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Jan 16, 2010

The Other Side of Freedom

We in the west have a hard time seeing the downside of what we call freedom.  I never thought about this before until I hear this story. 

I stayed for a couple days with a Hungarian pediatrician who told me about life under soviet communism.  One thing she shared was the time she and a number of other easter block physicians were invited to present at a conference in West Berlin.  Of course they had to receive special permission from their governments to go to the west.  There they were received  graciously however they seemed to disappear mysteriously at mealtimes.

Turns out that the eastern doctors were “sneaking” back over into East Berlin, an image that seems ludicrous to westerners who think our system so attractive!  It was because they simply could not afford to eat in the west!  As much as we love to love our capitalism we almost always forget that many of our “freedoms” only apply to the privileged.
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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.