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Oct 22, 2009

Museum of Human Relationships

I am learning some fascinating things about Austrians that go a long way to explaining some of the cultural mysteries here. For example in regard to formality. Austrians are proud of their position as #1 in complexity of etiquette. They have protocols for things I cannot even imagine. As an indication of this pride, among the university faculty alone there is a kind of pecking order- a holdover from Imperial days- that manifests in 300+ titles- conferred in a string before one's name- which apparently place each person specifically along that hierarchy. I can imagine how there could be 300 serial divisions of a yardstick, but with a collection of humans, that division is quite beyond me. But that's because I am American and I believe in the basic equality of people. I bet anything that this qualification alone would place me, were I to join the faculty- at the very bottom.

For years I've had vague dreams about making a Museum of Human Relationships to display relationships that history has knocked out of evolution as obsolete (like slavery for instance). Such things should be lost but not forgotten, say I. Austrian Imperial Pecking Order seems like a good candidate for inclusion.
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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.