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May 8, 2010

Serious Hobby

I met a remarkable young engineer who has an unusual hobby.  I was astonished to hear him say that he goes to live theater almost every night.  Meaning almost EVERY NIGHT!  In the last two years he has seen 700 productions!  This is Vienna, but still that's not easy.  I was astonished.  Certainly he must be a theater critic on the side.  No, he just likes it.  So he must come from a long line of actors.  "No", he explained patiently, "I just like it!  Some like to read or watch TV; I like to go to the theater". (And he has figured out how to get very cheap tickets).  Recently he journeyed to Hamburg because he heard they have lots of good theater there.  When I asked about the Vienna offerings his remarks were very informed for a hobbyist.  I'm lobbying for him to write a theater blog. 

Meanwhile, just in time for my departure, he tells me that you don't have to pay the customery €150 ($200)  ticket price to see an opera.  There are some state theaters that offer standing room tickets for as little as €3!  Well worth the tired feet.  (And another point for socialism).  So I finally saw an opera in Vienna.  I think I need a new hobby.
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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.