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Sep 18, 2013

Welcome to this wide earth. Now what do you need?

Western culture takes over the world.
With all our advanced techknowledgy.
Pushing aside those primitive cultures
with their silly gods and spirits and sacred totems.

We've come to feel comfortable in our skin.
And had a hard life too, or used to be,
winning by someone's labor and ingenuity
each deserved luxury we swallow.

And why should we not live like kings?
Have we not seen this earth subdued,
and feed now our children this new security,
So that they shall also dwell in comfort?

Surely we have done our duty,
have formed ourselves to image God,
and cast our duly-inspired dominion,
across the face of the earth...
-TH

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan
from Midway on Vimeo. MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.
Our feature MIDWAY is currently in production and expected to premiere in early 2014.

For more information:
www.MidwayFilm.com
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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.