Wednesday, December 6, 2023


“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” -William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act III, Scene i

What would a world without conscience look like? Would we all be bold in our endeavors, take whatever we want, do to others as we please, free of the burden of guilt holding us back? Does our conscience truly, as Hamlet asserts, make us hesitant to do the things we believe in the very depths of our souls are the right ones, though they may come at a heavy cost? Without it would we live in a world even more filled with vengeance and unrest?

Kader Attia just arrived home from a trip to the U.S. where he co-organized a seminar on the relation between the secular and the spiritual as related to trauma at U.C. Berkeley. Some of Attia’s work draws from Abel Gance’s critique of the Nazis and links this to the rise of darkness and fascism we see today. One question he tries to answer is, “what is the responsibility of being an artist in a society?” To hear his discussion of this, and much more, listen to the complete interview.

Maya M Workman is working on two projects at the moment. One is a play titled Ophelia Continues that she has been working on for many years and that will be read for the first time on November 3 before a premier in 2020. Workman also teaches creativity and critical thinking to young people. Next year she will teach in a completely new space in a cooperative school which Workman hopes will encourage families to encourage their children to learn creativity and develop critical thinking. To hear more about the play and the school where Workman will be teaching, as well as a discussion of her nonprofit, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

The complexity of humankind makes it impossible to know whether conscience comes from within or is constructed by society.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Kader Attia is reading Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness. Maya M Workman is reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Calling all design students, professionals and enthusiasts, Lexus has an opportunity for you. The Lexus Design Award 2020 asks that you “anticipate a challenge of the future, address that challenge with an innovative solution, and captivate the imagination with its exceptional design.” Six finalists will exhibit in NYC before heading to Milan Design Week. For more details and to submit your design, visit the website. Deadline is October 14.


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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

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