“Those roles which, being neither those of Hero nor Heroine, Confidante nor Villain, but which were nonetheless essential to bring about the Recognition or the dénouement, were called the Fifth Business in drama and opera companies organized according to the old style; the player who acted these parts was often referred to as Fifth Business.“

5th Business is an independent curatorial collective whose objective is to promote emerging and established artists through conceptually based exhibitions inspired by books, as well as those inspired by individual artist's bodies of work. 5th Business and 5th Business Projects was founded by Amy Morel and Edythe Wright in 2002.