Episode 108 – Stuck in the Spectacle

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

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

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

Episode 105 – Christmas Stimulus

Episode 105 – Christmas Stimulus

 
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Tis the season to have a wide ranging discussion on spirituality. We start with Gnosticism and end with Falun Gong lol. Religion and tradition are being thrown around by all sorts of political actors, can the left compete without the big untraceable and untaxable bux?? We’re stuck in the Merry Christmas Let Them Eat Cake zone, it’s maddening. See you next year! Maybe! 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!!

India General Strike 2020: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Indian_general_strike

Epoch Times media empire: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/24/technology/epoch-times-influence-falun-gong.html

Episode 104 – UFO IS NURSE FOR OUR SIN PLANET with Andy Gittlitz

Episode 104 – UFO IS NURSE FOR OUR SIN PLANET with Andy Gittlitz

 
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We’re joined by journalist and eminent historian of Posadsim, Andy Glittliz aka @spaceprole of @the_antifada podcast! We discuss his excellent book from Pluto Press I Want to Believe Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse Communism. How did a principled working class organizer become a cult leader? Are there parallels to conspiracy theories today? Even massively popular reforms are shot down by the ruling class, why not shoot for moon? Shouldn’t we at least get to see them aliens? 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!!

Support the Woodbine Fundraiser here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/woodbine-moving-fundraiser

READING – Selva Journal on the Salon des Indépendants

READING – Selva Journal on the Salon des Indépendants

 
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We pump the breaks on our quarantidinal (word I just made up) looseness and read Emilie Anne-Yvonne Luse’s “This Is the Future Liberals Want”: The Crisis of Democracy and the Salon des Indépendants in Interwar France (1918–1939) from the second issue of Selva Journal. Read the piece and the of rest of the issue here! We get a lot out of the historical context and hope you do as well. 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 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