148 - Pivot to Metaverse w/ David Turner and Liz Ryerson
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??), learn a little about how the music and games industries are dealing with the nightmare of NFTs being forced down our throats as the new financial model (watch this space for the Art and Labor stolen jpeg of the Campbell’s soup can, but don’t worry we’re only doing it ironically), and round table on the new Matrix, mostly guided by the reactionary we haven’t killed in our head yet.
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 different cleaners like a toilet bowl on tik tok, with maybe too much time covering the latest nebbishly relatable drain on your god given 5 nyt articles this month. What doth a sceene be compos’d of, if not cowardes? Does the intention behind an act determine its morality? Why do people who don’t make art insist on calling themselves artists? Do I come into your house with a painting and call myself an author?
We also take a little time to reflect on the 16 hours God forced your hand to maniacally check twitter instead of instagram. Welcome to my world you little babies, don’t let jack bully you into reading before you quote tweet a hot take on rice krispie treats! Solidarity as always to our homies at Kellogg, any fight against Nestle is worth having, and congrats also to our friends at IATSE who just voted to authorize their union to strike; check out the account we mention at @ia_stories. If you thought your job was hurry up and wait, take this fraturday to peruse the hell that is film and tv production!
Episode 88 - The Four Horsemen of Economic Collapse
Welcome to the stage Ms. “Show” Bezos!! We watched the congressional antitrust committee lightly prod the four biggest tech company CEOs in the country. Surely the system will be able to hold these monopolies accountable and protect our user data! What could go wrong? Excuse me Mr. Google, how do I open PDF? Between surreal dreams we dip in and out of the doomer fog and try to think about or imagine possible futures. There is a huge eviction crisis on the horizon, and a major confrontation incoming as congress fails to extend unemployment insurance (for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real”
We discuss a couple of bleak pieces of news and what it could signal for our disappearing futures. We also discuss the hope and solidarity we’re building in our neighborhood organizations while maintaining social distancing and fighting surveillance. For our takes about the recent dirtbag left discourse check out the part 2 of this recording session on our Patreon.