Episode 121 – Intersectional CIA

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Episode 121 - Intersectional CIA
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The state continues to pinkwash, reaching it’s deepest pits. We continue our thread of takes on the CIA rebrand, and push back against the stupidpol takes permeating the discourse. Some of the usual terminally online suspects think intersectionality is a concept to completely disregard because of co-option. Nobody’s saying to throw away the labor movement when it’s also often absorbed or pandered to by liberals. These struggles are linked, and are more likely to win demands when in solidarity with each other. It’s very clear to anyone who regularly touches grass. The world is burns while the western left debates PMCs again. Free Palestine within our lifetime. 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 atartandlaborpodcast@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!!

art workers rally: https://hyperallergic.com/644771/art-workers-demand-relief-for-nyc-cultural-sector/

some gays are libertarian board game guys: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/05/11/cia-woke-recruiment-advert-gay-librarian-humans-of-cia-video/

intersectional empire: https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/cia-video-intersectional/

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 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

Episode 10 – Post Cold War Art and the CIA

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Episode 10 - Post Cold War Art and the CIA







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The department of defense, the CIA, and the FBI have all had a hand in influencing art, culture, and academia. We discuss the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Marvel movies, Rockefeller, modernism, futurist fascism, and Mexican muralism. Are you bummed about MFAs and institutional partnerships with banks? Us too buddy.  If you like us please consider donating for bonus writing, memes, and art: https://d.rip/art-and-labor

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Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy https://www.e-flux.com/journal/21/67696/politics-of-art-contemporary-art-and-the-transition-to-post-democracy/

How Iowa Flattened Literature (With CIA help, writers were enlisted to battle both Communism and eggheaded abstraction. The damage to writing lingers) https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Iowa-Flattened-Literature/144531

The CIA’s abstract art collection: https://hyperallergic.com/294142/a-visit-to-the-the-cias-secret-abstract-art-collection/

Movies funded by the state: https://twitter.com/BootsRiley/status/1025779683541934080

^backed up by this Freedom of Information Act: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hollywood-cia-washington-dc-films-fbi-24-intervening-close-relationship-a7918191.html

Marvel’s “cancelled” gun manufacturer sponsor: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8x835p/northrop-grumman-paid-marvel-to-turn-the-military-contractor-into-a-superhero-avengers

The Pentagon and Hollywood: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/421064-pentagon-hollywood-propaganda-dod/