Own the Means of Production and Share It
An essay about sharing our copy equipment with strangers--why it's been a great experience, a couple of the (inevitable) drawbacks, and why we need to normalize resource sharing. The first zine in a new series called "Shaping the Arts," about labor conditions, organizing, and resource sharing among artists.
"One main issue artists face is access to capital. Often we lack the overhead to do big projects or invest upfront in equipment. It's not like you can go to the bank and get a photocopier loan. Many artists are entrepreneurs or micro-businesses, whose needs are too small or strange to be taken seriously, even though our business models function surprisingly well ... there is probably no artists who doesn't offer favors to other artists (and call favors in). But what I'm advocating for is building containers for this kind of exchange with people we don't know very well or at all ... instead of begging for capital from a grant funder, or a bank, or a rich uncle, we become each other's access to capital. When artists pool resources in small ways that add up, artist lives become more sustainable."
By India Johnson
Late Night Copies Press, June 2023
Series: Shaping the Arts
Cover: copier paper
Color: full color and monocolor
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