Episode 62 – Amazon x Hudson Yards OTP

Episode 62 – Amazon x Hudson Yards OTP

 
 
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Warning that this episode is gets into some heavy allegories, we’re very raw in our feelings. That said, we discuss the latest on Amazon NYC, which despite the AOC spin, is NOT A WIN. We also touch on the latest Art Miami Basel controversy spectacle, and the state of gentrification and unionization. Plus we make a bunch of references to Rick and Morty, The Irishman, and Promare. It’s a postmodern nightmare. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Episode 61 – Truck Life

Episode 61 – Truck Life

 
 
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OK and Lucia discuss burnout, survival gigs, the realities of gender presentation, and universal emotions. How does art influence the ruling class? And how do we examine our proximity to wealth, even if we aren’t collecting a living wage from that proximity. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Episode 60 – Marathon Man with Leslie Lee III

Episode 60 – Marathon Man with Leslie Lee III

 
 
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We’re joined by podcast legend Leslie Lee III (@leslieleeiii) to discuss the 1976 classic film Marathon Man. Dustin Hoffman plays a young graduate student roped into a high-stakes plot involving US intelligence agents, sadistic Nazis, and millions of dollars in gems. We explore the story’s underlying pro-communist elements and artistic motifs. It’s Struggle Session x Art and Labor!! Get some!! If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Episode 59 – Cartoonists Against Amazon with Michael DeForge

Episode 59 – Cartoonists Against Amazon with Michael DeForge

 
 
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The beloved Toronto-based artist Michael DeForge (@michael_deforge) joins us in studio to discuss comics, community spaces, and activism. We touch on his newest book, Stunt, as well as Leaving Richard’s Valley, Lose, Thickness, Adventure Time, and snag some info on his rejected pilot for Cartoon Network. Michael also co-authored an open letter to small press festivals urging them to drop Amazon as a sponsor, and is a participant in Toronto’s fight for 15, the campaign against Google’s Sidewalk Labs development, the recent LGBT community action admonishing the Toronto Public Library’s platforming of a transphobic speaker, and more!  If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor (if you support us on drip, please switch over). Follow us on twitter and instagram.You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Tea Base & The Beguiling

READING – On (Surplus) Value in Art

READING – On (Surplus) Value in Art

 
 
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*Come to OK’s panel on Sunday!* Welcome to the episode on Mehrwert aka the Marxist concept of Surplus Value. We read an essay by Diederich Diederichsen, it’s super useful for determining the differing placement of art and artists within the class framework. Read it yourself here, and let us know what you think! If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

I found this weird website categorizing books on surplus: http://thesurpluslibrary.com/books/all/title

READING – Painting as Theoretical Practice: Althusser and Supports/Surfaces

READING – Painting as Theoretical Practice: Althusser and Supports/Surfaces

 
 
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Let us read to you! This time an essay by Sami Siegelbaum in Selva Journal. Here is an excerpt: “although historical and dialectical materialism formed the basis of Supports/Surfaces’ theory and practice, it was not ‘art for the people.’ Instead, it was a ‘theoretical and ideological weapon for the petit bourgeois intelligentsia’ who would later join or ally with the working class. This thesis introduced the Maoist emphasis on the re-education of intellectuals into the sphere of French painting, while also acknowledging the limitations of a propagandistic figurative art.” Read the whole piece here, including pictures and footnotes. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

More on Supports/Surfaces: https://frieze.com/article/enduring-radicalism-supportssurfaces

Episode 58 – Music and Labor with David Turner

Episode 58 – Music and Labor with David Turner

 
 
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Turns our those rebellious rock ‘n’ rollers were scabbing the classical nerds?! Hello everyone! You’re in for a treat! David Turner (@pennyfractions) joins us to discuss the history of musician unions in the United States. David’s newsletter Penny Fractions covers the contemporary music industry and the troubled landscape of streaming platforms, algorithms, and promotion. Please go subscribe to it! We tie historical problems to our contemporary situation, and mention New Jails NYC, the UAW GM strike, and the Chicago teacher’s strike. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

No New Jails proposal: https://www.nonewjails.nyc/no-new-jails-close-rikers-now-we-keep-us-safe-guide

David’s reading list: The Gold in Tin Pan Alley by Hazel Meyer, Tell Tchaikovsky The News by Michael James Roberts, The Musicians and Petrillo by Robert D. Leiter

Episode 57 – Promare, The Joker, and Housing

Episode 57 – Promare, The Joker, and Housing

 
 
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Hey folks we’ve been super swamped, please enjoy this roundup episode about movies, and some city living problems so real it hurts. We discuss Glendale Community Board Meeting 5 and its larger implications on the city. NIMBYS, ugh, YIMBYS, ugh, the goal is housing for all in a way that won’t accelerate planetary collapse. It’s difficult and raw, and there is serious genocidal rhetoric in our way, but we do our best to unravel many concerns. Follow RTU for more info and upcoming actions.
If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

thread on the hearing with video:
https://twitter.com/DavidFBrand/status/1181370224555241472?s=20

highlights including the lady who threatened to burn the shelter down:
https://gothamist.com/news/angry-queens-residents-shout-down-plans-for-homeless-shelter-i-hope-someone-burns-it-down

OK Spoke at the meeting, you can see the whole thing here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHBFVR4bUnI

Episode 56 – Art Workers Authorize Strike!

Episode 56 – Art Workers Authorize Strike!

 
 
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While congress is on vacation after finally committing to the slightest gesture towards holding the president accountable, workers all over the country are taking power into their own hands. At General Motors in Detroit 50,000 United Auto Workers have been on strike due to contract disputes, meanwhile some of the newest UAW Local 2110 members at the New Museum announced yesterday that they have authorized a strike if their demands for a fair contract still cannot be met. Plus, even more art workers have unionized! UOVO Fine Art workers join the Teamsters Local 814 and the New Children’s Museum joins IBEW Local 465! Stay tuned to the end to hear our thoughts on Amanda Schmitt’s Appeal Against Knight Landesman and Artforum, legal fights like hers is another important way workers can fight back against abusive employers. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Latest on the Artforum case: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/amanda-schmitt-appeal-artforum-1659862?__twitter_impression=true

Amanda Schmitt’s situation in her own words: https://www.textezurkunst.de/articles/miranda-warning/

Latest on the UAW GM Strike: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/here-s-where-things-stand-on-the-uaw-gm-strike

Rhonda Lieberman on the exploitation of identity politics: https://newrepublic.com/amp/article/154991/rich-art-museum-donors-exploit-identity-politics-launder-reputations-philanthropy?utm_content=buffer13002&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&__twitter_impression=true

Decolonize This Place’s latest action against the Ford Foundation: https://hyperallergic.com/519794/if-they-build-it-they-will-fill-it-prison-abolitionists-protest-outside-the-ford-foundation/

DISPATCH – Climate Strike NYC

DISPATCH – Climate Strike NYC

 
 
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Last Friday we marched in solidarity with millions of people from all over the world protesting governmental inaction on the climate crisis. The vast majority of schools in NYC were given the day off to participate. It was incredible and overwhelming to see so many teens, tweens, and children demanding a better future. Also, climbing cop cars, scaffolding, trees, generally taking over and raising their voices alongside Greta Thunberg. We recorded reactions with our pals Sarah (@eworcharas), David (@pennyfractions), Khamara (@hibikitikibi), and Aaron Finbloom from The School of Making Thinking. Plus we interviewed representatives from Refuse Fascism and Extinction Rebellion. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com