Does an Artist Need a Business Plan?

This pilot episode of the Infinite Conversations podcast—featuring writer, actor, mystic, and activist Mark Binet—explores the difficult relationship between art, commerce, and activism—and asks to what degree contemporary artists are implicated in unjust systems and self-serving motives. Must an artist necessarily oppose power, or can she work with power—especially economic power—to serve noble ends? What might be these ends be? In other words: What are the ethics of aesthetics?

Topics Discussed:

The New Jim Crow
Integral Theory

Authors Mentioned:

Don DeLillo
Douglas Rushkoff
Jonathan Franzen
Michelle Alexander