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Jun 4, 2014

Vision for a Fresh View of Work


"Simon", charcoal by Tim Holmes
The great news is that our grandparent's old world of performing tedious, back-breaking work in exchange for a paycheck is now becoming obsolete. Jobs around the world are rapidly being outsourced to machines and computers. Even the huge labor markets of China and India that absorbed manufacturing over the past couple decades are being dented by those jobs returning to the US and other developed nations. But most of them are going to robots, not people. So what do we do with an increasing population of unemployed?

We need a new vision of work for the future. It's time to let go of the old attitude that if we don't work at some boring job we will starve. The old capitalist winner-take-all model that gives the spoils to the 1% cannot survive. The time has come for a new economic ecology that distributes more equitably the wealth created by super-efficient systems which were not created so much by individuals as by generations of workers. Once we solve the scourge of income inequality we'd have enough to support everyone. A new work world would see in place of immigrants threatening to steal our jobs, valuable resources to be explored like we would a new planet, each talent valued and put to use in the best place to allow it to thrive. 

It's time we see humans not as competition for work but as resources for a better life for all; not a threat but a treasury of skills and dreams born to bring us all into a deeper, more responsive community.
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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.