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Jan 1, 2011

On the Cusp of the Change

We are creatures fascinated with our own story. We obsess and fuss over our history like compulsive librarians, reviewing it over and over. I just watched on TV the dropping of the Times Square ball announcing the new year. Amazingly, that was followed by live footage of people holding up to the camera their cell phone recordings of the event we had just witnessed! Trying not to be alarmed, instead I chose to find it rather sweet. Perhaps this tendency is exemplified in the fact that the entire internet is backed up every few months, dwarfing the whole history of libraries in its doubling of its size every time. I don't claim to understand the reasons, but it at least appears to be a compulsion born of concern– love even– for the daily activity of humanity.

However.

Pivot that perspective around to our future story and almost all that visible concern vanishes. What becomes of that obsessive fixation? Why haven't we even a fraction of that concern for the future? If we did, wouldn't we spend some serious energy making sure the story to come unfolds nicely for our kids? Yet there is so little evidence of such! What gives– do we not really believe in a future? Or we blindly trust that someone will be in charge but we refuse to take responsibility? Instead we seem hell-bent on electing leaders who give cheap assurances in place of the real work of pursuing a bright future. The human experiment appears doomed!  Is it made so by simple lack of the one thing that brought us to the evolutionary peak: imagination?...So anyway what did you do for New Years?
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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.