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The Outsiders


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I am a human being in an era of robots, so don't judge my worth or my right to a full life solely on productivity at work.

I am not a machine, I need to spend my time doing what I love, & creating revolutions of the mind & heart.

First published in 1963, the book The American Revolution: Pages From a Negro Workers' Notebook by James Boggs breaks down the state of labor in this country in ways that are still so relevant today. The fourth chapter, entitled The Outsiders, explains that due to automation, there will simply not be enough jobs. Rather than create jobs that are unfulfilling or even harmful, what we actually need is to re-imagine the idea of work:

The image is based on a press photo of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Judith Jamison, professional dancers who created revolutions of the mind and heart. Reportedly, Baryshnikov said "You people are crazy. I do what I love to do, and you pay me to do it." Jamison spoke directly about the process: “Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside of you.”

This is the third edition of a print from "Uprisings", our installation in Milwaukee in March 2013.

These screenprints are available in two colorways: purple text on cream paper (below), or magenta text on white paper (above).

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