Salt road in partnership with artists, art spaces, academics, city officers and environmentalists in Birmingham and Oslo to develop a Biomimicry visual artist exchange commission program leading to a touring exhibition . We received funding with the artist network Black Hole Club from the A-N artist development bursary in the UK to link artists from three Biophilic cities in Europe, in Spain, the UK and Norway: Birmingham, Oslo and Vitoria-Gasteiz.
We have created a biophilic project network in Oslo with 3 art spaces, 3 artists, academics from Oslo University Geography and Sociology, the Fine Art Academy and the Office for Contemporary Art.
Treeline is a project for the Anthropocene (the current age of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems) and the new science of Biomimicry, (an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies).
The aim of the project is to create an international touring exhibition involving artists and curators to examine issues around global environmental change and the love to nature (Biophilia) from the creative lenses of artists in the three different countries. This project will then link up with cities in the program to create a dialogue between US and European artists. Biophilia is a term popularised by the American biologist E O Wilson as a way of describing how, in his words, humans are “hard-wired” to need connection with nature and other forms of life. Wilson wrote: “Biophilia is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
Our network in Oslo includes: