158 - World of Statecraft w/ Eric Kostiuk Williams
Our Canadian/Britney correspondent (and brilliant cartoonist) Eric Kostiuk Williams is back! We wildly speculate on the Grimes Chelsea Manning e-girl royal wedding, and navigate the messy state of traveling in covid times. Western countries have clearly given up on virus mitigation, how are we taking care ourselves as we’re forced under demonic spell of 𝔢𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔬𝔪𝔦𝔠 𝔢𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔪𝔦𝔠𝔦𝔱𝔶? Plus a discussion of the dark money funded truckers/anti-maskers/anti-vax movements, HIV-AIDS criminalization, the hippie to big tech pipeline, and if its possible to untangle the militant nationalism around aid for victims for war.
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Music business criticism expert, creator of the fantastic Penny Fractions newsletter, and honorary co-host David Turner is back to discuss the depressing merger of Bandcamp and Epic Games. Can companies maintain consciousness? What role does giant multinational corporations like Tencent and Apple play in the geopolitical sphere? Are Fortnite dances going to overtake the petrodollar by 2024? Are we in 9/11 2 or WWIII? We urge everyone to believe in themselves, understand our place in the media pipeline, and focus on what we can control in our immediate.
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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 Theater (we are who we are). Think hard about what you’d like for us to print on your complimentary body pillow, but fyi, we’ll probably decide instead to give you a 240 p rip of Ciara’s Met Gala look.
BONUS – Lucia on Earthrise: Revolutionary Art Class Session
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 on ways the ecological movement has been intrinsically tied to neoliberalism. If you like what you hear and are interested in joining us, please check out constructing the real dot com where you can find updates on our current and upcoming courses, and a contact email to join our school community.
Beginning Thursday April 29th at 8pm EST we’ll also be hosting a brand new course on Art Communes run by Hannah Brookman from Looky Here art space in Greenfield Massachusetts. The curriculum will center around reading the book Art and Labor by Eileen Boris, and watching documentaries on a new collective every week. Should be a great crash course for anyone considering ditching capitalism for that sexy utopia that is living with all your friends in a bucky ball. Course enrollment is open now, so I hope to see y’all around for some learning. Let’s have fun
Look, we’re going on a year of covid, and even though we knew this “new normal” would be pushed on us, it’s still extremely difficult. We talk about how everyone is coping with the barrage of brutality inflicted by the capitalist system’s failure to manage the pandemic and the climate crisis. Big tech is finding ways to capture the conversations we would normally be having at bars both with the new celeb app “clubhouse” and the increased share of streaming and podcasting with major financial backing. Perhaps it’s more comforting to reality shift into a fandom or religion, but of course we find capitalist tendrils lurking there as well. Plus! Some fresh Adam Curtis and Vice 2 takes. 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 school “Constructing the Real” Also! Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!
We braved covid to bring you another Chelsea dispatch! Nobody stopped us, turns out podcasts are essential work. Consider this the third in a on-going series about the arts and gentrifcation. Last year we processed the opening of Hudson Yards, two years ago we visited the museum of markets before touring Warhol at The Whitney. We return to The Whitney for what is in many ways the polar opposite show. Because of covid it’s been up for a year, but it’s extremely sad to think about how many big buses of students missed out on seeing this show. Socialist realism reminded people what to fight for, it was powerful enough that when the ruling class tried to absorb it, they couldn’t, so they tore it down. It was powerful enough for the spooks to send Jackson Pollock to take from them (theory! just a theory!) 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 email@example.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!!