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 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 10 – Post Cold War Art and the CIA

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/