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May 9, 2011

One Order of Cultural Taboos, Please!

I'm as glad to see bin Laden silenced as anyone. But still I'm embarrassed to see the degree of pleasure being expressed over an assassination. Now there's speculation about a weakness that we so far missed exploiting- bin Laden's young wife Amal, 24, who was at the compound, along with his other wives.  So far, Pakistan is refusing to let U.S. officials anywhere near Amal, now under guard in a hospital. Robert Grenier, a former Director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center says "There are cultural taboos that come up with women. They certainly wouldn't facilitate her interrogation by foreigners."

What does it say when a somewhat medieval Islamic culture is protecting their women from us?  WHAT? They won't let us tear this woman's mind open? Where is their dedication to anti-terrorism? Is this just sour grapes over what they've seen us do to their men? Don't they realize that we're a nation now enlightened by feminism?

And furthermore they site a cultural taboo in order to protect her. This is the thing that really creeps me out! The very last thing I want the women around me and around the world to start thinking, secretly in their quiet moments– even just a little bit– is "where can I get some of that?"
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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.