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Jul 29, 2011

Free the Hostages!

It is painful to witness our beloved democratic system dragged to the verge of collapse, and all without the slightest threat from outside! The debt crisis appears to be nothing but an adolescent temper tantrum ballooned to a ridiculous scale. It looks like the conservatives who led us into two in-and-out wars (Bush) or that "deficits don't matter" (Cheney) all the while handing out tax cuts for the rich, now don't want to pay for any of it (surprise!. Even though liberals fought like hell against those they at least still feel we need to pay our bills, even foolish ones. But I'm afraid the news is worse– that this political charade is only a decoy to distract us from the real action.

It is clear that large corporations and the wealthy– particularly the super-wealthy– have been making off with all the fat of the land since Reagan. Now that they also own most of the media they can also control the conversation, turning our attention toward party politics and away from income disparity. It looks to me like the US has become a "plutarchy" with a great PR campaign trumpeting democratic ideals. Now that the Supreme Court has blessed corporations as legal "persons" we know what "power to the people" really means to this elite. (If you don't believe me, what visible hand decided that fat people can't run for president?)

History will not be fooled, however. Once the richest 1% have total control of the nation they can even drop the pretense without consequence, just like the feudal lords they resemble. But history will favor the people's will. The real question is, will people KNOW their own will? If we are content living miserable lives nurtured with a weak education system but frosted with sparkling entertainment, that's not likely. But if we continue to think and talk and dream together, we the people (real persons) will prevail...So I hope.
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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.