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Art & Labor chronicles the stories of social justice organizing within the arts. We hope to center 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.
 
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Plants have been here longer than people and they have some wisdom to share! Last time we did tarot it was a big hit so we’ve conjured a truly intense reading for the future of America. How will the death go down? It’s honestly beautiful to think about, but before that we talk nu nu mental and discuss dignity vs guilt. Let go, let go, be a seed. AL…
 
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Welcome to the Garden of Theory and Praxis, the Graveyard of the Vibes, the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth, it’s Art and Labor! Joined by champions of the pod David Turner of Penny Fractions and Liz Ryerson of The Blood Zone, we reckon with teleology and how it occupies space (almost…as if…it were…a body??), l…
 
Please enjoy this poetry. A behind the scenes origin story, details that give context for this journey. Violence. 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 disc…
 
Well pholks, know that we tried this week- a hot and fresh Art and Labor from our minds to yours! OK tries to “read” (personally never heard the term) an article to Lucia and Sarah about the Metaverse, and since this is as spoiler-free space, let’s say we might get to that. Total y2k vibes from this episode include our proprietary newgrounds flash …
 
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 bal…
 
Warning for live human shit, sexual trauma, suicide, anger, and misery. We had a night on the town to see the new off Broadway production “while you were partying” by Peter Mills Weiss and Julia Mounsey with Brian Fiddyment at Soho Rep! Its a fantastic new play for the irony poisoned, N64 modding, suicidal incel poster psyche of many an “ordinary A…
 
Welcome to Art and Labor your #1 source of queer nu metal speculation and investigation. Nostalgia is the reason for the season so we’ve brought on fellow scholar of early 2000s media, Matt of Machine Girl. Turns out genres are just genders! We host an open dialog on our common areas of expertise, Spiderman Elsa videos, body pillows, horror as quee…
 
Strap on your headsets! OK, Lucia and Sarah sit around the ol vr hot tub with you, the faceless facebook mii we serve. This week we wanna tell you the good news! about our RPS fic featuring your favorite fuzzy childhood Nu Metal Queer Icons, the intersection between Bushwick Nationalism and Operation Paperclip, and yes, more Dune and more Musical T…
 
The id must flow! On today’s episode OK and Sarah talk to cartoonist of Mr. Boop fame Alec Robbins about the on-going mass personae of twitter and irl experiments with identity via Halloween/anime conventions (we should probably read Capitalism and Schizophrenia, idk) Cosplay is just Halloween in the expanded field. Alec, the good one, updates us o…
 
Mom (Joey) left $20 on the counter so Lucia and Sarah are eating powdered donuts for dinner, joined by special guests Hannah Bluhm and Dani Castone, two Mills College Alumni with the scoop on the school’s latest implosion. From farming the school’s history of an inclusive, diverse student body to buff up degree mill stats, to the ways colleges get …
 
Don’t tell them we told you this, but even though we got the best art friend split heart necklace with jerry saltz at the Manhattan mini mall last week, we actually think YOU’RE our best art friend, we just feel bad for them and our mom made us do it. This week Lucia, OK and Sarah take their brains out their heads to scrub out the insides with six …
 
The goop is class consciousness. Painter and nu-metal expert Kevin Stuart came to visit us in NYC! The main point of his trip was to see Venom 2 (which we saw after this ep so it’s spoiler free!) Kevin and Lucia have been working synthesizing Venom and Marxist thought for the past couple of years, and they’re right, and you should see it. Sarah and…
 
The gang is joined by former SFMOMAunion bargaining committee member, and current artist and educator Jessalyn Aaland! We have a lovely discussion around her beautiful and informative risographed booklet series Organizing Power (contents available for free to institution and nonprofit workers interested in unionizing their workplaces!!). You wanna …
 
Art and Labor is joined by members of the union-to-be of Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum, the Walters Workers United! OK and Lucia interview Ruby, Garrett, and Allison (who we unfortunately lost connection with!) about their path towards worker organization- from your standard total mismanagement of COVID in 2020 to toxic fumes passing staff out; de…
 
Content warning right at the top we talk about heavy stuff like addiction and sexual abuse, but also this conversation is really funny like an episode of Stella comprised of three art freaks instead. Please follow Caroline (@sticesticestice) and stream Stice for clear skin. Did you know? Your favorite artist’s former girlfriend probably makes amazi…
 
Transgression: who is she? Is she real? Is she dead? OK and Lucia are back to their roots, being ON ONE. Covering a range of topics that all make sense together I swear. We start with the Laura Kipnis essay “Transgression, an Elegy” which is difficult to separate from Kipnis herself, the fucking harper’s letter again, etc; but we also tie it to Chi…
 
This week, Matt and Alyson are joined by Bailey Foster, Founder of Real Good Kitchen, and Kimberley Pettigrew, Director of Food Security Systems for United Way of Greater Knoxville. Together, they dive into what food security looks like and why it requires a systems approach as opposed to simply addressing hunger. They holistically analyze food sys…
 
I have a particular love of songs about how much it sucks to be famous, and true story was the world’s worst English teacher at a summer camp in China and made a bunch of mystified 12 year olds watch the video for Lucky like four times in a row to do a really bad “fill in the lyrics” worksheet. Sorry, kids! Toronto correspondent and living comics l…
 
State sponsored community arts projects? Are they good? Are they bad? Don’t worry, we figured it out (don’t think about it), today on Art and Labor! Lucia, OK and Sarah comb through some PDFs that don’t quite say the quiet part loud as much as psychotically dump the job of empire onto the soft hands of us meagre propagandists. We’re not saying don’…
 
Dr. Charles F. Lomax, Jr. joins Matt and Alyson today to talk about what community empowerment looks like in Knoxville. Charles serves as the Community Empowerment Director of the City of Knoxville, where he leads community efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, building opportunity for young people, and addressing disparities and injustice i…
 
This week OK, Lucia and Sarah are subtextually talkin trash- the ipcc report that shall not be named and the unmentioned garbage days they all had in the triple goddess of Art Jobs- working 2 artist-but-not-art jobs, working on your actual shit in a windowless room, and aimless walks around bushwick. Think of this week’s discussion as the negative …
 
The democrats are a disgusting and incompetent excuse for a political party, example 9999. Why even entertain the blue conservatives being any better?? Because they learned how to parrot some left words? Is the alternative really any less exhausting? The creep president said the creep governor should resign, so will he? Maybe being Italian will hol…
 
CW: This episode we joke around about suicide. If you’re not in the mood for it, feel free to skip (it’s mostly a filler episode anyway, since we caught up to the manga, we’ll get back to the main plot next week). Descend into the deep scorpionic undertide, with your pals (seriously, we’re pals) at Art & Labor! This week Lucia, Sarah and OK crawl a…
 
Hey there Baysiders and Ridgewooders, Art and Labor here, your one and only source for the scandalous lives of brooklyn’s finest backwash. Spotted on the steps of a Glendale bodega, an A&L reuniting with JDJ? There’s nothing O, D, and S love more than a rousing round table on electoralism, but is the DSA really ready to play ball with the big leagu…
 
We got Darcie and OK checking in on Lucia and Vinnie in BRAZIL! Ya know, with the good Amazon (for now). We thank Lucia for hexing Bolsonaro, and pray this is “the one” so she can join the big celebration! Hear all about Lucia’s trip so far: food, art, stray dogs, tanks, etc. It’s fun to vicariously live through someone braving international travel…
 
Community advocates Stephanie Welch, Chief Economic and Community Development Officer and Deputy to the Mayor of the City of Knoxville, and Addie Arbach, Founder and Executive Director of Next Step Initiative, join Matt and Alyson to discuss homelessness, drug abuse, affordable housing, and how you can step in to find solutions in your community.…
 
OK and Sarah slightly lose it this week talking to their guru at the top of the mountain, possible legend, and internet auteur Topher Florence aka Docfuture1. Actually coming from Something Awful in the early 2000s, Topher’s work as a writer and video artist cut to the bone, and present a highly informed perspective of fandom, cringe culture, anony…
 
Beautiful Bay Area babes Sam Lefebvre and Lor came to town and we had us a glorious struggle session about, what else, the precarious and confusing class positioning of artists. Plus, what should artworkers and activists demand wrt public control of museum endowments and governance? Also, rent boards are HR for land antagonisms for real!!! We even …
 
?Special emergency election pod!!? We’re joined by poet-warrior and former candidate for NY State Assembly Joey De Jesus (@DeJesusSaves)! Which hidden item in the Eric Adams room are you? OK (duraflame log), Sarah (gun in pillow), and Joey (crack pipe in doll) discuss the deets on all the city council races, complete with the DSA infighting drama y…
 
Today’s episode, you beg of us? Why, it’s an INTERVIEW with a real life big city ARTIST!! Patrick Quinn joins the ol’ Art and Labor down home country jamboree talking about how to stick it to the system with Sisi Rentals, tagger teen drama (is writing indeed politics by other means? Spoiler alert: yes!), the mayoral race that somehow continues to h…
 
FIRST FULL IRL A&L! Pure serotonin ep, drink it up, the sorta safe zone window is open, see your friends indoors while you can. Beware the electoral traps, social justice language spells, and pride discourse ops!! How do we build our cultural memory? Is it possible to build a coherent political education?? Can we harden our layers of trauma into so…
 
Lucia, Sarah and OK finally succumb to their greatest foe: internet monopolies and 1/4” of rain. Dana Kopel of @153local, and formerly @newmuseum_union, returns! Dana’s new piece in the Nation, a review of Laura Raicovich’s Culture Strike with the extremely metal title “Is it Time to Abolish Museums?” (Editors, folks, am I rite?) pokes at the soft …
 
Hannah Brookman from Looky Here art space in Greenfield Massachusetts schools us on the history of William Morris and the utopian ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement. Hannah is also teaching new course for Constructing the Real on Art Communes which centers around reading the book Art and Labor by Eileen Boris, and watching documentaries on a new …
 
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 m…
 
Hope everyone had a wonderful Mayday. What a busy weekend for NYC activism! Sarah and OK visit the Strike MoMA action and speak with William Powhida of Artists for a Post-MoMA Future (and many other art-activist projects) and prolific anti-imperalist printmaker Kyle Goen. Strike MoMA have actions planned every Friday for the rest of the summer and …
 
Start your engines, and may the best ideology, win! Our friend Nick (@uhsadqueer in the Art and Labor discord) worked hard on this incredible presentation on the RuPaul’s Drag Race empire. Learn how the show has shifted since it’s much smaller beginnings on the obscure LGBTQ channel Logo, to the much wider national audience on VH1, to multiple inte…
 
VINNIE ON LYGIA CLARK Greetings Art and Labor listeners! Lucia here with a presentation from the revolutionary art course I’ve been facilitating through Constructing the Real – the school for debt averse anarchists. On this recording, you’ll hear Vinnie discuss Brazilian neo-concretist Lygia Clark’s experimental art career with an emphasis on her i…
 
LUCIA ON EARTHRISE Greetings Art and Labor listeners! Lucia here with a presentation from the revolutionary art course I’ve been facilitating through Constructing the Real – the school for debt averse anarchists. On this recording, you’ll hear me discuss the Earthrise photo, and how it was used to greenwash the vietnam war, followed by a discussion…
 
Hey guys, welcome to the Northern Ireland News and Analysis Pod! For part two where we talk shit about the “post left” support our Patreon!! This ep we’re dedicated to bringing you fun facts about the IRA (for example, there are 3!) John “@sc00tlord” White brings the weeds to you, on your schedule, for your convenience! We’re sitting in them over t…
 
Choo choo! hop on board, it’s all your pals at Art and Labor! but wait, …who’s that there? that little caboose yonder? Why, it’s Sam Lefebvre with his new piece “Ruling Class Solidarity: Conflict & Growth at SFMOMA Reexamined” in tow! Together our intrepid boxcars brave a 4 hour time difference for the noblest of tasks: helping podcast listening ne…
 
Listen to the full episode on our Patreon here. Invest in these controversial opinions for the highest clout return on your Substack!! OK, Darcie, and Sarah take another swirl around the media cesspool and discuss the propaganda around the Amazon unionization effort. Lefty media is seemingly divided on appealing to either democrats or republicans, …
 
What is the lasting legacy of anti-war depictions? Is there revolutionary potential? OK does a presentation for the Constructing the Real class on Revolutionary Art. Picasso’s Guernica connects the brutal massacre from the Spanish Civil War to My Lai in Vietnam and torture in Iraq. Taking the commission from the Spanish republicans also changed the…
 
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