Everyone’s favorite psedo-anonymous arts organizer Nick returns with a thoughtful critique and history of what the group INCITE! coined “the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.” We discuss many of the points from the 2007 (😭 ) manifesto including how NGOs monitor and stunt the power of social movements, allow the ruling class to mask their exploitation through “philanthropy,” and legitimize the capitalist state. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also! Tell a chill friend about us?? Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!
BONUS – Nick on RuPaul's Drag Race: Revolutionary Art Class Session
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 international spinoffs. Is Drag Race part of an imperialist project? Is drag gay sports? Can sports be revolutionary? Do the producers have PR deals with the Democratic party? We discuss this and so much more!
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!!