Tim Holmes is an American filmmaker and artist and filmmaker working in the outskirts of social evolution, trying to help envision a more equitable future for all. He has worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, designed the UN Women's Peace Prize and was the first American artist ever exhibited solo in the world's largest art museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, where his sculptures remain on permanent exhibit. His work has gained notice among some of the world's peacemakers, from the Chinese dissident students of Tiananmen Square to the Physicians for Social Responsibility. President Jimmy Carter, President Vaclav Havel, and Coretta Scott King are among Holmes' best-known collectors.
In his work with Archbishop Desmond Tutu he helped create an international peace center on Robben Island, the gulag where President Nelson Mandela and thousands of others were imprisoned during the dark apartheid years. He also designed the sculpture for the bid for the Olympics by Cape Town, South Africa.
Though Holmes is most well known for sculpture he has worked in a variety of media from museum installations to film. His award-winning series of short Body Psalms films focuses on the value of the body and often appears at special screeningsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ frequently in social settings outside the art worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ in the US and Europe.
Areas of Expertise
Art, Culture, Democracy, Religion & contemporary society
An idea worth spreading
Toward a Global Democracy- What if there were a way for the entire human family to sit down together to forge a future beyond the divisions of religion, politics, education and economic disparity? It may sound too good to be true but for the first time in history this vision is within our grasp. Nearly every person on the planet, regardless of origin, learned the same rules for cooperating for the greater good of all. We all learned it as kids, by growing up in a family. Those basic values can help us realize the long-envisioned dream of world cooperation. This has suddenly become a reality because of the internet, a tool that will transform everything we do, but more importantly, the way we think.
DemocraticGlobe.com is a model for creating a global ethic that bridges all cultures, nations and religions to find a shared sense of right and wrong, a wiki that can be influenced and accessed by anyone on the planet to increase cooperation and diminish evil.
I'm passionate about
I believe that art can transform the human soul in ways impossible through any other human activity.
Art is the footprints into the journey of aliveness in an endlessly terrifying and erotic world.
Talk to me about
I'm keenly interested in how humanity can survive our own drive to progress often ignoring the real needs of the flesh. We've evolved a level of reason that transcends our compassion, spelling demise!
People don't know I'm good at
Art that transforms from inside; long-range ideas for sustainable evolution; ability to address volatile issues sensitively; religious sensuality; creative; music; mime; humor; great collaborator.
My TED story
I applied with three very different Big Ideas before being accepted as a speaker. I find a new one about every two years. My creativity may be a response to the many serious crises that humanity faces today, not an individual trait but a creative movement sweeping across the world to address our issues before it's too late. My concern is broad, spanning citizenship, democracy, religion, the anatomy of discourse and humor, and of course ART, which I feel is the medicine that will heal the world. As a retired political satirist I have honed skills of approaching difficult subjects sensitively and with humor, knowing we must find brotherhood through humble exchange with those we disagree with. Ultimately we much learn to live together or we die together.