FEB 2016 THE FIRST ZINE
In this zine - pants to wear to interviews, smart shirts with a secret message and bomber jackets with patches that claim back the shit that Tory ministers have said about young people as well as messages of solidarity. This particular project explores everyday 'quiet anarchisms' and beginning work in hyper-professionalised, hyper-bureaucratic, dog-eat-dog Tory Britain. Not all doom and gloom though more like fun riot.
As well as things we have been thinking, people we think are great, advice, funny shit that happens at work. Etc.
Kathleen Hannah is really great. Hearing her speak about her music and why she does it in the doc The Punk Singer makes you really pumped. The way she talks about stuff as if it is like in her gutt to do it – I don’t feel like that about anything and I am not sure that is a realistic way to look at creativity and production but I fucking love hearing her say it.
Another women that totally gets away with her so bullshit attitude to making is Carolee Schneemann. She basically came up with body art. Saw her on a skype interview at an event recently and she absolutely wripped the male dominated side of Dialectics of Liberation conference in the 60’s apart super eloquently and deftly and honestly. Talking about them literally telling her to go to the wrong place on purpose so she couldn’t be involved in discussions, dicks. And then at the end when the discussion turned to people’s perspectives being a condition of their times and how even bigoted people can still have insite on other things – she said “exactly yeah, I mean the example I like to give is Under My Thumb by the Rolling Stones…that song is, well you know, but I do really love to dance to it” smiled and hung up Skype. Bang.
Tessa Cooper wrote a great piece for the Guardian the other day about going to uni or not and careers and studying when you want to and learning in different ways it was really well explained.
‘Fuck I have so many I don’t even know what to tell you, a lady not being able to recognise herself in a mirror and saying “ah I know you” and I’m standing there thinking HA shit. Erm yeah, a lot of old people like listening to classical music and suddenly one of them wanted me to put on rock n’ roll, or dancing to erm Wagner, erm and the other one dancing to Chopin, that was fun. Erm yeah I have loads, to be continued. Long day sorry, and tomorrow I am with Mr Hirst hahahaha. Er.’ –Carolina Escobar Diaz
‘A really arrogant architecture student once left some easter eggs at the bar, he came back a week later and accused the staff of theft because his easter eggs were gone. He claimed that we, the bar, owed him money for his eggs. He came back on multiple occasions to shout at different members of staff about this despite being given the contact details for our manager, he seemed to just like having the excuse to shout at people who couldn’t argue back. Eventually he was banned from the bar.’ – Lou Macnamara
‘Once when I was at work I was trying to remember this artist’s name and I was sitting next to my boss on the huge mac desktop and I remembered this guy had made a pizza menu but for porn, with all the different variations you can get and so I without thinking googled ‘artist pizza porn’ – then a million tiny images of dics and cheese and boobs and tomato etc etc popped up on screen just as my boss leaned over to ask me something.’ – Anon
G’s boss: An orgasm a day keeps prostate cancer at bay.
- Georgia Gendall
Artists Union England
I just joined the artist union. We need to remember that we have power in numbers and that cultural workers are workers too. We need to have solidarity across institutions not just with people on your level but everyone that allows art production to happen curators, technicians, cleaners, administrators, comms managers, interns, post room guys, producers etc etc etc. When they get big enough they will run like a proper union with legal aid etc.
a-n is super helpful, if you join it is £10 a year and you get public liability insurance, really useful when running workshops etc.
Anti University Now! Festival
Alt education is BACK BABY and really important. The Anti University Now! Festival last year was a brilliant success with 60 workshops etc happening up and down the country over one weekend. There will be another one soon and anyone can be lead one, anywhere with anyone. Horizontal to the max!
Arts jobs site:
trying to gather more on less art specific stuff but bare with us.
Important protests coming up:
Big one is April 16th: JOBS HOMES HEALTH but keep an eye on all the rest.
Sister’s uncut have organising events and a fundraiser coming up
Keep your eye out for Corbyn momentum meetings happening in your area! They are springing up all over the country. Gotta keep momentum guys! 5 more bloody years!
I just met this guy who works for Citizens UK and he was saying about the success of the Living Wage Campaign and how they are going to put pressure on the London mayoral candidates to really look at housing and actually address it. Keep an eye on them on twitter they are @CitizensUK they also have some job vacancies at the moment!