On the XLT Winter Radar 2018: On the Edge of All Our Tomorrow(s)

January 12th, 2018

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< 12.01 > William Basinski, Skrei, Nent at Funkhaus Berlin

( warning! )  <13.01> AVA Movie Night : DETROIT, directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker and  Zero Dark Thirty) with discussion after featuring DARNELL STEPHEN SUMMERS, Lichtblick Kino

< 16.o1 > The Edge Of Tomorrow, Trevor Paglen in dialogue, KW Institute

< 17-25.01 > “Spy On Me” – Focus on Big Data – w/ Peng! Collective, Timo Daum, Felix Maschewski , Anna-Verena Nosthoff + Nina Scholz, and more,  Hau / Hebbel Theater

< 19.01 > Transmediale / Vorspiel opening at Acud

< 20.01 > Soliparty für B6112 ( the Volksbuhne Occupiers ), KÖpi

< 26.01 > A Tribe Called Red, Lido – Postponed / TBA

< Dec31- Feb 4 > “Face Value” Transmediale 2018, HKW

< Feb 2 > Fuck Off Google workshop at Transmediale, HKW

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KIEZ ALERT !

The big news on the homefront is Btropoolis neighborhoods are mobilizing against the accelerating gentrification. The story of Google Campus moving into Kreuzberg ( in March 2018? ) is poking an epicly agitating beehive… the Kiez is swarming, and rising up to change the directions of our city !

For more news… follow FuckOffGoogle.de

And share your news ! Send us your highlights and your recommendations !

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The ANTI-NEOLIBERAL-GRAVITY COMMUNITY ARTS + CULTURE SPACE(s)

January 7th, 2018

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( The foto is from Szimpla, an unusual and creative cafe+venue space made from a former ruin in the city center of Budpaest. Send us some of your favorite interiors of public spaces and venues, as examples.)

When Life is about to give you a military industrial complex LEMON… DO NOT MAKE LEMONADE ! … rather, Imagine a worker-owned collective that serves whatever you can dream next !!

Currently Google is planning to open a “Campus” in Kreuzberg… in 2018… And the neighborhood has formed numerous groups to oppose it. READ MORE HERE !

The last thing we, or any city needs, is corporate dreamers installing a neoliberalist cathedral for the big brother vampire machines, and implementing corporate + state surveillance technologies … ad infinitum, ad nauseum !

WE NEED TO COUNTER THE BULLSHIT WITH A COUNTER-VISION OF WHAT OUR FUTURE CITY COULD BE, OUR OWN DESIGNS FOR COLLECTIVE, COOPERATIVE, NON-KRAPITALIST, NON-COMPETITIVE LIVING !

SO LET’S DREAM BIG ! LET’S DREAM IN TANGIBLE COMMUNITY-SCALES !

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While we are formulating what such a community space resource could look like,… Send us some fotos of YOUR favorite labs, lounges, cultural spaces… to visualize … ANOTHER POSSIBLE CULTURE !

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Time For #34C3, Engines On !

December 26th, 2017

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< Dec 27-30 > #34C3 in Leipzig

Keynote: Charlie Stross- Dude, You Broke the Future ! ! Weds. 27.12 – 11.30h CET … live streamed ( and archived )

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XLT perspectives… coming soon !

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( foto above by Benks @Algoropticon )

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And we’re very excited that this year the TEAHOUSE has its own little B-side stage for lectures and presentations ( which were rejected and/or need urgent ‘last-minute’ insertion )… See full schedule here… Our C-KINO project is booked for Thurs. Nite !

< 28.12 > CiTiZEN KINO #69 : Electric Sheep Revisited v.2 - an XLT anarcho feminist critique of “blade runners” at 34c3, on the teahouse stage at 23:00h CET ( seating limited, come early… and sorry, not streamed )

( Original write-up and links to view some of the media used, HERE. )


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The XLterrestrials present an anarcho-feminist critique of the Blade Runner films, but not too get too nerdy about the films themselves ( and script debates), but as a starting point to dissect the Hollywood advertising machine and the spectacle of male-viewpoint dystopias in the context of our immediate social challenges. The idea that the technological realms will be our savior in the midst of climate breakdown, political and corporate power grabs, and wild neoliberal frenzies seems to be a fading light in a dark-wired vortex !  The questions now might be: How will we shape alternative visions for possible futures as we disarm the threats of a dismal environmental + social collapse accelerated by both the return of a rabid hyper-nationalism AND a new transnational techno-fascistic corporate state !? And what if the Sci-Fi genre “jumped the ( tech) shark” and started imagining radical new methods for transforming our present !

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 P.K.Dick at the C-Base hacklab in Berlin, in collaboration with Telekommunisten and Mozilla Foundation.

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more details + NOTES coming soon !

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And HIGHLY recommended: @Ms_Multicolor

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

December 13th, 2017

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Fig. 1 : A city created like an organism with roots from below is a beautiful creature, while a machine-world – ruled by elites from above – becomes the new colonialism !

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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 gentrification 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 and 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 neo-liberalism 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 A VERY REAL DANGER !

( We flipped the usual image of a tentacled corporate monster to imagine ourselves NOT as a victim, 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 NACHBARSCHAFT

- 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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from the “Hexen 2.o” series about the cybernetic age…

by Suzanne Treister

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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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< Dec 7 > CiTiZEN KINO #69 : Electric Sheep REvisited x2

at Club Der Polnischen Versager, Berlin 20h

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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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About  -  # COP23 -

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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organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Blatter Verlag.

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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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( pic from James Bridle’s project Citizen Ex )

< 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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