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Aug 20, 2010

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The Great Montana Sinkhole, oil, Tin Holmes

One problem with the free market is that as a guiding principle it is no better than that of nature.  We have spent 30,000 years developing civilization– rich with religions and law, poetry and song, culture and tradition– to lift us out of the animal arena.

Freedom of choice is a treasure our progenitors won for us at unimaginable sacrifice, the fruit of building a civilization based on individual equality and liberty, ideals unattainable in nature.  Such is the ever-upward calling of humanity toward a higher purpose; remaking ourselves in the image of God.

However, the private powers that have taken control of this world have seduced us into a religion of the market, reducing that freedom into mere personal preference. "You can have it any way you like it".  Thus have we by default reduced a fabulously rich and unbelievably expensive culture formed for the refinement of all humanity to one guided by and for mere personal preference, essentially built according to what the market demands. Incredibly, we have allowed these powers– eagerly and blindly, mind you– to replace almost all arenas of public life- politics, law, journalism, even art and religion for God's sake,– with entertainment.  Which is simply another way of containing the animals.

Without a guiding principle that overarches personal preference, civilization cannot move forward.  Politicians are corporate puppets.  Journalism is toothless.  Unions are near-dead.  The church is nearly emasculated.  And with them go the light of constitutions, the search for truth, universal dignity and morality.  By what guiding principle are we forming the future?

Shall we take a poll?
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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.