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Nov 27, 2009

Great European ideas

I have been living here for a year and I have collected many things I do and don't miss.  I haven't had a soda in a year, which I don't miss.  (Popcorn and pumpkin pie is another thing entirely!)  Besides finding some weird ideas– like having your dog tote the sausages, or that Austrians are very health-conscious but everybody smokes!– there are some great ideas too, that deserve to spread around the world.  Many are well-known like tiny cars and free health care.  Here are a few of my faves:

  • Hiking concerts- hike through the countryside from one stage to the next!
  • Secure city lost-and-found bins for deposit of any kind of found item.
  • Windows that hinge in two directions, opening at the side or the top.
  • Night power- a cheaper electric rate at night, when demand is never at peak load. 
  • Frequent recycling bins on the street, for clothing and shoes too!
  • Small instant water heaters for each delivery point- fast and flexible.
  • Cobblestone paving over utilities- allowing street repairs to be DONE when they are done.
  • Mud playgrounds for kids (OK OK, but the kids love it!)
  • Internet sticks- take access with you!
  • Toilets with adjustable flush- a thing I wish everybody in Las Vegas had!
  • Paths cut into public plazas for blind people to follow.  I wanna try it out! Hey buddy can I borrow your cane?
  • Hammock park- a city park full of big hammocks slung between the trees!    And my favorite...
  • An Alzheimer's residential house that is completely decked out like the 60's.  This is a capital idea! 
I'd tell more but it's time for the Ed Sullivan show.
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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.