Author: Eunsong Kim and Maya Mackrandilal

Art without Artists: Against the Artist CEO

It is not enough to suppress the adversary if you do not erase her memory and her ability to organize an alternative project… In the face of this strategy, we can understand that the three primary functions of the testimonies are to accuse the executioners, to record the sufferings and the epics, to inspire the other combatants in the middle of retreat. A fourth function…is to carry out a rational analysis of the problems and the reversals that are being suffered… Above all, to accuse. Ariel Dorfman, “Political Code and Literary Code”   It’s a familiar experience to many of us in the arts. We receive a notification from Linkedln, informing us that someone in our network that has become a CEO. We are asked to click. Click Click. “Owner, Founder, CEO of XYZ Artistic Corporation.” Another reminder of how deep, how layered our loyalty to neoliberal capitalism has become. Is this supposed to be cute, pathetic or cruel? BFAMFAPHD and others already made it clear that MFAs are fundamentally objectionable and questionable degrees—we’re here …