Episode 67 – Bernie Must Win

Episode 67 – Bernie Must Win

 
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OK is fresh off #FTP3, and Lucia is getting over a brutal flu so we decided to examine the conversation around self care, community care, and Medicare for All. We’re critical of a clickbaity Mashable article advocating for community care, but are ultimately relieved by its conclusion (“plenty of people don’t have the means and the time.”) We are wary of liberals trying to co-opt grassroots community building and market collectivism as a way to cut standards of living instead of utilizing it to demand universal healthcare. Basically, we really need Bernie to win, we need to ease the suffering, and we need to lessen the boot to sustain our communities and build effective protest movements. The times are pretty dire folks! 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

READING – William Morris “Art and Labour”

READING – William Morris “Art and Labour”

 
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We read the entirety of the William Morris essay this podcast is named after! If you have already read Capital vol. 1 you may want to skip to the middle were Morris’ speech really takes off, but it’s a good refresher, plus we do commentary throughout. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor or https://d.rip/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram.

Episode 13 – Bad Art World

Episode 13 – Bad Art World

 
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We go through the demands of Bad Art World’s A contribution towards a programme for the arts on a brutally hot August evening in NYC. It’s a contemporary application of Trotsky’s manifesto on revolutionary art. “Eighty years ago the world was entering another great opening. Then, too, there was a gap between what was necessary to defeat capitalist catastrophe and workers’ general political understanding.”

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Check out Bad Art World: http://badartworld.net/index.php/2018/08/13/a-contribution-towards-a-programme-for-the-arts/

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

Episode 11 – HOW NOT TO BE SEEN

Episode 11 – HOW NOT TO BE SEEN

 
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A Fucking Didactic Educational AUDIO File! We basically spin a weird collage about surveillance and privacy (a lost cause). A lot of time traveling this episode. We go back in time 5-7 years when folks were rushing Youtube with How To videos like it was the dang gold rush. We receive a prescient transmission from Jack Smith about the commodification of counterculture and the hyper capitalization art fairs were about to cause. We also heed lessons from David Wojnarowicz. Thank you queer history. Folks on the margins are often destroyed by the state, listen to them, and give them space.

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How Not to Be Seen:

https://www.artforum.com/video/hito-steyerl-how-not-to-be-seen-a-fucking-didactic-educational-mov-file-2013-51651

How to Basic:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4s1DE9J4DHzZYXMltSMAg

How to Internet:

https://youtu.be/3r_6aYXHxuQ

How to Disappear in America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_gIRdS4XPk

Shows closing next month:

http://artistsspace.org/exhibitions/jack-smith

https://whitney.org/Exhibitions/DavidWojnarowicz

Books:

Surveillance Cinema by Catherine Zimmer:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt15r3z88

& Strategic Reality Dictionary: Deep Infopolitics and Cultural Intelligence
Book by Konrad Becker

Episode 8 – Sorry to Bother You

Episode 8 – Sorry to Bother You

 
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We saw Sorry to Bother You and it was THE BEST MOVIE and THE ONLY MOVIE! We celebrate Chairman Boots Riley’s new masterpiece. We try to process the race and gender roles depicted in the film, but we’re way more excited to do a working class analysis. We’re now offering bonus materials on our Drip page! Feel free to skip the first 15 minutes of this ep that is just an ad for it. If you like us please consider donating for bonus writing, memes, and art: https://d.rip/art-and-labor

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https://www.vox.com/2018/7/27/17620246/boots-riley-sorry-to-bother-you-history-of-the-left-interview

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/17/boots_riley_on_how_his_hit

DISPATCH – Welcome to Art and Labor!

DISPATCH – Welcome to Art and Labor!

 
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We had a tweet go viral! Artnet published a pseudoscience garbage article claiming that artists’ brain chemistry causes them to not what to be paid for their work, we told them to fuck off with that noise. This episode breakdown the discourse, and get into plenty of tangents along the way!! This episode was recorded on the streets of Chelsea and Bushwick. Later doodle-bitches!

Welcome new listeners! Art and Labor focuses on the on-going struggle to survive as an art or cultural worker. We chronicle the stories of social justice organizing within the arts, and believe in centering the human cost of the “art world” and advocate for fair labor practices for artists, assistants, fabricators, docents, interns, registrars, janitors, writers, editors, curators, guards, performers, and anyone doing work for art & cultural institutions.

Helpful links that provide context for this episode:

the viral tweet/article: https://twitter.com/ArtandLaborPod/status/1016154656265965568

more responses:  https://twitter.com/i/moments/1016323997443780609

follow Nicky Flowers: https://twitter.com/yiffpolice

clothes are complicated: https://thefunambulist.net/podcast/mimi-thi-nguyen-fashion-design-01-clothing-and-politics-the-appearance-of-the-public-body

visit this show this summer: http://www.c24gallery.com/exhibitions-detail/from-the-cradle-to-the-boat-curated-by-tommy-hartung

Episode 6 – A Drunken Intro to Hito Steyerl

Episode 6 – A Drunken Intro to Hito Steyerl

 
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HITO STEYERL DANK MEME STASH! Hey ya’ll, we’ve got some FEELINGS this episode. Half this episode is venting about some strange/shitty art world jobs we’ve had. We also mention decolonization practice, Walter Benjamin, cultural Marxism, and Imperfect Cinema as a foundation for Steyerl’s In Defense of Poor Image. Accessibility is the key word of this ep. It’s extremely hot in New York City! It’s punishingly hard to focus. We drank a couple cold ones and left the AC on so this is a long ep with a little rumbling sound in the background. I’m not going to apologize, we needed that AC to pod.

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In Defense of Poor Image https://www.e-flux.com/journal/10/61362/in-defense-of-the-poor-image/

I Dreamed a Dream: Politics in the Age of Mass Art Production http://opentranscripts.org/transcript/dreamed-dream-politics-age-mass-art-production/

How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, 2013 https://www.artforum.com/video/hito-steyerl-how-not-to-be-seen-a-fucking-didactic-educational-mov-file-2013-51651

For an imperfect cinema by Julio García Espinosa https://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC20folder/ImperfectCinema.html

Follow them: http://www.decolonizethisplace.org/

Ron Paul is a shithead https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ron-paul-blames-racist-tweet-on-staffer_us_5b3ada27e4b07b827cba060b

Fuck this stork https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/29/world/europe/ap-eu-poland-spendthrift-stork.html

I found this randomly while looking for images, I wanna read it: http://reallifemag.com/poor-meme-rich-meme/

 

Episode 5 – Anarchy in Berlin and Pride Month

Episode 5 – Anarchy in Berlin and Pride Month

 
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*UPDATE* ICE has cancelled all hearings for Monday June 25th at 201 Varick in response to #OccupyICENYC. Follow @MACC_NYC for updates. There are other sites of deportation in the city the protest may move to. Apologies for the sound quality of this episode, we decided it felt better to just continue to hold space at the occupation (please see the previous episode for our conversation with some of the organizers). Lucia is back from Berlin and imparts some insights from collectives over there; from the recently raided anarchist library Kalabalik to the direct action performance art group Center for Political Beauty. We also get into tricky intersections of rainbow capitalism and the potentials of queer liberation and socialism (for more come to this discussion: https://www.facebook.com/events/187818712052570/) Oh, and we started a Lupin the Third section.

Article referenced about murderous white supremacists groups that have never been held accountable:
Feminist art space in Providence:
The anarchist library:
The Center for Political Beauty:
More Germany notes:
This is one of the most famous squats in Berlin
They have been in a weird war with these people
Center for Political Correctness
This is another anarchist spot that has a community music festival I went to
And some hardcore from their lineup
Here’s a link for 325 (the anarchists who keep a ledger of the cop cars they set on fire) but their site is under construction
Amazing Lupin x Jigen thread:

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