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Jan 15, 2009

Epiphany

Austrians love holidays and the Christmas season is crammed with them.  I don't but I suspect the Advent calendar may have been invented to keep them all straight.  Many of them are accompanied with rituals and festivals. 

So at Epiphany on Jan.6 I was not too surprised to see little packs of Kings combing the streets of the city. Each had four kids- three kings and a star– wearing Wise Men outfits.  In the evening one troupe came to our apartment and banged on the door.  There were the Kings!  One recited the meaning of their visit and then collected gifts: candy for themselves and money they raise for 3rd world relief projects.  Then they write the King's initials and the date over the door. This assures us good luck.  Thank God.
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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.