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Oct 11, 2011

This Changes the Whole Meaning of Columbus Day!

It was really just a fluke that it happened on Columbus Day, but in doing some serious study in Thomas Laqueur's Making Sex yesterday I read what Columbus discovered that surprised me a great deal more than the continent I inhabit.  And that is... the clitoris!  OK, truth is it was a different explorer on a different continent, the Italian physician Renaldus Columbus. But still it's remarkable… he claimed in 1559 that he had found the center of women's delight! No doubt women everywhere were overjoyed to hear about it!

Just think, all those millennia of ignorance suddenly shattered by the devoted explorations of a tireless adventurer selflessly pushing forward the frontiers of the knowledge of mankind! Unfortunately we don't have any record of what Columbus's wife thought of it, but don't you imagine that she was bursting with pride (or something) when at age 43 he published his findings? That is, if she wasn't busy.

I wonder what else we clever men could discover if we poked around in the right places?
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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.