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Jun 18, 2009

Art Salon- a roundtable experience of all things ART

We had our first Vienna Salon- an evening of artists and art lovers bringing artworks or art projects together to discuss them. The concept is at once a showcase for new ideas and a safe forum for bringing up anything having to do with art. I showed my first Body Psalms film (you can find it at: timholmestudio.com) and immediately the conversation hit fever pitch. This topic is really ripe for discussion- everybody has strong feelings about the value of the body!

In response to that we launched an online discussion forum. So please if you are interested at all, go there and enter the fray. (We are developing a website for the Body Psalms). Meanwhile there is much interest in more salons, of which we have planned three. If you live near Vienna and want to participate, let us know!
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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.