Episode 103 – Indefensible Poor Image and Prestige TV

Episode 103 – Indefensible Poor Image and Prestige TV

 
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We revisit Hito Steyerl’s “In Defense of Poor Image” to make a point about naiveté of the American left during the Obama administration. The web was a frontier, meaning conditions have always been ripe for dissemination of far right disinformation as well as highly polished neoliberalism. It’s a positive development that left popular discourse is able to identify properties like Hillbilly Elegy and Trial of the Chicago 7, as purposeful distortions of American injustice and poverty. How can our messaging compete with billion dollar media and political campaigns dedicated to convincing the masses that societal problems are their personal failings? 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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Previous episode on Hito with links to both essays mentioned: http://www.artandlaborpodcast.com/podcast/episode-6-a-drunken-intro-to-hito-steyerl/

Chris Marker’s The Last Bolshevik (1992) very illuminating parallels on propaganda: https://youtu.be/SwoWS1vh3JQ

Obama the “Funny or Die” president: https://twitter.com/jackallisonLOL/status/1329797192203177988

Matt Christman on Respectable Television: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/05/how-tv-became-respectable-without-getting-better

Osita Nuevo on Obama Memoirs: https://newrepublic.com/article/160285/obama-promised-land-trump-biden

International Amazon worker action: https://www.vice.com/en/article/epdvzp/amazon-workers-to-stage-coordinated-black-friday-protests-in-12-countries

Episode 102 – Can We Abolish the Art World?

Episode 102 – Can We Abolish the Art World?

 
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This is (almost) the dawning of the age of Aquarius, how red will that dawn be? OK’s been a little fixated on China, would a new global superpower be beneficial to international communist movements? We try to focus back in the art and labor realm with the 3rd part of the Nika Dubrovsky and David Graeber’s piece for e-flux. How can we build enough power to meaningfully transform the art world as we know it?? 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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Another Art World, Part 3: Policing and Symbolic Order: https://www.e-flux.com/journal/113/360192/another-art-world-part-3-policing-and-symbolic-order/

I Want to Believe Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse Communism: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745340777/i-want-to-believe/

Chuang journal: https://twitter.com/chuangcn

The Pro-Independence Left vs The Pro-Unification Left in the Sinophone World: https://newbloommag.net/2015/05/19/pro-independence-left-vs-pro-unification/

OK China thread: https://twitter.com/0KF0X/status/1327320981388619776

Episode 101 – Election Aesthetics

Episode 101 – Election Aesthetics

 
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In a crumbling democracy dictated by the bourgeois, regime change is mostly aesthetics. Biden Harris is serving us a kinder, gentler imperialism, while also giving the wink big to Thatcherism. Complete with corporate sponsored jingoism and drones. More the vibes of a Superbowl commercial than a celebratory tailgate. We also discuss local strategies, the Trump barricades, and fall down the gender discourse pit. 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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Episode 99 – Public Process and Deacquisition

Episode 99 – Public Process and Deacquisition

 
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*Join us on twitch for a special 100th episode/fuck the election stream on Tuesday! Don’t go through the horrors alone!!* We discuss the Contrapoints voting video, catch up on a recent art worker round table, and have a light debate on the Baltimore Museum of Art deacquisition controversy. There’s a very funny idea to make everyone with a BFA participate in their public museum’s acquisition process. 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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Contrapoints vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Vah8sUFgI

BMA curators respond to critics: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/bma-curators-letter-response-to-deaccessioning

their plan to do this from 2018: https://hyperallergic.com/441782/baltimore-museum-of-art-deaccession-reactions-artists-curators/

op-ed critical of BMA: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-10-19/baltimore-museum-art-auction-andy-warhol-last-supper

Episode 98 – Modes of Production

Episode 98 – Modes of Production

 
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We start with some clarity on the question of sex work under communism (well mostly this essay does), but eventually we enter the territory of “we don’t know” when it comes to the very differing left tendencies and strategies. Lucia has a beautiful show of paintings, the gallery is surrounded by beautiful upstate autumn, go see it! Maybe it will inspire similar discussion for you, we certainly can’t crack the question of “what is to be done” alone!!

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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Mao’s On Contradiction: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-1/mswv1_17.htm

Engel’s Socialism: Utopian and Scientific: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/index.htm

Episode 97 – New Cold and Civil Wars

Episode 97 – New Cold and Civil Wars

 
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Anti-government plots from the right, and feminist art from cis men? It’s more likely than you think. Getting public art contracts and getting away with murder is WAY easier if you’re man. Also, why are American dudes on Reddit so into defending Hong Kong, is there a reason why the BLM protests aren’t as respected?? We discuss individualism, alienation, and masculinity in America, which has led us to a a hilariously literal toxic white house. 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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real”

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Episode 96 – Bimbos, Boogaloos, and Trump, Oh My! with Biz Sherbert

Episode 96 – Bimbos, Boogaloos, and Trump, Oh My! with Biz Sherbert

 
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Is Trump a Bimbo? What is dark academia, is it the same thing as the intellectual dark web? Are Hawaiian shirts problematique? We discuss internet fashion trends and the aesthetics of politics with certified tiktok zoomer Biz Sherbert (aka @markfisherquotes)! 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. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real”

Check out more of Biz’s writing here: https://www.documentjournal.com/author/biz-sherbert/

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Episode 95 – Resurgent Cultural Conservatism?

Episode 95 – Resurgent Cultural Conservatism?

 
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We keep on the “art” promise of this podcast and discuss the recent announcement that the massive Philip Guston retrospective has been pushed to 2024 citing the current political climate and fears the audience just won’t understand the context of the work. The press release is asinine and ahistorical, isn’t art suppose to hep us work through complicated and difficult issues?? We put our takes into the take machine!! 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. Please reach out to join the discord for the collective school “Constructing the Real”

Guston News: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/philip-guston-retrospective-delayed-kkk-imagery-1234571680/

Episode 94 – The Museum Political Cycle

Episode 94 – The Museum Political Cycle

 
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We say THANK U, NEXT to RBG and do an art world update. Massive layoffs abound, and the Guggenheim buys the banana, can someone good at the economy please help them budget this?? Direct demands for scumbag board members to be removed from museums is great, but doesn’t it feel like these open letters are repeating themselves. How do we break the cycle and organize more effectively? Is it possible given the material conditions of these situations? We’re gonna try not despair and focus on these questions!! 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. Please reach out to join the discord for the collective school “Constructing the Real”

Hip hop auction https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/sothebys-hip-hop-auction-mulatto-xxl-freestyle/

I am a banana https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/arts/design/banana-art-guggenheim.html

another me too art boss https://hyperallergic.com/588480/bill-arning-contemporary-arts-museum-houston/

prison profiteer on LACMA board https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-09-16/tom-gores-platinum-equity-lacma-prison-phone

another year, another Whitney open letter https://hyperallergic.com/588978/whitney-museum-collective-actions/

Episode 93 – Conspiracy Class Politics on the Far Right

Episode 93 – Conspiracy Class Politics on the Far Right

 
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9/11, 9/11, what went down with building 7? It’s a mystery to this day!! That’s right folks it’s 9/11, so we went off on another conspiracy theory episode. The far right is able to weaponize justified mistrust in liberal institutions to further their genocidal political projects, and the left doesn’t have enough power to counter the disinformation. So Martin Noakes keeps cranking out the hits for the antivax cranks. Meanwhile, the post and NYPD are able to work together dox protestors with impunity. In a political climate where fringe groups are being lauded as heroes for murdering protestors, it’s pretty clear what the message is. But hey, young creatives should snag that press where ya can! 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. Please reach out to join the discord for the collective school “Constructing the Real” Special thanks to Ovid for supporting us, use promo code “LABOR” to get a great deal on their documentaries!

Shocker! Liberals caving to reactionaries again! https://gothamist.com/news/angry-upper-west-siders-wanted-homeless-scum-out-their-neighborhood-de-blasio-took-their-side

NYPD and The post doxing protestors: https://twitter.com/0KF0X/status/1303898247988215808

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