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?
Mark Binet loves to write. He loves to think. To meditate, read and act in ensemble theatre, as well as in soloshows, written by himself— Morality by the Gun and The Singularity of Honeypants— and others: Pigeon Man Apocalypse.
Binet’s obsessed with justice, deception and the unequal distribution of power and privilege on this sublime, terrifying planet:
Where Activism is… Beauty?
Where you get up in the morning, have your few cups of coffee…
And actually CARE your panties off?
Mark’s Only Bodymind Everywhere: A Liturgy is available on Amazon… Expect several
more equally defective books of unapologetic electricity in the next one or two years.
In the meantime, let’s get with the program. We have no idea whether there’s life anywhere else in the Universe. But if there is, I’d like to meet them as free women and free men, not post-apocalyptic, totalitarianized slaves… right? … Can I get a Yes? … Let’s do this.
The New Jim Crow