Meta-Practice

The simple answer is that you should get paid when someone is profiting from your labor.

…However, providing content or services to a friend without being compensated does not mean that one is being exploited. If the terms of the exchange are mutually agreed upon, and if one person isn’t immediately monetarily profiting from the labor of the other, then it may well be a fair exchange, and one that is part of how solidarity and community are built within the field. W.A.G.E. advocates for equitable compensation, not for the total monetization and commodification of every aspect of our lives; we leave that to neoliberalism.

—W.A.G.E. as quoted by Bean Gilsdorf, Help Desk: Support for Artists, Daily Serving, May 25, 2015

 

 

How will I know if I am taking artists’ energy in exchange for an exploitative promise of “exposure”?

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Values

Good advice on the art school crit, and great advice for navigating around negatrons:

“…stay away from drama queens, bastards, and bullies, even the ones who are powerful and who seem to hold the potential for your future professional advancement. …Assholes only ever help themselves.”

Bean Gilsdorf, “Help Desk: Group Crit,” Daily Serving, July 21, 2014

Bean Gilsdorf on Meanies

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