INSPIRATIONMusic connects our hearts
«The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed… because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events… by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.»Leonard Bernstein
Summer 1996, Boston MA, USA. Almost done with my four years studying at Berklee College of Music. A wonderful time. I learned more about myself and even more important I was able to connect with people around the world through music. Why can’t people around the world find a connection like this?
Might it be that we don’t understand each other because we don’t know how to connect? Could such an connection be created?
In my imagination an art project started to evolve that would serve as a framework. From far you would see the world, and if you move closer, you would see the words „I love you“ in all written languages. Suggesting that love is a global connection and at the same time very individual.
If this could be understood, felt and embraced by the world, maybe we would think differently about each other and start solving problems together. I imagined this artwork going viral into the world, and inspiring people worldwide to externalize their wish for love and peace, and help to experience this global connection. For musicians this is not really new. That love is important is adressed in many performances.
A childlike wish for peace
Since early childhood I had this strong wish for a world in peace. It might have come through my parents, who were born in Germany right before and during the beginning of World War II. At the age of 6, my mother was a German refugee within her own country. She had to escape with the last train from a Village that now belongs to Poland. She never talked much about her rough escape. It’s said that the experience of war children is passed on to their own children, and that these children also somehow emotionally become children of war. My mother always told me not to be violent, and it became one of my core principles. Maybe that’s where my deepest wish for peace came from and my strong opposition against everything violent.
Advertisement for Peace
When I got older I learned about advertisement and its power to influence people. I thought this could maybe also be used to promote peace. I also learned that advertisement is limited to wishes that are already dormant inside of us. Could advertisement advertise to an inner wish for peace? I wanted to figure it out.
Early Draft of the Loveposter