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Aug 21, 2013

Human v.s. the Great Machine

Now that Bradley Manning has been safely put away for 35 years and Ed Snowdon exiled in Russia it worse than we thought, covering 75% of all US internet traffic! Now that both of the people have been silenced who had the courage to sacrifice themselves for the principles of democracy, what advocates do we the people have?

The world is rapidly constellating into a great machine consisting of corporations and the governments that support them. They are the powers that be. Their power (taken from people) increases to the degree that they can convince us to let go of that power so hardwon by our ancestors. The arguments against these heros of the people is that the Power will keep us little people "safe" from harm as long as we turn over our power to them. This is the direct opposite of our ideal of democratization, the idea that the best rule is for the people by the people!

I see the great conflict of the future as being between the human and the machine. There will always be a logical and compelling argument why humans are too weak, inefficient and vulnerable for their own good and therefor need the protective care– like a hovering parent– of a great machine. There is only one more step then into total slavery for humanity, which is the logical conclusion of that argument and the very unwinding of history!

Humans will always regret the limits of our embodiment. We long for perfection and reject the vulnerability that is built into nature. This is our tragic flaw. It may turn out that we are so terrified of the freedom that God gave us that we create a monster, promising protection, to rule over us. What a terrible blow this would be to God. And what a tragic waste of the God-like creative power that God imbued us with! I for one embrace the risky life that is the cost of freedom!

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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.