To hear our take on Andrew Callaghan and This Places Rules please support us on Patreon. 2022 was hard on your Art and Labor crew- so we wanted to start the new year with the most “le fantastique” thing we could think of, a world of endless possibilities, a place where magic could exist, a place where you can be driven insane with the contradiction of portraying the desire to never age as monstrous while yourself employing a mo cap technique that will absolutely result in older actresses no longer being able to get work as older characters, just their younger selves, or not, who cares, what am I even talking about.
A&L is, historically, staunchly pro-spectacle, so indulge us a little with a fated Avatar waterside chats- What the hell is this Cameron guy’s deal, how does a movie so bad still get Sarah to easily shell out $30 multiple times? How come OK never saw the first one??? Why is Kate Winslet here?? Do you guys think the butterfly fairy wing jellyfish are just like a merchandising thing? If we start actually doing episodes consistently again would yall send us to Disneyland to finally SEE?
It’s the Christmas reunion special! And how else to possibly celebrate the reason for the season but a long hard look at the Ukranian Russian conflict whose escalation this year has injected so much misery into our lives? That’s right folks, Lucia’s back for one night only, coming out of their well as an update to our earlier episode this year on the art world’s response to a war nobody seems to be able to process with nuance. The reading list today comes from Howard Zinn, the Venice biennale, Soviet war correspondent Vasily Grossman, and maybe a special spectre haunting Europe from a past century. Just like the real Truth Coming Out of Her Well, maybe it’s an episode about photography, maybe it’s about the Dreyfus Affair, maybe it’s about knowing you’re about to pass the veil so you prop yourself up to a portrait of Rembrandt to go out looking at the big guy himself!
New President, same bullshit, but perhaps slightly more annoying given the faux progressive pandering. Not to mention the cultural pandering! No matter how communal an aesthetic might feel, there’s always some asshole willing to sell it off to the political class. Hope everyone gets their half a vaccine so we can at least become cool mutant creatures before we go. 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” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!