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Jun 22, 2013

Is Big Brother Watching?

Yes. It may not be as bad as described in Orwells' 1984 yet, but there is only one reason for secrecy: to
keep people from knowing what you're really up to. Unfortunately, in a democracy also included with those suspicious "outsiders" is the citizenry, though we are of course assured this is for our protection. Without oversight there is no proof, only trust. This is a one-way road.

Ed Snowdon is being charged with spying for doing what journalists used to do, like expose government overreach. If he is a spy for exposing how much we citizens are being spyed upon then WE become the enemy of a security state. With secrecy addiction the end is totalitarianism. Without transparency democracy is eventually lost. We must realize that this is the road we are on. Ed Snowdon is simply doing the job that investigative journalists used to do before the market emasculated them.

This week I was thrown out of a parking lot where I was memorizing Shakespeare because I looked suspicious pacing back and forth. On the road to perfect security every act becomes suspicious! Fortunately we have not yet lost our democracy. We all must stand up for the constitution and the power of the people in the face of the creeping secrecy of the authoritarian state!

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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.