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The Outsiders (Mini)


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 more meaningless jobs what we actually need is to re-imagine the idea of work:

“… the new generation, the outsiders, the workless people, now have to turn their thoughts away from trying to outwit the machines and instead toward the organization and reorganization of society and of human relations inside society. The revolution which is within these people will have to be a revolution of their minds and hearts, directed not toward increasing production but toward the management and distribution of things and toward the control of relations among people, tasks which up to now have been left to chance or in the hands of an elite.”

The image is based on a press photo of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Judith Jamison. Reportedly, Baryshnikov said “You people are crazy. I do what I love to do, and you pay me to do it.” Jamison had an incredible career inspiring others: “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 a mini version of a print from “Uprisings”, our installation in Milwaukee in March 2013. This print is 20 times smaller than the original (so it is super cute).

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