Greens announce UBI… finally

“With the radical way that the nature of work is changing, along with increasing inequality, our current social security system is outdated. It can’t properly support those experiencing underemployment, insecure work and uncertain hours. A modern, flexible and responsive safety net would increase their resilience and enable them to make a greater contribution to our community and economy. That’s why we need a Universal Basic Income. We need a UBI that ensures everyone has access to an adequate level of income, as well as access to universal social services, health, education and housing. A UBI is a bold move towards equality. It epitomises a government which looks after its citizens, in contrast to the old parties, who say “look out for yourselves”. It’s about an increased role for government in our rapidly changing world.” Richard Di Natale, April 4, 2018.  https://greens.org.au/npc

Finally, a major party is putting Universal Basic Income on the agenda. This is future world policy people. Get behind it, help shape the moral need for it and its method of distribution before it is diluted and corrupted by the other major parties, financial institutions and neo-liberal hedge-money elites.

The Pirate Party put forward a UBI at the last election. It is about time the Greens got on board. The difference in how these two parties would see UBI distributed is actually quite divergent (libertarian vs government-led). However, their reasoning for wanting to implement this scheme is similar – reducing inequality, and maximizing social reformation, and the good life. Ultimately we don’t want the scheme developed or implemented by any other party – it will not be universal or unconditional, it will not promote freed time, it will not reduce inequality! We need to get on the front foot and speak to its need, and why it is important to future culture.

Many groups will have their say on this issue, which makes it critical for us to make our voices heard. What is equitable? How can we ensure this does not end up another profit-driven system? Or be dismissed as another soft bleeding heart policy? How do we get to a life-centric society through economic redistribution via Universal Basic Income? How will block-chain technology aide in its design and distribution? How will it affect your life and practice?

Of all the modern types of human, Artists should be leading this conversation. Creative, critical, caring, collaborative, inspired, imaginative, empowered people, working on their own and together to transform paradigms and create new worlds – this is what a Universal Basic Income should inspire in populations. It is what artists do, and often without money, or through a minimal or less then minimal wage: the dole, a scholarship, a grant, a commission, a bar job. We work, we keep busy, we are professional, we are amateur, we are innovators. We are not neo-liberal subjects. We are agents of cultural change and the public imaginary, and we can help people transition from a world of work-slavery to spaces of free creativity, criticality, and community development.

What do you think?
How can you help shape and drive the case for UBI?



I am currently co-writing an article and organizing discussion groups addressing artists and Universal Basic Income (also called Unconditional Basic Dividend). If you would like to get involved or hear more please get in touch with me via email: apublicspacecraft@gmail.com with the subject: Artists for UBI!

Re-gendering Blade Runner 2049

as I watch it… (spoiler alert!)…

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“You newer models are happy scraping the shit… Because you’ve never seen a miracle.” Word.

When watching Blade Runner 2049 do yourself a favour and replace all male characters for female.
Yes, start Ryanna Gossling (Kay) battling with Sappho Morton, after she defeats that brutish replicant see Ryanna checking in with her line manager, Lt Josh , who will be given 30 seconds of dialogue, maybe a little more later.
Ryanna finds a football or some other cliched representation of a man, maybe a knife, a dildo, left on the soil next to a tree.

Keep this going for the rest of the film. When you think, ‘but women wouldn’t do’… check your head, these fuckers are replicants, bio-engineered by some genius rich industrialist mofa, they can do most anything.

Whenever you hear an authoritarian voice remember she is spoken by a woman.

And yes, when you hear a ‘japanese like’ advertising voice it will be a man’s. Otherwise, plooose stop the cliche!

Keep it up, that verbally aggressive overweight person on the stairwell, a man. The tattooed menacer as Ryanna walks into her home, a woman, staring Ryanna down, menacingly, with menace.

… oh my I can’t believe they have a euro woman’s voice as his ‘hal’. Ok. the virtual wife is now a virtual euro husband, and they are both listening to nina simone, fuck frank sinatra.

Now that Robot husband is in active wear let him bliss out in his man dress and bun, as Ryanna strokes him and says: “honey, you can go anywhere in the world”.

Oh-k.

Back to the atmos.
We are obviously in asiatopa europa usaopa. In this world the ambient advertisers are always seductive men, large faces or bums, legs on screens attracting us into the red ghost light of always night. Sorry I poetically digress. RAINS.

Look how open (supple) the virtual male robot is when Ryanna touches his face in the night: “i am so happy with you” robot says. Man he is so submissive. Wait he needs to pause as Ryanna’s line manager has left a voice message. OK, turn off the robot lover. Fade to naught.

Now, remember when Ryanna found a dildo football on the soil and made us all think there was ALSO a man buried in the dirt in the farm where the first replicant was killed? Well, I think we have a match! There was a man in there after all, oh lucky there was such a clear symbol of man there on the dirt waiting for Ryanna to find it. Whoops!, he died in childbirth, uh oh is our flip folding?

Aah good, line manager helps us out by explaining to us it is not possible that she is pregnant because she is a replicant ! Good, so it is possible that she is a he!
Ok, back to the conceit.

The tough talking line manager is getting scrupulous with Ryanna (Kay),

Josh: “kill the baby”,
Kay: “it has a soul”
Josh: “deal with it. you’ve done well enough without one”

When you get to the very-yellow rip off of the-boulevard-of broken-dreams-style guide, remember this is two women talking to each other. Then the seductive voice comes over and we get our first sexy leg pose, yummy man’s knees, saying “pleasure models” whilst sipping tea.

As the next moment of history is told, womensplaining is clear and the archivist talks of her dad crying over lost baby pictures. Oh, poor dad.

I am going to take a break now and keep watching with all these reversals in mind and get back to this tap tap later in the film…

… oh good, break in the break… we have now met the super powered architect of what seems to be the new corporation… and look, now she is about to slice open a naked man, in a highly sexual voice, and don’t forget to kiss him after your pierce his womb, aah there you go, make a nice slice into that very abused naked man, now slumping to an early death on the ground…

aah look a giant naked ballerino, in full tights dancing in the middle of the road, so titilating, such poise!… ah look prostitutes, men dressed skimpily, approaching Ryanna, looking to seduce information out of our heroine: “want to buy a man a cigarette?”

Ok. I think her line manager should stay being a woman. Better rapport between the two that way.

OMG 55.52… they have swapped the genders! oh, only for a moment, and it was just an overlay of the virtual husband and the replicant here… sorry a furphy.

Still watching? Ryanna’s just put her hand in a beehive and her line manager has just been killed by the mean other psycho boss guy.

Ok. I must say I gave up my attempt to rewrite the whole film via reversing gender roles. But I did watch it that way and it was quite a stimulating experience.

My version in summary:
It was a much better moment when Ryanna held the psycho boss guy down under the water to his death; and when the prostitute dude and the robot dude became one to become her ultimate fantasy fuck it felt ok.

Even though Director Villeneuve stated this film is NOT about the future, it is about now, and now women are not treated very well, he still made decisions. He and the other guy Riddles and the other guys that made the film. They could have chosen to reverse the leads, to make the saviour a woman, and not the prize, (ultimately the daughter of the other hero), they can make those choices now, as well as in the future.

Reality is what make together, even more so when it comes to fantasy, to hollywood, to footballdildos, to what might be. Go on, give it a go. Reverse the roles, watch it again with this in mind. It is actually a pretty good movie, especially when I was told it was all a metaphor for the fear men have over the one thing they cannot do – create life.

Humans Are Horses

I Corpi Diversi (The Diverse Bodies). Private Home. 2017.

Performance lecture delivered by ‘Io”, on November 6th 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Originally heard by two audiences simultaneously; one group meandering through the Darebin parklands, via headphones, and the other inside a house overlooking the Darebin creek, live with the artist.

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Below: Io delivers lecture watched on by a live audience who are being watched by a drone.reading

Artists don’t have to be

The two audiences came together at the end of the lecture, to witness a ceremony at the creek.

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During the lecture a masculine self of the artist appeared mid way, entering the room from the balcony, dressed in full military regalia. Played by a female artist friend, the masculine self exited through the front door after ambling over and around the audience.
In the video installation room, the masculine figure had been half disrobed from a version of himself played in a previous artwork (“EU”). On another video screen a repetitious rendition of a choreographed flag desecration danced in heels could be seen. This choreography is an interpretation of an action performed on the US, French and British flags during the Pan Arabic Games in 1993, as ordered by Colonel Gaddafi. The connection of Libya and the geo-political affect of Gaddafi’s death to this body of work will be written at another time.

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The creek ceremony saw the artist entering the Darebin creek, still dressed as “Io”, their feminine self. Attaching to a piece of rope the artist moved upstream and as they did so a drenched, double flagged corpse of the masculine military figure was pulled out of the water. It collapsed again as the artist released tension and slowly made their way up the embankment to a warm bath of water.
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A Different Body: Invitation

A Different Body is an open art experiment toward a well-rounded PhD in aesthetics and provocative politicking, or what I am currently calling: geopoetical-cosmopolitics.


…a new work progressing in three parts. Dario Vacirca & friends:

i. (thefearisintheheart)

– performance lecture –
+ video
+ love room (all of movement, full of dance)

ii. (gottagetyourgrooveback)

– ceremony, coming together –

iii. (inventing the future)

– open space forum, meal –

 

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The final part (before the meal) is an open-space forum. We will work together in small groups toward addressing issues raised in the performance lecture, which, amongst other things, unpacks the following quote attributed to Arthur C Clarke:

“The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.”


FRIENDS:

Belle Bassin
Karina Stockdale
Louise Morris
Betra Fraval
Pablo Carroll
Renato Vacirca
Zak Bennett
Davin Street

THANKS:

David Cross
Cameron Bishop
Danny Ross
School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin Univeristy