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Sep 12, 2012

Body Psalms: The Future Body, A multi-media art performance

Based on a series of award-winning short films, this performance explores the devaluation of the body in contemporary culture with a unique presentation of "sculptural poetry". This performance, involving 6 films, dance, comedy, a performing sculpture, chorus and other live events, compels viewers to see their own bodies in a new way.  Featured will be the world premier of the latest film in the series, entitled "Mirabai's Mountain", about an Indian mystic who sacrifices herself to her god.  This is the culmination of the 12-year Body Psalms project.

Artist:     Tim Holmes is the first American artist ever honored with a solo exhibition in the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where three of his works remain in the permanent collection. He is recognized for many international human rights projects and peace awards such as the U.N. Peace Prize for Women. Archbishop Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, President Vaclav Havel, and Coretta Scott King are among his notable collectors. Holmes has lectured and taught workshops around the country and in Europe. He believes that art is the medicine that will heal the world. 
This event was made possible by a Myrna Loy Center for the Artist's grant.  More info about the performance.

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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.