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Jun 10, 2009

Hit by a Bus

Finally the scenario I've always worried about comes to pass; I got hit by a bus this morning! Actually I was riding the tram at the time, watching as a bus tried to squeeze by us in a very narrow lane. The bus got closer and closer as it passed until the rear end scraped the side of the tram, not a centimeter from my elbow leaning on the windowsill! What's odd, everybody was aware and yet no one, not passengers, the drivers, NO ONE paid any attention. Like this happens all the time. But at least they gave me a good story to tell.

There are some really odd things about Austrian culture that I feel the need to share. They have food stores every couple of blocks- not huge supermarkets but small cozy ones. And the fridges are small, so you have to go shopping every few days. It's not unpleasant at all until you get to checkout, when suddenly the race is on: you bag your own food in your own bags while you are trying to pay. The clerk goes on scanning the next guy's items and flinging it down the same counter into your pile, as if you'd gone. This is universal!

Photo: This tower down by the Danube hosts Europe's longest bungie jump; the sign below it, however, actually refers to slippery sidewalks!
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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.