time to ask yourselves why the f*ck not ??

You cannot be neutral on this murderous moving train ! What are you doing to break from the injustices of the current power structures and systemic inequalities ??

LOts of demos and actions around the country … check your local listings ! Or go out and make Your Own Protests !

For SF Bay Area, see Indybay.org Calendar

Oakland and Berkeley have been inspirationally stepping up to tell the nation these ongoing travesties of justice, this racist bullshit, this suicidal operating system will not be allowed to continue  ! The Eastbay shutdown highways, commuter rail and the Bart trains for four days in a row, and this movement is just beginning !

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{ eastbay freeway last week }

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{ make art in solidarity ! }

tbc…