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Nov 5, 2010

The Real Ghouls Among Us

"Core of the Earth", oil
In January the Supreme Court gave corporations official status as "persons" in the law.  They were quick to reap all the advantages.  What seems strangely invisible– very strangely– is that they have been given none of the responsibilities and there is little call for that to happen.  We have allowed our culture to become one where corporations act like organized crime gangs and can take whatever they like (natural resources) at whatever cost (human, social  and environmental destruction of all kinds), while passing the consequences onto the populace.

BP is again turning a profit only 6 months after killing 11 people, destroying local economies and maiming the gulf ecologically for generations.  If you or I did that we'd be in prison for a long time.  We would not stand for an individual murderer to be back to their normal lives of raking in wealth 6 months after a crime of that magnitude.  Not so a corporation,  which as a "person" is totally devoid of a moral soul– a zombie.  We have created monsters.

Now I fear there is no stopping them.  If a multinational has no limits, no responsibilities, and can invisibly influence elections with impunity it will soon grow beyond the scope of the greatest nations– many are now larger than small nations– and overtake the earth like a parasite.  If (when) they find a need to go to war, say with a government they couldn't control (think North Korea, but with real power) they have the ability to command any power they need to prevail.  Is there any difference between that and a world-wide coup by Nazis or Al Qaida or the Mafia or any other evil you can name?
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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.