|Nina as a teen, in the 1890's|
May 21, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
|"Who Gives All Gifts", by Tim Holmes (detail)|
Last night I attended a symposium about AI development I've been working for months to implement. It was a great community meeting and I heard a lot of talk about the smoothness and sophistication and dreams of a human future. But I couldn't shake the feeling that most all the debate about technology and humanity ––not just here but across the globe––simply refers to the capacity of human enterprise. At what point does the conversation turn to the purpose of human life? Do we even think about that any more now that we have defused communal spiritual forces among us like the social influence of religion? There seems to be an underlying assumption that the quest for greater capacity is unquestioningly worthwhile and valid. We're caught in a blind rush to greater efficiency without deeper examination. When do we stop to wonder if increasing capacity is really worthwhile? When a new device appears that allows you to eat your dinner twice as fast or to answer 100 emails a minute, will you be able to ask "Does this benefit me or just feed my assumption that capacity is all there is?" Does a mad rush into technology make us leave behind our joy in being alive?
I believe we in the first world have largely passed the point where greater efficiency truly helps. But we're so fixated on 'progress' that we're unaware of its effects. The joys of human fulfillment seem to have been lost in a struggle for results at ever-greater speed. The business world seems to me mostly fixated on transforming nature into money, individuals on becoming more efficient consumers, and communities on attracting and fostering those impulses. Where is the attention to the question of WHY? We are each left to determine the meaning of life for ourselves with little discussion and almost no attention paid to the quality of life that makes life worth living!
I hope you can seize the courage (yes, I find it difficult myself) to look at every "benefit" presented––faster internet, a brand new item, a faster, cheaper, easier anything that comes along–– and seriously think about whether it just feeds a heartless desire for 'more' or it truly brings joy and makes your life more fulfilling.
Apr 6, 2017
|In Merida: drawing in the dark- a favorite pastime.|
Unfortunately, the discourse in my nation has not helped straighten me out. I know that my assumptions are shared by many in the US who hear nothing but bad news in the press about Mexico (and many other nations!) and expecially from our hater-in-chief president who calls Mexicans "rapists", but in a last ditch effort to appear reasonable, adds "I assume some are good people". I had to own an unfotunate fear of Mexico because all I hear in the press is stories of drug murders and illegal immigrants fleeing economic oppression and nothing else from my environment disagrees.
There is a great danger in being disconnected from reality in any form. While I can't really blame myself for following the assumptions of my fellows, I should know enough to be skeptical about forming opinions without solid evidence. What have I missed as a result? The world is full of creative, loving, vibrant people making their lives better. It shows if you really look! I hope I've learned a valuable lesson.
Feb 17, 2017
In a culture that splashes on sexy sauce to sell everything from cars to internet services to the state of Israel (really!) that does seem like an affront. In the spirit of the Trans Pacific Partnership, I can imagine corporations suing such women for destroying their right to profit from women's flesh. How dare a woman privatize her own sexuality! (For the irony-deficient that's satire.)
As hard as it is for us to step outside of our own cultural conditioning, I encourage us to try. There is a critical difference between the sexual and the beautiful body. For example, among plains Indians cultures there was a tradition that if you had a beautiful body it was your duty to share it with the tribe as a thing of beauty. (Let me put this in context- the women wore pretty modest clothing, so this expectation most likely referred to men's bodies. Also, in a culture that is not so sexualized as our own, this would not be seen in a context of sex, but of beauty. Can we wrap our heads around that?)
Whether or not our culture recognizes it, there is a crucial difference between sex and beauty! They do often coincide, but distinguishing the difference helps us to appreciate both more honestly. Recognizing and discussing that difference would carry us a long way toward a healthier culture.
Jan 31, 2017
|"Hitler as an Old Man", by Tim Holmes|
I've often wondered what it must have felt like to be in the court of King Henry VIII or any of a hundred egotistical kings and dictators that plowed shamelessly through history. Now I think I can feel it. It's not so much the brash and infantile behavior we know these truncated people exhibit––the kind of shallow idiocy people like Kim Jong Il are incapable of rising above––to me what's so alarming is the painful acquiescence we see in those around them. We know that powerful narcissists surround themselves with yes men, but you figure there's got to be at least a few reasonable humans among them who are simply overwhelmed by the corrupting and irresistible force of being close to power.
I was heartened to hear folks like Speaker Ryan say banning Muslims has no place in the Republican Party. But the party is not over yet, and Repubs are flocking to endorse this ban, apparently (giving them the benefit of significant doubt) against their better judgment. These are clearly leaders too weak to resist the lure of power, a sign of having conveniences where their convictions should be!
I believe wholeheartedly that the resilient and compassionate human spirit will prevail in the end. I only hope that the US doesn't have to be dragged through yet another stinking chapter of history like McCarthyism before we are reminded that yes, we do have a sense of decency!
Jan 14, 2017
|San Jose Creek has never run for many decades.|
The San Jose Creek empties at Monastery Beach, just two miles south of our family house, on one of the most popular stretches of the entire west coastline. It's not like I alone discovered this, Columbus-like, I'm sure that some scientists and officials know all about the creek and its vagaries, but if the watershed expert was stumped, that tells me it's news. Furthermore, it's not just a creek, but all the days I watched it was too big to wade across at its shallowest where it empties on the beach!
We are blessed to live at a time where we've finally outgrown much of the blind consumptive approach to nature that humanity has cultivated (and still rules the chambers of power, I'm afraid!) So my hope is that there is enough public support to preserve this treasure and its waters in the midst of a state with a thirst crisis. Currently steelhead trout, a sensitive species, are being reintroduced to this and nearby waters, which I hope the government is monitoring for preservation. Hopefully we slow humans have finally realized that we depend on a healthy world if we are to survive. Now the question is will we?
Jan 7, 2017
|From "Random Gifts of Art", ink by Tim Holmes|
While Basic Income is no cure-all, it proceeds from a reality of modern life that we've yet to acknowledge: there's enough material comfort now for everyone, but with automation, not enough jobs to provide income. Basic Income proceeds out of the idea of abundance, that everyone is valuable and deserves a small stipend for doing nothing at all but being alive. With most all workers being outsourced by robots in coming years, paying jobs will vanish. So what is an unemployed humanity to do?
Basic Income would force us to grow up and value humans for their authentic gifts instead of the work they produce, which is how we rightly value machines. Social competition teaches us to hate slackers, but in an age of unemployment that becomes meaningless. We'll outgrow that childish attitude as we become aware that people have inherent differences that really do sometimes call for differences in accommodation. Basic Income would not only replace that but would give everyone a chance to work toward their own personal dreams rather than simply stave off social poverty. We'd best be thinking about how to survive in a world without broad employment! Here is a great place to start the conversation. Add your comments below.
Dec 14, 2016
|"We are the Mirror", by Tim Holmes|
The second troubling item I keep returning to is the dizzying feeling that we are quickly and unconsciously leaving the human-centered era that has characterized at least 50,000 years of history. What a squinty-eyed reading of recent AI developments shows me is an assurance that without a conscious human intention to hang on to what is unique and spectacular about humanity, the forces of evolution––in this case driven by machine goals––will push us inexorably into extinction as we become increasingly "inefficient" to dominant purposes. By "us" I mean biological humanity, as opposed to the transhuman cyborgs of the quickly-emerging future. And even this distinction is going to become more prevalent as the great majority of humans simply follow the crowd into a more 'efficient' future; while the few of us proudly traditional bio humans mourn the passing of those etherial qualities that make our lives so rich: the distinctions between outcome and process, progress and purpose, happiness and joy, doing and being, simulating aliveness and inhabiting aliveness!
The hidden goals that underlie the self-learning AI revolution, which as this article points out are strikingly similar to human learning patterns, will have their own effect on evolution. But whereas we now recognize such purpose, in the future both the purpose and the effective trajectory of our evolution will become invisible and even undiscoverable! While now a tiny number of individuals indeed have seized this God-like agency over our future, humanity as a species is rapidly losing both awareness of and control over our own destiny! Now is the time to contemplate what it means to be human and decide if we are going to act, or just relax and fall into the abyss...
Nov 30, 2016
The election is alarming for some, gratifying for others. But all must recognize that this is a new era. Our new leader will always be able to dog-whistle us into separate camps, but let's not be distracted from the underlying change in our psyche that this represents: we have entered the era of anti-responsibility, and this reality will rule every bit of our future!
Imagine for a moment that you live in a representative democracy, where each person actually gets one vote equal to every other, regardless of age or circumstance. Government reflects the will of the people and life is at least egalitarian if not Utopian. Now let's say that there is a population explosion, pushing the average age into the teens. You would expect more laws like relaxing regulations on sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now let's say this causes another population explosion and the average age further decreases. Soon early bedtime, vegetables and school attendance are made optional. You see where I'm headed. If this becomes your legal reality, how does an adult––one who understands the wisdom of responsibility––respond?
Obviously, there are consequences to refusing responsibility. A kid can get away with it because the adults are in charge of the kid's interface with the real world, slowly giving the kid more freedoms as she takes more responsibility, thus proving she's increasingly capable of staying alive. But when kids rule, we get Lord of the Flies. When the concept of responsibility is dethroned, some of us––and eventually none of us––really have to grapple with the inconveniences of reality. If you are poor you can always find some con man who will sign you up for a credit card. Without a sense of responsibility you never really have to pay, you just keep mortgaging the future, which buys a little time, but brings the deadline closer and closer.
Faced with some very serious problems, we have collectively and officially decided to sidestep responsibility and take the easy way out. This leads from carelessly popping bonbons while watching our credit score plummet, to fixing the date of our future extinction by plastering over that date a picture of bliss. If the bill ever comes due (it will, but for now let's just eat, drink and be merry!), there is always the fun way out: a drug overdose. Why not? Why do we ever have to pay the piper when there is an easier way out? This is the psyche of a child. And we have accepted it. This now is our future.
The choice is stark: do we become the adults (the bad cop) and try to call our fellows to responsibility? Or do we simply throw up our hands a join the party? As each person jumps ship, the load becomes heavier for those who remain. At some point the burden of responsibility (acknowledgment of our being in relationship) simply becomes too great and the last few adults collapse under the pressure. Then it's a free-for-all over the cliff of extinction.
I truly believe this is where we are. We have a small window of opportunity to call the human family to full responsibility. but we can only do that by calling every attempt to postpone payment for what it is: a threat to us all. We have to acknowledge that we are always in relationship––with each other, our peers, other nations, nature and reality. There is no alternative. We must protect the environment, human rights, democracy, fiscal and moral responsibility and we haven't a moment to lose. The alternative is psychosis. Death will be easy, and in fact fun! Survival will be beautiful and meaningful, and the doorway to a wide open future, but it will be very hard work for everyone. This is our choice.
Nov 23, 2016
|World War I, or Standing Rock? You tell me.|
If you read this account of the protest (or just about any other) and replace the words "pipeline" with "gold", this could be the account of the conquistadors of the 16th century marching across the new world, or the slaughter of these protestor's ancestors with the gold rush onslaught. What could be more stark than this snapshot: the ragged remnants of our indigenous peoples struggling to keep their last little shred of land free from further exploitation in the face of an empire marching mechanically into the heart of their nation to extract the last vestiges of valueable resources, oblivious to their cries? If any one of us faced the destruction of our cemetaries and water source would we not be on that bridge taking those bullets? Of course the stolen gold is all gone, but a pipeline would move the gold extracted from other more distant victims home more quickly, home to the coffers of the king.
All this is happening under the benevolent reign of Obama, the most compassionate leader we've had in decades. But it's not his fault. It's not the fault of the companies that do our bidding, the figureheads of Manifest Destiny, Inc. This is who we are in the world. This is US, the empire! Now, finally, we must stand up and identify ourselves. There is no more hiding behind the curtain.
But after that––after we have shown our identity––then we have the chance to change. Let's hope it's not too late. A change of heart when the resources are all gone––then or now–– is not going to fool anyone.
Nov 14, 2016
Of course the world is going to be shocked; we expected that. And of course we are very quickly going to try to refute the disgusting charges they pitch at us. We are not really like that at all, it was just posturing for the camera. But the evidence is right there, and––like a sobering morning after––we have to admit that it was us who caused all this to happen. So now what is our response?
Hopefully we will take our portrait seriously and accept responsibility for our actions (I'm with Trump on this one: I am suddenly very tempted to blame the election result on fraud!!) But now we are forced to step up to the witness box. It is incumbent upon us to prove to the world and to history (our grandchildren) that this was all a mistake and this is not actually who we are. Yes, we know about all the incriminating evidence and apparently we really did do the crime. But really; this is not our authentic selves! In fact, we are now going to prove it to you all once and for all, in no uncertain terms! And we are going to do that by...
Nov 9, 2016
|"Sculpted Camp Path", oil by Tim Holmes|
Any society faces real problems and has to produce workable solutions. The alternative is extinction. This is exactly the situation we are in. If we don't learn that we are one, that both sides need to provide nourishment, the solutions are crucial we too will go the way of all things. God be with us!
Oct 29, 2016
|"Whose Desire Turns", by Tim Holmes|
Oct 21, 2016
It's clear that Trump will lose the election, but we fool ourselves if we think this will be the end of the fever! The bigger question for me is: why has our society coughed up this particular image? This phenomenon represents about 30% of the populace that resonates with Trump's infintile psychology. This represents an enormous suthoritarian demographic among us, plenty enough to spawn a Nazi rerun. Something is going to happen and it won't be pretty. We have to accept the fact that as a nation we have this monster inside us and it will emerge one way or another.
I recently came across a cogent article that explains the Trump phemomena better than anything else I've read as a divide between rural and urban worldviews. It's quite sobering, really. Blue collar workers across the US are dumped out of the economy as the world shifts away from the traditional concept of "work". But the vast majority of the rural-minded are not really thinking abut solutions, they are reacting to the trauma they experience. So that frustration and fear is going to manifest in one way or another. Let's hope the Democrats or some more thoughtful institution can start telling the truth about the real problems that we face! The only future scenario that doesn't involve massive violence is going to be some means of broad social support. The best I've seen is Basic Income, a means of supporting human beings while most all work is done by machines. What's wrong with a solution like that? I think it's one we can all agree on, but we must first lose our fears. Let's hope we can do that before the Trump mobs go on a rampage!
Oct 15, 2016
|Luiz Alberto Araujo was excecuted by development forces.|
He paused for several days at my studio when he heard of a sudden crisis back home. I watched in astonishment as he worked remotely to save a piece of wetland that was being threatened by commercial development. He and his team of 15 volunteer experts were finally able to save this very sensitive area through sheer intimidation of a powerful company by the threat of exposing the truth of their illegal tactics. The one condition of their surrender was that he keep the incident secret. (He gave me permission to write this very edited version after an hour of removing the slightest indicators of his identity).
This is a guy who several years ago was working on a similar case when he and his research partner had the tires of their car shot out by a pursuing pair on a motorcycle. The car crashed and the thugs pulled them both into the road, pointed guns at their heads and said, "What's the last thing you're going to do with your life?" He replied "I'd like to speak with my mother!" There must have been enough humanity in his reply to cause the thugs to race away, leaving them bleeding but alive. He says, "For some reason the guys didn't shoot us. I don't know any other story of any other environmentalist that had this luck."
Yesterday provided a tragic case in point when he texted me from Utah to say, "You remember I told you that I cannot return to one city in south of Pará in Brazil? Yesterday two guys in a motorcycle shot an friend of mine an environmentalist. He was municipal secretary of environment of Altamira, another city of Para." Luiz Araujo had received death threats because of his efforts to stop deforestation in the region. (Here is the story. A British one.) One of the suspected financiers of this activity is a deputy in the Brazilian congress, now brought into power as a consequence of the coup this summer, which few Americans seem to know about.
Those of us in the first world blithely go about our lives blessed with easy access to a market flooded with the cheapest stuff on earth. We know things are bad elsewhere but we don't ask questions about where our stuff comes from or what policies support our consumption. This is what is left behind. I do worry about my friend. Thank God for the people like him that work silently for the future of our sometimes incredibly stupid species. As he told me yesterday, "I was so lucky!"
Oct 4, 2016
In fact, it's hard to imagine what–if anything–was going on inside the heads of the corporate executives. Could it be that they are so used to getting away with crimes that they really didn't think about the wisdom of using attack dogs on an encampment of peaceful protestors? If anyone had thought about it I'm sure they would have recognized this as a suicidal move. Now the company and its parent company, Energy Transfer, are squirming in the international spotlight. But ironically, this attack happened exactly 150 years after another against these same people, when the US army massacred more than 300 people. Oops.
This is not just another protest by the disenfranchized, this one is a great symbol of US dynamics today. The political landscape is clearly delineated. The corporations get preferential treatment, like elite citizens in an autocracy. Our unfortunate history is one of slaughtering the disposessed (like the Native Americans who welcomed our ancestors) to gain resources. It has taken me most of my life to learn the sad truth about the US. We were all taught about "America, land of the free", but the history we learned was carefully edited to make our nation look great. Now it is becoming clear that this whitewashes a very embarrassing story. Yes, we are improving, that is the good news! We no longer slaughter the Indians that get in the way of the resources we want. But the US has yet to learn to honor human beings. If you stick around long enough, you will recognize when you too are on the receiving end of the dogs. It happens a lot more than we know. As a nation we've graduated from slaughter to mere stealing through coersion. Is that really the best we can do?
Aug 30, 2016
|"Looking Forward", charcoal by Tim Holmes|
Once wealthy players have a grip on treaties, then infiltrating courts, governments and even educational systems are just a matter of details. Without some means of limiting the power of pirates through some sort of human-based international law, the strong will win, just like in any competative system. What is being created is a world of slavery. (We can already see this in the worldwide explosion in income inequality. I see much concern about this and no action! Even Obama, mysteriously, is touting the TPP, though he's being sued through it. Is that suspicious or is it just me?)
Can we stop it? Yes, that is what universal human rights is about, constructing intstitutions based on human beings' needs. But once we lose the human as the center of value and raise money or even efficiency to prominence, all bets are off and the strong (criminal greed) will ultimately win. One idea to build a system that allows humans to survive. That's what my vision of a Democratic Globe is meant to answer. Any others out there?
Aug 9, 2016
Decades ago my experience in the art world was that businesses were run by humans and pretty much did what they said they would do; any mistake was quickly rectified. Then over the years my success with honest galleries diminished to the point where I finally abandoned the prospect of working in the art business because the chances of honesty had become so small. Case in point: just this year the one gallery that is not actively screwed me over (after selling quite well for several years) seems to be dark most of the time and the owner has been arrested for breaking and entering. This is not a comment on the state of the whole world perhaps. But I do find it extremely curious. (Am I a fool or a tolerant Christian for not storming in with the police to seize my work?)
Jul 26, 2016
|Metaphysical Map: "Searching for the Foundations of the Universe"|
Jul 8, 2016
|"Salome Acts", by Tim Holmes|
A simple itch speaks a simple phrase. I'm at once compelled to put my long-nailed hand to its task. As reaching around and feeling inside my shirt the path to my skin, every attempt feels good at the start– a step in the right direction! But suddenly it's quite impossible. I'm scratching an itch with a string quartet!
Because, as it happens, this is not a normal itch. It is the slight trembling from the terror of being fully alive.
Perhaps this is the tune to which we all dance: trying to match our clumsy steps to the music that pulses within us, while desperately trying to make it look effortless and intentional. Surely I don't just dance alone...
Where is that clear path and where the perfect tool to finally scratch that itch to satisfaction?
Jun 27, 2016
Bicycles in Copenhagen - We arrived in Copenhagen at night. This is one of many Scandinavian cities known for its bicycle traffic. There are bike lanes everywhere and they are well-used, reducing car traffic by unimaginable amounts. But I was astonished to see many bicyclists racing around in the inner city without helmets and wearing black clothes! I don't know how many of them die, but it says to me that they are pretty confident about not being plowed over by cars.
One lovely day we registered for the "CityBike" program, where you can take one of hundreds of bikes stationed all over town. You enter your membership number in a kiosk, remove a bike from the rack, and cycle whereever you want. Then when you're done you can locate a station, return the bike to a rack and be on your way. It's not only a great system, but the bike you get is a wonder! It not only has a GPS device and a screen that shows you your location, shows your route, nearby attractions and locates drop-off stations, but when you start pedaling an electric motor kicks in, making pedaling nearly effortless! All for a very few $ per hour! What a concept!
Bathrooms - As soon as I hit European soil I knew we were not in Kansas any more. I entered the bathroom at the airport and there behind the men's urinals was a woman calmly swabbing the floor. I soon discovered this was not uncommon. It didn't freak me out to have a woman in the men's room as long as she knew where she was, but obviously this is normal in Europe, a practice that would drive some Americans appopleptic. At the Brody Studio–where we performed in Budapest–we found a very reasonable solution to the bathroom issue: a unisex bathroom for everybody, built just like a woman's bathroom. Except for us confused Americans, it's a great system; all are accepted here except for any inappropriate sexual paranoia, which seems to rule only far-away places like North Carolina.
We also saw a great design at a public park in Vienna, where the porta-potty-sized toilet was a big stainless bowl with a seat that folds over it. Then after you flush you push a button and wash your hands over the same bowl. Hey, as long as it's clean, it makes for a very efficient machine!
Cobblestones - I'm amazed that in our age there are still billions of cobblestones making up the streets and sidewalks of Europe. Essentially these are hand-made streets, as each stone must be set into place by a person. This not only makes for very snappy street repairs as the paving can be replaced quickly, but the effect is very beautiful. Of course it makes for a rougher surface, but I also hear that studies show that walking on cobblestones is better for the brain! Apparently the minor adjustments needed to walk on the surface keep the brain in good shape.
I asked a fellow I sat next to on the bus about how cobblestones can still be justified. He said "Well, it sure keeps a lot of people employed." That I thought was a very generous answer, rather than, "More damn tax money down the drain!"
Constant Elevator - We saw one door-less elevator (on its weekend day of rest) that when it's working constantly moves, one up, one down. When the elevator hits your floor level you step on and it glides you to your new floor where you step off. Yes, it takes coordination but most of us are probably not going to decapitate ourselves (and really, what fun!) I don't think such a dangerous concept would survive for a week in letigious America, where I came back to see an innocent beachball with one whole panel taken up by warnings! God, I'd forgotten the world is so dangerous!
Windows - I'm not sure why in America we don't adopt the very clever European window design. There many of the new windows have two sets of hinges. If you turn the handle down, the window swings open to the side. Turn the handle up and the top opens up, hinging on the bottom. for ventilation. Even some doors work this way, so you can walk out, or–as we did on occasion– you lock the place up but leave the door open at the top for ventilation: secure and open at the same time.
Snogging - British expression for French kissing! (Sounds like something salamanders do). Who'd-a-thought?
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 20, 2016
|It's funny. Until you think about it.|
Oh, and now it's more like 13 years!
Meanwhile, some are working to smooth our integration with robots. RoboPsych is a website dedicated to easing the human/robot interface. If you haven't had much interaction with robots, we are all going to experience this a great deal in the next few years. This week I was interviewed by RoboPsych's founder, Tom Guarriello that was podcast on the website. Our discussion was somewhat rambling (as interviews often go) but I got across most of the main points I wanted that much of the danger we face is hidden. I won't go into it here, but essentially the greatest danger doesn't emanate from the machines but from our own underestimated vulnerabilities in interacting with them. Tom is more optimistic than I about the future, but we really need open discussions like this to come to a real understanding.
To that end I'm helping sponsor a symposium, “Tech Tsunami: Preserving the Human”, also sponsored by the Montana Universities, which will be presented at Carroll College, Helena, MT, Oct. 28-30, featuring some AI giants. It will be geared to the general public, not experts, with the intention of involving a greater number of people in the discussion of what it means to be human and what kind of future we will build for ourselves. If we don't participate, one day the robots will simply take their place at the controls. It's up to us.
Apr 4, 2016
|"Celli", crayon, by TIm Holmes|
Mar 18, 2016
There are only 10⁸⁰ atoms in the universe, but about 10¹⁷⁰ board positions in Go. "That means that if there were as many parallel universes as there are atoms in our universe (!), then the total number of atoms in all those universes combined would be close to the possibilities on a single Go board", says Scott Santens. This is the creep of the machine silently mastering the human universe. Sure, robots can't start a fire in the woods without matches (yet) but learning itself is rapidly falling before the overwhelming processing power of "thinking" machines. We're not likely to be alarmed until it's too late to do anything.
Machine learning and the approach of the AI will happen with lighting speed. Take a moment here to experience what that is like. We should all be preparing for our jobs to be made obsolete in the next year or two. So then how will you spend the rest of your life, once work is only for machines? What will human life be about? Will you still be glad to be alive? These are the crucial questions, and they need our immediate attention. [I'm working on launching a public symposium on these questions to take place at Carroll College next Oct. I'll post the dates when they're solid.]
Tim Holmes Studio
- I'm a sculptor/filmmaker
living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution
of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and
interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a
capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical
cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future
I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.
For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.