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Jan 7, 2012

Is that really just a bird?

Boy-Shaped Domestic Hunter-Killerbot
The US military is depending much more heavily on drones to kill overseas. It seems so simple, cheap and easy to pluck out specific enemies from some safe pod halfway around the world without risking soldier's lives. The US has lead the current arms race with miniaturizing warfare and developing frightening new tools to abuse our enemies like the shape-shifting predator blob.

Now 50 nations are developing drones of their own, including Iran, which was accidentally delivered one recently by the US. Within a few years our new death tools will be old news, shared round the world. Already drones can be hired by private parties. (How long will it be before your insurance company sends a drone fly to see if you are smoking?) Soon enough the monster we created will come to pay us a visit.

The most frightening development to me so far are the spy drones shaped like animals. As soon as the first one is deployed anywhere (it will be by the US military) that simple fact spells doom for many animals. What enemy faced with drones that look like birds will refrain from taking out any animal they see– just in case– from that moment on that they don't know personally?  Once the animals are wiped out from a war zone what will the military use to hide its death secret? Children seem the next logical answer, People persist in having children, even in wartime. They are protected by their innocence. And surely our enemy would not kill on sight a suspicious child as they would a strange bird!... But if you think moral considerations will prevent that, where's the prior proof?

Does it feel like we are slowly choking ourselves with our own fear? As long as we leave it to a money-soaked political system the fear-mongers and the corporate powers they enrich will rule the world. We the People, (99.9%) must take charge of our own future!
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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.