the creative capital

it really bugs me when people shame poor artists/creators for doing work at less than their normal rate

sometimes people are in a position where they really need money to survive and are forced to work for less than what their work is worth bc they don’t want to risk losing a job opportunity

blame a system that devalues their contributions rather than broke young people who are doing what they gotta do to live and pay the bills

princess-unipeg  asked:

How many people would still do their jobs for the sake of duty, pleasure and occupying time when Universal income becomes a worldwide thing?

What do you mean when you say “Their jobs?” I believe the overwhelming majority of people will keep doing stuff, and a sufficient share of that stuff will be the stuff necessary to keep all the systems running that we collectively desire. I also think a lot of people will more-or-less commit to lifelong practices within particular fields of expertise, because lots of people enjoy specializing, and there’s something that feels really good about getting intimately familiar with a system and being able to accomplish things with it that other folks might not be able to.

But also I think the idea of “jobs” will pretty much go out the window. It’s rare that any particular task really requires somebody to commit to being there all the time, or for certain stretches of proscribed time, indefinitely. 

And in some cases, that means we will need to change our relationship to consumption – by which I mean, we’ll have to let go of the idea that we’re entitled to any particular person’s labor, or are entitled to systematic terms on which we can receive the benefit of that labor.

Like, maybe there’s a restaurant that you really love, with a brilliant chef. But in a post-income environment, maybe that chef doesn’t feel like cooking every day, or doesn’t feel like cooking for just anyone who walks up to her house. Maybe you need to cultivate a personal relationship with her, or trade services, or just generally be somebody who she feels good about cooking for. Or maybe you just never get to eat that food again.

That needs to be okay. The big caveat to “everyone is entitled to basics like food” is “nobody is entitled to anyone in particular’s cooking.” 

Many kinds of creative labor generate unique products, and under capitalism we tend to feel like there’s something abhorrent about the idea that you might not be able to buy that output. 

But in my opinion the opposite is the more morally legitimate position: There’s something horrifying about the idea that anyone’s creative labor is a commodity, that you can spend enough money to reverse a person’s preference to not create for you.

Having a job means undermining your own right to control your expression of value through labor. And in that sense, no, I don’t think nearly anyone in a system with universal basic income would keep their jobs. But when people do have the power to express their own values through labor, I think we’ll find that the things about our world that we value won’t stop running.

Transiting Venus in Libra
October 14, 2017 - November 7, 2017

Aphrodite is at home when Venus is in Libra and she activates the lover in everybody. We approach our social life, relationship, and matters of romance like we are consuming sugar, and there is a real desire to luxuriate in our natural pleasures. Also, the actual consumption of sugar can increase, because Venus is the ruler of confectionery, sugar, and sweet treats. This is a good time for appreciating the quality of relationships in our life, be it with friends, lovers, or family members. The energy of Libra is all about connection, harmony, and unity. If you have been feeling disconnected or isolated, Aphrodite responds with her appetite for togetherness, and she encourages us to re-establish and maintain contact with other people. She exhales the breath of tranquility, so it’s possible to resolve conflicts and disagreements. Venus also rules over financial matters, and she is prone to excess in her own sign. It means that we can become less concerned with financial responsibility and spend more money on personal luxuries like new clothes, make up, dining out, alcohol, caramel mochas, home decore, and social events. The relationship sector is the whipped cream of life with Venus in Libra. It’s a time for spending weekends cozying up to loved ones watching Netflix, cooking with lovers, getting a new hairstyle and feeling your most beautiful, and enjoying the traditions of dating and old fashioned romance. Transiting Venus in Libra offers many different experiences, pleasures, and creative inspiration for different people. The qualities of Venus operate where she is placed in your personal horoscope. 

It’s important that you check your own transit chart for validation, because some people have signs close to the house cusp which can move it into the following house, or have Venus making significant aspects to outer natal planets

Aries rising or transiting Venus in the 7th house: Venus in Libra may be quintessentially social, but her condition in the 7th house also generates the need for self reflection and quiet appreciation. The sense of belonging is especially emphasised, and through the Venus mirror, loved ones reveal their finest qualities. The relationship stage is especially under the spotlight here, but it’s also about acknowledging and appreciating their own beauty, it’s a time for falling in love with themselves. All matters of business partnership present opportunity for wealth development. 

Taurus rising or Venus transiting the 6th house: Work and maintaining the responsibilities of daily life become easier and harmonic. It’s possible to develop closer relationships with colleagues and find work especially enjoyable, especially for the social aspect. The energy for sacrifice is great, the person can burn themselves out trying to be all things to all people. Health matters come into focus, the individual can make or break their diet or health regime. It may be very difficult to resist sugar and lollies, the person can experience sugar highs and lows and extreme changes in mood. It can also emphasise health anxieties. Looking after themselves helps them feel better about themselves

Gemini rising: or Venus transiting the 5th house Personal amusement and pleasures becomes an insatiable urge, the individual may spend a lot of time cooking, eating out, spending money, having sex, and possibly think about children. There may be an opportunity for developing romance and satisfying romantic and sexual fantasies. Venus is comfortable here, maybe a little bit too comfortable. Her sultry side and seductive side is the star of the show. The ego celebrates its existence through creativity 

Cancer rising or Venus in the 4th house: Home is a safe place where they return to a place of belonging. The appreciation for family members, especially the mother and sisters becomes especially enhanced, it’s a time when their mum can become their best friend. Family and domestic disputes can be resolved, because Aphrodite is so rattled by resentful energy. Instead of going out, the individual loves more than ever to be surrounded by friends and family in the home under the blankets and sharing stories between movies. The individual may spend a lot of money on the home decorating or re-designing  

Leo rising or Venus in the 3rd house:  The communication is decorated in cupcake ice, so the verbal delivery can be more beautiful, harmonising, and attractive than ever. The sensory environment becomes exquisitely provocative, so the individual can be more responsive than ever to music, meaningful conversation, literature, or conflict. Social contact is important and the individual can be more talkative and engaged with friends. The person may spend quality time with siblings or resolve conflict between them. There may be nothing more pleasurable than spending the afternoon reading a book, magazine, or a blog 

Virgo rising or Venus transiting the 2nd house: The sensory appreciation is enhanced here and there can be an increased urgency for affection, the protection of loved ones, and having somebody to provide for. It’s possible that the individual will spend a lot of money on their dependants and investments. Creative material can generate capital, and all matters of business partnership present opportunity for wealth development. It’s possible that the income will stabilise if it has been unreliable 

Libra rising or Venus transiting the 1st house: After surrendering to loneliness and exile, social contact is emphasised and relationships validate their existence. The individual wants to be seen with their lover, somebody they are proud to be a part of. A beautiful appearance is in the mirror’s eye, the person can be more mindful on presenting a polished image and experimenting with personal style. If the individual is not in a relationship, Venus here can conduct a bee-to-honey performance where romantic interests emerge from their hiding place

Scorpio rising or Venus transiting the 12th house: Pleasures can be consumed in excess, alone, away from the eyes of company. This makes it possible for the individual to lose sight of how far they have gone. This could be any personal indulgence like eating, substance use, pursuing forbidden romance, or gambling. Venus is social, but here she is quiet, inactive, and dreamy. The streaks of melancholy can generate inspirational creativity. Old lovers can come out of the woodwork. If the person is in a relationship, the partner may become unwell or need to be looked after. Much of this time is likely spent alone with the partner, napping together. Personal income may become uncertain 

Sagittarius rising or transiting Venus in the 11th house: Friends are the sweet sugar of life and there is no better time to appreciate the good qualities they bring to your life. The social calendar can be especially active right now. The individual may desire to join a group, charity, or an organisation. It’s possible that friendships or relationships can develop online, and the individual may enjoy sharing spiritual knowledge, astrology, or political revelations with friends or online circles. The personal style can become experimental

Capricorn rising or transiting Venus in the 10th house: Expect a warm response from the public. You are more socially radiant and desirable than ever. But do they see the real you? or are they blinded by the image they have and want of you? It’s important to decipher this possibility. You can charm yourself into that promotion you desire or impress superiors with your personal qualities. Venus here may also resolve conflict with parents or offer reward for all the hard work, maybe the individual finally has enough money to buy that object of material desire. 

Aquarius rising or transiting Venus in the 9th house: You can enjoy yourself again without excess guilt or compulsive self destruction. The individual may think about traveling or even book a trip overseas. Long distance relationships can begin. Also the love of learning and matters of the spirit are enhanced, it means that playing with astrology can be really fun. If you study tertiary education, you may be more interested in the social events, parties, and being with your university friends than going to the lectures. This also means that group work assignments are easier, for once. Personal comment, I think we all know group assignments are the worst lol. Ok back to focusing. It’s also a good time for accessing the help you need from academics or expert advice from any professional like doctors or psychiatrists. 

Pisces rising or transiting Venus in the 8th house: Deep desires and romantic longings reveal themselves as sexual desires, so the person can be drawn to close and intimate experiences. This isn’t really a comfortable place for Venus. It can activate her dark desires or obsessions. The course of current relationships will grow deeper and more intense, it’s time to the plunge and expose the parts of themselves they have feared to reveal before lovers. There can be physical urges and sensations without causation, powerful attractions to forbidden, complex, and mesmerising people. The person can be more secretive than usual. 


[art: Mab Graves]

capitalism kills creativity, when you must work to survive, you can never truly dedicate yourself to art exploration, as you are always forced to provide what the market asks for, rarely are you able to take risks on what the market has never seen before. 

rarely are you able to break boundaries, and just simply create. because of capitalism we will never see the true genius of human inventiveness. 


I know of no capitalists radiant with individualism
I know of no socialists shining happiness upon the collective
I know of no fascists reigning over the people
I know of no anarchists living life freely and to the fullest

I only know of people content to live in predictability
To live in the safety of this present system
All else are merely statistics
Faceless puppets of ideology
Who exist only behind LCD monitors
And in the voice of the media

Beware the lure of dogma
Avoid the siren’s call of rigidity
The entrapment of ego
The cult of community

Instead, simply do what thou wilt
Love under will, and keep your mind open
Never shutting the door too quickly on new perspectives

Chase the ruin
through the backdoor

Thirty years
of frosted glass behind the curtain
and I appreciate you moved the pots
from the side
because I slam
even why I try
to go softly.

The bricks still stick out
at an angle that catches
the blank
and I don’t know what they call them up north
but it’s an unfortunate series of events
that brought us here.

Morning waits
through steel and carbon

I tap in
to captured clocks.

Important (Minor) TRC PSA

Readers of Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE all most likely know that CLAMP put out new story and character guides about half a year ago. All-around fandom champion @eternal-bond has gradually released translations of most of the new character guide, while I’ve put out my own translation of one of the two new interviews with CLAMP here. (The translation for the second, longer, more important interview is an ongoing project, and I’m continually apologizing to @chibiyuuto for dragging my feet on it.)

Both the story and character guides have an interesting omission of information that personally changed the way I understood a major plot beat in TRC. Given that there’s ongoing confusion about this particular issue, I figured I’d share with everybody.  Tl;dr version: Feiwang Reed’s origins are an ongoing mystery. Clow Reed may not have created him at all, contrary to majority opinion among readers.

Obviously there are spoilers below!

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It’s almost midnight,
and I am honey 
and my youth is powerful. 
In the beating heart 
of the capital,
my eyes are fucking brave, 
swallowing all the lights,
I let the tourists
crawl inside of them.
I gave my promise
to the city.
I will always come back.
You will always be beautiful.

My mouth learns
your pronunciation,
my tongue knows how to
kiss your streets.
Summer air,
I don’t need
flowers when I have
the city lights burning
in my veins.

I walk in front of the traffic
like I am on the red carpet.
I am famous like that;
a beautiful anonym woman.
So they begged me for a name.

—  19 In The City by Royla Asghar 

We play the part of a dying astronaut
Uniformed, adhering to rigid protocol
Putting our lives in the hands of others control
Letting ourselves become subjugated to capital
Struggling violently for oxygen in space
Each day feels like the end
A continual loop, perpetual disintegration
The more time is spent in this artificial space
Of domestication and consumption
The more leisure seems alien
And thus, the almighty dollar
Becomes the center of the universe
Even when we know it is nothing
But a black hole, devouring all joy

Tiny brain: criticize representation in fan media

Normal brain: criticize representation in commercial media

Large brain: criticize representation in hiring decisions at the creative level

Cosmic brain: criticize capitalism as a perverse incentive system for creative decision making
The Powerful Reason Why This Artist Has Been Saving His Urine For The Last 200 Days
"It’s crazy that we have to go to these extremes but this is the culture that we’re living in."


“The piece, PISSED, was created in response to President Donald Trump’s February decision to rescind President Obama’s directive that transgender students should be able to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. PISSED will be unveiled at the gallery on Saturday night when, according to a press release for the show, Cassils will perform a related piece, Fountain, and thereby complete “the 200 day durational performance by linking their body to the minimalist structure.”

Cassils, a Canadian-born 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and 2015 Creative Capital Awardee currently living in Los Angeles, has made a career for himself by approaching and proposing theories and questions about the body, politics, gender, history, being transgender and other potentially incendiary topics through his performance-based art. Ahead of the debut of Monumental, he discussed the logistics of preserving so much urine for such a long period of time, his relationship to his body as a transgender artist, the divide between art and activism and more.” - via Huffington Post


Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Vol. 2 by Nia King


A celebration of queer and trans Black and brown genius… Building on the groundbreaking first volume, Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives, NIA KING is back with a second archive of interviews from her podcast We Want the Airwaves. She maintains her signature frankness as an interviewer while seeking advice on surviving capitalism from creative folks who often find their labor devalued. 

In this collection of interviews, Nia discusses biphobia in gay men’s communities with JUBA KALAMKA, helping border-crossers find water in the desert with MICHA CARDENAS, trying to preserve Indigenous languages through painting with GRACE ROSARIO PERKINS, revolutionary monster stories with ELENA ROSE, using textiles to protest police violence with INDIRA ALLEGRA, trying to respectfully reclaim one’s own culture with AMIR RABIYAH, taking on punk racism with MIMI THI NGUYEN, the imminent trans women of color world takeover with LEXI ADSIT, queer life in WWII Japanese American incarceration camps with TINA TAKEMOTO, hip-hop and Black Nationalism with AJUAN MANCE, making music in exile with MARTIN SORRONDEGUY, issue-based versus identity-based organizing with TRISH SALAH, ten years of curating and touring with the QTPOC arts organization Mangos With Chili with CHERRY GALETTE, raising awareness about gentrification through games with MATTIE BRICE, self-publishing versus working with a small press with VIVEK SHREYA, and the colonial nature of journalism school with KILEY MAY. 

The conversation continues. Bear witness to QTPOC brilliance.


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