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
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
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 had been reflected on the Museum of the
80 + 1 Kilpisjarvi hosted also a four day conference last 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 presented a
variety of issues about climate change in the arctic and globally. The
themes vary from animal adaptability to societies’ preparedness to a
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The Finnish Bio Art Society with Laura Beloff, Erich Berger, Prof. Antero
Jarvinen, Anu Osva
Ars Electronica Center, The Finnish Bio Art Society and The
Biological Station, Helsinki University