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Session 7: Sunday, June 3rd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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Performing artists and authors face a matrix of impediments to success: barriers to publicity and venues, theft of intellectual property, poverty despite the "day jobs" that inhibit productivity, directors’ couches and willing exploitation, and art for investment rather than insight. The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003) planted in the public mind the reality of an invisible, overarching financial structure that frustrates the idealism of artists and other altruists in their struggle to reveal truths and improve life on Earth. The most renowned of politically engaged artists, anti-war hero John Lennon, provided insight into his dark inner world while targeted. What might he have done, had he lived? Now, anodyne creations and variations on past successes are valued over new and vital political-artistic actions. How can truth-seeking artists not only connect with a hungry public to be rewarded for their work, but also protect themselves? In this panel, targeted and marginalized artists share their experiences, strategies, workarounds, and successes.


Susan Clark is an academic, a professional classical musician, an energetic supporter of targeted artists and targeted truths, and, as part-Native American, a 3-decade advocate for environmental health. Through her efforts, the US gov newly recognized chemical injuries and halted various hazardous... Read more
Thomas Althouse, true author of The Matrix and The Matrix Trilogy, copyright holder of The Matrix story, reveals the conception, the “pitch”, how the story came to be… and how it came to be stolen and produced. An award-winning author and actor, with one of his plays currently in the Windsor... Read more
Lenn Johnston, the world’s top actor/author keeping John Lennon’s spirit alive, tells us what it takes to survive as an artist while working for good causes in the 21st century, and how to keep our planet alive and singing. In Lenn’s appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Conan said, “It’s... Read more
Political activist, Joel Simpson, has been professionally involved in literature (PhD comp lit, taught college English, French & Italian), music (Master of Music, critic, jazz performer, teacher & software producer) and the visual arts (art critic, published and exhibited fine art... Read more