On the XLterrestrial radar, summer engagements …

July 15th, 2014




{ image from O Doutrinador by Luciano Cunha * }

< June12-July13 > CiTiZEN KiNO presente ! special edition WOrld Clip Interventions, read more HERE … online, and in Berlin, and beyond. Multiple Venues TBA.

< June21 > “Hacker treffen Harker. Commons Sommerfest” in Berlin am 21.06. … Technophiles, Slow Tech Movement, Free Software Foundation Europe, BerlinerLinux User Group, Freifunk, Solidarity Economy, Akademie Solidarische Ökonomie, Share peeps, etc etc… http://commonsblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/hacker-treffen-harker-commons-sommerfest-in-berlin-am-21-06/ [ Eng below ]

< June 25 > CiTiZEN KiNO #39 : World Clip Interventions – Brazil focus, at Panke, Berlin ( the Fedbook invite )

< June14-15 > Backbone409 at Calafou, Spain

< June 27-29 > Exceptionally Hard & Soft Meeting #2,Hamburg

< July 6-14 > Schwarm w/ Czentrifuga
Bern, Schweiz

< Aug4-11 > Transfeminist Hackmeeting Calafou, Spain http://transhackfeminist.noblogs.org/ || http://transhackfeminist.noblogs.org/call-for-proposal/ || Come One Come All! (And no, it’s not wimin only)

< Aug15- 17 > Interference, Amsterdam, http://interference.io

< Aug 19 – 24 >  MMKamp 14 : “Future Environments” -unconference, Lika, Croatia … http://gentlejunk.net/projects/doku.php?id=mmkamp_14_workpage

And here’s a great resource for upcoming Interesting events from Becha from Technologia Incognite – hackerspace in Amsterdam


{ Having investigated the cyborg ideologies out there in CiTiZEN KiNO #31, Xlterrestrials are still a Little unsure about Cyborgian romanticism and futurist fetisch-ization, which in our view is leading to further exploitation and degradation of our ‘natural’ environments, and to a potentially techno-fascist climate, but the nice artwork and ideas for Transhackfeminist meet IS alluring… and undoubtedly ENGAGED! }

more coming soon

CiTiZEN KiNO: World Clip Interventions !

July 7th, 2014


{ image remix from O Doutrinador by Luciano Cunha * }

< July 9 > CiTiZEN KiNO #39 : World Clip Interventions – on world cup terror at Morgenrot Cafe, 18:00h - ( Fedbook invite )

the game plan: 18:00h intro clips / 18:30h World Clip Interventions part 1 / intermission / 19:30h Interventions part 2 / 20:30h Xtra-heated discussion ( in eng and de and whatever other languages, we’ll try to accomodate ! ) … open ended … cafe/bar open til about 1h …You can join us any point in the program … all welcome, but NO National flags allowed ! … and morgenrot is an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, antifa … and very tactical community space…  and an inspiring worker-owned collective ! …

“The real story in Brasil was never about who was going to win the staged spectacles on the glossy stadium fields; It was how people will organize and defend themselves against transnational neo-liberal capitalism which now ravages local inhabitants by paramilitary force. And “the games” are likely coming to your city sooner or later in one form or another, accelerated by concentrated power, technological innovations and greed ! So what we learn from the Brazilians – what worked and what failed in their resistance – is crucial information we can extract for our survival in the global scale occupations of our cultures. ”

XLterrestrials analyst


< July 4 > CiTiZEN KiNO #39 : World Clip Interventions at intermission(s) w/ Jan Lerch and Dj Garrincha for Campo Socrates – at Yaam, 20:30h … Other dates may be added. Stay tune !

< June 25 > CiTiZEN KiNO #39 : World Clip Interventions – Brazil focus, at Panke, Berlin ( the Fedbook invite ) – 21:ooh

+ plus LOCAL NEWS : additional clips + updates from the #Ohlauer Refugee School OCCUPATION and Immigrant Rights Struggles in Berlin ++


< 12.06-13.07 > CiTiZEN KiNO presente ! special edition World Clip Interventions  … online… see below.


AND more Venues in Berlin TBA.


Thiefa World Cup in Brasil

Starting on June 12 and colonizing your eyeballs + hearts + minds through July 13, The World Cup will be screened on over a billion screens around the world.

Here’s the plan: We’d like to ride the wave ! We know that many people love the sports spectacle, but why not try and inject a little higher alien intelligence before, during and after the games? … We’re not (necessarily) up for blocking what so many people love to watch, but we want to screen critical information, serious news, cultural resistance and lots of fun art clips… some “whole grain protein projections” for a better world !

And for sure, anyone watching will be invaded by a 1000 shitty corporate commercials. So why not interject a little local advertising, local community bits too ?!

Help us ! Let’s make collaborative community cinema together !

IF you would like to contact any venues around town for us… and convince them to let us come and do some pre-show + after-show cinema collaborations + interventions, YOU can come join us and we’ll pass the hat for our media activism and we can negotiate a co-production fee for YOU.

This will Not need to interrupt the games. [ Though we're certainly up to participate w/ even more subversive groups,  w/ anyone putting on Anti-WM, Anti- Spectacle, Anti-Nationalism + Anti-Borders, Anti-Sexist, Womens' Voices, etc. nights TOO. ]

Note: this doesn’t have to be established cinemas , it could be anyone screening the Cup, beamer-style. No scale is too big or too small. Good Fun + Street-Level Culture is the key!

We got a whole month to attack, to subvert, to edutain :)

Join Us ! Contact us ! Let’s Do This !


The XLT / CiTiZEN KiNO archives

You don’t need to be in Berlin to collaborate with us. You don’t even need to connect with us to make your own DIY Guerrilla Cinema…

And we’ll be posting a resource of excellent media that you can use. And feel free to suggest resources for this public media project, for all to utilize.

Inspiring cultural resistance, subversive media, strange + funny clips, culture jams, inspiring tactical media, etc…

Here’s a few of our World Clips playlist already, and more to come …

(new) No, I’m not Going…

(new) Começa a Copa no Brasil, nas ruas e no gramado

( new ) Juice Rap News : The World Coup: Thiefa Vs. Brazil

( new ) Tim Pool’s Brasil Dispatches for Vice ( v.1-3 thus far )

Welcome to the World Cup 2014 #NAOVAITERCOPA (Por. )

World Cup 2014 song – Os Milho?es Que Somos – Daniel Arruda

Borussia Dortmund ( anti-racist ) ad

We don’t like Samba (doc, Trailer in english)

John Oliver on FiFa’s public hair snatch

Kick It, 2006 ( anti-WM, Kultursyndicat )

Native Americans and U.S. Sports teams

Street Legend Sean Garnier in Disguise

The Price Of The World Cup ( 30min Danish mini-doc )

the more hardcore perspectives:

SubmediaTVs Fifa Go Home

(newO Doutrinador / Possessonica ( music clip )

( new ) The Comedy Section:

John Cleese rants – Soccer vs Football

The IT Crowd Discovers the Wonders of the Game ( Part 1 / Part 2, and more via Boing Boing )

and tangent stuff:

L.U.C.’s Tribute to Solidarity ( Hiphop from Poland )

to be cont.

‘World Clips Intervention’ is partially inspired by a project called A-clips by Katja Eydel, Klaus Weber, Sarah Lewison and others around 1996… A little history of their pioneering culture jams … http://www.joaap.org/1/aclip/

AND NOte: Our regularly scheduled CiTiZEN KiNO monthly programs will continue… Next show June 25th, at Panke.

* Article on Brasil Graffiti against the World Cup injustices… w/ art from Cranio, Paulo Ito, and others not identified.



{ from a doc piece on Cranio ** }

( Added ) We’re working on an article on Sao Paulo’s ninja street artist Cranio … and his use of the indigenous culture iconography in his work, referencing the Xingu tribe ( and others?) , whose existence is threatened by the Belo Monte Dam on the Amazon River and other factors of modernization, techno-fascism and the hardcore jungle ‘gentrifcation’ !

… stay tune …

** Cranio’s Website

* A great video interview and document of making his work in the streets of Sao Paulo. Clip by Paulo Tamlan

Note: XLterrestrials were asked to take down the posters we made w/ Cranio’s work. We respect the artists’ wishes, and in hindsight wish we had the time to contact him and those who assist him with managing and protecting the work beforehand. And we’d love to collaborate in the future!

We are psychomedia analysts, activists, journalists, educators and culture jammers. We host an arts+politics blog, and produce a number of media activists projects. Often reporting and linking in high-speed resistance to corporate culture. If we’ve chosen to use your work, it’s probably because it has inspired us and wish to turn the public on to your efforts.

We are a collective, with volunteer contributors, and cannot keep track of everything.  Please DO ALERT US, if you have issues w/ anything we’ve used.


* the new poster image is from the extremely controversial “O Doutrinador” comix by Luciano Cunha… which we will also be discussing at the show.



JUice Rap News has put their media coverage + analysis of the THIEFA COUP into a fundraising action for the poor in Brasil… Check it OUT !

“” Now that the video is out, we’d like to channel the work we’ve done on this topic and the energy around the episode into raising some funds to support the alleviation of extreme poverty in Brazil.

Thanks to your suggestions , we’ve chosen the following charity to fund-raise for: http://www.techo.org/paises/brasil/ “”

That’s Arts + Praxis at its FINEST !

… tbc …

#Ohlauer Day 12 : Whose Trees ?! Our Trees !?

July 5th, 2014

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Added NOTE: Our apologies for yesterday’s inadequate report, below ! We simply don’t have the time to depict the gravity and complexity of the issues, which are clearly reaching a boiling point in Berlin, and all across the EU. Tensions are rising from situations which are essentially symptoms of global-scale injustices, wars, racism, widespread inequalities, and socio-economic malfeasance. And let’s not forget Post- post-colonialism otherwise known as ongoing colonial fuckery ! We will try to return to the topic when we can provide better analysis of root causes and a tactical outlook for the struggles.

In the meantime, we tried to share a bit of humor in the darkness, and provide a glimpse into the positive energies arising from a beautiful show of solidarity at the second major demonstration march of this now almost two-week-long resistance, which erupted with the attempted eviction of the occupied Refugee School in Kreuzberg on June 23rd.

Day 12 : Whose Trees ?! Our Trees !?

July 5th: Protesters AGAIN in the many THOUSANDS came to show support for the # ohlauer refugees and to demand a change in Berlin, BRD and EU’s immigration politics. Policies which are actually creating more refugees, producing intolerable living conditions for millions of migrants, and costing lives every day !

In the midst of these struggles, a funny new protest chant was born as one protestor, a young woman, made it up into the tree at Oranienplatz, despite it being heavily guarded by the riot-geared, tree-hugging forces. ;) … This was the same tree that was at the center of another forced eviction some months ago. It became the site of a tree-sit which lasted for a few days, and marked the beginnings of a hunger strike which only just called to an end earlier this summer.

In addition to “No Border, No Nations, Stop Deportation ! ” + “Kein Mensch Ist Illegal !” + “… Freedom of movement is everybody’s right! ” + ” Say it Loud, Say it Clear, Refugees Are Welcome Here ! ” …  we can now chant “Whose Trees !? Our Trees ! “

The absurd comedy of riot cops guarding this symbol of the fight was a savored, laughable moment, but not all was peaceful. A few fights broke out, a number of people were detained ( at this location and others) , and at least one protestor arrested. ( More confirmation needed ).

And there is a project to collect accounts of abuse over this entire period of Kberg police besetzung  … The Call:

To everyone who was a victim of police harassment & repression in Kreuzberg…

Read more here: http://invia1200.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/ohlauer-to-everyone-who-was-a-victim-of-police-harassment-repression-in-kreuzberg/



And for sure there will be many more strategies arising to contest the intolerable conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

And protests in solidarity have spread to numerous cities…

Hamburg, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Wuppertal … are a few that we’ve seen in the #ohlauer twitter feed…


( NEW ) Resources:

Such a complicated and constantly shifting situation, extremely difficult to give a picture of the whole story, but Vice News has done a pretty commendable overview ( mostly in DE ) :


And Leftvision Clips have been on the scene pretty much every day, and put together this UPLIFTING piece soon after July 5th’s massive demo:




#Ohlauer Day 11 : Back On The Streets !

July 5th, 2014


< 5. Juli 2014 – 14 Uhr > Antirassistische Demonstration  – Hermannplatz – Berlin … REad MORe : http://ohlauer0507.wordpress.com/ ( w/ eng version there below. )

Wordpress text above is from July 2nd, situation has slightly changed since then, police are no longer sectioning off the streets around the school… but now guard the property together w/ a private security team ( Securitas )… As we understood it, refugees who have papers / passports are able to come in and out, many do not ! …  Still many police positioned around the neighborhood. And negotiations are falling apart ! … the situation is NOT GOOD ! Keep your eye on #Ohlauer !

And see you at Hermannplatz Demo !

Nach der Einigung in der Ohlauer Straße Senat lehnt die Vereinbarung ab – - http://mobil.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/nach-der-einigung-in-der-ohlauer-strasse-senat-lehnt-die-vereinbarung-ab,23785272,27713708.html



#Ohlauer Day10: Solutions Are A Longhaul Road

July 3rd, 2014


{ Refugees demands, 2 of 10 points. See *link below for full texts }

If you are just tuning into the #Ohlauer Crisis – Refugees fighting an attempted eviction by force in Kreuzberg district of Berlin in a dramatic standoff w/city govt… Your are invited to read our previous XLterrestrials reports: EU Fortress vs. Refugees ( part 1 ) // 5th Day of Refugee Crisis in Berlin, #Ohlauer ( part 2 ) … and feedback always welcome !

The negotiations, implications, and paths forward, are all complex and will take time to analyze…

But we attempted below to cover one angle regarding city’s the use of massive force in a situation which requires assistance NOT bullying, and NOT persecution. And the road to solutions will be a long haul.

There are Dozens of articles out there to assess what progress has been made, the mishandling, the damage, the lack of trust, and all the nuances of asylum and migration politics. We will try to do another press round-up as in part 2 if we can find time.

Here’s a link to AK – analyse & kritik | Zeitung für linke Debatte und Praxis – which analyzed quite quickly the negotiations + agreements. > On Fbook.-  eng translation in comments and as a repost.

* Demands, agreement and additions here in full : http://asylstrikeberlin.wordpress.com/…/the-agreement…/

#Ohlauer Day10: Solutions Are A Longhaul Road


On Wednesday night, the massive police circus which had been mobilized by the district government suddenly and without announcement removed the barricades which had sectioned off the neighborhood streets around the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule ( aka the Refugee School) for 9 DAYS. But a small force remains to guard the school property. And as far as we’ve determined from reports this afternoon, refugees remain enclosed and isolated inside. ( Update: Those who have papers / passports are able to come in and out, many do not ! )

[ Now reported by Vice Germany - and Der Speigel - as the most expensive police mobilization in Berlin's history. 5 million euros. ]


From an increasingly distrustful view, the city officials intentionally opened “the floodgates” late in the night for all sorts of chaos, conflict and provocation (and in retrospect, without consideration for the residents who live directly opposite the school ). Initially leaving small groups of police (sometimes 4 or 5) w/o vehicles. We even witnessed one cop standing entirely alone on the sidewalk in Ohlauerstr., nervously watching the crowd streaming in from Reichenbergerstr. towards the school.

[ A bit of a clarification: we learned the chaos that ensued was, in part, b/c police - while getting ready to open the barricades - were caught off guard, and protestors began climbing over them before anything was officially opened ]

Everyone was of course relieved to see them pull back! But anyone who absorbed the last days of tensions and aggression, could now witness that those in charge were now abandoning a complex situation (which they had escalated),  without clear instructions to those still positioned on duty.  It appeared as if they were left like guinea pigs in a very messy, unpredictable situation. Totally absurd ! It felt as if those in city management positions intentionally were inviting new problems and conflicts to occur.

There’s many angles to cover in this story, and our sympathies are with those who are struggling for justice and human rights, and for those victimized in their disenfranchisement and exclusions. And there is much more to say on all that, but we describe here our impressions of this particularly odd climatic moment in the streets, because it also reveals a total disregard for the people employed by the city (and those in command) , workers who in the politicians’ failed power play were put like pawns on the front lines, and into unnecessary confrontations.

Fortunately the mood remained celebratory and peaceful, with a mix of passionate, but at moments conflicted and emotional rants from supportive refugees on the outside.

Much respects to the Ohlauer Infopoint team for their exceptional and skilled handling of all the dramas throughout the last days !!! And they have requested that people remain alert, vigilant and present to support the ongoing struggles !!!

Not surprisingly, there was and is so much left unresolved.


{ 3.7.14 – a mother reunited with her daughter thru the school gates }

And already the day after, the city reflexively and defensively responded with intensification of legal barriers for asylum seekers ( asylrecht, link coming )  and the now re-awakened, rallying and unified wave of supporters have already called for action/demo on Saturday :


Additional Demos + Actions listed, this one seems to be the most supported :

< Sa 5.7. > 14 Uhr Hermannplatz: Demo “§23! Bleiberecht für alle!” #Ohlauer – Link here.



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 !