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Sep 17, 2014

Vision for a Fresh View of Evolution


"Back of Hand Map", mixed media by Tim Holmes
Humanity is not just another species, we are God-like in our creative authority. Unfortunately for the
adolescent boy in us, that comes not only with a lot of power, but a huge responsibility. Like it or not, we have seized the wheel and are now in charge of evolution on this planet. With our unbridled enthusiasm for creating new species like pesticide-resistant corn, it's easy to forget Newton's 3rd law, that every action has a reaction. Meaning every pesticide is twinned with its bee slaughter and autism epidemic, every industrial revolution its climate change. 

Civilization has always had a tendency to seize the goodies first and ask how much is costs later. But while that didn't matter so much for most of history when our impact on nature was tiny the stakes are now getting higher. As a result we're getting closer to the day we make a quick deal and are shocked when the bill arrives to see that the cost is our survival!

Without carefully monitoring our steps into bioengineering we are likely to screw it up and assure a ruined planet left to the cockroaches, the algae and perhaps some supergerms that kill us off. But maturity means we take responsibility, step up to the plate and fulfill our calling to have "dominion"over the new garden; not ruling over but caring for while keeping a subservient position behind nature. We can jumpstart a new kind of evolution that both enriches our lives on the plot of earth we are lucky enough to ihabit and also takes us to the stars!
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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.