Are You Prepared For The Unicorn Apocalypse !?

April 6th, 2016

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A user’s manual for the Unicorn Apocalypse

coming soon !

Note: We are currently exploring the idea to make this explosive story a “subscriber only” article… b/c nothing’s free forever, right ?! Freelance slavery is not forever, is it ?!

CiTiZEN KiNO #52: Mysteries of The Radical Organisms @ Spektrum

March 25th, 2016

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A hybrid of cinema hacking, tactical new media, performance, forum and fertile resistance !

Our TitanPad for collecting media bits and ideas for Ck#52. ( many viewable clips already listed )

Key Words:

Biopolitics / Gentech / Chinese sperm / Dusan Makavejev / Mysteries of the organism / Wilhelm Reich / Arundhati Roy / David Lynch / Womb Envy / Sexuality / A.I + Robots / Green Scare + Green Revolution / Ecocide / planetary habitat / Mind-Body-Spirit / Feminism / Matriarchy / Patriarchy / Post-Fordism / Extrastatecraft / Noetic Sciences …
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C-Kino 52 begins by revisiting the work of Dusan Makavejev, and his incredible mash-up deconstruction of sexual liberation and political orientation as an exile from both the communist and capitalist landscapes of his times. Thrown out of Yugoslavia for his WR: Mysteries of The Organism in 1971, he managed to become a unique cinematic flower and thorn in the social + cultural orders that keep our desires caught in strange contortions.

This night’s resistance begins in the mysteries of living things !

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Ahhh, the lovely rush to turn everything into commodities and/or weaponry knows no bounds, borders or taboos. Soon we will have swift corporate think-a-like Bots all around us to make sure you don’t stray too far from your self-driving bubbles, pre-packaged joy-rides, shopping malls and screen-time.
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Are theory + praxis in regard to Biopolitics now stuck in 1980s Foucault readers and neutered academic pens ?! … maybe there’s a few notable exceptions …  and please feel free to share with us any works that have managed to attack with fresh and vital energies !
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But of course no one could possibly keep up with all the breakfast brand surreals of 21st century techno-industrial fascism soaking in a no mans’ land of blood, GMO-milk, machines and money.
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So rather than try and list all the interior designs of the factored lives and slaughterhouses, we imagine what it would be like to reclaim the truly living organisms, radical enough to refuse the mass reproduction of mechanical and systemic chopping blocks !
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We go for a full flesh and blood provocation, and a little taste of the transgressive cinema – historical + current  – that will not reduce itself to flat screens, but open up the room for riotous laughter, strange eroticism and true strategies for survival of the organic species and ways of life.
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Coming to Liepzig on April 3oth…  a more “fleshed-out”version ;) … and more time to submit your suggestions and thoughts at the Titan Pad above…

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more details coming soon !

On US (S)elections: Plan A + Plan B-ERNIE ( part 1 )

March 23rd, 2016

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“We need to have a serious chat about DEMOCRACY ! … There isn’t one ! “

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Plan A + Plan B-ERNIE

As we were hunting for an image to lead the story on this dramatic global-scale election for who will take the role as Commander In Chief of the US Empire State, we thought to do a few searches for a really gripping and dripping cartoon appropriately dragging Hillary Clinton through her decades worth of accumulated mud. And even though there’s a bucket-load of exceptional winners, there was nothing funnier, more pathetic and more revealing in our quick search than this photograph.

Let’s get some business out of the way.

XLterrestrials wholeheartedly and 100% endorse BERNIE SANDERS ! There has never been a seriously (s)electable* choice on the ballot for a US president who stood so clearly and consistently on the side of social progress in our lifetime.

And it should be added, we never heard a political candidate in the US who so sincerely and fiercely spoke out for the cultural diversity of its population.

His recent speech in Arizona finally recognizing the trials and tribulations and genocide of the indigenous people of the Americas is poised to become a giant historical leap forward for (hu)mankind. Imagine a POTUS with an actual working relationship with the country’s non-massaged+mythologized history.  This epic achievement would actually dwarf the moon landing, which anyway – for us – was always about as technologically gimmicky as say a 1960s version release of an i-Phone 6.

That said, the planet is now in a dire state of perpetual crises.

And Bernie is Plan B !

Plan A is much more complicated.

Plan A entails building a community that, like a diverse biological wetlands, can withstand the worst monsoons of corruption and Stupidity Inc. … A variety of interconnected communities with strong ties will ultimately be required to keep the last 4-to-500 years of political + moral bankruptcy, which has marked the entire colonial enterprise from Day One, from rising back up like a foul and ghastly tide.

We’ll come back back over the next weeks and months to strategize and speculate what Plan A might look like…

Meanwhile we are working to help give Mr. Sanders a chance to eliminate The Shillary from the DNC running. 1. Because we think he can be far more successful in defeating the dangerous rise of popular fascist Trumpians and/or any other right-wing Republicrat agendas. 2. Getting involved in building this coalition of forces, now rapidly expanding behind Bernie’s campaign, will ultimately be of quintessential importance to evolving Plan A.

A little taste of Part 2 …

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XLterrestrials  urgently recommend having a PLAN A, because there are surely many powerful forces working to prevent Bernie from making it to the next round ! And we all know how painful and debilitating it can be to have one’s hopes strangled in those seedy and sham-ridden theaters of democracy.

Please note: We use this hilarious, dark and unsettling Simpsons image of US politics to grab your attention. And as a warning that the playing field will undoubtedly get less cartoonish and more nasty.

We believe in the movement that Bernie’s kickstarted to battle the insane corruption in US politics, and we will work to expand the enthusiasm around the struggles he highlights so well. We should not give up on his bid for the presidency… in fact, his momentum is inspiring authentic and unprecedented desires for returning power to the people ! The changes are already palpable and real !

BUT even IF Bernie wins, you’ll be really glad you’ve built up more local and global solidarity, community alliances and a few strategies ready for the challenges that will undoubtedly come next !

* A note on (s)elections:

The 2-party RNC vs. DNC horror show that currently dominates the US political process should never be mistaken for the concept of an authentic and fair democratic election. We could rant endlessly on this, but we’ll have to keep it short. And a topic far too large a can of worms to open up in a footnote, but should be stated nonetheless:  Democracies in any nation-state are generally a tyranny of  a majority, and should never be considered an acceptable end goal.

And special Thanks to Guerrilla Socialists @GuerrillaDems for all the great Hillary cartoons – in one place…. have a look , and retweet often, if you’re using the social media platforms ! :)

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AND if you can…

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Logan Symposium interpreted… Part 2

March 16th, 2016

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And what if the internet is not recuperable … in its krapitalist incarnation ?! #logancij16

A question XLterrestrials have wished to pose for some time now to various players in the current digital culture “exodus”… i.e. for anyone who has access to read this now.

As we develop this part 2 analysis, we’d really like to thank Nafeez Ahmed, the creator of Insurge Intelligence ( a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, link below )  for highlighting some key points of Snowden and Assange’s contributions to the discussion at the symposium. We were a little too busy being annoyed by the grim prospects of ever finding our way out of the corporate labyrinth that we – as users – continue to help construct around us… But perhaps the perceptual shift, the relationship to our machines,  has in fact already occurred….

In the meantime read Nafeez !

We couldn’t help noticing this recent composition from Leonard Cohen – Nevermind ( 2014) – makes a heart-jarring soundtrack to the darkness we feel enveloping the world when it becomes so seduced by the technotopian-makers’ realm. And we utilized our cover foto/collage from the video. Watch/Listen HERE.

And we actually got turned onto this song by this incredible remix from Doggy Brasco aka Haris Pilton aka ? … which manages to take it up a few notches, and puts the lyrics into a Yugoslavian context !

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Interpreting The Logan Symposium … Part 1

March 12th, 2016

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Our initial preview of the CIJ2016 Logan Symposium is here.

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Many inspiring tales to take from The Logan Symposium, which brought together journalists, activists, hackers, technical specialists and citizens aiming together to Challenge Power ! The theme of the event brought into sharp focus the multi-layered aspects which are endangering the space for democracies and a free press to evolve around the globe.

Not surprising, given all the changes in media brought on by digital environments, many sessions were dedicated to the new tools in the arsenal today for investigative journalism.

Given the XLterrestrials long-developing critiques with all the fallout from technotopian dreams, contradictions and corporate takeovers, we found many points of contention with a conference for journalists which is still charging ahead with such technological faith, without deeper critical analysis about where these territories have been and are still leading us.

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To begin, we’ll start at the end, the closing address, a Google-hangout chat with Edward Snowden.

While we all can and should be inspired by the whistleblowers now coming out of the US imperialist situation… Snowden is a 32 year-old “digital native” IT security specialist who spent most of his employed experience in service to American secret intelligence agencies, and has yet to show a truly global (nor radical) perspective on what havoc technological krapitalism and/or californian ideology has wrought upon humanity and the lives in the digital “coal mines” – ie. the entire spectrum: from unemployed Frackbook users/surfers in Idaho, to the slave labor ( i.e cobalt extraction )  in the Congo and/or chip-manufacturers in maquiladoras or Foxconn , to a teacher in rural India.

Which reminds us, that the most fascinating interaction we’ve seen so far with Snowden was the visit from Arundhati Roy

While his insights about security, privacy and civil liberties carry a unique insider perspective, we believe it might take some time before he would grasp, much less take a position in, the heavier dystopian view of an expanding and transnational “cybernetic regime”.

While most of what he conveyed in his address to the Logan audience was not very new, it was interesting to hear him first use the word ” techno-utopian” … and to mention a Marxist notion of “seizing the means of communication”.

But even that gets more complicated …

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Secondly, the story of activist + tech adept Tim Jenkin provided for us some odd perspective. His incredible tales of helping to break the apartheid regime in South Africa and achieving a daring jailbreak w/ his colleague Stephen Lee after being arrested for working with the banned ANC  is the real stuff of Rebel Legends.

But we believe that analyzing HOW his accomplishments were framed at such a symposium might be constructive…

Namely, that highlighting the technical breakthroughs without taking into account the multiple factors and players in the black population’s fight for freedom in S. Africa is a little problematic…

While communications ARE absolutely essential in such a battle with the state as Jenkin tells us, the narrow perspective we got is one which aligns with the technological fetishism of the hacker community … and does little to shine light on the broader spectrum of political tools in the citizens’ toolbox that when combined can bring a racist authoritarian regime down.

Would it be too much to ask to have provided some actual voices from the ANC, which was the militant force and brave leadership for which Jenkin’s brilliant technical skills became such an asset ?

Given that the conference already had some cultural diversity and multi-cultural perspective issues, this became a kind of glaring omission… and not to say this is Jenkin’s fault …  But we are already highly sensitive to this, since we are especially  concerned that our dilemmas in the tech sectors could be better addressed when they are being analyzed in collaboration with cultures of resistance that are approaching struggles from positions far outside the realm of IT… and all those colonial tech industries.

While we – XLT – are not historians, a brief review of the S. African struggle reveals black labor unions, the leverage of a large militant force, violent clashes, a charismatic leader in prison, economic sanctions + solidarity movements + boycotts … all central to breaking the back of white colonial rule ( which is far from over ). Communications and a clever encryption tool being apart of all that. But let’s not over-fetishize it.

It feels as though an awkward potential for a weird “white tech savior” narrative emerges if one over-emphasizes its importance.

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Note: we have removed a foto posted of Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an undercover journalist working in Ghana and across the African continent… as the program had requested NO PHOTOS FOR THIS SESSION, which we’ve only later discovered. He presented from behind a screen, as a silhouette, and then briefly coming out to sit briefly with the moderator with a very unusual beaded mask.

But this uncovers another strange oddity, when one realizes the only African journalist keynote speaker present at a conference for journalists must not show himself. Certainly not the fault of Anas, but a powerful contextual image to reflect upon in the extreme asymetrical global struggles of mass mediation, technologies and the voices from a subjugated developing world.

Our foto was from a distance of the silhouette. Perhaps we can get permission to use it, but will proceed with caution until advised.

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@SomersetBean Snowden speech can be listen to and downloaded here https://voicerepublic.com/talks/edward-snowden … # LoganCIJ16 #podcst

more archived links to come !

On the XLt Radar : Nervous System ( + Evasive Cultures ), The Logan CIJ Symposium and Civil Society 4.0

March 1st, 2016

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< 10 March – 9 May 2016 > NERVOUS SYSTEMS: QUANTIFIED LIFE AND THE SOCIAL QUESTION is an exhibition by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in collaboration with the Tactical Technology Collective, co-curated by Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski and Anselm Franke.

( Note : Opening event in March 10th. )

Watch the Trailer Here at the TTC page

XLterrestrials are really excited to see what happens and what results may occur from this exhibition. While there’s some overlap in guests from Transmediale, and perhaps similar institutional handling of social crises, being once again in the HKW “discourse-container” … Yet, there is potential for some volatile and mind-altering substances in the mix, that may spill out into the contextual everyday urban pool of the local inhabitants.

Program + Exhibition include: Lawrence Liang, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Eyal Sivan & Audrey Maurion, James Bridle, Nishant Shah, Peng! Collective, Avery F. Gordon,  … and many more ! … And in a finnisage event in May with With Franco Berardi, Laboria Cuboniks and Evgeny Morozov … which we wish was sooner and/or throughout.

XLt analysts’ ready to engage…

Though already we suspect a few topics may have been inconveniently left off the table… namely calling out the Techno-Fascist trajectories … and too few Opt-Out categories ( whatever that could mean, we still don’t know ) …  perhaps :)

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” Challenge power! Building alliances against Secrecy, Surveillance &Censorship “

Guests include: Dr Nafeez Ahmed ( INSURGE intelligence / VICE / Middle East Eye / Anglia Ruskin Uni  ) — Simon Levi ( Xnet ) —- Seymour Hersh —- Stefania Maurizi —  Anas Aremeyaw Anas ( an undercover journalist, attorney and private detective working in Ghana and Africa ) —- Wikileaks —-  etc…

Recently a researcher* reminded us to revisit the Cypherpunks book, which came out in 2012 ( u can view it here, along with a review by Cryptome )… and ALL the authors of this book will be speaking at the Logan Symposium ( including Assange from London) . While we have a pretty clear overview of the importance of encryption, a means of direct action + civil disobedience in a thoroughly corrupt and dangerous era of authoritarian trends, which include a cybernetic form of “regime changes” and omnipresent surveillance abuse. But we question some of its potential misconceptions in the fight for civil liberties… and a healthy sustainable planet.

The platonic nature of the internet, ideas and information flows, is debased by its physical origins. Its foundations are fiber optic cable lines stretching across the ocean floors, satellites spinning above our heads, computer servers housed in buildings in cities from New York to Nairobi. Like the soldier who slew Archimedes with a mere sword, so too could an armed militia take control of the peak development of Western civilization, our platonic realm. “ writes Julian Assange.

While the book provides a uniquely powerful warning about what the internet has become, the XLterrestrials would perhaps take this one philosophical AND tactical step further :

Our very real physical incarnations / situations are rather debased by information flows and the internet, which can hardly be called “a platonic realm”… These constructed pipelines of communication do not resemble anything like spiritual love, rather are industrial tools which may shape, capture and reduce our desires to connect with fully-dimensional human beings …  into some alien Other. They quite possibly transform a platonic realm and our existential mind/body being into a high-speed cybernetic networks and very impoverished misrepresentations, like transforming life and blood of living thinking organisms into disembodied + manipulable coded systems, whose overarching designs are metaphorically and literarily constructing A STEERING WHEEL ( kybernetic),  primarily accessible to those who either operate statecraft ( or as Keller Easterling calls extrastatecraft)  and/or those who are the most economicly + technologically advantaged/empowered/privileged… which is almost certainly not YOU ( on your desktop, laptops, mobile devices and whatnot ).

Isn’t it the dream of such ( cognitive krapitalist ) pipelines which has manifested the current dilemma ?! Granted it is exacerbated by the corporate endgame frenzies, but it is the dream itself, which rings like a John Perry Barlow Silicon Valley cartoon-start-up mission statement, especially now that the thing, this cybernetic other, has shown its true teeth !

Are we still following this massive error in our desire to reclaim and to liberate a not-so-innocent little a-platonic realm … our baby-Frankenstein ?!

Shouldn’t we be fighting for the various embodiments of love and intelligent social structures / organisms and a healthy earthbound-basis of shared realities …  at least until the Singularity Inc. arrives in c. 2045, when all the Kurzweillian geek discipledom has opened up the open-sourced pearly  Gates (Google’d + Bill’d) for all our spiritual circuits to be permanently entered elsewhere … and/or all our physical habitats (irreparably) deleted … ahem, no joke.

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XTRa-NOTE ! DONATE ! XLterrestrials will be covering both of these events, processing, relaying and analyzing the information… If you would like to support us doing our XLT reports… NOW would be a good time ! Ask us about our Patreon fundraiser account or how you can donate directly.

* re: unnamed researcher. the XLTs have a different kind of critique than this researcher, so until we have time to adequately understand and analyze the ones presented there, we prefer to leave this link anonymous. But thanks for pointing us back to the cypherpunks, in their own words.

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< March 3-5 > Civil Society 4.0 – Refugees and digital self-organization at HKW, Berlin

Refugees, volunteers, activists, and supporters from different backgrounds will come together for two and a half days at Haus der Kulturen der Welt to discuss, network and share their knowledge about digital self-organization.

To contribute to the congress, you don’t have to be a professional speaker or scientist // we are all experts of our own lives and experiences.

This congress is open to everyone!

In cooperation with Asyl-in.de, Chaos Computer Club Berlin e.V., Refugee Hackathon, Maptime Berlin, metroZones, Migration Hub, Refugee Emancipation e.V., reboot.fm, We Are Born Free! Empowerment Radio

Comment: This is great to see HKW working with all these groups, stepping in with practical intervention and assistance. But we might see problems arising, in that “digital organisation” will be a secondary concern to most? refugees, who are not being given basic rights and access to primary life necessities… i.e. abilities to rent apartments, jobs, cash + basic income, freedom of mobility. But, obviously digital culture assistance will give them more chances to fight for a better position in their new homes, new countries …

Analyzing this event at HKW may reveal new insights and routes for more citizens to get involved ! 

This Techno-Industrialist Fetish, Is it WOMB ENVY ?!

February 28th, 2016

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So maybe now you’re starting to wonder what all this new A.I. “Space Race”  is about… We don’t know about you, but our newsfeed is flooded with items about ROBOTS ! And THINKING Robots !

Well, some of our XLterrestrial analysts have started wondering what’s going on – you know, the big picture ! Especially after watching this video…

A NOVA / PBS clip about the work of Pierre-Yves Oudeyer - Research Director at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation and head of the Inria and Ensta-ParisTech (FLOWERS) team …

And its not-so-strange artworld tie-in with David Lynch doing the design work, the little E.T-like ( penis ) heads … putting  “a literal face on the oddest collection of little learning robots. “

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” What the f*ck is this techno-industrialist fetish and the predominantly male urge to desperately give birth to non-living “learning” gadgets, when it’s so painfully obvious that they are already such planetary deadbeat dads to the creatures of our current habitats, being so abundantly squandered + exploited +  slaughtered by their persistently detached brainspew and overstretched krapitalist-fueled narcissism and self-interest !?”  – Dr. Thrackmoore 3

Is it Vagina/Womb Envy !? ” asks Professor Flux

( borrowing a term from one of our hacker friends from the Berlin Crypto Parties, which he uses to refer to as a somewhat unusual but recurring trait of some hacklabbers, who do not wish to give up control of the things which they’ve created, which goes counter to the preferred open source hacker ethics. Though let’s face it, there isn’t much hope of reclaiming the commons in the landscape of industrial technospheres. )

” That sounds about right… And kinda feels like Lynch is stooging for A.I., which reminds me of Tim Leary’s dropping back IN for a little ( or a LOT of ) cash from Autodesk- an early Silicon Valley firm that sponsored him and others like J. Perry Barlow to go on the cyberhype lecture circuit…” Labcoat Kylie


“Ha, but I’m more interested in the bigger pic; What’s all the fuss about learning robots ? … I mean if you wanna learn about human learning,  work at a school with kids, and actually put some investment into living beings! … DOH ! ” – Dr. Thrackmoore 3

“Well of course the obvious answer there is: Ain’t no billions of dollars in venture capital for working w/ kids … for some strange reason… *sigh* … But who knows, maybe after TTIP, children will be back up on the market …  the commodity factor will incentivize more spending in new meat puppet development. ” – Labcoat Kylie

” Robots won’t need to be cared for… it’s the perfect house pet and/or slave for a psychopathic culture addicted to new things … Completely disposal labor… they can be tossed into a landfill in Nigeria after you’ve had your way with them. ” Prof Flux


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The Institute of Unchartered Waters, a C-KiNO #51 afterward…

February 25th, 2016

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Looking in search engines for an image of “unchartered waters” unveils a predominantly hideous eye-gouging collection of cheap graphic designs for a popular corporate game product. Interesting and disturbing how this title in the net world could render all other meanings of the phrase as secondary or insignificant.

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One might imagine these infantile + torturous game images being projected on the dingy wall of some Abu-Ghraib-like secret prison on the outskirts of Silicon Valley, where some poor art professor strapped to a chair is being forced to denounce his fellow resistance comrades for teaching traditional skills in a New Media recruitment college. There where a recent raid had uncovered a “radical cell” of the unconverted, who were attempting to subvert and evade the Great Digital Cultural Revolution.

Last week’s CiTiZEN KiNO #51 : Unmapping Existence and Unchartered Waters was a little bit like an analytical fruit plucked too soon from the tree. With less than a month to prepare, we didn’t have time to flesh out some more precise expressions of what it might mean to seek out those territories which go against the current tide of being swallowed up into the vast business vortices of the ubiquitous new tech.

And in Part 2 of the event, we got into some complicated discussions about the new DiEM25 movement launched by Yannis Varoufakis and many others. Pragmatic strategies and a political counter-force to the fractious divisions that will arise in Europe if the EU project becomes mangled by the financial winners/managers ( from above )  and fails to evolve as a democratic body, made transparent and held accountable by its constituents and an informed public.

Both are topics we hope we’ll find time to revisit again.

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But here we wish to elaborate on schooners in the stormy seas, cause only by zooming out to some potentially poetic lens can we escape the grisly details of the challenges we face…

One of our recent deep encounters was learning about the work of Keller Easterling and her new radical angles on #extrastatecraft – the title of her new book published by Verso. Exceptional insights from a soft-spoken but penetrating sociologically-minded architect who forces us to think anew not just about the vicious urban space of the 21st century, but perhaps also (an XLT extrapolation to our recurring theme?) another way of seeing how our lives are caught in the now palpably volatile NETstream. And about operating systems, far outside the realm of any even-pretending democratic process or regulatory bodies. Deep, and creepy as hell.

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When the XLterrestrials were kids, we had a guest room at a relative’s house. In a mostly barren space, on the wall above the bed was a schooner painting in high seas. A static image, it never changed… Year after year it was always in its place, a little window through which to dream …

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CiTiZEN KiNO #51 : Unmapping Existence + Unchartered Waters

February 11th, 2016

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The C-kino #51 Titan Pad for sharing ideas, media + resources

In part, a response to both the tsunami of metadata-like introspection of “conversation pieces” at Transmediale * and the coming 2 weeks of shrinkwrapped spectacles and celebrity-itis of the Berlinale Festival, we will attempt to use C-KINO #51 to go beyond the screens, the cozy discourse and analytical lenses with pragmatic art attacks !

The act of unmapping ourselves from the usual territories of arts and culture could be a method to discovering how we might initiate a more resistant mobility.  Searching for social interactions and interventions existing outside of flattened art representations  + objectification + narratives, as well as the industrial trends of obsessively tracking, visualizing, and data-frying human endeavors, we take a dive into Unchartered Waters…

Essentially this is wild card for what kinds of media bits + analysis we might present in order to provoke more activity off-the-grid of known territories and captured audience settings… and closer to the action !

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This is a video – news item – we came across 2day…

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… as we were imagining what tact to take to follow all the dense discussions and proposed ideas that took place at Transmediale 16… topics which went far deeper than most arts+media festivals, but still left us a little cold and somewhat lost in what concrete actions to take next … on a number of urgent situations…

We’ll be hunting more media which provide examples of pragmatic art attacks… ( which can certainly get more radical than what KQED – a long-established San Francisco media channel – would be allowed to broadcast )

So if you have other suggestions of media and/or project links to add to the mix, send us…

We’ll be posting a Titan Pad link shortly, to collect resources and discuss ideas for the C-KiNO event.

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* see XLT analysis of Transmediale – #TM16 – Festival

AddEd: to 2nite’s C-KINO #51, analysis of Berlin start-up porn ;) Don’t Miss ! http://xlterrestrials.org/plog/?p=15084 @Info_Activism


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The Launch of DiEM25 in Btropolis, 09.02.16

February 10th, 2016

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Amazing debates were already unfolding around the initiative to form a new Democracy in Europe Movement – DIEM25 ( and the Manifesto ) on Monday in Berlin  …

A roundtable discussion w/ Talk Real – with Yanis Varoufakis, Marisa Matias, S. Sierakowski, V. Orazzini, Lorenzo Marsili … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc1vMTTfaQc … skip to VID START: 19m:38s -  “Enjoy” and/or pull your hair out, but by all means … pay attention !

Today, we feel trapped between a rock and a hard place. Squeezed between a failing and undemocratic European Union and equally failing and undemocratic national states.
But beyond sterile arguments over the benefits of an independent nation-state or of a united Europe, we think that what we should really be talking about is how to organise to transform both.

Much to add about the day of deliberations/workshop and the evening launch event at the Volksbuehne, felt like an epic historical turn unfolding … we’ll have to come back to share some impressions.

An option and a force arises to save EU from fanatical krapitalism, austerity, idiocracy and nationalist devolution!

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