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Institute of Radical Imagination/ Art for UBI (Manifesto)

January 21, 2021

1/ Universal and Unconditional Basic Income is the best measure for the arts and cultural sector. Art workers claim a basic income, not for themselves, but for everyone.

2/ Do not call UBI any measures that do not equal a living wage: UBI has to be above the poverty threshold. To eliminate poverty, UBI must correspond to a region’s minimum wage.

3/ UBI frees up time, liberating us from the blackmail of precarious labor and from exploitative working conditions.

4/ UBI is given unconditionally and without caveats, regardless of social status, job performance, or ability. It goes against the meritocratic falsehoods that cover for class privilege.  

5/ UBI is not a social safety net, nor is it welfare unemployment reform. It is the minimal recognition of the invisible labor that is essential to the reproduction of life, largely unacknowledged but essential, as society’s growing need for care proves.

6/ UBI states that waged labor is no longer the sole means for wealth redistribution. Time and time again, this model proves unsustainable.Wage is just another name for exploitation of workers, who always earn less than they give. 

7/ Trans-feminist and decolonizing perspectives teach us to say NO to all the invisible and extractive modes of exploitation, especially within the precarious working conditions created by the art market.

8/ UBI affirms the right to intermittence, privacy and autonomy, the right to stay off-line and not to be available 24/7.

9/ UBI rejects the pyramid scheme of grants and of the nonprofit industrial complex, redistributing wealth equally and without unnecessary bureaucratic burdens. Bureaucracy is the vampire of art workers’ energies and time turning them into managers of themselves.

10/ By demanding UBI, art workers do not defend a guild or a category and depreciate the role that class and privilege play in current perceptions of art. UBI is universal because it is for everyone and makes creative agency available to everyone.

11/ Art’s health is directly connected to a healthy social fabric. To claim for UBI, being grounded in the ethics of mutual care, is art workers’ most powerful gesture of care towards society.

12/ Because UBI disrupts the logic of overproduction, it frees us from the current modes of capital production that are exploiting the planet. UBI is a cosmogenetic technique and a means to achieve climate justice.

13/ Where to find the money for the UBI? In and of itself UBI questions the actual tax systems in Europe and elsewhere. UBI empowers us to reimagine financial transactions, the extractivism of digital platforms, liquidity, and debt.No public service should be cut in order to finance UBI.

14/ UBI inspires many art collectives and communities to test various tools for more equal redistribution of resources and wealth. From self-managed mutual aid systems based on collettivising incomes, to solutions temporarily freeing cognitive workers from public and private constraints. We aim to join them.


SIGNATURES

Individuals

  • Emanuele Braga / Macao, Milan; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Marco Bravalle / Sale Docks, Venice; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Gabriella Riccio / L’Asilo, Naples ; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Ilenia Caleo / Campo Innocente; Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Anna Rispoli / Artist
  • Maddalena Fragnito / Macao, Milan; Phd at Coventry University
  • Andrea Fumagalli / Effimera; University of Pavia
  • Nicola Capone / Philosopher; L’Asilo, Naples
  • Luigi Coppola / Artist
  • Giuseppe Micciarelli / L’Asilo, Naples, University of Salerno
  • Julio Linares / Economist and Anthropologist; JoinCircles.net
  • Dena Beard / The Lab, San Francisco
  • Manuel Borja-Villel / Museum Director, Madrid
  • Salvo Torre / Professor, member of POE Politics, Ontologies, Ecologies
  • Sara Buraya Boned / L’Internationale; Institute Of Radical Imagination
  • Kuba Szreder / Curator and theorist, Warsaw
  • Dmitry Vilensky / Chto Delat
  • Charles Esche / Director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Franco Bifo Berardi / Philosopher
  • Gregory Sholette / Artist
  • Zeyno Pekunlu / Artist, Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Anna Daneri / Forum dell’arte contemporanea italiana
  • Massimo Mollona / Goldsmiths’ University of London, Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Jerszy Seymour / Artist and Designer; Sandberg Institute
  • Marco Assennato / Maître de conférences in filosofia, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Paris-Malaquais
  • Roberto Ciccarelli / Philosopher and journalist
  • Sandro Mezzadra / Philosopher
  • Geert Lovink / Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam
  • Alisa Del Re / senior professor Ateneo Patavino
  • Andrea Gropplero / Film Director
  • Giuseppe Allegri / Activist
  • Elena Lasala Palomar / Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Nicolas Martino / Philosopher
  • Ilaria Bussoni / Editor and curator
  • Danilo Correale / Artist
  • Annalisa Sacchi / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Giada Cipollone / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Stefano Tomassini / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Piersandra Di Matteo / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Elena Blesa Cabéz / Researcher, Barcelona; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Jesús Carrillo / Senior Lecturer at the Department of History and Theory of Art Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Pablo García Bachiller / Arquitecto; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Theo Prodromidis / Artist; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Mabel Tapia / Art Researcher Madrid-Paris
  • Chiara Colasurdo / Labour Lawyer


Organizations

  • Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Il Campo Innocente
  • Macao
  • Sale Docks
  • Chto Delat
  • L’Asilo
  • Euronomade
  • Dirty Art Department Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Dirty Art Foundation
  • Effimera
  • OperaViva Magazine
  • Basic Income Network – Italia
  • Community and Research for Circles UBI
  • Forum d’arte contemporanea
  • Global Project
  • Dinamopress
  • Sherwood
  • AWI Art Workers Italy
  • Maestranze dello Spettacolo Veneto
  • Autonomedia New York City

#ARTforUBImanifesto

You can sign ART FOR UBI (Manifesto) on change.org
We strongly invite you support the EU Citizen’s Initiative to Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout Europe

The Institute of Radical Imagination (IRI)  is a group of curators, activists, scholars and cultural producers with a shared interest in co-producing research, knowledge,  artistic and political research-interventions, aimed at implementing post-capitalist forms of life.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 21, 2021 8:11 PM

    That would be… sly, but, where do you think a universal basic income would come from? Do you expect it to be printed by bankers?
    Or, if you believe that it should come from international funds, where do you think they get that money from? Taxes. Do you think that, let’s say, a farmer working to fill supermarkets’ shelves or a tycoon producing cellphones would be happy to pay taxes to let people who don’t work buy their products?

    The solution to the problem of money cannot come from money. People need money because everyone ask for money: you want money to work, he asks you money to give his bacon, they want money for anything.
    To me, the only solution is to abolish money, completely, returning to a life in balance and harmony with nature, as the largest part of (destructive and polluting) technologies are necessary only when you live in a modern technocracy, but the fundamental needs of a human being are basically food and shelter.

    Be proud to barter your art with other goods or services.

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