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Jan 3, 2014

Who Are We, After All?

The Ed Snowdon case provides a fascinating turn in contemporary history. We all live in a different nation now than we did a year ago!  Now, while we are all sorting out the blame, we have to come to terms with the stunning fact that we live in a police state. Now what? Are we going to dismantle it and try to swim back toward a representative democracy or are we going to put lipstick on the monster and call it good?

With the blossoming of the idea and fact of the internet maybe it was inevitable that it would be subject to hijacking by some unscrupulous monster at some point. Turns out that demon was a shadow element of our own rogue government. But beside the identity of the monster, the astonishing scope of its activity continues to amaze and horrify us.

Wrangling about what Snowdon did and what he deserves amounts to a convenient and tragic attempt to avoid the question that we in truth cannot escape. Snowden revealed things that we never wanted to know about our nation and how that reflects on ourselves as a people. But knowing them, will we choose to fudge? The more we wallow in reflections about the man, the more we postpone the real questions, which are: WHO ARE WE and WHO WILL WE BECOME?

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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.