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Feb 5, 2010

Tim Holmes Night

The owner of Vienna's Pygmalion Theater and his wife- a dance professor at an acting school- has taken an interest in my work.  Turns out that tonight the theater is producing a performance called "Dancing Sculptures- Tim Holmes Meets Brecht".   I am shy about blowing my own horn but this is really cool and I can't help myself.  The performance– at $16 a ticket– is supposed to be a surprise for me, but since I am involved in the show and I just installed an exhibition in the lobby, a certain amount of information has been leaked.  (I still do not know which of my works I am to present and dress rehearsal is at 3:00!)  I know that along with dances to the poetry of Berthold Brecht there is to be a series of dances inspired by my sculptures.   Several of my Body Psalms films will be screened and the climax will be one of my choreographed pieces, "Shikibu's House" based on an ancient Chinese mystical poem.  Then there is to be a fashion show featuring some jewelry I've made recently for a special project for the Austrian Ministry of Commerce.

What's more, I have heard that the show will be presented for a week in March as well!  This is to be my 15 minutes of fame although technically I am apparently taking more than my share. Still this is a very cool thing.
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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.