From childhood on I appreciated the power of arts as a connection to others and to explain the world. I felt attracted by theatre, music, and painting, and was looking forward to study fine arts.
But entering art academy I recognised that artistic disciplines tend to separate from each other while I was longing for more than one of them. Somehow I had the feeling that there was a hidden potential to be discovered in merging disciplines.
Therefore, as a student me and my friend and colleague Katrin Funcke initiated projects like a fashion show inspired by ecosystems or a filmed role-playing party in a cruise setting. We involved numerous students and teachers of diverse fields. With their support we raised professionalism and creativity. It inspired the campus community to acceptance and cooperations beyond our activities, and lead to more openness towards interdisciplinarity among students and teachers.
Since 2020, my sister, the scientist Annika Guse and me promote the project ¡vamos, simbiosis! that aims to reconnect people with the ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea to initiate a sustainable lifestyle. It bases on the power of art driven interdisciplinarity. It aims to reconnect people with the ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea to initiate a lifestyle that benefits both humans and nature. To connect artists, scientists and society we invented a special creative setting, the „Symbiosis Studio“ – an outdoor workshop at the Mediterranean Sea. It offers diving experiences, exchange of expertise and a creative platform. To overcome differences of the participants such as profession, language, status or age we apply an artistic technique of ours named „Thinking Hands (TH)“ that bases on collaborative drawing to explain knowledge and design together.
Elaborating TH since 2014 at Heidelberg University on research questions with researchers and students from different disciplines TH became the subject of my doctoral thesis „Thinking Hands – A Social Design Approach“ at the University of Applied arts in Vienna. After that this approach was selected for the innovation contest „Falling Walls Lab“, Germany as an outstanding method of science communication.
My intention is to deliver arts as a connection between people and the environment.Art triggers emotions that make us feel the world which is fundamental for action and change.