The XLt Guide to JA’s Arrest + WikiLeaks + War Crimes

April 14th, 2019

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The XLT Guide to JA + WikiLeaks + War Crimes

April 11th, 2019 – Julian Assange is dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy by civi-clothed Metropolitan Police in London, carrying a copy of Gore Vidal’s  “History of the National Security State” ( 2014 ).

To this date, no one has been indicted or prosecuted in an international criminal court for the illegal war in Iraq, for torture, nor for military personnel shooting/bombing reporters, civilians, women + children and the already- wounded. Unambiguous evidence, all of which exists in the “Collateral Murder” video ( footage which was captured by the US military cameras from over a kilometer away, and then honorably leaked by Manning), was published by Wikileaks on April 5th, 2010.  Of course military and state courts have numerous methods of dodging these incriminating facts in their own courts. But by using new technological tools and new media strategies, Wikileaks made it possible for millions of people to watch the brutal and asymmetric viciousness of 21st century-style wars of aggression by the world’s most powerful military.

What forms of “gunship spectacle fire” from above will now be unleashed to shoot the messenger over and over and over again, to control + steer + reign-in the new playing fields of net + media territories,  and to ignore and distract from the real + urgent issues ? … And what long dragged-out media circus sequels will be used to flood our already over-saturated and online-tethered brains … to distract from those actual tools and methods that can empower the people in these dangerous times, when sick + sinister figures operate at the highest levels of those omnipresent governing forces ? And corporate krapitalist media does its spineless and coweringly best to cover for them !

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Let’s back up a little…

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We are in a whole new phase of the Mass Mediations. And we will have to think more radically in how we now navigate the Digital Culture environments that are now entirely weaponized as a corporate+military cesspool of Surveillance Krapitalism.

Wikileaks came along and changed the game for a little while, perhaps in a comparable way that Tute Bianche came up with “”novel ways”" to protest in the streets. It is a viable thing to implement still now… Secure drops ( like the Panama Papers ) may still play out… but they will certainly no longer have any elements of surprise, and corporate media has myriad ways to diffuse and twist any shocking new leaks, even if we want to entertain the idea that substantial shock is still possible via news items  in the new dizzying daily levels of perpetually screened nausea.

An interesting comment on Nettime mentions that millions saw the horrors of Iraq, but unlike say the Vietnam era… outrage and any mobilized reactions had little impacts on the ruling power.

So … what now ?!

Solidarity for all journalists  ( and various cultures of resistance ) for sure… but what is to come for our offensive game ?!

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In the meantime…

Suggested RESOURCES:

1. Jonathan Cook on the 7 Years of Lies

https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2019-04-11/julian-assange-lies-arrest/

2.Caitlin Johnstone on How to be Certain that the US Charge is Fraudulent

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/how-you-can-be-certain-that-the-us-charge-against-assange-is-fraudulent…..

3. The quick legal low down ( unsealed charges ) via Just Security + ExBerliner http://www.exberliner.com/features/politics/assanhgearrest-the-lowdown….

4. Greenwald’s censored? interview with NPR’s Morning Edition
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/heres-interview-glenn-greenwald-about-julian-assange-it-seems-npr-didnt-want-you…

5. Slavoj Zizek ( Let 100 WL bloom ! ) … https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/julian-assange-extradition-us-wikileaks-google-slavoj-zizek-a8866741…

6. An interesting backround analysis/debate from c.2011 via Metamute betw. Florian Cramer and Ted Byfield on what Wikileaks was attempting to achieve, successfully or not?
http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/wikileaks-has-radically-altered-military-diplomatic-information-complex…10-reasons-and-against

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Fortunately there IS SOME GOOD NEWS… Embassy cat’s lawyers have assured us that cats cannot not be extradited by any warmonger state’s laws !

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UPDATES:

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( Bini was illegally detained in Ecuador 4 days ago, with… very unclear charges ?… )

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( w/ David Harvey in the foreground )



XLt Spring-At-Last Radar v.o1: The Time is Ripe for….

April 4th, 2019

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ON the XLT RADAR:

April 4-7 : ADM Subkultur Festival + Benefit, at Urban Spree

April 6 : CiTiZEN KiNO #78 – sneak preview – at Urban Spree, 19h

April 6 : MIETEN WAHNSINN ! Rising Rents + Housing Crisis Demo, Alexanderplatz
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April 11 : CiTiZEN KiNO #78: World PREMIERE, Club der Polnischen
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Every FRIDAY : #FridaysForFuture, at Invaliden Park in Berlin ( and everywhere )

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… ... … . Last night we went to the opening of the ADM festival, and it was very much a part of the Revalerstr. RAW-Gelande partyheads and tourist zones of Friedrichshain, and that’s OK… it’s finally … sorta … Springtime…

And we all need to reclaim a little breathing room and playspace, even if it is just a weekend escape. At least this party is a BENEFIT for the good fight ( and ADM’s legal costs )… AND in addition to the festivities, there is also much to learn from the cultural free-haven(s) – done with the Dutch squatter-styles – that were able to find and sustain SOME experimental pockets ( of actual land + housing ) in the midst of the gruesome neoliberal frenzies of the übernormal EU hyper-biz-as-usual.

In fact, as we were watching a bunch of doc film / materials being screened in the little sub-keller cinema, we were struck by all the tales and perspectives on ADMs struggles over the last 18 YEARS ( that span of time in itself is a VICTORY ! ), and it’s a necessary reminder of fighting not just against the grain of all the neo-colonial-imperialist soul-crushing, but it’s about the things we are fighting FOR… the revolution of everyday life ( to quote situationist : Raoul Vaneigem ) ! And it was a alarming to realize how far NOW , and to what extent, we are ALL being DISPLACED … and pushed deeper and deeper into the deadly containers – the unihabitable death strips – of industrialized life… and headed for a massive “civilization” breakdown + collision with those expanding mechanisms of control !

Some topics we hope to expand on in our C-KiNO presentations there on Saturday evening ! ( 19-21h )…  and again on April 11th in Mitte.

And of course a fantastic reminder why THOUSANDS of people will be in the streets for the MIETENWAHNSINN DEMO… the time is RIPE for putting our dreams of another possible community life…  into action and praxis !!!!!!

And we absolutely need MORE on-the-ground autonomous zones to create these alternative and other worlds !!!

to be cont.

CiTiZEN KiNO #78 re-animates the Frankfurt School for Our Digitally Cooked Times

March 22nd, 2019

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“For “totalitarian” is not only a terroristic political coordination of society, but also a non-terroristic economic-technical coordination which operates through the manipulation of needs by vested interests.”

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society ( 1964 )

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” Techno-fascism plumps us up for the choice between total devotion to the  sausage-making industrialization of someone else’s backyard or an ever-deeper seduction-escape into a technological rabbit hole of unknown pleasures. Sticks us in the oven and awaits the asphyxiation climax.”

- XLt Analyst ( yesterday )

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‘There is some shit I shall not eat … and I will not kiss your fucking flag!’ – e.e. cummings ( 1926 )

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< 6.4 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: The Work of Art In The Age of Auto-erotic Asphyxia … SNEAK PREVIEW for the ADM subkulture festival / benefit at Urban Spree – Revaler Str.99 – 19:00h ( eintritt ? )

< 11.4 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: The Work of Art In The Age of Auto-erotic Asphyxia … at Club der Polnischen Versager,Ackerstr. 168 – Berlin Mitte – 20:00h – by Donation

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Those dark pioneers of *critical theory* and *negative dialectics* and deep analysts of the culture industry, who fled the Holocaust and set up shop in the Disneyland of Post-war Ka-Ching Boom, are certainly relevant for our digitally cooked surveillance krapitalist times. It’s high time to re-animate or re-package The Frankfurt School … and locate the emergency exits in the burning theaters.

C-KINO – a situational cinematic investigation – curates a film clips evening, and stitches together a zone wherein all triggered emotions and relevant insights from the critical theory archives can be laid out in a fearless and highly-eroticized theater, transformed into a new school of resistance. Dr. Podinski and the XLterrestrial friends put the Btropolis Patient on the couch and asks what one sees in the 24/7 live stream consumption … but not without a bouquet of flowers and poems flying from our extended hand… and a tribute to our fallen arts+culture comrades !

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New promo text +  Notes for C-Kino #78:

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Our newest episode of CiTIZEN KiNO – a series of situational cinema + tactical media interventions – will revisit the Frankfurt School’s critical theory approach and analysis of the culture industry ( mass media + big tech). We examine what their works reveal in relationship to our current horror show of netted-Culture in these times of rabid “Surveillance Krapitalism” ( Shoshana Zuboff ). Do the 21st century tech tools that promised to connect us just give ever more unprecedented powers to the engorged and frothing idiots who now divide + capture + consume us in a blurry eyes-wired-shut tyranny ? Are we all getting steered deeper into distracted, disembodied, asphyxiating, and utterly uninhabitable environments. Are there technofixes for the techno-Fixers and all those neoliberal tech-titan “Wichsers” !? Are there actions and exits ( that are not like getting the Brex-shits )  that can still get us out of this burning planet-theater in time !? As Greta Thunberg, and many others have been saying, “It’s time for you to Panic !”

Warning! Surrealist reactionary-ism, primal screams and disturbing footage may all be used as part of our arsenal of tactical arts to pull the emergency brake and/or push all the buttons for a new operating system !

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RESOURCE LINKS:

The F-school
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School

Habermas:
“If capitalistic technological society weakens the autonomy and rationality of the subject, it is not through the domination of the individual by the apparatus but through technological rationality supplanting a describable rationality of communication. And, in his sketch of communicative ethics as the highest stage in the internal logic of the evolution of ethical systems, Habermas hints at the source of a new political practice that incorporates the imperatives of evolutionary rationality.”

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Alex Ross in The New Yorker
The F School Knew Trump Was Coming ( 2016 )
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-frankfurt-school-knew-trump-was-coming

Explaining the (new) attack on Cultural Marxism:
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/78mnny/unwrapping-the-conspiracy-theory-that-drives-the-alt-right

( some hilarious videos out there on the alt right web )

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Review of Stuart Jeffries’ book Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School.  ( 2017 )
https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/politics-without-gasoline-grand-hotel-abyss/

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A quik read ADORNO summary:

https://arthistoryunstuffed.com/theodor-adorno-and-the-culture-industry/

XLt Radar v.3 + Kiez Notes, Sisters + Solidarities cont.

March 12th, 2019

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pic : From a #fridaysforfuture protest somewhere ( quick search )

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( 25,000 people out today – #m15 – in Btropolis for the school strikes begun by Greta Thunberg, foto by PM Cheung )

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- early Spring – XLt Radar – v.3

Upcoming Actions + Events

< 14.3 > Money Talk #7: CIRCLES – A Universal Basic Income, with Julio Linares + Sara Friend at SupermarktMore info + FB invite

< 15.3 > Fridays For Future / School Strike, in nearly 100 countries, check your local listings: #fridaysforfuture

< 6.4 > #MietenWahnsinn Demo, Alexanderplatz 12h

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Cultures of Resistance

11.–17.3.2019 > “Comrades, I Am Not Ashamed of My Communist Past”* – 30 years after the fall of the walla mixed program at Hau Theater

< 4-7. 4 >ADM ( former squat + cultural free-haven in NL ) – Benefit PartyMulti-Subcultural Art Fair, Urban Spree – more info

< 4.11 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: Work of Art In the Age Of Auto-Erotic Aspyhxia, at Club Der P. Versager, doors 20:ooh, show 20:30h

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more coming soooon !

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( fotos: those historic territories of the Palast: the completely devastated city center after WW2, the DDR HQ / the Palast Der Republik and the new billion+ euro Berliner Stadtschloss project about to reopen )

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( the closing panel on New Alliances: Margarita Tsomou, Prashad, Varoufakis, et al – more speaker names to be added )

KIEZ NOTES:

The Political + Cultural + Academic + Social Theater(s)

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We think we went to too many events this weekend… our heads hurt, our bodies hurtbut it’s a good kind of hurt , like when your muscles are all sore the next day from that climb up the mountain. And the views were INCREDIBLE!

We’re going to have to jot down some Kiez Notes in this Schaufenster (window display ) journal. Knowing that this is our little transparent public web platform ( for all to see and/or be surveilled ) this will necessarily require some delicate handling.

To begin, we unfortunately didn’t list a fantastic event on our XLT Radar, and we wish we had. Thanks to a comrade from DIEM25, we got word that there was an impressive panel at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele’s “Palast Der Republik – Kunst, Diskurs & Parliament – the finale of a dense 3-day program.

As much as we like chocolate mousse desserts, we thought on first impressions that this fest was a little too Charlottenberg for us, ATM… a little “too conceptually rich” to attempt re-animating the DDR ghosts + still very alive OST spirits so close to all that Ku-damm couture-ing. Was this going to turn into a “Former West” colonial-capturing of our united and internationalist complaints ? Yet another cultural show with little praxis ?

But luckily we did not pass up the invite to see the last day, and a session called “There is An Alternative – Neue Allianzen Für ein anderes Europa“, with a range of guests that provided a true culture-hacking depth !

And in fact, revisiting the whole DDR Palast story ( as the new Berliner Stadtschloss nears completion ) IS re-opening up a can of worms that IS a juicy and unique Btropolis mess to revisit. And if you weren’t around during its various phases of the last 3 decades since the fall of the wall, it is a poignant bit of still unfolding local history, that is so easily swept under the new red carpets of the rebuilt palace(s) and wild self-indulgent city expenditures, at a time when everything – from political party machinations to cultural spectacle to our city being sold to all the neoliberal bidders – looks headed for a mesmerizing high-speed disaster !

We won’t be able to give a complete analysis of all these great speakers who are experimenting with daring new political platforms for another possible European configuration + Demos. But let’s just say, if Brussels could be reclaimed tomorrow, this group wouldn’t be such a bad interim steering committee for an EU Parliament to get more real… inclusive… transparent … and caring !

But it even went beyond rescuing this dysfunctional EU family, by pushing for a transnational interventionist party of sorts. To begin our analysis ( as we did with Transmediale article in Feb. a few weeks ago ) we look at the closing round to cut to the chase. It was Vijay Prashad, rebel historian and journalist, who provided a fierce condemnation of EU considering itself the central steering committee of ANYTHING… In a short paraphrase : When the rest of the planet’s nations and peoples think of EU governance, they immediately start to worry about bombs falling on their heads and colonialist agendas up-the-whazooo and all the vested interests ! And if a new EU party/demos is being re-imagined and forming ( i.e. as in DIEM25 ),  it had better have anti-imperialism and a serious plan for global equality and financial equity ( i.e. ending the tax havens ) at the front of its agenda ! BOOM!…

THis could have ripped the whole theater + theme apart, but in fact it was precisely because this was all taking place in THE THEATER… ( and Prashad has an art of making you laugh, and THen chopping off any of your lazy right-arm allegiances, if required ) it reminded us that the world of politics IS a frickin THEATER !

And we might as well start making our own in parallel, and as wildly revolutionary as we all can dream together… and from there have a horizon to aim for as we set out upon establishing a new social organism that functions for ALL !

So, Politics in the Theater ! Yes ! … Something the XLterrestrials, with all its roots in deconstructing and scaling-down from the entertainment complex in these challenging and terrifying times, had begun to see as a hopelessly dis-engaged  playspace with little impact on the where the actual power lies. But we are now forced to look at it with a new appreciation and potentials for a tactical approach !  We took this as a reminder: that this IS a broad + deep cultural hacklab, and an embody-able territory, that provides us the room + space to speak loudly, and which cannot be so easily denied to us, nor shut down !  And it CAN even make use of the fat pockets of city cultural funds to wildly outdo and “show up” the pathetic narratives of that tired and dismal old theater of fear,  control and domination at the other end of the political spectrum. We will certainly need more of creative manifestations, and in a variety of forms, to have a foundation for another competing reality on the ground.

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The Anthropocene Theater

In another extraordinary theater the next night we participated in the School of Disobedience at the Volkbühne, which is currently hosting seminars on the topic of the Anthropocene. In a similar fashion as the Palast episode above, this also revealed a THEATER of science, academia and the technological industries, while at the same time providing us with some very hard facts of what an urgent crisis we are all up-to-our-necks in today. We will try and provide a map and sketch of what happened there.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg from Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin is hosting 3 seminar sessions in the Grüner Salon, the last of which is on March 25 at noon.  In addition to the registered seminars there is one public evening, which featured guest Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence who is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Many useful facts were given to illuminate the urgent crisis of climate change…or climate breakdown ( as Monbiot prefers to call it out more radically ). Mostly focused on the dilemma of CO2 emissions, and the challenge to keep this below a 1.5 degree rise as the Paris agreement attempts to achieve. But what is lacking in this frame of the issue is any analysis of the science departments framing of the issues !

If you have been following the so-named Anthropocene issues – the favorite term for academic institutions to handle a looming catastrophe for humanity and our diverse societies – you may already be aware that the Paris agreement has many failings, and is currently nowhere near being on any functional track to be implemented. While they did highlight the science communities massively confounding efforts to paint the picture to a lay public, it does little to address the political entanglements and nightmares that prevent our abilities to properly ACT in meaningful ways in response to one of the most, if not THe most pressing crisis of our times.

We are not going to take time to rewrite a comprehensive summary of the messy stories, nor even all that was discussed by these scientists. But what was useful in listening to them speak is the PROBLEM of how the institutions of science FRAME the Anthropocene from a very western-centric focus, and avoiding any clarification regarding the primary actors who have brought civilization and our habitat to the brink of ecocide and self-annihilation. Hint: It’s the political and economic operating system. And it should more appropriately be called Capitalocene, or as The XLterrestrials have previously written ( in response to HKW seminars, which also pushed these flawed approaches ), to be even more precise: The Corporacene, which we might say is even more hostile, more difficult to regulate, and more out of control, than krapitalism itself.

( Additional Note: It is a pretty clear sign of the political import of this terminology, when one examines the ongoing scientific debates revolving around WHEN the “anthropocene” era begins. Whether when puts the marker at industrial agriculture, fossil fuels extraction, nuclear industries or absurdly “chicken bones” will reveal where the instutions themselves will point the blame. And they don’t seem to be in any rush to inadvertently shoot themselves in any of their own feet. We suspect they will eventually choose something that obfuscates the systems at the root and their own complicities. )

We do not wish to get hung up on debates around the names. But important to be aware of how naming exerts a definite power and direction upon the problem. “Anthropocene” is highly flawed, because it is riddled with agendas.  Anthropocene assumes that the trajectory of the planet and the fate of our species is in an inevitable morphosis/transformation into a human-made earth a “2nd Nature” or “Technosphere” as it is sometimes evoked. A next level of ( inhuman + unsustainable ) industrialization!?  … This reveals that is not on the plate of tasks for governments, institutions and/or ( fossil fuel era ) corporations to CLEAN UP what technotopian 1st world nations have so recklessly and viciously produced for its colonized subjects, the next generations, and all other species.

This is an entirely unacceptable position… because 1. It lets off the hook all the powerful actors who have done the damage and 2. These actors are precisely those who wield the re$ources, and who can in so many ways implement technologies-of-scale to begin repairing the nature they are primarily responsible for having fucked up !

This is The Anthropocene Theater – which in many respects – is a ploy to deal with the accelerating problems only in the ways which do not incur losses or responsibilities on the business elites who profited, and continue to profit, off the krapitalist game of resource extraction and plunder ! And in fact, the solutions they will attempt to advocate are those which will they will put themselves into the driving seat again to reap the businesses that will be generated out of their strategies for managing and controlling the next stages ! Meanwhile the tragic-comedy may push us all off the cliff toward The Uninhabitable Earth ( a new book by David Wallace Wells, a journalist in NYC).

Volksbühne, fortunately has been a friendly place to challenge the discourse… but one definitely needed to remind this group that if one wants to establish A School Of Rebellion…  to rebel, one needs to put some actions on the table… or it’s just more theory and talk… power-points and data dumping… another school exercise in debating.

There are a number of anecdotes we would like to come back and share because this approach needs challenging …

But in the meantime, have a look at what the kids are up to these days …

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To be cont. (?)


XLt Spring Radar v.2 : Sisters + Solidarities

March 8th, 2019

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( XLt foto remix, we are trying to find the orig artist who did the b/w pixelated portrait … aha, via Andres Lozano… discovered while researching for our next C-kino event (#78)… and bits on Walter Benjamin’s essay Art+mech.reproduction… cool website ! )

Thx for all the female energies+power around us in our lives ! ! !

… without ya the planet would probably already be bagged toast … and the days and nights would have no gravity and no home for living + breathing + sharing + becoming …

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XLt Radar / Upcoming Events

< March 7-8 > FemPunkFest, at Mensch Meier and KVU

< March 8 > Run The World at Mensch Meier … More info here

< March 8 > Post-Demo party Unite We Get What We Want, ( No Cis-Men allowed ) Benfit for Women in Prison, at SO36

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< March 8 > Parnepar (post punk Zagreb), Totenwald (wave punk Berlin) at Kastanien Keller

< March 9 > Beats Of Solidarity
Feier des re:volt Magazines zur Finanzierung von Solidaritätsarbeit  ( half supports Rojava, the other Chiapas ) at Lauschangriff

Yo Btropolis, always check the Stressfaktor for a great list of things that you should know about… from Voku/Kufas – to concerts – workshops – actions – and community news – addresses… and useable for self-posting your own autonomous zone calendar dates – Linke Subkultur + Politik !

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The window 2day at the coolest women-owned collective book shop in Btropolis … Buchladen zur Schwankenden Weltkugel … http://buchladen-weltkugel.de


More coming Soon !

CiTiZEN KiNO #78: Work of Art In the Age Of Auto-Erotic Asphyxia

March 5th, 2019

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Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!

CiTiZEN KiNO is Back ! … And if you would like to host us THIS SPRING/SUMMER, get in touch…

Work-in-progress…

CiTiZEN KiNO #78: Work of Art In the Age Of Auto-Erotic Aspyhxia

While we’re reading Shoshana Zuboff’s Surveillance Capitalism… it seems like a good time to revisit Walter Benjamin, Frankfurt School etc., … to investigate the means and ends of the internet ( Boris Beaude ) … borders … and the reboot of auras + situational contexts in the arts…

Directions, notes, research, links coming… we are taking time to develop this one, and your inputs are most welcomed !

UPdate:

We now have a fixed date and venue for our CK#78 initial experiments on our meaty topics … the cozy living room lab at the Schokoladen Haus in B- Mitte… perhaps we’ll have a ( veggie ) Voku dinner as well, details to come…

< 11.4 > CiTiZEN KiNO #78: Work of Art In the Age Of Auto-Erotic Asphyxia at Club Der Polnischen Versager , 20h…

Links, resources, research, press release text…  coming soon….

An Early Abnormal Spring XLt Radar : Support Your Local Resistance Cultures !

February 27th, 2019

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Well, you might think we’re being stupid for complaining about an early spring… Well, this is NOT complaining… This is alerting you to get (y)our shit together… and discover the spaces and events that nourish your being while also providing the radical upgrades that do not ignore the obvious : All is not well in the underbellies of a shitstorm !

Of course, the Btropolis is an oasis of inspirations for another immediate+possible world … And these cultural events provide ways to support our local comrades. And remember  Music, Arts + Activism ARE also Livelihoods that help create autonomy and autonomous zones ! Support em + Join em, if u can !

And please send us what you think should be on our radar, let’s be 1000 eyes together !

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An Early Abnormal Spring XLt Radar ( in Btropolis )

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Upcoming: Sudden Infant (27.2 ) – Bizim Beats (1.3 ) — Spaceship at Mensch Meier (2.3) — Mop Mop ( 2.3 ) —– ( 4.3) Brendan Perry —— ( 13.3) Dhafer Youssef ——– (15.3) Chris Imler———(23.3) Driftmachine + Sonae ———— (28.3) Young Gods ———— (29.3) w.w.w.-neurobeat ————- (5.4.) Omar Souleyman————— (5.4) The Partisans ————- (8.6 ) Ton Steine Scherben … to be cont.

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<27.2> Sudden Infant, Trepaneringsritualen + Philipp Strobel at Urban Spree ( FB Invite ), 21h begin…

< 1.3 > Bizim Beats… for the Kiez … at Festsaal ( FB -i )

- more musik coming soon

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-SOLIDARITY KIEZ EVENTS + ACTIONS-

< 28.2.> Schöneberger Kiezversammlung at PallasT Pallasstr. 35, 18-20h ( FB invite )

< 2.3 > Wir bleiben alle! Demo in Neukölln/Schöneberg/Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg – Stern Demo, from 5 locations…  i.e at Herrfurthplatz -15h – converging at Lausitzerplatz-17h ( Fb-i )

< 8.3 > International Women’s Day !

< 4-7.4 > Benefit Party for evicted ADM (collective space in Amsterdam), a Multi- Subcultural Art Fair at Urban Spree ( more info )

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stay tune for more…

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After Hurricane Sandy

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( Seaside, NJ via volksbühne program )

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-OTHER THINGS-

< 28.2 – 1.3 > RLS-Cities: Rebellisch Links Solidarisch at Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 2-day conference (Fb.i)

< 2.3 > jan.ehret für Christoph Schlingensiefs Operndorf Afrika Benefizparty – at Grüner Salon- Volksbühne ( more info )

< 04.03., 07.03., 25.03 > School of Disobedience: Climate Change – A History + Seminar at Grüner Salon- Volksbühne ( more info )

<5.4> Network Disruption : Dark Havens: Confronting Hidden Money & Power —–

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ONGOING:

Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays are face2face ( post-Google Cafe ) at the Anarchist Library Kalabalik, Reichenbergerstr. 63a, 15-19h

Every Friday is #Fridays4Future – School Strikes – ( and Mass Strike ?! ). It’s not just for kids, its panictime for everyone ! in Berlin, usually meeting at Invalidenpark, check for times.



Mausolea for the Pyramid Scheme Society

February 24th, 2019

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New XLt analysis coming soon !

( Sometimes, we love the Btropolis, cause the mindblowing stories write themselves… but then, sometimes they’re ugly + unbearable ones, and we are mortified … and want to run for the hills ! )

#Panictime is For Everybody ! #ClimateStrike + #Technofascism

February 21st, 2019

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There’s a very good Democracy Now report today about the challenges to prevent the worst outcomes from the fossil fuels era and corporate krapitalism’s new world disorder !

They interview David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine, who has just come out with a new book called The Uninhabitable Earth.  What’s useful and fresh in these dire warnings is that there ARE abundant solutions that would be rather easy to implement, but the corruption of the policy makers and the political system is obstructing the necessary changes.

Most of us following these issues over the last years know this well already, but his way of highlighting the problems are a very compelling art to motivating the broader global populace to get involved, demand and push for change. And while not holding back on a terrifying analysis and a dire, alarming tone, he also highlights the massive differences between 2 – 3 – 4 – 5- etc. degrees warming. And the long-range cumulative effects and the multiplying tipping-point factors.  And the fact that these varying degrees of outcomes are still options at all, reveals that we ARE the ones in control of our fates. We do have that power ! The climate breakdown horror show is not a done deal. Our end is NOT inevitable. We should NOT be giving up !

Of course this information is abundant in 1000s of other peoples’ work. But its one of the main tactical messages in this crisis that needs repeating and persistently invoked. And Wells seems to do it very well, based on this interview. We will still need to examine the book.

Meanwhile, as usual Greta Thunberg is as precise a ninja of words + actions as ever ! Her message in Brussels was another crystallizing blow and condemnation of the generations that have to own this technofascist terror.  To do nothing now is unambiguously criminal !

And she says, “We have begun to clean up your mess, and we will not stop until we are done ! “

Tomorrow the XLterrestrials will be joining the #FridaysForFuture STRIKE, and we say loud and clear : This Panic Time Is For Everybody !….

Everyone needs to consider what form of strike makes sense for their own situation, but by all means they have no other real option than to find a way to join the task that a courageous 16 year-old kid has now manifested in a most clear and doable form ! It is a (low-risk ) door for ALL to enter the struggle. And no doubt, many other tactics will need to follow….

In Btropolis:

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CiTiZEN KiNO in Btropolis is NOT DEAD ! + a Post-Berlinale Rant …

February 18th, 2019

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C-KiNO in Btropolis is NOT DEAD ( yet ) !

We’ve just been on another attrition holiday… but we are constructing new shows for 2019… because the mission is still very much a part of our survival… ours personally, but probably yours too ! Take a look around you… Given the current state of affairs, and now in very scientific terms, you have about 12 YEARS or less to get your heads out of the ass of humanity’s all time greatest ERRor ! ( Of course, we should read this timeline as merely a new effort to transmit the urgencies of a problem whereby people around the globe are already suffering the consequences ).

The Mission: We are here to decolonize your planet !

It’s also our project birthday ( of sorts ) … We took a look at the XLterrestrials archives, and in FEB 2007, we set ourselves in motion to tour a cinema AND anti-cinema project, a Shrodinger’s cursed cat… to roam the (western) lands … and scratch your (proxy) eyes out !

Excerpt:  “The only interesting venture is the liberation of everyday life, not only
in a historical perspective, but for us, right now. This project implies the
withering away of all the alienated forms of communication. The cinema, too, must be destroyed.” G. Debord

( XLt note: You can read this as the unique poetic fury of Situationism, and/or an attempt to tactically find the exits. And of course, we could also imagine updating the insights to apply them to our exacerbated digital-era alienations.  )


But yes, we also know how to be cuddly with our comrades ( incl. those artists who make media and film ), who know what state we’re in, and together want to change the world ! In reality, we are often a soft arts and praxis, and a pedagogic experiment… with a certain kind of militance, sure… but nothing compared to this techno-fascist world and the violence which has subjugated and twisted human intelligence into an unrecognizable terrorized subject/object.

FUNDRAISER!

Ok, before we lose too many short-attention-span Surf-Age readers ( hey, no offense, we’ve all been there ), we wanted to alert you that we are RAISING FUNDS to produce the next episodes… We need your help… Donate NOW … ask us HOW ? ( SEnd us a mail here, and we’ll send you an entertaining personalized fundraising plea )

And for those who are in for the long haul… a special treat:

The XLT Post-Berlinale Rant …

The Bobo Time-Capsule Art ?! …

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The Chicken Wings of Desire


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Bruno Ganz passed away this weekend… Rise in Peace !

We found this foto of him standing/posing in front of one of the bunkers ( now a touristy museum at Anhalter Banhof, yep the one that was completely flattened in WW2 ) which has one of our favorite graffiti texts… ( Whoever builds bunkers, throws bombs ). And we took this foto of the same bunker c.2016… the graffiti is STiLL there ! Surprisingly not yet gentrified, not yet turned into a co-working space for precarious wage-slaves in the cybernetic industry regime !

It’s hard to measure what an impact Bruno had on our lives… he popped in at different times to provide some eye-opening inspirations – Der Amerikanische Freund, Wings, Downfall and all those hilarious viral remakes ) Thx + heartfelt Respex ! He was an unusual and gentle master of the art !

… And as cynical as this piece is going to still get, cinema is and was a mighty weapon, a magical language, poetry in (flat screen reductive) motion ;) … a beautiful mutant friend in the cut-off, separated, lonely and militarized border times ! Beware !

Wings of Desire (1987) was being shot during our first years landed in the Btropolis. We passed by those mysterious film set locations a few times… We were at the Esplanade Hotel (ruins) when Nick Cave sang “She lived in Room 29…” ( From Her To Eternity ) dozens of times, with his übercool bandmates in tow. Note: If you ever want to kill the magic of an emotional song, watch it being unperformed by a bunch of stuffed caricature-icons on a high-profile film set over and over and over again. To the outside viewers, just so ya know, and in case it’s not obvious: This was NOT a concert, it was an entirely and tediously-staged production.

When it finally came to the big screen, we gathered at Cinema Paris in the KuDamm. Was it a special premiere for us Berliners? Can’t remember for sure… One of the most surreal moments was listening to Angel 1 and Angel 2 discussing the souls of humans in the auto dealership JUST ACROSS THE STREET from this very cinema. That realization in the midst of a film trance, was an odd crack of extra light pouring into the circus contortonist’s medium.  And in fact the whole film had elements that played – intentionally or not – with that over-exposed dual nature of the mediated experience. The whole art ride had scenes for us that permeated our every day orientations + real life experiences of the still profusely bleeding black+white-like history overdose that IS Berlin, and the oozing in-the-flesh grey ( haunted) city we inhabited. Like: Just last week we were in THat street. Hey, Just the other day we crossed THat bridge. Just a couple hours ago we stepped over one of those Stolpersteine. Wenders was shooting OUR times, our places, our (newfound) home. And he did so with such a fresh aesthetic touch, that we – the young and star-gazing impressionables – could almost feel the film and its story belonged especially to us, and to our own longings… and to our own alien (and/or reborn ) arrivals.

And yet, the more one closely examines it, and over all the years that now provide the required distance … one is compelled to ask more about where it fails and falls flat and hollow … and even self-indulgent. In the absence of all the authentic lives in the Btropolis, this is an outsider’s scripted,  capitalized, fake memoir, a tourist flipbook, a Bobo’s skewed + filtered + formulaic encounter with our gritty and cold, passionate, painful and embodied realities.

It was a dream within a dream within a shoebox, that may or may not have contained our very own pair of cha cha heels …  ( “Where’s my fucking cha cha heels ?” Divine says in Female Trouble, as she opens her Xmas package, before she bursts into a tantrum, knocks over the Xmas tree and berates her shocked and helpless parents )…

Still, we WERE mesmerized, hypnotized, charmed… and kinda duped.  We were now part of this black screen magic ! And we opened the pandora’s black box and sliced open this silver screen cadaver, we ran our imaginary fingers through its slippery monochrome intestines, and ate them up with big devious gothic smiles ! Of course we loved it ! We had tasted the blood of the mediated craft !

30+ years later, we have a complex old whiskey flavor in our mouths ( and images of the fallen … death-by-damaged-liver ; ) when pondering it, and it’s appropriately, an entirely schizophrenic, mixed up, upside-down view of this art cinema masterpiece and/or tourist time-capsule trainwreck.

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A small digression…

We didn’t see any of Berlinale ( Spectacle Industry ) this year, but we got a fascinating preview the week it was coming to bite all our spectacle+glamor-tied necks. Who the fuck’s got time for a red carpeted screen-timed orgy these days?!

Woche Der Kritik put on a fascinating ‘B-side’ event at the Volksbühne called Intensive Care Cinema – with “A Dose of Schlingensief Please – Or Why the World Cannot Be Saved with Polite Art” – a night of debates, lectures and films. And a timely screening of “Die Deutsche Kettensäger Massakre” (1990).

For those unfamiliar, and for those who might have forgotten, its potent transgression, it remains an unfathomable specimen of cinema. A raw primal scream from the Terrible Kid from Munich, assessing his roots + times and lingering + still-abundant fascist misery… while injecting his spectacular + prescient id-fueled projections… in the freshly reunited sausage-making of a great freak Frankenstein Nation. It’s hilarious ! And still such a precious scalpel for our alienated filmic times! Even if you can’t stand splatter genre, and we can’t. This is something else; This is an art weapon! Schlingensief really knew how to throw films like punches. But let’s not get too nostalgic, the likelihood that trash-genre films and any one wild provocateur is going to save us now, is just Film Biz People, who are probably trying to sell us something.

But to remember … In comparison to Wenders… and not that one HAS TO compare artists, but to peel your eyes off of the institutionalized memorabilia ( of Road – Kill – Movies ) for a moment… Schlingensief’s film from nearly the same time… is the work of a realtime semiotic-guerrila ( Umberto Eco’s term for culture jamming ), it’s like stealing into the Goethe Institute’s meeting with Helmut Kohl and protege Angela Merkel, the German Tourist Büro and The National Film Board… and having Udo Kier do a power-point on cannibalism, while his hair is on fire !

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One of the stranger, funnier and lucid moments of the evening was in fact when special guest Udo, who drunkenly gushed a little too much and too long about all his brushes with director greatness… Fassbinder, Lars van Trier, Wenders, Schlingensief, etc….  What a Life ! … And then he rambled on (and repeated himself ) that these were filmmakers who could not make a bad film, and someone in the audience had enough of the schmooze and nonsense (of a lush), and blurted out:

“Wenders made ALOT of terrible films ! “

You have to love the Btropolis attitude that doesn’t tolerate panderers and bullshitters, who have over-used their pedestals ( and free drink coupons ).

But don’t worry Udo, we still love you ! … One of the most incredible freaks of underground cinema celebrity-dom…  and, even if your remake of Fritz Lang’s M… sounds like a furry indigestible thin-wafer mint … made-for-TV+Netflix series :)

Back to the plot…

We are still fond of Wenders’ unique + prolific left-of-mainstream cinema , arts+culture, but he is hardly a deeply engaged political fighter and certainly no Enfant Terrible. For these chilling times, you might even say he’s a bit of a cultural butter knife, and buttering alot of his own bread. His Wim Wender Stiftung is mostly set up to preserve and promote his own work + legacy, and while it does support new talent, whether or not this is really taking some necessary risks is a viable question. One will probably have to always push – now more than ever – comfortable celebrities to invest in…  and/or give their industry weight … to radical new approaches in our challenging times !

BTW, disclaimer, we are STILL waiting to hear back after writing to them about CiTIZEN KiNO, but we have to admit our letter wasn’t so spectacle + entertainment industry friendly :) Perhaps we’ll post it here, if we get requests to be TRANSPARENT … haha.

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Back to The Chicken Wings …

Yeah, it’s a classic of the New German Cinema now, of course, as it should be ! But if we really wanted to pick it apart, there’s a long list of things that will forever irk us about this film ! … It’s all quaint, sentimental, romantic, fotogenic… a cinematography meisterwerk, a poetic innovation… but it meanders through those oppressive Cold War West and East Berlin times so much like a “Wessie” tourist. If ya wanna know what it was really like in Berlin those days, first of all don’t expect it to be narrated by 2 well-established white male German angels… and hanging around like expat hipsters pal-ing with the impressively-self-absorbed and self-indulgent indie rock celebs of the time. The Bauchnabel ( bellybutton ) Kunst crooners. Couldn’t he have at least given the nod ( and boost ) to another band from the homegrown scene ?! How many people have seen this film and would recognize the band name “Sprung Aus Der Wolken” ( i.e. Jochen Arbeit), whose musik is also in the soundtrack, but do not appear in the film ?! For example.

And it’s ashame how the film took the easy way out, and failed to take any harder views and impressions of and/or sympathies with life and The Wall and those from the east-side. No real comment on an unprecedented divided city and that still palpable and volatile faultline of western Capitalism vs. Soviet-communism, and all of us marooned and/or squeezed on an urban desert island trapped between the two vicious and oppressive beasts of 20th century errors.  … And if we gave it the Bechdel Test of ethnic minority inhabitants of the city,  there is little-to-no voice though ok, we do get a brief unusual monologue ( the whole film is monologue only ) of an immigrant ( white ) circus performer, though mostly in relation to her loneliness and her western angel suitor, who will soon appear.

There’s much more to say, maybe we’ll come back to add more…

But we’ll leave you with this last rant…

What the hell went wrong with that tedious concluding scene !? … Peter Handke, surely you didn’t leave us with THat poorly shot and cheesy mess of a final scene / script ?! Our theory is that Wim had to wrap it up … went way over budget…. and had to stitch it up before he really knew how to reach The End. One of these days someone will have to ask him: What the hell happened !?

Btw, Wings Of Desire will be screening this week at Lichtblick Kino ! … Have a look, revisit this meisterwerk with XLT analyst eyes…. and share your own misgivings … praises… and/or theories about the lamest of closing scenes of an otherwise mostly beautiful Magical Kingdom film ride.

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And another little personal footnote… It’s still not possible to cross this bridge and NOT have tears well up in our eyes… ( thinking of this scene )…  the power of cinema is indeed a deep mysterious force in our lives !

And one last treat for all you wannabe transgressional black riders:

We are now semi-seriously considering writing to Nick DenBoer and Davy Force who made the short “The Chickening” ( which we were lucky to stumble on at Interfilm a couple years ago at a packed Volksbuhne screening ). You can get a taste of its hilarious Shining remix / jam HERE at Uproxx. We’d like to pitch the idea of another parody / sequel… Any FUNDERS out there ?!!


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