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Dec 14, 2012

A Little Neighborhood Terrorism

Throwing Stones Against the Sky
Another tragic incidence today of homegrown terrorism in the Connecticut school massacre! I really never worry about being rounded up by the government, but every time I go to a mall or theater it does cross my mind that all my neighbors can own assault weapons legally. The US spends billions on "Homeland Security" to target Muslims, who are less likely to kill me than my own neighbors who happen to get pissed off about something that has nothing to do with me or my right to instantly overthrow my government. The 2nd amendment terrifies me. This is what makes terrorism at home! 
Ironically, today there was a similar assault on a similar school in China, where a knife-wielding man slashed a similar number. Nobody died. An LA Times article about it says: "In 2010, nearly 20 children were killed and 50 wounded in a string of copycat incidents around central China. China has strict gun control laws, so knives are the weapon of choice in violent crimes." 
That's the bodycount in a nation of 1 billion! GREAT! I'd much rather send my kids to a school where I have to worry about how many people a knife-wielding loony can slaughter! That would be a relief! How can we get some of what they have? 
At least in a country where guns are limited, where only the cops and criminals have assault weapons, they'll have shootouts at banks and casinos– places with concentrations of money– not theaters and schools!!

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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.