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Mar 13, 2014

I got a call last year from the publisher of a collection of essays about the state of the struggle for democracy called Will China Democratize? Turns out they wanted to use one of my sculptures. On the cover is featured my bronze of "China Peace", which I created for a Tiananmen Sq. massacre memorial in 1989. It also turns out– very strangely– that part of the editing team was Larry Diamond, the very professor from whom I was at the time taking a fabulous Stanford course called Democratic Development. (And no, there was no direct connection– it's another example of the inexplicable synchronistic alignment of the universe like I posted about recently!)

The course was a really great overview of the structure and health of democracy and I recommend it for anyone interested in democracy or politics or the future (free and online!)

The sales of "China Peace" helped fund a movement to get the truth back into China since the Chinese government was trying to keep the massacre a secret (today few Chinese know of this crucial moment in their history). Narratives of the events,  illustrated with photos, were faxed to random numbers all over China for weeks as a kind of underground news service. On Wikipedia this is listed as the "first FAX revolution in history."

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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.