Make/Work Episode 23: Katherine Ball

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In episode 23 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with the artist/activist Katherine Ball. Ball’s work happens at the intersection of anti-capitalism, environmental issues, and social justice issues. For the last several years, she has traveled the world helping out, learning from, teaching and connecting creative resistance communities.

Ball speaks with Scott about the importance of the “yes” and the “no” and the poetry in creative activism.

The poetry [in activism] is really important to getting people to look or think or be engaged.

Listen to Episode 23 (and subscribe to Make/Work) now in iTunes. Or get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term. New episodes will be released every other Thursday.


Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at http://www.scottpinkmountain.com/. More from this author →