*This is the first of four writings exploring how art builds community locally and internationally. Interdisciplinary collaborations create new connections. While current political leaders debate the validity of facts, artists unite, and support truth.
My work includes intensive researching and scouring of the internet. When a 10-hour Norwegian Air flight is void of web access, what is one to do? Reading class papers and writing of course! It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to travel for art. Getting older, this is my life goal to connect humanity through creativity. Art is a global language despite an ocean of turbulent waters.
First stop would be Copenhagen. The capital of Denmark mimics an island comprised of extensive pathways and friendly urban neighborhoods. Residents greeted, smiled, and offered positive gestures. It was strange and surreal. According to the latest World Happiness Report, Denmark ranks amongst the top three countries. Universal health care, pensions, and secured social security seems to be working…
The next morning would be an early flight to Berlin. The full day included an art opening of the Art Science exhibit located in the Campus Nord Branch Library at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. My featured artworks included clear braille on polymer pieces along with a repurposed sign with the words HELP ME.
Artists and scientists engaged in a private exhibition tour at the historic University. Students diligently studied with intense focus under contemporary art cladded walls. One by one, visiting artists spoke to the inspiration of their practices. Artists gathered from all over the world to partake in creative advocacy.
Balisle’s art practice investigates interdependent relationships within natural and manmade environments. Her work explores how symbols of influence impact perception, behavior, and institutions. Standard informational signs have been repurposed to advocate for positive environmental policy.
The artwork is in the English braille alphabet and is to be read from right to left: MOTHER EARTH, SCIENCE, DIVERSITY.
The evening panel was moderated by Dr. Helena Kauppila at the GlogauAIR Artist in Residence building. The talk highlighted the work of Dr. Dieter Korn and Lukas Kirschey from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. In addition, the curator mp Warming and GlogauAIR artists offered insights. Topics delved into the symbiotic relationships of the arts, sciences, and securing future collaborations.
The evening ended at the Madonna bar in Berlin, known for its links to the original punk scene. Conversation included the similarities and differences of our respective countries. The next day would include galleries and museums with a contemporary perspective and edge. Gute Nacht!