5th Day of Refugee Crisis in Berlin, #Ohlauer

June 28th, 2014

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{ the peoples press conference, supporters in Reichenbergerstr. foto credit: @chrpape . See § 23* explained, below. }

>> NEWS UPDATES ( DAY 8 – 01.07 ) <<

( 01.07 15:00h ) RT > #Ohlauer twitter is going a little berserk ( for Kberg bezirk ; ) … many are saying eviction is imminent… Hard to say what’s clear info … BUT definitely NOW’s A GOOD TIME TO SHOW #SOLIDARITY … either online or in person !

# Ohlauer

Ohlauer Infopoint @OhlauerInfo

AND livestream(s ) …i.e…  RT > Ohlauer Infopoint @OhlauerInfo 3m
[1458] #ohlauer livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JijQkSPT5E&


Up to 1000+ police have sealed off an entire city block of Kreuzberg FOR FIVE DAYS in their attempts to forcibly evict the Gerhart-Hauptmann School, which has been a chaotic and makeshift residence + refuge for over a year and a half.

Negotiations have come to a standstill and the situation remains dangerous for the lives of an estimated 40 ( to-80 ?) refugees still inside. And the Berlin city government appears unable to resolve either the immediate crisis at the occupied school, nor the tragic and residual effects of mishandling the larger political contexts of asylum seekers and an increasingly desperate migrant population.

And then of course, we have the whole rising tide of the struggles for human rights and freedom of mobility in the midst of EU’s ongoing fantasy-island- delusions, as their geo-political neighbors undergo volatile globalization shifts, wars and instabilities. Naturally this dilemma is reaching the shores of major international metropoles like Berlin, but meanwhile local politicians can’t even find a dignified and diplomatic way out of their own district’s disgraceful ostrich holes.

( no offense to ostriches. )

* (Article) §23 explained in style by Joshua Kwesi Aikins at People’s Press Conf. 27.06 https://www.facebook.com/schokofeh.kamiz#!/photo.php?v=1339317276082182&set=vb.100000117681911&type=2&theater … (fbook) Thx to all archivers !

now On Youtube, Thx Schokofeh !


Previous XLterrestrials report: EU Fortress vs. Refugees, #Ohlauer





[ from 27/28/29/30.06 ]

And they call it “voluntary eviction” –  https://www.freitag.de/autoren/julialita/and-they-call-it-voluntary-eviction –  ( Auf De – from 27.06 – here )

Tausende zeigen Solidarität mit Flüchtlingen - http://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/937462.tausende-zeigen-solidaritaet-mit-fluechtlingen.html

Friedliche Demo für Flüchtlinge – http://taz.de/!141337/

Der politische Selbstmord der Grünen in Kreuzberg https://medium.com/@lorz/6024b2642da3

Niederlage in erster Instanz

Flüchtlinge wollen bleiben – Nacht weitgehend ruhig

Last refugees hang on in Berlin school

Hunderte demonstrieren friedlich vor Schule

#OHLAUER – EIN PROTOKOLL VOM BÜNDNIS ZWANGSRÄUMUNG VERHINDERN - http://www.kotzendes-einhorn.de/blog/2014-06/ohlauer-ein-protokoll-vom-buendnis-zwangsraeumung-verhindern/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+KotzendesEinhorn+%28Kotzendes+Einhorn%29



{ The actual press conference, after 3.5 days of no press allowed }

?Pressekonferenz der Geflüchteten, Ohlauer, Berlin Kreuzberg, 2?
(Leftvision video)

Witnessed blog - http://witnessed-series.blogspot.de/2014/06/the-refugee-protest-in-germany-silence.html

Besetzte Schule in Kreuzberg—Mehr Polizei, mehr Absperrungen, aber keine Lösung in Sicht – http://www.vice.com/de/read/update-fluechtlinge-ohlauer-gerhart-hauptmann-schule-kreuzberg

Schlechtes Gewissen macht Angst - http://www.taz.de/Debatte-Fluechtlingspolitik/!141355/

Drama um Flüchtlinge in Berlin-Kreuzberg Ein Kiez lebt unter ständiger Polizeikontrolle – http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/bezirke/kreuzberg-blog/drama-um-fluechtlinge-in-berlin-kreuzberg-ein-kiez-lebt-unter-staendiger-polizeikontrolle/10121306.html

Rooftop Standoff Ongoing In Berlin, 6th day ( now 7 ) – http://revolution-news.com/berlin-refugees-threaten-to-set-squat-on-fire-if-police-attempt-eviction/



[ ... has been incompetent, often lacking important details and deeper context, and at worst patheticly misleading. Just one quick example: ABC reports hundreds of police, when in fact, as of saturday, has reached well over 1000x ]

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11283888 …

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/06/african-refugees-berlin-school-standoff-2014627202217110629.html …

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/world-digest-june-27-2014/2014/06/27/37ed0206-fe12-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html …

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/refugees-stand-off-police-berlin-school-24340619 …



# Ohlauer

Ohlauer Infopoint @OhlauerInfo


#aktionsticker findet ihr hier: https://t.co/yb9nXPHoh6 // @OhlauerInfo // Infotelefon: 017697528414

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EU Fortress Vs. Refugees – AchterFinale ?

June 27th, 2014




>>> Current Updates for 27.06 SEE BELOW >>>

The mendacious and blundering Berlin politicians have now turned the occupied school in Kreuzberg into a massive international rallying point for Migrant + Refugee Rights in Germany and the EU !! … And it’s heating up !! … Follow this story !! #Ohlauer

“We haven’t had time to sum up all the developments + complexity into english yet… but here in De, the sharp view ( and timeline summary ) from the left – “the puking unicorn” blog LOL – in support of the occupiers:


Call for a press conference 2day at 15:00h at the Ohlauer School… Protestors are  already amassing in large numbers in Reichenbergerstr. ( @ Ohlauerstr. ) to support !

definitely more to come…

* achterfinale is the german word for the round before the quarterfinals… This clash of wills where real lives are at stake is about to override the World Cup Spectacle, at least for those who are paying attention to the global crises and the people’s struggles now unfolding  !

” The incredible #Ohlauer story ( Refugees + Migrants fighting for their rights and freedom of mobility in the EU ) makes The World Cup look like Teletubbies for Zombie Adults. ” XLterrestrials analyst



Updates for Friday – 27.06 ::

——- the “Press Conference” -A for the public in Reichenberger just finished… and now the press is allowed to go into the barricaded area to speak to 3 occupiers who will come down ( and have supposedly been guaranteed that they can return ) for PressConf.-B …

—— PConf-A was emotional ! The occupiers spoke via skype or mobile and thanked the people for their support to a couple hundred people in Reichenbergerstr. [ Didn't catch all ]. Then a number of people shared information. Perhaps most important was that the control of the situation has been handed over to the police (which many would see as a sign that the politicians wash their hands of any forceful actions that would come, others view it as the control is in more tempered stategic hands.

—— (link not checked) RT> Livestream der PK #ohlauer läuft jetzt hier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7igXaA8NJjk&pxtry=1 … // Proxtube falls gesperrt: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/proxtube/ …


Sailing Libraries and Floating Technotopian Shitholes

June 14th, 2014


Just the other day a friend of ours, who we – coincidentally – met on the M.S. Stubnitz – an incredible art venue currently ported in Hamburg – during Chaos Congress, wrote about her dream of a “Sailing Library”. Returning from the conference Radical Openness, which was in Linz, Austria on a beautiful part of the Danube, she wrote …

At [ the] conference I slept on [a] boat, and met the owner, who is having multiple ships used as “artist in residence” places.  That made me wish again that my old dream would come true – a sailing library! With multi-lingual books! Mostly Alice in Wonderland & Little Prince , that I already have in 20+ languages … “

Someone replied on the list:

“Seriously? – A sailing library. In the 21st century.
I wish transition people wouldn’t be so hopelessly romantic. I mean,
there is actual lives at stake. People’s lives are getting destroyed, some
are dying.”

HE goes on to give a few valuable suggestions for digitzing books and spreading internet access, BUT it triggered our XLterrestrial technotopian critiques… and we had just read the section of Astra Taylor’s The People’s Platform, the chapter called “Drawing A Line” which debunks many dreamy digital revolutionary things ( that never quite match the sales pitch )… i.e. the dilemmas of EBOOKS …


And so we wrote in reply, and in defense of SAILING LIBRARIES :

” Hi xxxx xx xxxx et xxxx,

A few years ago we also dreamed about a kind of sailing library… but maybe more
as a touring media lab, and workshop and “media self-defense” space.

Back in the 90s we were quite astounded to discover that a Paris theater
group was passing through Berlin on a beautifully converted canal barge.
It was on its way to Budapest… and we actually had no idea that major european
cities were even connected by a vast system of waterways.

Not really clear about the feasibility and costs of such a project, but
the idea still appeals to us to have a floating , mobile teaching lab…

About a decade later, we were spending a lot of time touring the Danube
regions, and pondered it again… Was sitting on the Vltava in Prague, and
imagined “The Institute Of Unchartered Waters” (IOUW, or something like
that ) … which would be a bit like a travelling hacklab.

What would it take to get ahold of one of those nice-sized ferries ? Or a
good-sized barge, to convert the cargo hull like the french theater group.

What sort of EU funding could be accessed to make a project that
facilitated such collaborations between all the eastblock, balkan, slavic and danube
cultures ?

Years ago we had also met Slobodan Dan Paich, a serbian artist who had accessed
a GIANT military 500-personal carrier ( a deco-era passenger ship from the famous Mothball fleet in the Carcinas straights renamed multiple times, last known as The Golden Bear ) and turned into a cultural center… The ARTSHIP.


It was TWICE the size of The Stubnitz, which is Already an unbelievably
massive ship. The costs to maintain it were immense, and on top of that
neither the port of Oakland nor SF ever gave him a decent birth, nor
proper licenses to operate as a public space in the harbors.

BUT it thrived for a few years as an underground fringe , kinda hidden,
and not entirely legal cultural space in the shadows. It was MINDBLOWING !
he pulled it off for awhile.

STubnitz is still thriving, and has been plotting to sail to North Africa
for a few years. If they pull it off, it will be a brilliant cultural
exchange ! ( the kind of project that makes a multi-million euro shithole
operahouses like Bayreuth and the new Schloss in Berlin look like gilded
toilet seats for wealthy jack-offs ! )


re: Transitions, eBooks and romantic Walmarts and Tescos of Digital Culture

We are currently reading Astra Taylor’s incredibly sharp
“The People’s Platform – Taking back power and culture in the Digital Age”

Xxxx Xxxx sent us a link for a downloadabe pdf – if we don’t post it
here, check back for it later at : http://xlterrestrials.org/plog/?p=12546

It debunks ALOT of shit about the net DREAMY and technotopia…

In one chapter called “drawing a line” she lays out some shocking analysis
about digital books…

” Printed books, it turns out, are a surprisingly resilient technology. I
have editions on my shelves that are a century old and are still perfectly
functional; they have been owned and read by others, they have been moved,
and dropped, spilled on, and written in. While i may lust after my
grandfather’s library, my grandchildren will not care to inherit an
antique kindle or an ipad any more than i want last decade’s clunky
desktop. Some may protest that is the nature of technological innovation,
but much of our consumption is driven not by advances in engineering but
by planned obsolescence. ”

She goes on to dissect the tech culture and its hidden costs, the massive
amount of (dirty) energy required, the massive ewaste dumps in Nigeria, the
precious minerals and water required for production…

” … it is estimated that mining the gold necessary to produce a single cell
phone – only one mineral of many required for the finished product -
produces upwards of 220 pounds of waste ”

etc. etc…


Some technologies like books and bicycles, SAILBOATS and LIBRARIES look like
LONG-LASTING precious human-scale inventions afterall … ones that the
digital evangelists are forgetting, discarding, trampling or leaving far behind in their cyberDREAMS, self-driving Google-tracked cars and a general Walmarket-ization of culture available through downloads from noxious clouds !


Note : this is from the “uncivilization” mailing list  – for discussing radical sustainability and survival … contact us if you are interested to take part.

to be cont.

Dismalware² + XLterrestrials + CiTiZEN KiNO #39 …

June 6th, 2014


Coming Soon to Supermarkt-Berlin ( june 7 preview ) and Panke ( June 25 full episode ) …

More info coming soon !

And would YOU like to invite us to perform This Summer / Fall ?!!

contact us !


< 07.06 > Dismalware v.2 w/ Telekommunisten, Monochrom, XLterrestrials, at Supermarkt – Berlin, 19:00h doors open

[ dismalware v.2 fedbook invite ]

< 25.06 > CiTiZEN KiNO# 29 : Who Killed Bambi’s Internet ? at Panke, Berlin

A Special Berlin premiere at Dismaleware v2 of…


More on film here at Monochrom site.

And an excellent write-up on the film by Bonni Rambatan at the Telekommunisten site ! ( apparently one of their most trafficked posts of late )…  XLterrestrials are looking fwd to more of his writing…  follow here @Bonni07

And there’s already talk of a Dismalware3… we only await Kubrick’s green light before we go into production mode…



Bringing the Over-Mediated back to life…

May 30th, 2014


{ Rabih Moure’ , HKW 2010 }

We Really didn’t want to get sucked into another festival/conference right now. We’ve been feeling a bit on input overload. But we landed at the opening of

< 29.05- 01.06 > HKW’s 3rd Berlin Documentary Forum, Berlin

And now we’re hooked !

Truly an incredible pleasure on opening night to be introduced to the intimate work of Rabih Mroué – the Lebanese stage and film actor, playwright, and visual artist.

Actually we crossed his path in Kassel at Documenta13, but in the flood of so much detached and taxidermied art there it was often difficult to get past the supermarket-aisles-of-culture context, and to see the deeper value of whose actually behind the works and the messages being delivered.

There was no chance of missing a deep relationship to his latest work. All artworld(+showbiz) framings, all artifice was instantly and magically dissolved. Riding The Cloud was a riveting biographical narrative of personal trauma and inspirational overcoming. Rabih’s brother Yasser takes us through a mesmerizing journey of living through Beirut’s Civil War, which is probably as close as “theater” will ever get to the experience of … dramatic pause… having a sniper’s bullet pass through your own brain… and surviving !


{ Yasser Mroue’ HKW 2014 foto by © Marcus Lieberenz }

While that may not sound like everyone’s infotainment-cup-of-tea, it was groundbreaking and profoundly MINDBLOWING art!  And while it might seem there’s no way to sweeten such a harrowing tale, they did manage to leave our spirits on some higher, and more connected, cloud !

Note : The XLterrestrials work in this field of using media in performance ourselves ( CiTiZEN KiNO project ), and what was also impressive for us was the soft balance between the archival mix and Yasser’s presence on stage. Both the video and performative elements were so casual and unimposing, we received the content as though we had just met the Moure’ brothers outside the mediated sector. As if in a local cafe, back on the ground, back within the common human territories.

For more context to the work. read more here.

to be cont.


Meanwhile, catch what you can at the HKW – BDF #3 program now through sunday !

WHat Would Astra Taylor, Glenn Greenwald, You and We Do ?!

May 29th, 2014


{ Note: We’re still processing these two astounding books. This is not a review, but some initial impressions. }

WHat Would Astra Taylor, Glenn Greenwald, You and We (and that bloke in a Congo mine ) Do ?!  – -  Part 1

Often the analysis we receive today about digital culture is as if you are being given a picture of atomic energy after yet another catastrophic spill…  And it’s a picture painted from inside the control room of a rickety spaceship that’s still running on dreams, contracts and promises made by evangelical nuclear physicists and investors. “   XLterrestrials

We had the extraordinary chance to ask Glenn Greenwald about the Cybernetic Regime while he was in town speaking about No Place To Hide. It was just a two or three liner question, not an interview… But the answer was, in our view, not up-to-speed with Astra Taylor’s new ingenious call-to-arms in The People’s Platform – Taking Back Power and Culture in The Digital Age.

But then Glenn has probably been just a Little Busy with reporting from ground zero of the military industrial netplex. Germany’s Die Zeit, which hosted his talk in Berlin, introduced him as “THE Most Important Journalist working today”. And we concur.

Even before the Snowden documents hit, rarely did a week go by without reading an article, dozens of tweets, and/or some other media referencing his dedicated fight for justice in the ubiquitous shadow of abuses by the imperialist tentacle reach. Reports which not only made us consistently smile w/ a renewed faith in journalism, but as if we were reading news now formatted w/ an Oscar Wilde-like wit that provided us with a global poetic solidarity in the struggles ahead.

The question : We were struck by the one part of your story, where you tell us that you did not really trust Edward Snowden’s story until you met him face-to-face in the Hong Kong hotel.  And at that point there was not a single doubt in your mind that he was anyone other than who he claimed to be! … Given all the situations we are now experiencing in a “Cybernetic Regime”, do you think that EVEN WITHOUT the NSA, GCHQ, Five Eyes, etc. we are getting ourselves into serious trouble with the heavy reliance our society puts on technological communications ?!

to be cont.

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CiTiZEN KiNO #38: Catzilla Clips Forever !

May 27th, 2014


< 28.05 > Another episode of cinema and digital territories hacked by the XLterrestrials for all your tactical pleasures ! CiTiZEN KiNO #38: Catzilla Clips Forever ! at Panke., Wedding-Berlin. 21:00h …

Meanwhile help spread the FBook invite …  if you are in fact a user of this Silicon Valley Dunghole !

TWitter  it ! … if in fact your attention spans have been headshrunk into haiku-sized info-overload potatoes !

Or Put it under your pillow and Never Forget !

to be cont…


ABOUT : Citizen Kino is an experimental hybrid of expanded cinema, theater happening and cultural resistance. WARNING: You may be engaged beyond the media bits for a fully embodied detournement !

dr. Podinski, a psychomedia analyst from the XLterrestrials arts+praxis
group, navigates a specially curated collection of audio/visual materials
on topics related to planetary survival and kicking the habits of the
corporate mediated cult !

Sometimes we have special ninja guests, and sometimes we depend on YOU to push US to go where no ART KiNO FORUM has gone before !

For more info on themes presented for CK#38 ( and previous shows) check out the Podopolog Organism HQ:
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The Balkan Floods : Arts In Action + resources

May 24th, 2014



People in the Balkans are no doubt still reeling from the floods. So many left homeless, many losing all their possessions, city infrastructures in chaos, etc. All this to people who are still piecing together their countries after the war which tore them apart in the 90s.

And the flooding appears from our distant view, far worse than the Katrina devastation in 2005, which was so widely covered in the media. And it took an incomprehensible couple days before global media covered this catastrophe ( Oh yeah that happened w/ Katrina too ). And it’s hardly covering the urgent need for help now ( Oh yeah, same as Katrina, the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Fukushima province, etc etc… )

We’ll try and make a list of resources of where you can make donations below, along with some socio-political analysis,  and climate-f*ck issues as well.


Last night in Berlin – 23.05 – was an inspiring solidarity action event Folk The Flood at Antje Oeklesund in Friedrichshain to support all those in need. Assembled in only 2-3 days, more than a dozen acts, musicians + djs came together, and the house was at maximum capacity.

Raising nearly 1,500 euros and 55 boxes full of donated goods .

That’s arts and community in action !


One of the organizers Carla aka StereoChemistry made some of the usual cynical jokes about F*cking Facebook, rightly so, as she described organizing the event in such a short time, but it was obviously an essential took to make it a success…

And then this morning we awoke with our own usual addictions to the web, and necessities as an arts+media org , and pondered it further …

It surely wouldn’t have flown so well w/o this Fbook thing. So many of us are linked there. BUT more importantly it wouldn’t have happened w/o the historical Autonomous Zones of Rigaerstr. and the people who kick it as artists + freaks there… And w/o the physical non-commercial spaces like Antje Oeklesund existing.

In otherwords, FBook, yur Still a parasitical piece of Zuckerlogical tech-shite most of the time, fully dependent upon WE The Creative PEEPS for all yur slimey leeching ways !

Hopefully we will develop some sort of autonomous zones on the internet again soon, because the issues of a corporation wielding so much power over our communications cannot be understated. yes, we are permitted the possibilities to organize projects aiding a catastrophe, but what about initiating the actions required to prevent environmental catastrophes ahead.  Just one example of many territories that are likely to become untenable in Zuckerberg-Land as the global crises expand.

to be cont…


Some # poplave2014 resources:





Very quickly assembled, we’ll come back for more soon…  And send us yours !

Tactical Media + Tactical Presence ! ( Berlin Past + Egypt Present )

May 19th, 2014


We’re just catching up on the films of MARCO WILMS… somehow we’ve managed to miss them until now.

If you’re in Berlin this week, now’s your chance to get your fill, a serious dose of resistance culture, brought to you in tactical technicolor and practically dripping from the screen w/ current news …

ART WAR features a variety of tactical artists from Egypt, including Ganzeer, who is NOW under serious threat in Egypt, having been accused of working with the Muslim Brotherhood… Follow the news at Perpetuum Mobile ( and on FB at: Perpetuum Mobil? ) and at #Ganzeer


{ Ganzeer at work }

The next 3 days you can catch almost all of Wilms’ works, and discussions, w/ him in attendance.

< 19-22.05 > Radical Frame Films – Marco Wilms – At Lichtblick Kino in Prenzlauerberg.

Arrive early, it’s a cozy micr0-cinema, which can, and probably will, sell out fast.

We’d like to write about our impressions of his brilliant and complex document of Berlin in the 90s – MITTENDRIN, infused w/ a biting GDR – eastern – view, but we’ll have to come back for that …

” Mittendrin is bad ass ! Should be REQUIRED viewing for all Berlin transplants who missed the 80s/90s/00s … and even those who passed thru it in a wild blur, and are Still wondering What The Fuck Happened ! ” Dr.Podinski – XLt + CiTiZEN KiNO analyst



Further Into The Wild Digital Industries ? #rp14

May 8th, 2014


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{ 1, 514 views + a flood of spectacle media + digi-citizen reposts }



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#rp14 / re:publica14

So, to begin, a slight disclaimer, we are covering #rp14 from a safe distance!

1. We have lots of other pressing work to take care, so we are not physically there to gather perspectives 2. We have covered RP many times now, even worked for them once, but what is missing for us is a deeper critical analysis of digital culture itself, and the lack of Technotopian, Machine-Spectacle Colonization + Cybernetic Regime critiques.

As Chris Hedges calls it, in a broader sociological context: The Empire Of Illusion. And is ANYONE expressing an emotional and center stage contempt for the conference’s own alignment and compromises w/ corporate IT companies ?!  … w/ the exception of a penetrating but brief off-the-cuff intro comment in Evgeny Morozov’s talk:

RT ::: “I see that [data +] capitalism is represented in spirit by all the [corporate]  logos behind my back.” @morozov #rp14 http://youtu.be/XpbpJiUJ2fM

Daimler, Microsoft, Evian, Deutsche Bank, Vodaphone… ( please check out their partners list, as there’s probably a few other unsavory things in there. ).  Some years ago this would have made such a conference Not credible to hackers and activists. Why does this pass for credibility for most attendees now ?!!

One sample rant: plastic bottled water is FUCKING STUPID ! Let’s Stop participating in it NOW ! ( easier said then done, we know. Attendees, this is also on your shoulders to DO Different ! )

[  We are just catching wind of the Yes Men-like Google Nest prank performance, which did happen on one of the main stages, but not sure that extends to a critique of Re:publica itself. )


So, before we take more backseat "potshots" and longviews from afar,  we do respect many on the RP crew for bringing into the public discourse many extremely complex topics which are so urgent to navigating a healthier and collaborative human path ! And we noticed the RP organization making a clear solidarity statement in support of asylum in Germany for Edward Snowden.



Unable to give time for a serious and thorough essay on the matters here in this one (another unpaid) blog ... but our ongoing work w/ XLterrestrials and the CiTiZEN KiNO project is full of attempts to articulate a robust theory, and possible forms of resistance to the, let's call them, the over-mediated environments.

[ And if these topics are of concern to you, we would appreciate your support, links, feedback, etc. ; It has not been an easy road, to get exposure. ]

But here, we can give you just a quick slice ( as it goes with Twitter exchange ) of one of our major problems w/ Re:publica’s positioning in the digital industries :

RT ::: Peter Weibel : We can’t know yet how the global security junta will turn out, or the effects of colonialization of data worlds. #rp14

RT ::: XLterrestrials : What seems to be lacking in the Technotopian #rp14 Happy Meal is that data worlds ARE the colonization … of intelligent life forms.

[ thanks to RP coverage bits by @nadia_z , and note, we have yet to absorb the full lecture by Mr. Weibel ]

Re:publica has been at this game since 2007. Its producing team New Thinking a bit longer (?). What amazes us – sometimes – is that very smart Net Culture builders didn’t see this “Junta” coming… Cybernetics and its technocratic ( even techno-fascist) evolutions were and are all about a Control + Management Society. As it was all being installed by wild west commercial enterprise … What The Fuck Did You Expect ?!

And STILL there’s some kind of bizarre reformist attitude, that if it wasn’t for corrupt govts, bad corporations, NSA, BND, GCHQ, etc. a digital society would be all hunky dory progress.

Actually a mass mediated society brings with it a wide-range of questions + problems all by itself…  At the very least, where the hell are the communication theories of The Frankfurt School in all this Berliner Digi-Pop ?! … For example.

In any case, clearly a shift in the “new thinking” is beginning to occur … we are no longer so in love with our machines … and increasingly appalled by the latest invasive sales pitching … entirely distrusting of the operating systems…. And that’s already turning into some Very Interesting manifestations of discontent !

And hmm, maybe by 2020, if there’s anything still left of corporate empire and Silicon Valley, re:publica will have caught up to Situationist theory … and the Occupy movement ;)

Well there’s so much more that we would like to get into … Thus far we would highly recommend SPREADING the talks by Morozov and Alexa O’Brien’s interview w/ Sarah Harrison !

Many, many more archives online… sure to be other worthy + tactical bits in the mix… Respex to all the archiving tech team !

Here’s one quick insight into a seemingly small bit of evidence on how the conference for digital devotees slips into synch w/ the corporate agendas… the audio-visual and data-slick view…

The little trailers for the lectures are cleverly designed. A scene from a peaceful forest in a juicy high-res slow gliding frame, which then suddenly stutters and glitches…This is Not a scene from nature at all, it’s a hyperreal mediated and remote specimen of our DIS-engagement. Kind of a cool, poetic rendering of the ever-present mindfuck of displacement! But is it critique or another cool detached techie wink. Nowhere in the program, that we’ve seen, is anyone posing the kind of critical questions ( environmental, psychological, sociological, anti-corporate-capitalist, neurological, pedagogical, indigenous rights, 3rd world exploitations, etc. ) which would confront this freaky malfunctioning relationship…

It brings to mind Corey Doctorow’s techno-evangelist talk last year at rp13, his enthusiasm and ‘inevitability’ for the internet-of-things, everything connected ( by code ) w/ little challenge or debate from the fawning technotopian rp crowd.

What does it mean as we – as a civilization – undergo a severe shift, a virtual migration ( or deportation) from a diversity of cultures to the homogenous digital/cybernetic logic … The increasing dominance and impositions of digital culture on all spheres of life !? Is this a precarious separation from the “natural world” ( warning: a loaded debate, where high-tech western bias dominates ), a separation from our actual habitat, from all other living species, and from the fully embodied human experiences, which will often naturally inform us w/o delays + abstractions of the fuller folly of our parasitic and plundering ways ?

These questions are often too contrary to the view of “technological progress” , too wild, and not relevant to tech and social media conference biz, and to the technology+consumer-driven economies, and to all the techno fixer solutionists !

But without posing them to the makers, tweakers and laborers and users,  to all the global citizens ( and not just those at the forefront of the gadget-empowered ) now in the claws of a data-crunching and data-colonizing, and we might add data-terrorizing operating system, we will continue to be at a loss in regards to what’s going so disturbingly wrong. And perhaps incapable of accessing meaningful tactical manuevers in response.

Other random and often prickly impressions can be found by XLterrestrial analysts – i.e. dr.podinski, @podinski

Added: This article from The Earth Island Institute on The Anthropocene concept is definitely related to the analysis / angle above…

RT ::: The Anthropocene. It’s Not All About Us. We need to recognize we share the planet with millions of other life forms http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/08

Added: Pretty difficult to get the drift of rp14 from the 1st 3-day scoop, it’s so densely packed w/ talks, but as we catch up on some more interesting voices, mostly powerful women from a little outside the tech development sector  … Maybe there is Far More agitation then techno solutionism than in previous years… still absorbing, but here’s a couple … Saskia Sassen and Laurie Penny

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