159 – Fire in the Disco

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159 - Fire in the Disco
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A return to definitely a type of form, the Galleria caucus of Art and Labor (OK and Sarah) reckon with the eternal struggle of Knowing They Did A Gentrification To Bushwick. You, reader, however, are now yourself trapped in my web, unable to stop passively reading this sentence, which is that Kylie Minogue always has at least a couple songs on each album that sound like Starburst commercials, at least one absolute banger, and a bunch of shit. Aphrodite, however, is an entire album of Starburst commercials, and it’s a perfect driving album for the woman on the go with a cracked windshield and dangerously (but also sexily) corroded brake pads. We mostly, however, talk being abolitionists in the face of hateful tragedy like the Rash arson and debrief on the 7th annual Sonic 2006 party. If there was anyone in the north Brooklyn who deserved to be set aflame that night, it was probably us, sorry to all who attended. I also tell the same exact story I did last time I recorded about my sister getting hit by a Tesla, it’s a real meat and potatoes episode folks, we aim above all other things to be your comfort characters.

ALERT: JOIN OUR SCHOOL!  Art Business meeting is happening on Tuesday April 5th, and the next blender class with Niko is Sunday March 27th (both at 8pm est) Please reach out to join the discord for “Constructing the Real” NOW!

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. Also! Tell a chill friend about us?? Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

156 – The Art Worker Organizing Movement

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156 - The Art Worker Organizing Movement
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We were mentioned in enemy of the show the New York Times by friend of the show Zachary Small! The movement to organize art and cultural workers has been steadily growing despite pandemic setbacks, how do we feel about it? We promise to never do the cis white art bro thing and claim to be an authority on this subject, even though we literally have dedicated our lives to studying it every week lol. We will, however, always advocate for better pay and workplace conditions for all workers, labor aristocracy be damned!

ALERT: JOIN OUR SCHOOL, NEW CLASSES DROPPING SOON! Please reach out to join the discord for “Constructing the Real” NOW!

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. Also! Tell a chill friend about us?? Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

BONUS EP: https://www.patreon.com/posts/63009999 Hours before Putin invaded Ukraine, we dropped our takes. We also discuss the rise of anti-trans legislation. 

145 – How To Become Middle Class

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Participation trophy caucus of A+L (OK and Sarah) discuss How To with John Wilson’s first episode of their new season, “How to Invest in Real Estate”. We truly love John Wilson, he’s our generation’s neurotic New York white guy, but not a scumbag. As we pray for his career to continue to flourish, let’s do some critical thinking: How do artists balance the necessary self-delusion to create good work with the equally urgent need of insisting on collective solutions to the everyday problems we encounter? Can we give brilliant work the critique it deserves? How could you say no to Mama? How could you see a missing option if you don’t know it exists? OK gets triggered, Sarah reveals her newest psycho theory of mind, and we both sit comfortably in our armchairs smoking cigars while everyone else throws bricks in the streets. 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!!

Our old ass Jack Smith episode pairs well with this one probably: http://www.artandlaborpodcast.com/podcast/episode-11-how-not-to-be-seen/

Donate to or join RTU: https://www.ridgewoodtenantsunion.org/

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 85 – Broken Education System

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We discuss our extremely overburdened public education system, which has been helping millions of families during the pandemic and yet is being gutted by austerity (via “progressive” Democrats!!). We also talk about how teachers are having to protect their international students from ICE, and how many schools have no emergency plan for the staff and will potentially just close instead of adapt to new safety standards. GET ORGANIZED!! 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”

MORE UFT statement “STOP TEACHER FIRINGS AT HUDSON HS: Racist Admin Rehired by DOE is Abusive Again During Pandemic” https://morecaucusnyc.org/2020/07/09/stop-teacher-terminations-at-hudson-hslt-racist-adminstrator-rehired-by-doe-is-abusive-again-during-pandemic/

International Students May Be Forced To Leave U.S. Under New ICE Policy On Remote Learning https://gothamist.com/news/international-students-may-be-forced-leave-us-under-new-ice-policy-remote-learning

READING – Topology of Violence

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READING - Topology of Violence
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While OK battles the land owning class, Lucia is here to read you a selection from Byung-Chul Han’s “Topology of Violence”, a text that describes how biopolitics of the neoliberal hellscape brought us all to become achievement subjects. There’s some reference to the concept of Deleuzian accelerationism, where it’s totally wrong, where its inevitable, and how the pandemic may actually be the catalyst to destroy capitalism if we can manage to divest ourselves of the mindset that achievement of profit is what keeps us from violence.
McKenzie Wark sums up this book best by saying, “His books are a joy to think with-or against.”  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

Episode 72 – #GLOBALSICKOUT

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Art and Labor
Episode 72 - #GLOBALSICKOUT
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There’s a lot of grim stuff in this episode, and we think you need to hear it because there are collective responses we must be committing to now to mitigate as many deaths as possible. Every healthcare worker is a first responder; and essential maintenance, grocery, retail distribution are right behind them on the front lines. Anyone working in public right now deserves hazard pay, sick pay, and a safe protections against the virus. Our friends at Whole Worker and many others have called for a Global Sick Out on March 31st to address the crisis. Union action is swaying the monsters in government, we must support and join them NOW. 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

Never Again Action to free incarcerated people: https://twitter.com/NeverAgainActn/status/1241198203183267842

RENT FREEZE NOW petition NYC: https://twitter.com/Met_Council/status/1241120170246111234

Trader Joe’s Workers petition for hazard pay: https://twitter.com/astradisastra/status/1241481418422829056

MORE-UFT action that led to public schools finally closing for non-essential staff (they are still open for grab and go meals for any student who needs): https://twitter.com/MOREcaucusNYC/status/1240381033733926916

Amazonians United NYC action, they have been fighting for paid sick leave for the past month: https://twitter.com/NYCAmazonians/status/1240509204840005632

Some states have already reclassified grocery store workers: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/business/states-grocery-workers-emergency-trnd/index.html