Jan 12, 2010
Christmas in Vienna
This church has a strange structure- a long, thin gothic church, second oldest in Vienna, build in the 12th century on the site of an earlier church. Its apse and choir don't align with the nave, making the whole thing off-kilter. It also has a almost unique 7-sided tower. The church was almost demolished after Napolean's troops moved on– they used it as a stable– but here it stands, thank God. [Somebody did shovel it out though. Thank God!] Anyway we attended a mass in French but also in the cold. You could see everyone's breath! It was not quite an hour's miserable experience, but certainly an ascetic one. (I've never had to warm my hands over devotional candles before). Still, I loved it!
Tim Holmes Studio
- 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
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.