Post-Precarity Zine

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Post-Precarity Zine: Toolbox for Beginning Artists

Times have changed. The art world and the creative economy are no longer the ones we used to know. The digital economy, the pandemic, and the cuts within the cultural field are some of the many factors that influence our practices and the way artists live nowadays. While some claim that the golden eras are gone, and maybe they are, a community of young artists and thinkers meets to discuss the ways in which the narrative around art and its practices has changed and can be geared towards the future.

What does it mean to be an artist today? How to survive as a cultural worker while making what you want to make? How can we use contemporary platforms to turn our anger into transformative power? What are the many strategies of organization and obstacles artists have to face nowadays for their practice to remain? By better understanding the structures of the art world and its economies, how can we counteract them and use them to our benefit and create sustainable and collective actions?

It is with such questions in mind that the first Post-Precarity Precarity Autumn Camp was organized by the Institute of Network Cultures, Platform BK and Hotel Maria Kapel from September 27th until October 1st, 2021. This zine collects extracts of texts, testimonials, precious reports, summaries of our daily programs, quotes, drawings and notes from the many participants, references to relevant sources, an open letter to Dutch art academies with four demands for change, an essay on principles for post-precarity, and exercises you can do at home to recalibrate your ‘artistic biotope’. With this mumble jumble, we give you a window to our inspiring week, a toolkit, and a fragmented manifesto. We hope to inspire you with our critical reflections, optimism, and the actions taken during the Post-Precarity Autumn Camp!

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Texts by: Morgane Billuart, Sepp Eckenhaussen, Dunja Nesovic
Design: Morgane Billuart
Production: Morgane Billuart, Tommaso Campagna

Printed at: Makers Lab, Hva
Paper: 100% recycled Muskat Grey, provided by Monsterkamer/Drukkerij Raddraaier SSP
Font: Ortica by Collettivo

Contributors: Keerthi Basavarajaiah, Morgane Billuart, Ramon Cardenas, Malin Dittmann, Sümeyya Dömnez, Ana Gusu, Iris Hagel, Mathilde Hjelle, Clémence Hillaire, Pia Jacques de Dixmude, Dunja Nesovic, Prom Run, Malik Saïb-Mezghiche, Harriet Morley, Ree, Gizem Üstüner, Niek Vanoosterweyk, Joana Velu, and Jue Yang.

Published by the Institute of Network Cultures and the Learning Community Critical Making & Learning Through Design, Amsterdam, 2021

The Post Precarity Autumn Camp: How to Survive as an Artist? was organized by the Institute of Network Cultures, Platform BK, and Hotel Maria Kapel.
This publication is supported by the Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation (CoECI).

This publication is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)