80+1 KILPISJARVI -climate change (Finland);
A Part of The 80+1-project by Ars Electronica.
The Finnish BioArt Society is a participant in 80+1 A Journey Around the World,
a virtual tour in the spirit of Jules Verne organized by the renowned media
centre Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. The venture poses 20 crucial
questions about our collective future visiting 20 emblematic locations in
different parts of the globe. Kilpisjarvi is an exemplary location for
questions on climate change as the issue is central to the exceptional
long-term studies and research carried out by the Kilpisjarvi Biological
Station of Helsinki University (Faculty of Biosciences).
80+1 Kilpisjarvi stems from Kilpisjarvi's unique, subarctic environment and
nature, the scientific research the station performs and from the newly
initiated program bringing art and science together by the cooperation between
the Finnish Bioart Society and the Biological Station.
The 80+1 Kilpisjarvi program interweaves artistic and scientific initiatives.
The "Midnight Sun" is a live stream of the arctic midnight sun from Kilpisjarvi
that will shine elsewhere in the world via the internet and onto the Ars
Electronica building facade in Linz during the citys dark summer nights.
Following sundown on seven consecutive nights (July 15th - 21st), the midnight
sun will be reflected on the Museum of the Future's shell.
80 + 1 Kilpisjarvi will host a four day conference 15.-18.7 open for
participation via the global window in Linz and via stream online (at
www.kilpiscope.net). During the four days researchers will present a
variety of issues about climate change in the arctic and globally. The themes
vary from animal adaptability to societies' preparedness to a changing
environment. The audience has the opportunity to pose questions and discuss
climate change with experts.
The afternoon offers a video-screening program of artistic approaches related
to the topic of climate change. The works are screened on the Global Window in
Linz (Hauptplatz). Artists included are for example, Ilkka Halso / Museum of
Nature, Tarja Trygg / Solargraphy, Agnes Denes / Tree Mountain, Marjukka
Korhonen, Heini Aho, and Leena Valkepaa.
Water flea circus - a peepshow on ecology is on the second day of the program
(16.7) and is a performative event that puts the focus on water-fleas,
research, and its significance to our environment. Researcher Iris Zellmer from
Germany has spent years investigating the impact of climate change on water
fleas in this sub-arctic region. Performance director Merja Talvela has linked
with Zellmer to look at water flees with a view to engaging with the research
through an artistic perspective. The scrutiny that water fleas undergo when
under the microscope is turned on humans by posing questions about our human
misconceptions and delusions when we examine nature.
This 4-days of program will be streamed online via www.kilpiscope.net and
broadcasted to 80+1-stage, Global Window in Linz.
The work of developing this event has generated another long-term initiative
about climate change and climate issues directed for wide audiences.
Climatescope is a Web 2.0 project that calls upon all internet
denizens to take an active approach to the subject of climate change. For
instance, you can post "Citizen Stories"-personal accounts, experiences, photos
and videos having to do with climate change. "Citizen Science" goes into field
research and assembles data yielded by the project's own measurements or
observations on the basis of recreated natural examples. And in "Citizen
Sensor," real-time data from throughout the world are collected, exchanged and
disseminated. http://www.climatescope.net (Concept received an honorary mention
in the Prix Ars Electronica / Next Idea 2009).
Kilpisjarvi is about 69 degrees north and 20 degrees east and located in a
sub-arctic area of northern Finland, 50 km from the Arctic Sea, 1200 kilometers
from the capital, Helsinki. The village provides had about 90 permanent
inhabitants, and is a location for the Helsinki University's Biological
The Finnish Bio Art Society with Laura Beloff, Erich Berger, Prof. Antero
Jarvinen, Anu Osva
SUPPORTED BY: Ars Electronica Center, The Finnish Bio Art Society and The
Biological Station, Helsinki University
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