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Jan 9, 2009

Our village

One thing I just love: Vienna is full of little private shops, like the US used to have in the old days.  Every neighborhood has its small grocery or market and everyone goes shopping every few days for a bag or two of food.  It seems like you can hardly go a few blocks without seeing both a bakery and a lingerie shop.  What?  Are the Austrians really so hard on their skivies? My best guess is that somewhere there is a very popular step-by-step How–To on starting your own business that begins:  "Say you want to open an underwear store..."

This is a pretty good neighborhood. (The photo is our tram stop) . It's only two blocks to the bakery, bank and grocery, but we have to go 5 or 6 to get the latest in knickers.  Fortunately, public city transport is very civilized.  Once you buy a pass catching a conveyance is not only fairly rapid, but free- just jump on and off, even for only a couple blocks!  Most streets are tiny and friendly - as if built for people instead of cars!  So when you drive– as I just did for the first time– it's not only harrowing but probably the slowest way to get around.

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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.