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Apr 11, 2010

Mid-City Wilderness

Returning from church I am amazed to cross one of Vienna's busiest shopping streets, Mariahilfestrasse, in near-quiet! The street has been blocked off for a marathon and it feels like a new place; cars are bannished and the street is left to the human beings, as if all the pets got loose at once!  I walk through the scene to continue to my apartment, but my body draws me back and I spend an hour walking down the normally dangerous traffic lane, following its gentle beckoning curve and listening intently.  The sounds are like that of nature, only this is the sound that people make.

The whole street is inviting.  The world is suddenly a gentle place.  There are no motors, only footsteps, soft voices, childern's cries echoing off the buildings and the tender sounds of the occasional runner's breathing.  I notice things that have never caught my attention.  The people all seem like my neighbors.   It is like listening to the pulse through a stethoscope, when all other sounds are blocked.  These are the sounds of the city lifeblood.   My body's suddenly at home.
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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.