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Nov 13, 2012

Living Together

Lovers Across the World. Digital painting by Tim Holmes
As the smoke clears after the US election, it becomes increasingly apparent that the exclusive club of old white men can no longer rule by themselves. Rats! Just when I was getting old enough to be included!

Whatever your politics, you have to accept that the world is getting smaller. National boundaries dissolve, more people have personal experience in more than their home countries, and kids no longer live in the same time zone as their parents. Much as we love our own tribe we have to crawl out of the cave to the realization that our neighbors will be increasingly different from ourselves as we mix into a colorful melange. In her book The New Religious Intolerance, Martha Nussbaum eloquently pleads for the use of our “inner eyes,” for that “curious and sympathetic imagination” that is adept at “recognizing humanity in strange costumes.” My Montana home is still largely monotone in skin color and the sight of a face of a different cast than my own could be cause for delight instead of a fear of invasion. What will we choose?

We could react with fear and rage over the demise of traditional values and try to push our strange neighbors over the cliff, or abandon our kids when they form friendships with their kids. That's one kind of life. Or we could, while upholding our shared values, learn to apprehend the spicy ideas around us, including them  them like hot sauce in our deliberations. Whatever we decide, the world will not get any bigger. We will be living together. This is the future. What we imagine is the world we will inhabit.
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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.