4/25: Just back from the Bay Area, where I was honored to be a part of Valuing Labor in the Arts, a practicum organized by the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley together with the brilliant Helena Keeffe. I’ll be writing about the event for an upcoming issue of Art Practical, and there will probably be video of my talk at some point, but until then you can read a few essays and workshop prompts in an earlier issue, and I’ll leave you with a little moment that was one of my favorites: Living genius Yasmin and Calicopie provided lunch and hors d’oeuvres. In the evening, little signs marked each of the small bites; one read, “EMPLOYMENT: Union-picked organic strawberries / Walmart banana cream”. Another, “EXPLOITATION: spicy corporate slaughterhouse chicken processed with minimum wage labor”. We stood around, drank from disposable glasses of wine, chatted, agreed that the food was amazing. Later, we all sat ourselves around banquet tables for an evening of talks, and Yasmin spoke very shortly about the night’s catering. She talked about parallels between the invisibility of labor in art and in food production, about the ways that aesthetics can disguise the conditions of production. She talked about the berries, and then about the chicken: “The chicken tonight is actually from Kentucky Fried Chicken, which pays its workers $7.63 an hour on average. Even managers only make $10.89, but they gross 4.22 billion dollars a year.” In a video from the event, she needs to pause after she says “Kentucky Fried Chicken”; there are audible gasps from the audience, muttering. Yasmin closed with a smile, saying, “it’s just an opportunity for you to.. kind of.. explore and enjoy these things.” The audience laughed, and later I overheard one woman reassure another: “Oh, she couldn’t possibly have gotten KFC in here. They’re very strict about outside catering.” It seemed to make both of them feel better.

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1/26: Is forthcoming.

“I Don’t Make Objects, I Make Projects: Selling Things and Selling Selves in Contemporary Artmaking.” With Childress in Cultural Sociology, hitting your screen and zotero library soon.

11/16: I’ll be heading to Stockholm University next week for a talk in the department of sociology. See you there if you’re in town.

11/10: Happy to report that the editorial board over at Stanford University Press has approved my manuscript and we’re looking at a Fall/Winter 2017 release date in the new Culture and Economic Life series. Hooray!

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10/27: At grading sleepaway camp again with my colleagues from the Marknadsföring och organisation 1 course at Uppsala…

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10/17: Thanks to Professors Apolonija Šušteršič and Sunniva McAlinden as well as an amazing group of students for a great week at KHIO!

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10/4: Along with my normal teaching this fall (this and this), I’m happy to be heading to Oslo next week to teach a workshop on writing for artists I’m calling No More Arty Bollocks. Pretty much what it says on the tin.

9/20: Anna Lund and I have been lucky to secure funding from the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden at Linköping University and from Linnaeus University to invite researchers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Scotland for a workshop with us in Växjö about the arts and cultural policy. Looking forward to seeing Torun, Erik, Håkon, Johannes, Lisa, Åsa, and Ian there later this week!

8/17: On my way to ASA in Seattle and looking very much forward to seeing y’all there. My paper, with Clayton Childress, is available here.

7/17: SocArXiv is a great new open access repository for social scientists with some amazing sociologists behind the wheel. I’ve started posting preprints there ahead of the full rollout, and so should you. Enjoy!

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5/30: I am back from an amazing week at Bergmangårdarna, Ingmar Bergman’s summer estate, where thanks to an award from Uppsala University and the estate I was able to hole up and finish the damn book. It’s on Fårö, which is an island off another island, far far away. I am, it turns out, not allowed to show you any pictures from this really very magical and wonderful place, so I will simply leave this picture of a pile of wool that I found in the woods here for your enjoyment.