XLt Herbst Radar v.5: 100 Years of SOLIDARITY !

October 11th, 2018

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ACTIONS, EVENTS, INTERVENTIONS ( and maybe a little art )

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< 11.10 > MAAILMANKAIKKEUS @ Diskurs Berlin

< 11.10 > Solidarity in Cultural Work // Workshops, Heimathafen

< 11.10 > Platform Coops Berlin: Case Clinics, Supermarkt Berlin

< 12.10 > Syndikat-Verteidigung- Solidaritätskunggebung, Weisestr. 56, 18h

< 12.10 > Grenzen der Stadt, Grenzen des Wachstums – Gemeingüter jetzt! Prinzessingarten

< 13.10 > Die Offene Gesellschaft ist #unteilbar, Alexanderplatz, 12h ( FB )

< 13.10 > Blacklist #3 Film: Freightened, Spectrum

< 14.10 > Zusammen gegen Mietenwahn im Großbeeren-Kiez! ab 14.30h

< 15.10 >  Intergalactic Solidarity and the return to the Commons:The ZAD at Prinzessingarten ( FB )

< 17.10 > Kundgebung gegen die drohende Schließung der Jugendzentren Potse und Drugstore, Rathaus Schöneberg,John-F.-Kennedy-Platz 1, 10825 16uhr ( FB )

< 18-21.10 >  100 Years of Copyright, HKW.de

< 26.10 > Soli Concert and Party for Refugee Community Kitchen, Yaam

<Oct.> One World Film Festival – Berlin, Lichtblick Kino and Aquarium

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KIEZ NOTES  :

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In One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez writes about an imaginary place called Macondo. For us, on the ground, Macondo was a very real time and place, an incredible locals-made cafe, a magical sub-culture habitat, in the Mission District of San Francisco, where we met many people from all over the world and/or just around the corner. During the tech-boom endtimes, Macondo – the cafe – was destroyed by a “hurricane” – a mix of gentrification, greed, crony politicians and real-estate mass-grave-diggers.

Spoiler : In Marquez’s novel Macondo is destroyed by a Hurricane, and a miserable, incestuous and oppressive history repeats itself.

Both Macondos are valid locators of time and place and situations.

Time to admit, much of the (celebrated) arts and culture world is just absolute self-indulgent shit and a time-wasting exercise to pave and prep the way for a slow stuffed death, where your own family will hang your clown head on the walls of some Texas library. ( True story, read the wiki, sorry no time for deeper research )

This kind of “Magic Realism” along with other techniques of whiling away one’s days and nights in prison cells, or building a career in a prison cell, or eating the spew that gets put on your plate in a prison cell ! This art doesn’t seem to live in the trenches nor the gardens nor in the solidarities nor in the paradises and the rebellions of NOW. It doesn’t even dream well of FUTURES within one’s grasp.

added: – ((( BTW, a comrade in the Netherlands has recently compiled a great resource of utopian sci-fi and speculative fiction, all women, who are pioneers of this much more radical genre of writing – link coming soon )))  -

So perhaps we must come to the conclusion that these antiquated and passive art forms may often just be for the purpose of walking the red carpets, or shaking hands with politicians, and having your archives stored in a fricking library in Texas, instead of your birthplace ( i.e. Colombia ) … I.e places which are currently either the dumping grounds of a continuous gang-rape imperialism, OR…  it’s in the communities that live and breathe liberation in the praxis of making new worlds ! At least it’s certain that we have this much free will in these times, and we’d better use it !

Hey btw, did ya read that news this week :  the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) report says that 2 degrees of CLIMATE BREAKDOWN ( Monbiot’s term ) would be a willful GENOCIDE ??!?… well the IPCC didn’t say it in those words exactly, but stuff we already knew for a relatively long time…. and we are no rocket nor climate scientists.

* Please note : Why we decided to pick on Marquez ( and magical realism as an art form ) this week is pretty random, and fits with our hurricane parallels  … And because we thought it was frickin hilarious – and a weird paradox – that it was Bill Clinton who helped get Marquez un-banned from the US ( for critiquing US imperialism, perhaps in his *wilder* days… but perhaps not very engaged in more direct action struggles to end, up end, resist and/ or undo it ).

We hope we didn’t manage to provoke you beyond your current absorption capacities (for humor and rage) if you are a fan of Marquez … or, we hope we DID manage to provoke you enough to head to one of the solidarity events above… and leave the magical realism for the spectacle-captured tweens caught in the eyes of multiple storms, busy reading some Harry Potter-like franchise… or watching the new whatever made for Netflix TV krimi soap-tacular distraction.

Wikiquote: ” Although García Márquez did portray the corrupt nature and the injustices of times like la violencia, he refused to use his work as a platform for political propaganda. “For him, the duty of the revolutionary writer is to write well, and the ideal novel is one that moves its reader by its political and social content, and, at the same time, by its power to penetrate reality and expose its other side.”

Um, that might be worth unpacking, deconstructing and reassessing. Cause we aint got no time anymore for the backseat art department !

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Btw, Hurricane Michael isn’t all bad news … somewhere in the Florida panhandle.

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KIEZ NOTES – Part 2

We are currently assembling resources for an expanded investigation of “100 Years Of Copyright” – a program at the HKW, which happens to be scheduled in the midst of their pretty mediocre exhibition on the Situationist International, called the Most Dangerous Game, but doesnt seem either to be playing for REAL stakes.

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( deep-thinking revolutionary art and strategy…  in glass cases ?! )

In a nice synchronicity, Yahsa Levine was just passing through the Btropolis… the author of Surveillance Valley… and this article for the Baffler, All Eff’d Up, which we’ve posted around before. A fantastic starting point for getting into some deep debates on where we are at in the Military Industrial Free-for-All Webs.

And wondering how we might go about reclaiming livelihoods and protecting the labor of content producers in today’s conglomerate wet dream of interconnected exploitations.

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XLt Herbst Radar v.4: “Who Killed Virginia Ramos ?!” The City Of Titanium Skulls !

October 2nd, 2018

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ACTION + EVENTS + UPRISINGS

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< 5.10 >  Noise Against the Goo ! Kberg – LandwehrKanal ( More info : F.O.G )

< 3.10 > No Nation / Antifa, Mauerpark

< 5-14.10 >  Urbanize.at, multiple venues

< 13.10 > Blacklist #3 Film: Freightened, Spectrum

< 18-21.10 >  100 Years of Copyright

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KIEZ NOTES:

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Q: “Who Killed Virginia Ramos ?!”

A. The City Of Titanium Skulls ! – ( SF )

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The legendary Tamale Lady- Virginia Ramos -  passed away at the age of 65 in San Francisco last week at SF General.

… A few years ago the Mission District community put out a call to help her raise funds – and a Kickstarter ) for her own Kitchen / Shop …. and many musicians created songs that were included for this little doc ) … after the city officials barred her from selling her home-made food at the bars around the hood, like Zeitgeist, Lucky13 and Shotwells Bar.

SHE DIED STILL WAITING FOR A CITY PERMIT ( and a loan?) – a process began around 2103 ! … A city shitting out endless unnecessary technologies, or worse, constructing the colonizing corporate state infrastructures … couldn’t figure out how to make the life of a simple working-class entrepeneur (who was loved by so many ) a little easier…

Watch / Listen : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ulLQRBOek&feature=channel

Read the Obit in The Mission Local

And in other news…

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Supreme Court Tines Up ?!! The patriarchy reeks of rotting flesh…

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KIEZ NOTES part 2:

“IF you got an < alert message > this week from His High Squirmyness “Auto-Oranga-Tunes”…. NOW is the time to consider evacuating the new digital age of telephonic sperm facials ! …. Give up all mobile communications until telecom monopolies are broken up, and true regulations protect anonymity/ identity / privacy. In other words, forever!…. The technotopian dream of a world wide web as a “central nervous system of humanity or society ( C.Doctorow ) has been achieved, and it’s utterly humiliating and irredeemable ! Game Over ! ” – XLterrestrials analyst

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XLt Herbst Radar v.3: Situations – Then, Now, Inbetween and Around the Burning Bend …

September 26th, 2018

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< Sept. 27 – Dec. 10 > The Most Dangerous Game – The Situationist International en route for May ’68 at HKW, Berlin

A preview:

There aren’t many cultural institutions that would dive into a Situationism retrospective … head first… heart first… fist first… brick first.  Some might dip a few toes in the pool, show a film or two, assemble a panel, publish another book, experiment with ludic interactions…

It’s practically impossible to get it right ( i.e. radical enough ) … and in-synch with the current SITUATIONS…. and in the heat of all the international moments… especially when it’s transpiring within the big budget walls of a gallery/venue – the ol’ HKW bubble – that’s literally just across the street from a refurbished and ticking ( and/or foaming at the mouth? ) Reichstag.

But godly blessings to HKW for having a strange go at it ! … We’re pretty sure there’ll be something there for the whole family ;) … and even aliens. The XLterrestrials will have to go ! And we’ll be looking inbetween the lines and feel obliged to take things off the shelves and out of the glass cases  and figure out where precisely to plug all that neatly categorized knowledge ( and archival materials ) into the 21st century’s short circuiting Danse Macabre … and any useful, realtime cultures of renewed resistance.

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Standby… over the coming weeks we are bound to scream and shout and kick … and try to break free … from the latest taxidermists’ spectacular ( and immobilized ) parade-loops.

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< Sept. 28 > Wir Bleiben Alle Demo, Senefelder Platz , 16h

< Sept. 28 > Erdogan Not Welcome, Potsdamer Platz, 16h

< Sept. 28 > Auch Pandion ist kein guter Nachbar! Prinzessinstr. 34, 20h ( FB Invite )

< Oct.17-20 > One World Berlin Human Rights Film Festival ( Fb invite )

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KIEZ NOTES

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The status quo(s) of the destructive operating systems know full-well that tensions and unrest will erupt… And there is this odd but familiar feeling that we are being prepped for the next cycle … It’s as if they are often able to channel into territories and safer spaces of their choosing… like opening up a little steam valve in a back alley or someone else’s backyard to take off the pressure !

There was a sharp doc awhile back about the Tottenham riots ( title coming ), which analyzed how these cyclical eruptions of volatility and unsustainable “situations”suddenly… explode…  and the roots of the problems ( and the racism) remain mostly unscathed… uninterrupted… unliberated… And the oppression goes on again for another brutal round, to keep things in their place.

So we must be wary what set-ups and traps and what little outlets… may get laid for The People ( and all those expressions of discontent ).

We are surely getting played on multiple game boards ( i.e. populist campaigns, politics of fear and hate, etc. ). All of us who work towards effective social change… must remember that we will have to navigate the trickery, while tackling all the obstacles ( yeah yeah, u know: Be realistic, demand the impossible ). … And it is always wise to have our feet firmly on the ground and a vision for what we really really want … find as many battles that can be won … and not just play the first levels, of what we are against !

to be cont.

XLt Herbst Radar v.2 : Another Brave New Bubble Bursting …

September 18th, 2018

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Upcoming Actions:

< 20.9 > Alternative Wohngipfel, 10-18h

< 21.9 > Protest Am Kanzleramt, 14h

Events to Keep an Eye On !

< 21.9 > Netzpolitik Konferenz, Volksbühne

< 27.9- 12.10 > The Most Dangerous Game – exhibition + discussions on The Situationists, HKW

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KIEZ NOTES !

Truly an odd and unfortunate coincidence that Netzpolitik.org in Berlin, founded in 2002, will celebrate its 16th year on the same date that Mietenwannsinn ( the organization which formed to fight against the rising rents and gentri-fork-nation ) will be fighting against Horst Seehofer and Angela Merkel’s Wohngipfel ( Housing Summit ) to save our city. Yes, the same “alt right” xenaphobe from south Germany is also Bau Minister – Minister of the Interior, Building and Community.

S.O.S. ! This is not hyperbole! It is for the average citizen, and especially the most vulnerable, one of the most pressing day-to-day issues and threats to our way of life and livelihoods in the “Btropolis”. Rising rents and displacement !

From an XLt perspective, we have often found it problematic that the “Tech Sector” has trouble engaging fully in the interconnected crises, both local and global, which have been exacerbated, boosted and accelerated by corporate + krapitalist technologies.

In fact, one could argue, that at times, their analysis of tech problems and solutions are in the category of “Not My Department ” … ( a reference to Werner Von Braun, and a clever title for one of the Chaos Congresses some years ago ).

Silicon Valley, not only gobbling up all our data, is now also pouring its vulture capital into the neighborhoods of Berlin, a major local news story for easily over a year.  And the Kiez mobilizing resistance has been one of the hottest nodes of activism and community organizing now for several months…  not just as a local story, but global, in that for the first time urban residents are rejecting, not just the Google monopoly / monstrosity’s plans to open an incubator “campus”, but the wholesale digital culture’s neo-colonialisms, smart cities for suckers, the shitty internet plunderers of everything, etc. … Here in a very residential and multi-cultural zone of Kreuzberg, and quite literally a major historical artery of the deep left resistance subcultures.

Rarely does the “tech sector” show up to lend support when situations like a turkish family grocer ( Bizim Bakkal, from which arose the Bizim Kiez movement ), or a longtime local bakery, or a multitude of families with kids are ejected by market real-estate encroachments, profiteering and speculating landlords! But occasionally they do, and many tech activists have gotten on board the various Anti-Goo campaigns… and are not only providing important tactical tech, but also learning alot in the process of how to be in solidarity with concepts + movements like Wir Beliben Alle ( We are all staying ) and preventing more forced evictions! … For Netzpolitik, this seems to be another case of …  “Not Their Department” ! …

Are tech companies to blame for these rapidly escalating injustices ?! Is this even an issue for an Org that is busy focusing on “fighting for our digital rights” !? To begin, we need to start asking a lot harder and bigger questions about digital environments, rights and trajectories … and challenge the techno-fixers, when they are part of the problem and/or complicit, and when they choose to stay on the sidelines, as wealth deploys for gain over community interests.

Well, from some of our own experiences of analyzing and fighting the krapitalist tech invasions of cities like San Francisco ( and seeing neighborhoods like the Mission District devastated and turned into a cultural wasteland of empowered silicon-fried players )… let’s just say the time for myopic analysis and technotopian bubbledom has been way over, probably since the 90s … or even the 50s ( i.e. the internet’s MIC roots, and the weaponization of mass media + communications)… Or, really back to the roots of industrial era to c.1872 when Engels published Zur Wohnungsfrage !

Those who claim to be constructing the happy tomorrowlands of the technosphere, are really really late to arrive at the true landscapes of the many grim present challenges on the ground. Especially acknowledging how and where the “digital revolution” has miserably failed. And we need to come together establish a realtime solidarity culture + city, before it’s too late … for so many !

The founder of Netzpolitik ( and co-founder of Re:publica, the “start-up trade show” ) Markus Beckdahl, supposedly a beacon of lefty digital movements and “tech progress”, only managed TWO WEEKS AGO to finally write that there are options to Google’s tools and we should probably start using them, cause monopolies are bad for us! Doh !

One could hear the intensity of wrist-slapping, as he also wished them a happy 20th birthday; And, we kid you not, thx them for all the great work over the years showing us the way of the future !

Imagining that solutions will now be based on opting out of the cybernetic regime, just seems now to be really in denial of just how deep we were all sold down river ( or upstream ) in regards to an entire web culture driven by surveillance krapitalism !  This is all way beyond a problem of merely reclaiming our rights to a privatesphere ! The Top 5 Titans of the Internet, like Google, will not simply go away through consumer/user choices; There need to be some serious political contestations and immediate reigning in of the abuses ! And there is convincing analysis that our “technological progress” is what is fueling the rise of authoritarianism around the world, because it has so empowered the 1%, NOT democracies.

If a whole forest falls, and no forest creatures are left to hear it, does it make a sound ?! Do cyborg bears shit in the virtual woods, when there aren’t any real ones left ? One might imagine they are preparing to take a big data dump at an electronic theater near you !

( hmm, metaphor-work in progress ;)

Not surprisingly, many DIY neighborhood orgs in the city have developed a far more relevant analysis of the tech threats and how their industries are deeply interconnected to the problems we face in the struggles for a more egalitarian and just future… apparently far better than the supposed tech experts !  … links coming soon.

If you aren’t already in the streets, and planning to attend the Netzpolitik conference, DO COME with some serious questions for the techno-dysney-topians and the wired liberals !

In an interesting juxtaposition, we noticed this weekend that one of the early idealist tech rebels, Peter Sunde of Pirate Bay … wasn’t much interested in the battles over #Article13 and net neutrality…  he’s out at Hambacher Forest this week witnessing and reporting on the courageous tree sitters, and the new levels of ( incredibly, still civil ) disobedience at the various frontlines  …

Times are changing rapidly ! Our activism will most probably need to adapt, and/or be drasticly re-imagined…

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We will definitely come back to report on the Netzpolitik… at least the portions we are able to attend…

And we came across an incredible text just yesterday that describes all-too-painfully-well the lost war of The Net and Digital Cultures, and relating to the work of Paul Virilio who passed away this week. We will see if we can get permission to quote it. It seems like an important perspective, particularly for those who work on #Netzpolitik .

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100 Years / 100th Mix : Globalista + Niepodlegla Polska

September 14th, 2018

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< 14.09 > 100. Jubiläumsjahr Polen – Ausstellungseröffnung, Vernissage with dj Podinski ( Globalista Radio Kit ) at Club Der Polnischen Versager, 19h …

( Fbook invite )

NiepodleglaNarodowe Swieto Niepodleglosci) ) is national independence day (11 November ) to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 from the German, Austrian and Russian Empires. Following the partitions in the late 18th century, Poland ceased to exist for 123 years until the end of World War I, when the destruction of the neighbouring powers allowed the country to reemerge. It is a non-working day in Poland.

Note: Controversies have been arising on Poland’s Independence Day since 2008, due to the growing extreme right groups organizing patriotic and anti-foreigner rallies. In 2017, American alt-right idiot Richard Spencer was a speaker at the march in Warsaw, where up to 60,000 were reported to have marched.

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XLt Herbst Radar v.1 + + Kiez Notes : Counter Initiatives !

September 7th, 2018

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BTROPOLIS NEWS ALERT:

The proposed Google Campus building – the Umspannwerk – in Kreuzberg has been OCCUPIED today !

#Besetzen #GoogleCampus  / #FuckOffGoogle

#Bestezen blog site

*Neu* # G17a

Statement from the occupiers at Indymedia.de ( de only) … in short: to prevent the campus from opening, and to counter the exploding rent increases, and to utilize the space for something better. 

The occupation was within a couple hours forcibly evicted, but a demonstration remained outside the building into the evening. The movement issued statements that this is the beginning, the “herbst” of  occupations, and more will follow.

There were reports of one occupier being (seriously) injured in the eviction… and 5 or 6 people being arrested. 

Mini-Report ( and #besetzen demands in Eng )  by Enough is Enough.

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ARTS + POLITIK:
Sept. 7-9 – Disruption Lab – Infiltration
Sept. 8 – Artists at Risk : Mutatis Mutandis,  Galerie Kai Dikhas
Sept. 6-9 – Experiment Days in Haus Der Statistik + Prinzessingarten
Sept. 21 – Netzpolitik Konferenz
Sept. 27 – Laibach – Gesamtkunstwerk, Klang, Bild und Politik, Slowenischen Kultur Zentrum
Sept. 27- Dec.10 – The Most Dangerous Game – Situationism, HKW

ACTIONS:

Sept. 7 – Anti-Google Lärm Stunde, Landwehrkanal – 18-19h

( 1st fridays of the month, nice timing ! )

MUSIK :
Sept. 7 – ( new) Embryo at SoWieSo
Sept. 8 – ( new ) Embryo at Supa Molly
Sept. 8 – Veteranenstr. Festival

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KIEZ NOTES : COUNTER INITIATIVES

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” Dear citizens and non- and anti-citizens, just a friendly DIRE WARNING ! IF you are not paying attention to local struggles, you have little-to-no hope of winning ANYTHING !… You will likely lose your city and your home ! … And you will likely lose your community… and any form of tolerable governance or any freedoms from state + corporate subjugation. And you will likely have zero leverage to affect any positive outcomes for anything even remotely resembling a sustainable future on planet earth… … … ” XLt analyst

With that in mind, we wish to write a few kiez notes on initiatives “from below” ( as in : “stadt von unten” – city from below) .

We cannot live and eat protests and demands alone. We must be for another possible world, and actively create and share inhabitable in-progress dreams. We have a few thoughts on realizing some “counter” projects ! Counter to an oppressive corporate state! Counter to predatory Krapitalism ! Counter to the Dead Zones and War Zones !

These  projects will also require some economic strategies, or they may only exist as remote and/or temporary islands…  which cannot maintain or defend themselves… nor withstand various adversarial factors. We may need to become hybrids of an old and new world.

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XLt Summer Radar v.12: No Time Like The Present….

August 30th, 2018

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Please see XLT Radar v.11 for most links, while we add some newer news and important KIEZ dates + fresh Notes here…

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KIEZ NOTES:

Yesterday was a demo against Nazis and Rightwing Violence in Neukoelln – Ob Chemnitz oder Neukölln: Auf die Straße gegen rechte Gewalt – as a response to the Nazi mobs in #Chemnitz, #Saschen… Reports of up to 10,000 marched in the streets.  And this weekend there will be #Antifa demos (and a big soli concert? see below. ) taking place there. Many from Berlin will likely head down to participate. We are hunting for more info to post here.

Here on one of “our blocks” is the Reichenberger Kiezfest, and there will be some XLterrestrials tabling some info on the ANTI-GOO campaign(s) and against the rising rents and the oppression by greedy and speculating landlords…

And also on the Goo theme: TOP and CounterCampus are also organizing a DEMO against gentrification and corporate tech + digital colonialism, which begins at 14h at Oranienplatz, and we’ve heard will pass by the Reichenberger fest.  ( see links at XLT Radar V.11 )…

AND on Sat. evening XLT and GLOBALISTA RADIO KIT highly recommend a rare chance to see the legendary ASian Dub Foundation playing a live soundtrack to the film La Haine. ( A recurring project, but perhaps a 1st time in Berlin ). As part of a weekend-long program called SpreeViera festival at YAAM on the Spree.

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We stopped by the opening night of the Black Biennale at Kule, in Auguststr. in Mitte. There’s a month long program for this exhibition, which takes aim at their neighbors down the street, KW Institute which is one of the institutions that hosts the Berlin Biennale, titled ( strangely ?)  “We Don’t Need Another Hero” after the Tina Turner song.

This year they invited a whole team of black curators, since they had been so absent in the past history of the Biennale. Only one could now argue that they haven’t successfully filled their halls with any serious black themes, so Kule Venue tries to fill the gaps…

And their exhibit is heavily framed around the dark history of German Colonialism in Afrika. For example the horrible atrocities in Namibia, for which the German government has never officially recognized nor apologized for, nor paid reparations for !  The opening nite was Aug. 30th, the date of the annual memorials which take place in a number of cities in Germany. We will post some of the events still to come. Important stuff !

Always good to see the arts and culture world coming together in difficult times to try and confront the rise of a nasty populism. A bunch of music groups are billed for a solidarity concert against racism called …

< Sept.3 > Wir Sind Mehr, Chemnitz ( FB invite )

A little historical backround to understand the troubles in east germany, Sachsen region… in the UK Guardian today:

Germany’s far right never went away, but festered in its eastern stronghold by James Hawes

( We are no experts on the matter, so we cannot verify it’s accuracy, but seems useful to get an overview of the “festering” political turmoils. )

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XLt Summer Radar v.11: Everywhere and Nowhere …

August 23rd, 2018

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Upcoming + Essential :

< Aug 23 > Podiumsdiskussion : Kommen Und Gehen Oder Gelebte Gemeinschaft, @ Kunstpunkt, Schlegelstr. 6 – Mitte

< Aug 25-26 > Occupy Flutgraben, Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin ( FB Invite )

< Aug 30 > Kiezversammlung gegen Verdrängung, SO36, 19:00h

< Aug 30 > Ob Chemnitz oder Neukölln: Auf die Straße gegen rechte Gewalt… Demo am Hermannplatz, 18:30h  ( Fb Invite )


< Sept. 1st > Demonstration: GOOGLE CAMPUS UND CO VERHINDERN! 14 Uhr // Oranienplatz, Kreuzberg

< Aug 31 -Sept. 1 > Reichenberger Kiezfest hosted by Regenbogenfabrik and Lause Bleibt, Kreuzberg ( Fb Invite part 1 and 2 )

< Sept.7 -8 > Infiltration: Challenging Supremacism

< Sept. 8 >The Artists at Risk (AR) Pavilion – Berlin: mutatis mutandis


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< Aug 31 > Eröffnung MdzM / Kontraklang: Splitter Orchester + Felix Kubin

< Sept.1 > La Haine der Film mit Asian Dub Foundation & Dj Cut Killer @ Yaam … part of the….


< Aug31 – Sep.2 > Spreeviera Festival at Yaam


< Sept.5 > Embryo: A Journey of Music and Peace Premiere


Also recommended :

< Every Sunday > Aktion offener Sonntag in der Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek

< Aug 31 > Critical Mass Berlin

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KiEZ NOTES: Everywhere and Nowhere …

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Digital Culture is having some massively unpleasant side effects…

You could even argue that in many ways this new frontier resembles a new pharmaceutical product – a miracle drug or a recreational drug or maybe even a PKD-like “god-making” drug ( i.e. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, 1965 ) – which was released by mostly corporate interests for public consumption, without testing any of the implications it would have on society. Not over years, and certainly not over decades.

And yet here we are, almost 30 years into the grand cybernetic experiment ! And if you’re still wondering what it was meant to fix, so are we. And if you are still wondering if it is a “good” recreational drug,… well, we can perhaps definitively say: many have clearly found some quite in-depth temporary escapes from the physical / embodied world, but quite possibly at the tragic detriment of a collective well-being and/or the required-for-living-organisms sustainability of the planetary eco-system.

The irony is not lost on us that quite a large percentage of Silicon Valley pioneers were also *psychonaut* tinkerers. Great to have around for the wild transpersonal “parties” and exploration ( and for all that military + krapitalist cash flow); Apparently not so great to find them working on, or resolving issues related to racism and white supremacy, abuse of power, neo-colonialism, authoritarianism, global mafia-scale criminality , exacerbated inequalities, wall street implosion, poverty, runaway climate breakdown, wars and international diplomacy, refugee crises, childcare, parenting, krapitalism, hyper-orwellian manifestations überalles, developing a culture with codes, customs + ethics for social responsible practices … and socio-economic and political house cleaning at the end of the dark and deep psyche-tipping nights  ;)

The power of the internet has given us the uncanny ability to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time… “the NOGO-sphere” … more or less drowning in information + data-plunderings …  and yet still creating highly manipulatable populations, who are utterly clueless, poorly misinformed and/or detached from the hard realities. “Filter Bubbles” ( Eli Pariser ) is putting it lightly… in a Barnes and Noble kind of way.

The schisms and instability in Trumplands, May-lands, Orbanlands, Duterte-lands, Modi-lands. Saudi prince-lands, Disneytopia-lands, Goo(gle)-lands … ( and/or name your favorite rabid new nationalistic or transnationalistic horror show ) …  are now glaringly present in today’s political, neo-liberal and predatory climate(s)… and all are ready to boil over… in our laps.

But surely this is not due to the technologically-driven devolution of humanity alone. There’s a massive list of problems in the current stew ! And it would be hard to rank them on a scale of importance…

BUt … if we were to make a quick, kind of sacrilegious, thought experiment… If we take the issue ( + time and space ) within which we are currently inhabiting a majority of our waking hours… We ( speaking as XLTerrestriasl;  Feel free to make your own personal calculations ) would have to start with TIME SPENT in the DIGITAL CULTURES + the miscalculating NOTIONS of TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS as PRIMARY ROOTS of things in our lives going seriously awry and disjointed !

This would also include the submersion into daily media newsfeeds that respresent the dismal prospects for any sustainable, or even rational, collective future.

At the least, we might conclude that digital culture is not going to be any cure for the human condition…  Unless of course, you’re willing to buy into all that new religion advertising of Post-Humanity, that’s being given the ubiquitous hard-sell by all those vested interests !

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Part 2 : The Mass Mediation Peddlers

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( ( foto: David Pecker, hard at work in the still wildly profitable heydays of realtime misinformation streaming ) )

One of the fresh new scandals out of the White Magic Kingdom coming through our mass media newsfeeds just yesterday is the story of the sleazeball media mogul David Pecker ( National Enquirer and American Media Inc. CEO ). Does this seem a bit relevant to our digital cult analysis ? … Yes, even while this seems like a tale out of the old hardcopy corporate media publishing world, it nevertheless reveals a continued surreal weaponization of The Spectacle and the realms of these Simularcum-enriched days.

How many Peckers does it take to screw in an FBI lightbulb ?

to be cont. :)

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XLt Radar v.10: Suddenly, Last Tails of Summer

August 14th, 2018

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- please note : We are still listing FB invites, but at your own risk ! We fully support the #deletefacebook campaigns, as it is a very dangerous surveillance krapitalist parasite/monopoly! And yet there are many of us who rely on it to reach audiences and the public, and do not – as yet – have enough satisfactory alternatives. It’s complicated ! …  ALSO  check v. 9 for more still active and upcoming XLT RADAR dates -

AND check Stressfaktor for all your anarcho-syndicalist + solidarity + social justice +  riot needs, i.e. the serious stuff, and not just our entertainment fluff !

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ACTIONS :

< Aug 14 > Flashmob “GRENZEN AUF FÜR DIE #AQUARIUS“! Um 18 Uhr an der Oberbaumbrücke! https://seebruecke.org/events/grenzen-auf-fur-die-aquarius/ #Seebrücke #Seenotrettung

OTHER :

< Aug 17 > Lause Bleibt #3 - gegen Verdränung ! – with Barbara Morgenstern + Christian Biegai, Lausitzerstr.10 ( Fb invite )

< Aug 17 > Multiversal #85 ( exp. noisy ), Villa Kuriosum ( Fb invite )

< Aug 18 > Lange Nacht der Filmfestivals, Ostkreuz ( Fb Invite )

< Aug 31 -Sept. 1 > Reichenberger Kiezfest…

< Sept.1 > 1 La Haine der Film mit Asian Dub Foundation & Dj Cut Killer @ Yaam ( Fb invite )

SPECIAL CASE:

To Boycott or Not to Boycott ! A very very interesting question…

< Aug 15-17 > Pop Kultur – concerts, discussions, commissioned works – @ Kulturbrauerei

We heard about the BDS for Palestine movement boycotting Pop Kultur fest a couple? years ago… B/c one of its partners/sponsors is the Israeli Embassy in Berlin. Now with the new Nation-State law passed, which goes even further toward an apartheid state, this is again a very hot topic!

Pop Kultur even scheduled a panel discussion this year re: Boycotting with an Israeli author Lizzie Dorn, and Berlin’s Kultur Senator Klaus Lederer… but not with a BDS supporter, nor an arab perspective on the issue !

XLt are investigating further… In the meantime you can follow the protest voices on twitter at @BoycottPKBerlin

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More coming Soon !

Send Us YOUR tips, thoughts, feedback, perspectives ! … or not, but just do us a favor … and consider everything deeply !

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KIEZ NOTES :

“Mass media was never about connecting people, it was about carpet bombing the masses with the overlords’ putrid spew and order … Today, its corporate progeny – The Internet – is nothing more than an extended invisible wanker’s hand injecting it into your individual daily gruel from above!”

“While we can communicate this to about *5* scattered eyes + ears at a time, there is the illusion of an empowered civic sphere in the digital realm, but try to broadcast any matrix-peeling onion-dissections or radical resistance to a whole broader community, and you are very likely to experience the electronic gates quickly shuttered. Any real communication + organizing arts with sufficient political and physical world gains are limited. We must continue to develop tactical tools, but the revolutions will not be digitized. “

” There is a moment in an asymmetric game of chess against a corporate opponent (with unlimited financial resources ), your best move may be to toss the rigged board into the air ! “

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XLt Summer Radar v.9: The Futurist Human BBQ, the (DE-) Recipes !

August 9th, 2018

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< 9-12.08 > 23 Years Of C-Base, Rungestr. 20 – ( full program at Clubmap )

< 10.08 > 10 Years of Ich Bin Ein Berlinerin – ( SO36 page )

< 10 + 11.08 > Digital in Berlin, 10 years, MusikBrauerei / UFO Studios -  ( FB invite )

< 11.08 > Sun Ra Arkestra, Festsaal

< 11.08 > Alvarius B. ( aka Alan Bishop ) @ Silent Green – ( FB invite )

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< 11.08 > 40 Jahre So36

< 13-19.08 > FLUX FESTIVAL – Contemporary Electro-Acoustic Music From Berlin @ Spektrum

< 17.08 > Syrphe Night #13 at Loophole – ( Fb Invite )

< 19.08 > DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE – Concert/Performance, in      KULTURRAUM ZWINGLIKIRCHE Hauptportal Danneckerstraße Rudolphstraße 14, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, free -  ( FB invite )

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< 11.08 > Hoffest In Der Magda 19 : für einen bunten Kiez! Workshops, Music, Soli ! Good causes ! ( FB Invite )

< 13.08 >  + < 20.08 >  + < 27.08 > Omniversal Earkestra – recurring monday jam nites … Space Jazz …  check the different locations ! ( FB invite )

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+ Kiez Notes :

We are currently examining and analyzing the historian and futurist writer Yuval Noah Harari – author of Sapiens and Homo Deus – which both have some fascinating insights, but also perhaps some dubious alignments with the ideological technotopians.

This is a highly intriguing media specimen for possible use for an upcoming CiTiZEN KiNO.  A New York Times event and conversation he had together with the notorious warmonger, rabid neoliberal and corporate apologist Thomas Friedman…

And in his forthcoming book  “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” he seems to have not yet bumped into any books on colonialism … which doesn’t make for a very comprehensive or meaningful debate re: immigration in the EU.  Excerpt in The Economist. … WTF !?

Our quick jab response to all those who play in the Friedman-esque Clubs:

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