Correction : < 31.07 > < 30.07 > WEDNESDAY: CiTiZEN KiNOMATiCA #40 : All You Can’t Eat ! at Panke, Berlin 21:00h
< 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
The CK40 pirate pad link, where you can help us develop the theme, discuss, suggest media resources, etc. !
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.
All You Can’t Eat !
In this episode, we wish to explore the Technotopia that no one wants, to borrow from JR Hennessy’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. “
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 ) :
to be cont.