Episode 115 – Adam Curtis and Chill

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Episode 115 - Adam Curtis and Chill
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Lucia, OK and Sarah sit down for an Adam Curtis struggle sesh to study/relax to, tips on keeping sane for when your parents suddenly discover Cuomo is a scumbag, a quick update on the youth (they’re still shifting), and the NGO to sociopath pipeline.

Please write in if you also think Adam Curtis should have used more or let’s face it any Kylie Minogue clips, Fever was a fucking banger with iconic vids, no one even cares that they aren’t in the BBC archive, remember that terrible piece at PS1 ten years ago that was just like Illuminati visuals against the I Believe In You video? It’s low-hanging fruit that should have been picked. This all mostly to say that she’s got a new video where she’s a disco wizard, PLEASE tell us if you will let us airbrush her on the side of your van!! 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 school “Constructing the Real” Also! Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Check out the massive project Lucia has been working on, a free school called Constructing the Real, at constructingthereal.com and check out the discord for lecture archives, book discussions, and more info about how to participate. The first meeting for the new course, Revolutionary Art, is March 3rd, but you can join in at any time!!

And fuck it, sign up for a vaccine in nyc: https://www.turbovax.info/

Yasha Levine and Evgenia Kovda’s Adam Curtis crit: https://yasha.substack.com/p/episode-7-adam-curtis-get-out-of

If you like Adam Curtis you might like Stuart Ewen or Max Weber

Episode 114 – Music and Labor 2 with Liz Pelly and David Turner

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Episode 114 - Music and Labor 2 with Liz Pelly and David Turner
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Support the Union of Musicians & Allied Workers (UMAW) Cuomo protest!! We’re joined by music journalist and DIY angel Liz Pelly and returning angel David Turner. We discuss their work including Liz’s new piece in Real Life “Socialized Streaming: A case for universal music access.” Plus, we each reveal the contents of our high school mix CDs. Leave a pineapple emoji in the review if you made it all the way to the end and heard Darcie’s. Come partake in the classic punk tradition of complaining about art spaces that don’t exist anymore! 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 school “Constructing the Real” Also! Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Podcast Overlords: https://thebaffler.com/downstream/podcast-overlords-pelly

Music Rights Private Equity Hell: https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=325051&title+MAD-MONEY:-JACOBSON%27S-MUSIC-SPAC-HITS-WALL-STREET

Episode 113 – Sober, in this Reality?

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Episode 113 - Sober, in this Reality?
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Look, we’re going on a year of covid, and even though we knew this “new normal” would be pushed on us, it’s still extremely difficult. We talk about how everyone is coping with the barrage of brutality inflicted by the capitalist system’s failure to manage the pandemic and the climate crisis. Big tech is finding ways to capture the conversations we would normally be having at bars both with the new celeb app “clubhouse” and the increased share of streaming and podcasting with major financial backing. Perhaps it’s more comforting to reality shift into a fandom or religion, but of course we find capitalist tendrils lurking there as well. Plus! Some fresh Adam Curtis and Vice 2 takes. 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 school “Constructing the Real” Also! Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Thread about Texas mutual aid including a doc of resources: https://twitter.com/burnitupbabee/status/1361762104080887810

New Constructing the Real course about revolutionary art coming soon: https://www.constructingthereal.com/

Capitalism as Religion was released after Benjamin’s death so it’s actually incomplete: https://cominsitu.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/capitalism-as-religion-benjamin-1921/

The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity https://readingreligion.org/books/enchantments-mammon

Episode 112 – Disaster Artwashing w/ Jenny Dubnau

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Episode 112 - Disaster Artwashing w/ Jenny Dubnau
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We’re joined by artist and longtime antigentrification activist Jenny Dubnau to discuss he new piece in Hyperallergic “Artwashing During a Pandemic: Should Artists Say No to Real Estate Crumbs?” Jenny is a founding member of Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP) as well as an accomplished oil painter. We discuss the often tricky balance of politics, complicity, and personal practice. Perhaps there should there be a 12 Steps to Artist Studio Hell! 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!!

Curating Ridgewood: https://brooklynrail.org/2021/02/field-notes/Curating-Ridgewood

the Wall St Transfer tax (Albany): https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-the-wall-street-tax-new-york-needs-now-20210209-qqzsw5c4jbepxotl2jtc2lbsbm-story.html%3foutputType=amp


Billionaires tax (Albany): https://jacobinmag.com/2020/12/new-york-billionaires-tax-andrew-cuomo-covid


Commercial rent regulation (city council): https://www.google.com/amp/s/champ.gothamist.com/champ/gothamist/news/facing-retail-vacancy-crisis-city-council-consider-plan-commercial-rent-stabilization


Small Business Jobs Survival act (SBJSA)—city council: https://citylimits.org/2019/10/11/council-bill-on-commercial-leases-in-limbo-as-evidence-of-vacancy-problem-grows/

Episode 111 – Rare Bunchies NFT

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Episode 111 - Rare Bunchies NFT
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Crypto dorks have been trying to enforce the same scarcity that rockets the fine art market to huge numbers into the digital world since the early days of “net art”. Non-Fungible Tokens are used to signify unique ownership of a digital work. Sarah points out before we unfortunately lost her internet connection they basically recreated llama badges from deviantart, but with the carbon footprint of Argentina. Plus! Resistance twitter psyop theories lol. Nobody’s allowed to get mad at me that I couldn’t remember Bunchies, I had a glass of wine. 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!!

Akon City!!! We’re saved!! https://akoncity.com/

Digital art on our “walls” https://cointelegraph.com/news/how-much-is-too-much-crypto-art-market-brings-together-deep-pockets-and-big-artists

Episode 110 – Work Won’t Love You Back w/ Sarah Jaffe

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Episode 110 - Work Won't Love You Back w/ Sarah Jaffe
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Incredible labor journalist Sarah Jaffe (@sarahjaffe) wrote a new book, and we’re in it! Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone is collection of labor struggles in fields often overlooked, underpaid, or misunderstood. The book is an excellent overview of the type of issues we discuss on this show! Including art jobs, internships, the NGO industrial complex, big tech, retail, gig workers, education, and sports. All through a Marxist feminist lens we vibed with very hard lol. We discuss strategy, the big “was is to be done?” How can we take consciousness raising away from liberal awareness campaigns, pinpoint sites of struggle/support, and heighten contradictions to build a world where love can flourish uninhibited by capitalist extraction. 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!!

DM if I forgot to link anything!

NYPD challenge coins: https://archive.org/details/nypd-challenge-coins

Episode 109 – Vida Americana, Zombie Chelsea

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Episode 109 - Vida Americana, Zombie Chelsea
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We braved covid to bring you another Chelsea dispatch! Nobody stopped us, turns out podcasts are essential work. Consider this the third in a on-going series about the arts and gentrifcation. Last year we processed the opening of Hudson Yards, two years ago we visited the museum of markets before touring Warhol at The Whitney. We return to The Whitney for what is in many ways the polar opposite show. Because of covid it’s been up for a year, but it’s extremely sad to think about how many big buses of students missed out on seeing this show. Socialist realism reminded people what to fight for, it was powerful enough that when the ruling class tried to absorb it, they couldn’t, so they tore it down. It was powerful enough for the spooks to send Jackson Pollock to take from them (theory! just a theory!) 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!!

CIA and Pollock: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

Show’s up til the 31st: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/vida-americana see also the different sections, like the experimental workshop: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/vida-americana?section=8&subsection=1#exhibition-artworks

eat shit you dead fuck

Barry Diller Island: https://ny.curbed.com/2019/11/13/20963168/barry-diller-floating-park-pier-55-hudson-river-little-island

Many of these problems persist today!
Local art at the Starbucks! (for more pics check our insta)

Episode 108 – Stuck in the Spectacle

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Episode 108 - Stuck in the Spectacle
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New President, same bullshit, but perhaps slightly more annoying given the faux progressive pandering. Not to mention the cultural pandering! No matter how communal an aesthetic might feel, there’s always some asshole willing to sell it off to the political class. Hope everyone gets their half a vaccine so we can at least become cool mutant creatures before we go. 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!!

Darcie’s piece on CIA twitter: https://theoutline.com/post/8722/the-cias-twitter-account-is-a-war-crime?zd=1&zi=lbewuajn

the Spook Who Sat by the Door: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BynXfREPG8&feature=youtu.be

New cave pig just dropped: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/pig-painting-indonesia-cave-worlds-oldest-figurative-artwork-1234581296/

WHO warns of catastrophic moral failure: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-55709428

weird government twitter used for good: https://twitter.com/USCPSC/status/1351730346883244033/photo/1

Episode 107 – Fascist Infighting w/ Darcie Wilder and Sarah Crowe

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Episode 107 - Fascist Infighting w/ Darcie Wilder and Sarah Crowe
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💖Meet your new hosts, Darcie Wilder and Sarah Crowe!💖 The four of us discuss the different capitalist and white supremacist factions surrounding the “Stop the Steal” riots at the Capitol. The q supporters, the cops, congress, and tech people all have a role to play in expanding our already draconian surveillance/carceral state. We also discuss the wider conditions that causes to the constant middle class and working class identity crisis in the US and navigate the ongoing weaponization of trauma. 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!!

Left Voice: https://www.leftvoice.org/four-strategies-for-socialism

Xeni Drama: https://twitter.com/0KF0X/status/1347217098477625344

Jo Livingstone: https://twitter.com/jo_livingstone?lang=en

Middle Class War: https://hardcrackers.com/middle-class-war/

Episode 106 – CIA Rebrand

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Episode 106 - CIA Rebrand
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2021 is here with a spear (the 1 is a spear). Perfect time for a rebrand! We discuss the CIA’s embrace of new media aesthetics and effort to recruit people from backgrounds historically fucked with by the CIA. There is an effort to emphasize surveillance culture. We discuss how “cyber attacks” are being utilized to justify further murderous interventions overseas. Which art bro is responsible? A net art troll or a Yale MFA? Tho both are insufferable there is no aesthetic safe from recuperation, and as the economic crisis worsens more of us will be forced to take increasingly unethical jobs. Stay tuned for our announcement at the end! 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!!

Header Image by @avocado_ibprfn on twitter, a fantastic artist who I’m not sure wishes to be unmasked further

Maddy’s FOIA: https://twitter.com/tenuous/status/1346531061052952576

Attracting Diverse Ops: https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3vqme/inspiring-cia-rebrands-to-attract-diverse-operatives

On-going “cyber” warfare with China: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/21/china-stolen-us-data-exposed-cia-operatives-spy-networks/

“stolen” UI benefits: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/12/unemployment-fraud-coronavirus-428514