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Nov 26, 2008

Local timing

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and we are celebrating by going down to the visa office! This is one of the few holidays that Austrians don't feel the need to close up shop and go to the Heuriger so we have to get business done. (This is one- they signal when the wine is ready by hanging greens out the window!) But unless I am immediately deported as a consequence, we are headed to Hungary for Thanksgiving (effectively deporting myself. I should tell them that). Actually, although I still think of this as being a major excursion to Eastern Europe, it is a shorter trip than driving to the next big town in Montana! There is a spa there that Claudia's friends know where we can soak in hot baths and have people rub us down with something- potatoes or mud or something equally nutricious. It will be great! I'll try to take pictures. If I can lift my hand.
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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 together.

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.