Episode 51 – Notes on Cringe with Alex Bienstock

Episode 51 – Notes on Cringe with Alex Bienstock

 
 
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This week we’re joined by artist, writer, and joke band member Alex Bienstock (@personality_sculptor). He performs his meta-manifesto We, the Post-Artists then we discuss violence, the internet, and society’s relationship to the concept of cringe. Upsetting both the normies and the hipsters is the goal, it’s beautiful. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor (if you support us on drip, please switch over). Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

READING – Manifesto: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art

READING – Manifesto: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art

 
 

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We’ve decided to start reading art manifestos in full and providing light commentary. First up, of course, is 1938’s Towards a Free Revolutionary Art ghostwritten by Leon Trotsky, signed by Diego Rivera and André Breton. Trotsky was one of the leaders of the Russian revolution, he was famously forced to flee to Mexico. Thanks to funding from the American communist party, he was able to stay near Rivera and Frida Kahlo, but was eventually assassinated there. The manifesto denounces both fascism and Stalinism, and is a seminal text to the history of Muralism and Surrealism/Dada.

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For more robust context check out Bad Art World’s intro to Revolutionary Art: http://badartworld.net/index.php/2018/02/01/an-introduction-to-the-manifesto-towards-a-free-revolutionary-art/

The theme song of this episode is “Media” from The Ann Steel Album