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It is never too late for “footprints in the sand”

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On Tuesday, 12 March, the FELU Gallery hosted an extraordinary event, named “A scientist’s silhouette in a veiled mirror”, that was not part of the regular gallery programme. The event was dedicated to the presentation of the collection of poems “Footprints in the Sand”, written by the poet Prof. Dr Peter Raspor and illustrated by Dr Edvard Kobal.

Even before an out of the ordinary discussion about symbiosis of the life of the doctor of science and artist in one body started, the event was honoured by three top musical virtuosi. The soprano Urška Kastelic and the baritone Zdravko Perger sang for the first time their own interpretation of the song Narcissus and Echo, an echo sonnet, written by the pianist Aleksandra Naumovski Potisk. As a surprise, the pianist Naumovski Potisk and the baritone Perger set to music the poem Spomin (Memory) from the presented collection in honour of the main guest Prof. Dr Raspor and thus inaugurated this distinguished event.

In her greeting Prof. Dr Metka Tekavčič, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, said, on behalf of the entire FELU, that the latter was proud to create – despite all the criticism and opposition that often comes from those around – a place where knowledge from different scientific fields intertwines. She invited those present to listen to the debate “about the inspiration, creativity, broadening of horizons…, all those things that help fuse science and art and for which reason it was only right to hold the round table”.

The guests of the round table, the three doctors from different branches of chemistry, displayed with ease how the fire of artistry can be ignited in every “great individual”. At the same time, they showed that they are not only brave to have reached out to the other side of their academic activity, but are also very good at what they do. The first one through poetry, the second through painting and the third by reciting poetry.

Prof. Dr Raspor perceives his presented collection of poems as a metamorphosis of the artistic and poetic expression of individuals. Throughout the conversation he nodded to his colleagues’ hints that his poetry is in fact an expression of himself in different periods of his life. As a doctor of science, he said that “you become moulded by specific models of laws and there are moments when you simply have enough of it.” Perhaps that is the one thing that leads to the realisation of both sides of a man, which is why he believes that, concurrently with one’s professional path, it is useful to do something in the area of art – courageously and as well as you can.

The illustrator Dr Kobal, whose life has been imbued with art since he was a child, found inspiration by analysing the poems and the author himself. “If I want to create an illustration that is supposed to complement the author’s verses, then I have to delve deep into his soul.” And that is precisely what he did when he drew illustrations in which every person can identify themselves as a transformation into that indefinable person that reveals itself in a poem.

The life of the third guest also started expanding into the fields of art, poetry and music at an early stage. Dr Bojan Butinar, the mastermind behind this event, shared with the audience sincerely and on a humorous note: “I fell into my own trap that I had set for others.” He showed his respect for the author and friend by reciting the poems entitled Karakter (Character) and Izgnan (Expelled) from the new collection Stopinje v pesku (Footprints in the Sand).

The host of the debate Prof. Dr Bogomir Kovač also highlighted the fact that society is always interested in difference, and the ability to convey messages as well as in the intersection of science and art, which was also witnessed at the event. He implied that the artistic engagement of the guests was “perhaps a new mission for one or for the other, but maybe also an encouragement for the audience”. He concluded the event, which was a perfect entwinement of academic intellect and artistic aspect of a human being, with the poem Nikoli ni prepozno (It’s Never Too Late).

Danica Tajčman, EFnews

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