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Art/Work: On creativity, culture and labor under capitalism.

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What we call art is the container in which we put those passions and energies that we associate with creativity and imagination. So art is needed because it's a box within capitalism where we dump a bunch of stuff the capitalists don't want infecting the rest of the economy. If we actually got to express our creativity and imagination in terms of how we organize society - that's a form of socialism or anarchism. That's not capitalism.

Writer Max Haiven explores the deep connections between art and money under capitalism - from the grim, ubiquitous exploitation of creativity in service of the ruling class, to the warping of labor, value and collectivism in a neoliberal era of widespread worker precarity and the dominance of financial logic as societal organization.

Max is author of Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization from Pluto Press.

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Max Haiven

Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).

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