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Apr 23, 2009

And the (nasty) word is...

This morning I realized something with great shock as I listened to the news in German.  As with any language in this time of globalization, there is a constant influx of foreign words that become part of everyday discourse.  In German the words that come from American culture stand out starkly; clear words poking up like islands amidst a sea of strange sounds: "das T-Shirt, das computer, das hot dog".   Even if you don't know which items from home have become international,  you can learn just by keeping your ears open.  

So it was with a cold chill that I heard in the language coming from the nation that gave us Hitler and the most brutal government in our memory, the line: "Der Ausschuss befasst sich mit Waterboarding."  Along with films, pharses, technical lingo that are unmistakable gifts from America, we now have an American torture technique with our unmistakable name on it. Thanks, Mr. Bush.

How wonderful it will be to once again feel my nation giving to the world words I can be proud to call American, like: democracy,dialog, dignity, respect!


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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.