THERE IS A VERY SOUND ARGUMENT THAT ARTISTS SHOULD GET PAID, BUT THERE’S ALSO THE AGENCY OF WORKING OUTSIDE OF TRADITIONAL SYSTEMS OF PATRONAGE AND PROFIT ECONOMIES
As far as I know, every single person involved with these groups is a volunteer. Though I have mentioned individual names, there are scores of others equally important who make these projects thrum with life. There is a very sound argument that artists should get paid, but there’s also the agency of working outside of traditional systems of patronage and profit economies, of the DIY ethos that you make the world you want to live in by direct action and grassroots organising. Each of these projects attempts through its actions to make space for others, to encourage individual making within a community.
These groups do the important work that Italo Calvino describes at the end of Invisible Cities (1972), where he writes that even if we’re in hell, we can ‘seek and learn to recognise who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space’. ”
This article was first published in the October 2014 issue.
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