News Archive 2013


19 November, 2013

Open lecture: From education for sustainable development to
sustainable education – what is the role of art? by Jan van Boeckel

Ås, Norway

time: 13.00-14.00 PM
place: Tower building (Tårnbygning), UMB, room T230 (second floor)

The divide between us and the rest of the nature has been attributed to various root
causes: the growing disenchantment of the world, the loss of direct experience and
lately the replacement of the real with simulations of it. Modernity’s move away from
the natural world has also generated countervailing movements, beginning with the
Romantics and leading up to the manifold forms of environmental education in our


In August 2013 Jan van Boeckel defended his thesis At the Heart of Art and Earth: An
Exploration of Practices in Arts-Based Environmental Education at Aalto University
in Helsinki, Finland. In this lecture, Jan van Boeckel will specifically focus on the role
of the arts when developing new forms of sustainable education.
(arr. Section for Learning and Teacher Education, IMT, UMB)

21-22 November, 2013

Jubileum & Visioner - Fagkonferanse
Høgskolen i Telemark, Notodden, Norway

On Thursday afternoon, Jan van Boeckel will present his doctoral research, between 16:30 and 17:00 PM

In Norwegian:

En Konferanse ved Høgskolen i Telemark for deg som er interessert i fagfeltet, som er eller har vært formings/kunst- og håndverkslærerstudent. Det årlige Åpen-Dør-arrangementet går samtidig med åpne utstillinger for alle. Det blir også spesialprogram for deg som er elev på videregående skole og mye å oppleve for deg som er elev i grunnskolen!



24 November, 2013

Jordnära konst för alla: Earthly art workshop with clay
Varberg, Sweden

kl. 10.00 -12.00 & 13.00-15.00

Vi tar lera – den fuktiga, degiga substans som ligger under våra fötter – i våra händer. Få din naturliga kreativitet till ljus. Skapa organiska former som uttrycker dynamiska naturliga processer av groende, tillväxt och förfall. Du behöver inte vara en konstnär för att njuta av denna dag. Två workshopar kommer att äga rum med konstnären Jan van Boeckel som lärare. På förmiddagen riktas den särskilt till barn och deras föräldrar. Workshopen under eftermiddagen är bara för vuxna. Anmäl dig senast den 15 november (naturum: 0340 – 87510).



11 November, 2013

Artistic and pedagogical interventions: Department of Art Sympo 2013
Room 5022, Department of Art, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

11.05 AM Wioletta Piascik: lecture:" Practice of Wildness - An Arts-based Environmental Education perspective"

Full program of the day:

1-22 October, 2013

FALL ART BOOST - Learn to draw & paint naturally
Location: cyberspace

ONLINE e-course with community at

Week 1- Outside-in sensory nature connection
Touch, listen, look and feel into the world as you draw and paint in surprising new ways closing your eyes and using both hands.
Week 2- Inside-out art-making
Explore breath, colour, change, spontaneity, impermanence and image dialogue as you open to your own images.
Week 3- Inside-outside-in art-making
Put it all together. Learn to co-create fluidly with both nature and your own unique expression.


Build a fresh creative habit and transform your nature relationships as you spark creative confidence in drawing and water-media painting. Appreciate art-making as a way to know self and nature more deeply. Feel the peaceful joy of having a personal creative practice you can access at anytime in any place.
This class is prefect for anyone wanting to develop their own creative practice while working at home. Activities are easy to do and require max 20-30 minutes each day. You can even work at your own pace, using the class PDF as a reference, as you enjoy the company of co-travellers online and check in with me as needed for personalized support (extra fee).

Here's what one student had to say:
"Lisa's Create By Nature Art Boost program opened me up to new possibilities and a journey that was transformational. It was more than just creating was about expressing my soul and intuition in a way that words could not express. The art projects were fun, simple and before I even started to paint I already felt that whatever expression I presented it was the right one from me. Lisa helped me take that leap of faith onto the page. I realized that this is a gift we all have to help us explore our inner depths. Forever grateful." N. Watters, 2013


6-11 October, 2013

Ecology In Practice - Creative Conservation Symposium
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Madison, Wisconsin, USA October 6-11, 2013
Ecology In Practice - Creative Conservation Symposium

Haley has convened and chaired the Ecological Arts symposia at SER World Conferences in 2000 (Liverpool), 2005 (Zaragoza) and 2011 (Merida), and contributed to Richard Scott’s Creative Conservation workshops at these and European SER conferences. In 2013 they will combine arts and science concepts through formal oral presentations concerning practical research approaches to ecological restoration. In particular, contributors to this event, will aim to shift the focus away from the common position of having to justify the art in an ecological restoration context, or even justifying ecology in an arts context. They will consider the position that art and ecology exist naturally in the world, but that many societies continue to spend much time, effort and money extracting and destroying these embodied phenomena, resources and values. While some artists' practical interventions reveal ecology through their art, or contribute new perspectives to ecology, their art may also transform the material world, ecologically. These intentions and manifestations are very different from art that merely illustrates nature, or art as a tool to popularize scientific endeavor. Here, ecological art is a necessary component in interdisciplinary thinking and research, and through creative practices, may emerge as a new 'transdisciplinary’ form of working towards restoration.

Now open!

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Prospective presenters should carefully review the information below and then submit their abstract via the online submission form provided. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 1, 2013.

23-24 September, 2013

Symposium Deep Time / Deep Futures
Helsinki, Finland

- a symposium on artistic responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and time in biological, environmental, and geological processes, within which we are embedded.
Time: 23rd September 16:00h – 19:30h and 24th September 09:00h – 16:30h
Location: VILHO, Kuvataideakatemian seminaaritila, Sörnäisten Rantatie 27 C, Helsinki/Finland
Accessible for everyone and free entry. A  collaboration between the Finnish Society of Bioart and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki as part of the Techno Ecologies EU project

From 15th to 22nd of September 2013, a group of Finnish and international artists, scientist and practitioners met for “Field_Notes – Deep Time”, an art&science field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland, organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart. Composed in work groups, think tanks, and workshops they carried out basic interdisciplinary research and field work with specific topics concerning Deep Time and Deep Futures. In the symposium the five work groups will present and discuss their preliminary findings from the working week.

Amanda Crowley (AUS), Andy Gracie (ES/GB), Antero Kare (FI), Antti Tenetz (FI), Anu Osva (FI), Astrida Neimanis (SE/LT), Elizabeth Ellsworth (US), Erich Berger (FI/AT), Heather Davis (US), Jamie Kruse (US), Jasmine Idun Lyman (SE), Johanna Rotko (FI), Jukka Hautamäki (FI), Karolina Sobecka (US), Kathie High (US), Kira O’Reilly (GB), Kristiina Ljokkoi (FI), Laura Beloff (FI), Leena Valkeapää (FI), Markku Nousiainen (FI), Mia Makela (FI), Minna Pöllänen (FI), Ole Kristensen (DK), Oliver Kellhammer (CA), Oron Catts (AUS), Perdita Phillips (AUS), Pia Lindman (FI), Simo Alitalo (FI), Tarsh Bates (AUS), Tere Vaden (FI), Terike Haapoja (FI), Till Bovermann (FI/DE), Tuike Alitalo (FI), Zachary Reyna (US), Zahra Mani (GB)
Program: Erich Berger, Pia Lindman

Contact: erich.berger -at- , piuska -at-

Deep time and deep future are two concepts referring to the history and future of our planet on a geological time scale. In 1785 James Hutton delivered two lectures on his conclusions about the formation of rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, suggesting that the earth is of unknown and unidentifiable age. Questioning the, at that time, predominant western belief that the earth is only a few thousand years old, his “Theory of the Earth” became the base for modern geology. The current scientific understanding is that the earth is about 4.54 billion years old and that our planet has undergone massive changes over this period and will continue to do so. The time of organic life-cycles are easy for us to grasp, but inherent processes of life span from immediate quantum effects to deep time evolutionary processes. Apart from catastrophic events, environmental changes occur over the time of many human generations and are part of our learned environmental history and mythologies, but not part of our everyday experience. Most geological processes are beyond our understanding of change. We still can see the paintings and carvings made onto rock by our earliest ancestors almost as they have been on the first day of their making. However, it is difficult for us to realize that we live in an permanently changing environment. Due to human influence or not, our environment is in flux on different time scales. Although we realize, that we introduce changes on planetary scale, and that resources, habitats, and favourable environmental conditions are limited in space and time, it is difficult for us to think and act more than one or two generations ahead.


16 August, 2013

Public defense of dissertation Jan van Boeckel
Sampo Hall, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

On Friday, August the 16th, 2013, between 12.00 and 15.00 pm, Jan van Boeckel will publicly defend his dissertation, entitled At the Heart of Art and Earth, at Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. Dr. Sacha Kagan (Universität Lüneburg, Germany) will act as his opponent.
One can order the book (420 pages) at Aalto ARTS Bookshop.

15 March - 16 August, 2013

Yes, Naturally: How Art Saves the World
Den Haag, The Netherlands

The international art event Yes Naturally – How art saves the world has opened on 15 March around the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands. Yes Naturally is an event initiated by Stichting Niet Normaal under the artistic direction of Ine Gevers. The key question in Yes Naturally is ‘What is natural, and who or what decides?’ Are human beings the only ones to have a say or do animals, plants and inanimate objects also have a role to play?


The exhibition will offer a thrilling tour of the natural world, including both clichéd images of romantic landscapes with waterfalls and the hard and inescapable facts of environmental degradation. It will wake us up to the reality of oil slicks and genetically modified fish, but suggest that solutions to environmental problems can be found if we are prepared to change our habits: through recycling and new kinds of cooperation we can save the planet. Artists will propose new and unconventional approaches. The exhibition will include work by Francis Alÿs, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliasson, Atelier van Lieshout, Zeger Reyers, Superflex, Ai Weiwei and others.
More than 80 artists will use this grand-scale exhibition to present surprising partnerships between humans, nature and technology. The results are both liberating and hilarious: you can design your own pet, fungi turn out to be our best friends, you can harvest the city and seagulls are quite tasty on the barbeque. But also: your smartphone is your memory, Facebook is your habitat, internet the new biotope and nanoparticles have become an integral part of our existence.
Sculptures, films, installations, performances and bioart from Francis Alÿs, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Fend, Fischli & Weiss, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marjetica Potrc, Zeger Reyers, Tinkebell, Superflex and Ai Weiwei, among others, will be on display until the end of August 2013 in the GEM/Gemeentemuseum, in the museum gardens, the duneforest and even further afield.
This expanded art exhibition is not limited to the museum walls. On the contrary. Yes Naturally offers a varied programme throughout the city, including urban wildlife safaris, performances, workshops, lectures and debates in art institutes and film houses. It goes without saying that Yes Naturally is firmly nestled in all kinds of social media and online forums.

23-29 June, 2013

Making Art in Strong Colors: Landscape Painting in Northern France
Acquet, France

When I paint, said Paul Cézanne, then the landscape is expressing herself through me: “I am its consciousness.” This is the motto of the landscape painting course in the hemlet of Acquet in Northern France, that will be taught by Dutch art teacher Jan van Boeckel who earlier taught wildpainting courses in Norway and Sweden (click here for images and description). The forthcoming course in France is from Sunday afternoon, June 23, until Saturday morning, June 29, 2013.

More information


12-14 June, 2013

Melliferopolis Workshop: Understanding the Essence of Flowers - Exploring Pollen
Harakka Island, Helsinki, Finland

Call for Participation

There is an intrinsic link between bees and flowers. In evolution they arose at the same time, bees feeding on nectar and pollen; the flowers relying on the pollinators for reproduction. Bees visiting flowers and harvesting their essence is a choreography that nature performs each year. In these encounters, the flowers disclose their secret to the bees, who take it home in the form of scent and taste.
In this three-day workshop, we explore the environment of the Melliferopolis bees living on Harakka Island, in front of Helsinki, Finland.
First, we concentrate on the scientific aspects of the bees' surrounding in the chemistry laboratory built on the island in 1929 for military purposes.
In a second part, we focus on the poetic aspects of plants and pollinators, their relation and communication with each other. Inspired by these dynamics, we engage with the visual aspects of pollen, inviting drawing, painting and collage to reveal stories and metaphores behind this natural phenomenon of pollination.
To participate in the workshop no preliminary knowledge is necessary. Please write a short statement of motivation/intention (200 words) before the 20th of May and send it to:
A maximum of 15 workshop participants will be accepted, 10 places are reserved for students of Aalto University and 5 for other interested people.
The workshop is part of Aalto Biofilia –Base for Biological Arts program and takes place in collaboration with Harakka Luontotalo of Helsinki Environmental Centre.
It is guided by Christina Stadlbauer (beekeeper, artist, chemist), Asta Ekman (chemist, responsable of the Harakka environmental laboratory) and Lina Kusaite (illustrator, artist).
The workshop is part of Melliferopolis –Honeybees in Urban Environments, a research project by Christina Stadlbauer at Aalto Biofilia, initiated in 2011.
Melliferopolis is supported by Biofilia at Aalto University, Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Helsinki Environmental Centre and Luontotalo Harakka and Helsinki City Cultural Centre. Other collaborators can be found in the

More info at:


12-13, 14 June, 2013

Symposium: New Pathways in Transformative Higher Education: Co-creating University Futures
Olomouc, Czech Republic

How can higher education become a more multidimensional enterprise, one that draws on the full range of human capacities for knowing, teaching, and learning; that bridges the gaps between the disciplines; that forges stronger links between knowing the world and living creatively in it, in solitude and in community? If we cannot find ways to respond to that question—not with a monolithic solution, but by laying down multiple threads of inquiry and experimentation that might come together in a larger and more coherent tapestry of insight and practice—we will continue to make fleeting and fragmentary responses to the hungers and needs of our students, to the abiding questions of the human adventure, and to the social, economic, and political challenges of our time. As large as that agenda obviously is, we believe it describes the high calling of higher education.

The symposium New Pathways in Transformative Higher Education – Co-creating University Futures offers a unique opportunity to explore the question asked in the introductory quote. It will be a place for weaving together multiple threads of inquiry and action to a tapestry that contributes significantly to the emerging field of transformative higher education.

In our time of fast-paced shifts, grand challenges and new opportunities many policy statements request higher education to take greater responsibility for societal development, to provide insights into the emerging new realities, and to enable citizens and leaders to deal productively with the unpredictable. This requires both transformative higher education and transformation of higher education.

The symposium will bring together a range of innovators and change makers from different contexts interested in such a renewal of higher education. The attendance will be international. The language of the symposium is English.

In the symposium we will balance vision, analysis, reflection, connection and action in a collective process of co-creation. The symposium consists of two parts. The first part interweaves threads of conversation and conceptualisation. The second part is an optional extension for those who seek also to interweave threads of action


May 2013

Wildly Alive
Metsäkartano Youth Centre, Rautavaara, Finland

Wildly Alive is a wilderness retreat for women in the beautiful, remote nature of central Finland. It is an invitation to embark upon a personal and shared journey combining wildcraft skills, nature awareness and arts-based group methods in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. This retreat is an opportunity for profound reconnection to the Earth and our deepest self, building a sense of community, and understanding relationship. The course is aimed at people working in the youth field, who wish to gain inspiration and support for applying and combining nature activities, arts, facilitated group processes and awareness training into their work.

One core focus of the course is our relationship with the natural world. We will work with practical skills like fire-making, outdoor cooking, and wild edible foods. Awareness and attunement exercises as well as living according to natural rhythms will tune us into our surroundings and to ourselves. The majority of our time will be spent in the wild, with some days of walking and some settled into a “home camp”, which may be either a simple cabin, a large tent, or a lean-to.
The other core focus of the course is in a facilitated group process. Creative methods are used to build an atmosphere of trust, where participants are encouraged to openly and honestly connect with and share personal feelings, needs, and thoughts that normally remain unexpressed or unacknowledged. Sharing on different levels fosters mutual understanding and embraces individual differences as well as that which unites. Arts-based group methods are also central, with the intention of the group actively co-creating the experience. There will be time for sharing and time for personal reflection. The aim of the course is to build lasting bonds between the participants and thus create a basis for future co-operation, sharing, and support.
We are applying for EU Youth-in-Action funding for this training course in May 2013.
The deadline for partner applications is 14 February 2013.

Training Course Facilitators: Pauliina Helle and Karoliina Valontaival
Applications and enquiries to Pauliina and Karoliina: email wildlyalive(at)

Download application form from here


31 May - 2 June, 2013

Balance-Unbalance International Conference
Central Queensland University, Australia

"We are living in a world reaching a critical point where the equilibrium between a healthy environment, the energy our society needs to maintain or improve this lifestyle and the interconnected economies could pass more quickly than expected from the current complex balance to a complete new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be as creative as never before to survive." Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra

Balance-Unbalance is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. The previous events held in Argentina in 2010 and Montreal in 2011 provided a powerful platform for reflection, debate, and ideas leading towards Balance-Unbalance 2013, hosted in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The 2013 conference theme, Future Nature, Future Culture[s] is aimed to provoke discourse around what our elusive future might hold and how transdisciplinary thought and action could be used as tools for positive change.

June 9-14, 2013

Seventh World Environmental Education Congress:
Environmental Education in Cities and Rural Areas: Seeking Greater Harmony

Marrakech, Morocco

The scale and pace of migration is rising at an unprecedented rate. Migrants flee poverty, hunger, cultural intolerance, conflict, and the effects of environmental deterioration. They also seek new opportunities. In the end, most migrants move from rural areas to urban centres and with this in-migration cities grow. Like an organism, cities exchange material, energy, and information, within themselves and with rural areas. When they consume too much, too fast, they are unsustainable.

The deadline for submission of proposals is December 31, 2012.

Thematic niches are:
1. Promoting Environmental Education and Networking.
2. Intercultural dialogues.
3. Social Movements and building ecological societies.
4. Communications and the impact of social media.
5. Ecological economics and green economies.
6. Ethics, ecophilosophy, human-nature relationships.
7. Greening education.
8. Creative impulses: Arts, imagination, and emotional understanding.
9. Pedagogy and learning.
10. Research in environmental education.
11. Risk, health, and environment.


June 8, 2013

eARTh Walk
National Park Kennemerduinen, The Netherlands


"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper,"
wrote the English playwright Eden Phillpotts in 1919.

What happens when we seek to connect with the living world – not through pre-established scientific knowledge, but through an open-ended artful process? The relationship of Art in Earth will be explored during this experiential course, in which Spring College will be joined by two artists and teachers Jan van Boeckel & Azul-Valerie Thome. Each of them will take you through their unique process of open creation. During eARTh Walk, we invite you to engage with the living world and the moist, pasty substance that is below our feet and now in our hands: clay. Working the clay, we will imagine and give shape to organic forms, expressing dynamic natural processes of germination, growth and decay. We walk through the beautiful Kennemerduinen while exploring how we interpret our daily lives and how our ways of perceiving the world affects how we co-create society and its systems. In this light, we will share our experiences of the value of open artful processes. ‘eARTh in Kennemerduinen’ invites you deeply into the space of the more-than-human-world. You will work with organic forms and matter, use carving tools, paints, pigments and other materials to bring your natural creativity to light. Throughout the day, a new relationship will be woven between the place, your self and your creativity. We complete the course with sharing our creative journey of the day.

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6-12 March, 2013

Im Bann der sinnlichen Natur
Berlin/Hannover/Munchen, Germany, Prague Czech Republic

Wege in eine lebensfördernde Gesellschaft

Eine Symposien-Reise mit Hildegard Kurt, Shelley Sacks, David Abram und Andreas Weber

Was liegt an der Wurzel der menschengemachten Krisen? Die Annahme, die Welt sei ein Ressourcenlager für die Bequemlichkeit der eigenen Spezies, ist so tief in der westlichen Kultur verankert, dass sie uns geradezu zur »zweiten Natur« geworden ist. Die ökologische Krise ist im Grund eine Wahrnehmungskrise, und Nachhaltigkeit in erster Linie eine kulturelle Herausforderung. Die Symposien-Reise fokussiert auf eine zeitgemäße Naturerfahrung: Was folgt daraus, dass wir die Welt als lebendig und nicht als eine beliebig auszubeutende Ansammlung toter Bausteine erfahren?   Wie können wir zu einer Haltung und Praxis finden, in der menschliche Kreativität positiv zur Lebendigkeit dieses Planeten beiträgt? Eine lebensfördernde Kultur verlangt nach neuen Formen des Wirtschaftens. Aber wie könnte eine auf die Pflege von Gemeingütern ausgerichtete Ökonomie gestaltet sein?

Die Erfahrungssymposien möchten ermutigen, eine Praxis »des guten Lebens« nicht als ferne Utopie zu begreifen, sondern im Hier und Jetzt – in jeder sinnlichen Erfahrung – umzusetzen und daraus mutige Schlüsse für eine (R)Evolution der Gesellschaft zu ziehen.

March 2013

Course: The Biology of Snow and Arctic Experience (5ECTS)
Helsinki and Kilpisjärvi, Finland

The course aims at observing and experiencing the snow from art and science angles. It will be organized as an open seminar, held in Otaniemi Campus biological arts laboratory, in March 2013. The seminar gives a trans-disciplinary introduction to the snow, to its biology and art. After the seminar a group of students (max. 8 persons) will take part to a week-long workshop in Kilpisjärvi biological station.

The workshop will take place in the arctic landscape. The students will work on their projects combining artistic and biological expressions. During the hands-on workshop the direct experience of snow will be accompanied by the scientific knowledge of the same element. The snow is present and a part of the landscape, it is essential for the survival of the plants and animals; a man has also adapted to the snow. It´s presence can be observed through a microscope, or using any other tool either in the laboratory of the station or using other methods offered by the arts.

More information: Leena Valkeapää, email:
PhD Leena Valkeapää, environmental artist and researcher, has lived the last ten years in Lapland, far away from the road network. Her doctoral thesis, In Nature, a dialogue with works of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää”, was published in 2011. The subjects of the dissertation are the wind, a reindeer, time and a man. Valkeapää is interested in the influence of the natural conditions to the worldview of people.

6 March, 2013

The Biology of Snow
Helsinki, Finland

Aalto Biofilia Open Seminar
Otaniemi Campus, Otakaari 7B, School of Electrical Engineering (ELEC) Sähkötalo 1
How to get there: Bus number 102 from Kamppi, bus stop "Teekkarikylä"

The seminar “The Biology of Snow” at Aalto Biofilia observes the snow as a captivating natural phenomenon and a significant part of the water cycle. Natural scientists specialized in researching snow will present their research related with its origin, physiology, morphology and the significance for the life in the Earth.The program, designed with artist and researcher Leena Valkeapää, will give an introduction to the nascency of the snow in the aerosphere, the essence of the snow fallen on to the ground and its significance for the flora and fauna. The snow and the organisms living in it will be contemplated under the microscope. The seminar will also introduce participants to the tools and methodologies used by natural scientists, and interconnect with artistic thinking and practice.
The seminar is open to the public and marks the beginning of “The Biology of Snow and Arctic Experience”
workshop, that will take students north to the Kilpisjärvi Biological Field Station of the University of Helsinki.
The presentations will be given by three snow researchers, PhD Dmitri Moisseev (University of Helsinki),
PhD Sirpa Rasmus (University of Jyväskylä) and Prof. Pekka Niemelä (University of Turku).
The snowchange reflects to the decision making of local people and is linked to a larger worldliness of the
weather, that covers – beside the knowledge of snow – the Moon, dreams, stars, winds, traditions and

Photo: Still image from video by Tomi Paasonen and Jorma Paranko for stage performance.

The seminar s held in English and
is available in real-time streaming:

9..00.-9.15. Opening of the seminar by artist, PhD Leena Valkeapää and Ulla Taipale, Aalto Biofilia
9.15. – 9.45 Presentation: Cloud Physics. PhD Dmitri Moiseev, University of Helsinki
9.45 - 10.00 Demonstration: Snowflake formation viewed in a microscope. (Marika Hellman, Aalto
10.00.-12.00 Presentation: Physics and Ecology of Snow. PhD Sirpa Rasmus, University of Jyväskylä
Sample taking from the Otaniemi snow cover.
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.30 Presentation: Arthropods living in the snow. PhD Pekka Niemelä, University of Turku
13.30.- 14.30. Practical session: Observations of melted snow under the microscope with Pekka Niemelä
14.30. Closing the seminar: Up to Kilpisjärvi, the arctic experience. Artist, Leena Valkeapää

Aalto Biofilia
Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts, a biological art unit was launched under the Aalto ARTS
in 2012. It offers a platform and infrastructure for trans-disciplinary research and education
that aim at creating cultural discussion and innovation around the topics related to the
manipulation of life and biological processes at a practical and theoretical level, including
philosophical and ethical dimensions. Project Manager Ulla Taipale and Laboratory
Manager Marika Hellman are Biofilia staff members. More information:

11-13 February, 2013

Interdisciplinary conference: Art and geography: aesthetics and practices of spatial knowledge
Lyon, France

We invite proposals to participate in a conference which will explore the contours of geographic and artistic practice, examine their porous boundaries, and delve into all manner of art-geography linkages, interrelationships and hybridizations.

The contemporary art world has gravitated toward notions of space and place with terms such as “in situ”, “outdoor” and “alternative space” becoming ubiquitous in its terminology. Further examples of art-geography hybridization include use of geolocation, georeferencing, fieldwork methodologies, and other geographical input in the creative process and in the appearance or significance of resulting works. Consequently, art critics and scholars increasingly view issues pertaining to public space, environment, and virtual space as prime topics of concern. Yet if art practice is engaged with a “spatial turn” then geography too is adopting and adapting art practice to the geographical imagination. Indeed, maps may be viewed as artworks; map-making as a creative process; and fieldwork methodologies as essentially artistic practices. A further aspect of the art-geography nexus concerns art’s engagement with contemporary spatial development planning and practice. From the branding of artist districts to festivalisation and local policies based on cultivating, promoting and clustering “creative industries”, artists are now seen as key players in the urban development game. This poses a new set of opportunities and challenges for artists to engage with revitalization processes, and also opens up new areas for critical research.

February 1-3, 2013

SCANZ 2013 3rd nature wānanga-symposium
Developing the culture to create a sustainable civilisation

Owae Marae, Aotearoa New Zealand

SCANZ 2013: 3rd nature brings together diverse people to discuss how to approach working together across culture, discipline and media. We must work together to resolve the issues emerging at the boundary between fresh knowledge and deep knowledge, beginning with sharing knowledge and projects.

Integrating indigenous perspectives with creative, environmental, scientific and academic views on reality is essential to a sustainable future. At the same time, computing and digital media are changing our relationship to culture and the environment.

On the one hand digital technology allows us to analyse and display data in new ways, as when anthropologists use language databases to shed light on the movement of culture.

On the other hand digital technology adds to our senses, and extends them beyond the body to the forests and the land. Scientists, artists and others are transforming the environment into an organism, as Maori and indigenous peoples have always known it to be.

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