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Jun 11, 2014

Vision for A Fresh View of Economy


The old world depended on the interaction of individual agents working to further their own economic  security and that of their family. 

Prayer Map
"Prayer Map" by Tim Holmes
This model was based on the illusion that one could live in isolation and safely ignore the surrounding social and natural order (the capitalist private corporation model). It worked petty well for isolated communities, but that world is largely replaced by a new thing.

That world also reflected the model of nature as an arena where individuals compete for resources, a drama where the powerful dominate the weak and only the strongest survive. This is becoming an obsolete model, thankfully, that's replaced by a co-operative model that allows for a diverse population with a myriad of talents and skills to work together to create a world that is better for all, not just the few who dominate with brute power. We are still not out of those weeds yet, but a greater percentage of the population now sees a more nuanced and mature world beyond the ancient "might makes right" model that characterizes the animal kingdom.  We are in the process of exiting yet another old garden to enter a new one.

A fresh civilization would assume that human history won for every human the basic needs of life, the fruit of hundreds of years of human labor and creative enterprise. This means that no one needs to scramble to stay alive in a world were so much efficiency has been gained by modern developments like mass production. This and the new robot workforce should free each of us to work at creative, positive work that enlarges all, not just those of our own household.

The time is upon us for a fresh vision of global cooperation that reflects the reality that in a world with few real borders humans are not individual players but are all intimately interconnected. We can move beyond the capitalist dream of the privatization of profits for a few to a nature-inspired world of deep creative interdependence in which when the whole ecosystem thrives, all benefit. In such a world wealth would not be measured so much by a goods as by possibilities. An accumulation of resources would be merely an indirect measure of quality of life. Here friendship would be more valuable than a pile of lumber, a captivating idea more than a fancy car, each being not merely a destination but a doorway to a deeper, richer life!
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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.