J.F. Martel is a writer and filmmaker living in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice, published by North Atlantic Books. This episode is a companion to J.F.’s essay, “Consciousness in the Aesthetic Imagination,” published in Metapsychosis.
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…