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Andrew Simonet on Living Sanely & Sustainably as an Artist

Brooklyn Commune General Meeting #4 was amazeballs, featuring this presentation by Andrew Simonet on “Why Artists Are Poor and Why They Shouldn’t Be”. Continue reading

Politics and Aesthetics and Social Movements! (A How-To Guide, Extracted from the Brain of Jacques Rancière)

Jacques Rancière is a political philosopher who is all the rage in art circles right now. His theories are geared to help emancipate the peoples’ imagination about how social change can manifest, and who can enact it. However, his work can sometimes be a little cryptic and not-so-straightforward, and this essay is an attempt to … Continue reading

Labor, Value, and the Path Forward

Welcome to the Brooklyn Commune LABOR & VALUE research team online. This is the first in a series of public statements on where we stand, where we should be, and how to get there. Consider this your invitation to participate. Our mandate is expansive, our topics diverse, and we invite eager minds to help us … Continue reading

Amy Whitaker talks about “The Letter and the Envelope”

The second Brooklyn Commune gathering on May 12, 2013 at The Invisible Dog featured a keynote presentation called “The Letter and the Envelope: Designing a Business Structure as a Creative Practice” by Amy Whitaker. Amy spoke eloquently and inspiringly about ways artists can bring their imagination to the ways they think about their work and … Continue reading

How Much Did You Pay For That? Or, Let’s Talk About Money (No, Really)

One true thing is that most people are really uncomfortable talking about money. For various and complicated reasons it is considered really tacky and gross to talk about. When I first sat down with the guy that now does my taxes, Rus Garofalo at Brass Taxes, we had a long talk about how hard it … Continue reading

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