Beat to the Balance is an interdisciplinary art project that involves taking part in a sauna and tree healing. The process of bathing with leaves in the sauna is a conscious one, and involves both fierce and gentle touch. It enables humans to experience the holistic power of different tree species, re-connection to the communicating systems of the forests and opens the trauma we carry due to the humans’ exploitation of the Earth. According to civil rights activist Audre Lorde, self-care is not self-indulgence but self-preservation and as such, an act of political warfare. The experience within the sauna and the leaves cultivates an empathetic connection between humans and trees, transforming self-care into a compassionate connection with the ecosystem we live in, and possibly creates a space for new, more balanced narrative of human kind’s existence on this planet.
Mari Keski-Korsu is a transdisciplinary artist. She explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest themselves in everyday life. The work is based on collaborating with different kinds of communities and species. Her current practice is focused on inter-species communication to possibly enable empathy and compassion in humans’ actions towards whole ecosystems. She is interested in relations between art, activism, politics and science from permacultural and ecofeminist perspectives. Mari Keski-Korsu’s works have been exhibited in Europe and in several countries around the world.