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Steve Keen's Art Critique (Berlin Video)

Economist Steve Keen admittedly isn’t an art connoisseur. “I don’t know much about modern art,” Keen says. “But I know what I don’t like.”

With his acerbic wit and sharp mind, Keen is an ideal guide to the modern and performance art that was on display as part of INET’s recent annual conference in Berlin.

Our cameras followed Keen as he examined some of the more avant-garde pieces and offered his cogent economic take on each. Pointing, for example, to a bag of red sand slowly draining over a yellow plastic cone, he launches into an explanation of how “randomness gives you a pattern.”

Enjoy this enlightening discussion on the cross-section of art and economic thinking in this short video from INET’s annual conference in Berlin.