Activities
#BioFacts
Microbial prospecting workshop with Melissa Grant
8 Oct 2021

SOLU Space

Making invisible microbes visible and trying to identify them has been a pastime of the curious for many centuries. Some of the scientific methods used have seemed out of reach for the at home biologist, however, advances in DIY biology equipment and sharing of knowledge now mean that almost anyone can grow and potentially identify microbes with a few pieces of equipment...
High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB): Atmospheric Encounters
7 Oct — 20 Nov 2021

SOLU Space

High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB) is a long term project involving scientists and artists in a quest to explore extreme environments, particularly the stratosphere and detect and capture microorganisms that may live or survive there. The Atmospheric Encounters exhibition features new works by Melissa Grant, Oliver de Peyer, Hannah Imlach, Anna Dumitriu, Alex May, Paul Shepherd, Heidi Pietarinen, Till Bovermann, Anne Yoncha and Noora Sandgren.
#Biofriction
Quimera Rosa - Trans*Plant: May the Chlorophyll be with/in you
2 — 25 Sep 2021

SOLU Space

Trans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project that utilizes living systems and is based on self-experimentation: it is a process that involves a human to plant transition in various formats.
In Dialogue: Ariane Koek & Erich Berger
26 Aug 2021

SOLU Space

Welcome to join us for a dialogue that brings together Ariane Koek, a leading expert in the intersection of art, science and technology, and Erich Berger, director of Bioart Society. During the evening, they will be discussing Koek’s pioneering work and the many ways in which art, science and society can come together within artistic and curatorial practices. Pre-registration required!
#Biofriction
BioFutures - Process Prototype Showcase
12 — 18 Jun 2021

SOLU Space

Imaginative prototypes from the five-day BioFutures workshop and ongoing work: deep-sea gardening, bee Tinder, spiritual reformations... Welcome!
#Biofriction
BioFutures - A physical narrative workshop
7 — 11 Jun 2021

Helsinki

The BioFutures workshop will take place from June 7-11 (10-17h) in Helsinki, either at SOLU Space or at the Aalto Design Factory. It is hosted locally by artists Christina Stadlbauer and Noora Sandgren and led remotely by Tina Auer and Tim Boykett of Time’s Up. Apply by May 14!
#Biofriction
TICK ACTs
2 — 3 Jun 2021

SOLU Space

For visitors of one at a time over two days,TICK ACTs presents contemplations and ideas from a collaboration between artists Laura Beloff and Kira O’Reilly on ticks and tick-borne pathogens and their environments.
#StateoftheArtNetwork
Full Moon Presence workshop with the Independent AIR
17 May — 30 Jun 2021

Online

The workshop is an invitation to open ourselves towards understanding our entanglement with nature and to listen to the voice of the landscape and the more-than-human world.
#SOLUspa with Ernest Truely
17 — 30 May 2021

SOLU Space

Welcome to #SOLUspa to experience the transformational power of art and hairdressing!
#Biofriction
Talking BIO·FICTION
14 — 28 Apr 2021

Online

Talking BIO·FICTION is a discussion format that gives space to reflect together on the content and context of a selection of short films watched together.
#Biofriction
BIO·FICTION Shorts
9 — 29 Apr 2021

SOLU Space / online

BIO·FICTION Shorts is a touring collection of short films exploring the theme of Futurebody. The films are accompanied by a panel discussion and a series of conversations.
#Biofriction
BIO·FICTION Panel
8 Apr 2021

Online

A panel discussion about neurotechnology and its current and potential impact on society featuring artist and educator Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka, festival director Markus Schmidt, neuroscientist Riitta Hari and artist Pia Tikka.
#StateoftheArtNetwork
Soil workshop with NOBA - Norwegian Bioart Arena
24 — 26 Mar 2021

Online

A workshop exploring living matter and diving deep into the knowledge of soil
#SOLUexhibitions
Maija Annikki Savolainen: /d a t a c e n t r e
13 Jan — 20 Feb 2021

SOLU Space

/d a t a c e n t r e by artist Maija Annikki Savolainen is an exhibition shifting through time. Mirroring the format of a residency, the exhibition performs as a site for ongoing research, material experimentation and knowledge transmission. Curated in collaboration with Yvonne Billimore, video projections in collaboration with media artist Otso Havanto.
#Biofriction
TICK TALKs
1 Jan — 1 Dec 2021

Online

A series of conversations by artists Laura Beloff & Kira O'Reilly with experts from the biosciences and the humanities concerning ticks, the pathogens they carry and the implications for humans and non-humans within changing environments.
/d a t a c e n t r e Reading Circles
3 Dec 2020 — 21 Jan 2021

Online

Join artist Maija Annikki Savolainen for a sequence of reading circles in connection to her exhibition /d a t a c e n t r e! The reading circles are held as online events over zoom.
#Biofriction
Photosonic Landscapes panel
12 Nov 2020

Online

A panel discussion featuring artists Minna Långström, Leah Beeferman, and Mika Taanila, solar astronomer Sara Martin, and Tytti Rantanen (moderator).
#Biofriction
Minna Långström & Leah Beeferman: Photosonic Landscapes in Color
16 Oct — 21 Nov 2020

SOLU Space

In the exhibition, Långström and Beeferman present new experimental works. They explore images as scientific tools, or as other forms of information, and as physical entities consisting of pixels or pigment grains correlating to a physical object sensitive to light.
#BioFacts
Yeastogram workshop with Johanna Rotko
24 — 27 Aug 2020

SOLU Space

During this three-evening workshop, participants learn how to make yeastograms - living images made with yeast, growth media, UV light and rasterized images - with the guidance of visual artist Johanna Rotko
Criss-Crossing Ecologies
20 Aug 2020 — 31 Jan 2021

Annantalo, Helsinki

Art&science exhibition created in collaboration with Annantalo Arts Centre.
#SOLUexhibitions
Johanna Rotko: Living Images
13 Aug — 13 Sep 2020

SOLU Space

Visual artist Johanna Rotko works with living materials, mainly different yeasts. The exhibition features yeastograms - images made with living yeast cells - photographs of Rotko's research, and a video piece introducing her working methods.
#Biofriction
Braiding Friction - a series of online conversations
2 Jun — 31 Jul 2020

online

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed activities, our collaboration project Biofriction is setting up a a series of online conversations to instigate an informed discussion on current situation and possible scenarios.
Fragile Life and Celestial Matter(s)
25 — 28 May 2020

Live stream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCISuPObcTBtedqlWDWTosTQ

With Field_Notes - The Heavens the Bioart Society started to explore the interface between space and earth. Fragile Life and Celestial Matter(s) continues this inquiry with two online panel events bringing together a group of artists and researchers who work on space related issues for many years.
Talking About "Living Things"
11 Mar 2020

SOLU Space

How to represent life-material and bodies of living beings and at the same time avoiding the pitfalls of objectification? Join us for an open conversation with Bartaku (artist, FI/BE), Björn Kröger (paleontologist, FI/DE), Marietta Radomska (philosopherFI/SE/PL) and Mari Keski-Korsu (artist, FI)!
Book launch - Art As We Don't Know It
5 Mar — 5 Feb 2020

SOLU

Welcome to celebrate the launch of Art as We Don’t Know It, a new book showcasing art and research that has grown and flourished within the wider network of both the Bioart Society and Biofilia during the previous decade.
#BioFacts
MaterialeX workshop
26 — 27 Feb 2020

SOLU

What happens when matter really matters? MaterialeX is a two-day deep-dive workshop about exploring how to make materials from local waste streams. The workshop is hosted by Chan'nel Vestergaard.
Field recording workshop with Alan Courtis
16 Feb 2020

SOLU Space

A three-hour workshop open to musicians, non-musicians, artists, professionals, students and anybody interested in field recording.
In Dialogue: Emilia Tikka & Mianna Meskus
15 Jan 2020

SOLU Space

Welcome to join us for a dialogue that brings together artist, designer and researcher Emilia Tikka and Mianna Meskus, sociologist of science and technology.
Crossroads – Book Launch & Seminar
12 Dec 2019

SOLU Space

Crossroads – New Views on Art and Environment offers a kaleidoscopic view of artistic practices that respond to the complex, at times contradictory entity that we choose to call “environment”. The book is co-published by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki, and edited by Ilari Laamanen. The publication will be launched in a seminar hosted by Bioart Society at the SOLU Space in Katajanokka on 12th of December, 2019.
#SOLUexhibitions
Time and River are alike
11 Dec 2019 — 31 Jan 2020

SOLU

Since 2009, the Bioart Society has been running art&science residency Ars Bioarctica at the Kilpisjärvi Biological station located in the Finnish subarctic/Sápmi. So far 204 artists, scientists and transdisciplinary working groups have attended the residency. The Time and River are alike exhibition offers a glimpse into this residency, mediated through video, audio and photo works by five artists.
Christina Stadlbauer: Narratives of Imperfection – Finissage
30 Nov 2019

SOLU Space

Join us for the finissage of Christina Stadlbauer's exhibition Narratives of Imperfection on Saturday, November 30! Tervetuloa viettämään kanssamme Narratives of Imperfection -näyttelyn päätöstilaisuutta lauantaina 30.11.!
#SPLICE
Sonic Wildcode performance by AGF
17 Aug 2017

Oulu Museum of Art

Live sound performance during the Night of the Arts at the Oulu Museum of Art on the 17th of August 2017 Antye Greie [AGF, poemproducer] (DE/FI) is a musician, vocalist, digital songwriter,...
#SPLICE
SPLICE Seminar
20 May 2017

Oulu Museum of Art

20th May 2017 10-15h Oulu Museum of Art Kasarmintie 9, 90100 Oulu, Finland Seminaari on englanninkielinen. The seminar will be held in English. The seminar is open and free for everybody who wants...
#SPLICE
SPLICE
20 May — 12 Nov 2017

Oulu Museum of Art

The SPLICE re_examining Nature international exhibition produced by Finnish Bioart Society and the Oulu Art Museum focuses its gaze on our relationship with nature, including diverse approaches...
#SPLICE
Be-Wildermend (Nature Drag) performance by Kira O’Reilly
19 May 2017

Oulu Museum of Art

During the openig of the SPLICE exhibition, Helsinki based artist Kira O'Reilly will perform Be-Wilderment (Nature Drag). The opening is on Friday 19 May at 5–7 p.m. at the Oulu Museum of Art. The...
#HYBRID_MATTERs
PLASTIC IMAGINARIES
26 Nov 2016

Helsinki, Finland

The workshop is part of the Hybrid_Matters Symposium, and took place at Forumbox Helsinki and was held by Asa Stahl and Kristina Lindstrom. How do we want to live with plastics? New research have...
#HYBRID_MATTERs
HYBRID MATTERs exhibition Forumbox
24 Nov — 18 Dec 2016

Helsinki, Finland


The exhibition took place at Forum Box with: participating artists: Hanna Husberg FI/SW, Lawrence Malstaf BE/NO, Laura Belof FI/DK, Jonas Jorgenson DK, Kristina Lindstrom SE, Asa Stahl SE,...
#HYBRID_MATTERs
HYBRID MATTERs Symposium
24 — 25 Nov 2016

Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland

HYBRID MATTERs investigates hybrid ecologies, the convergence of our environment with technology and essentially the intentional and unintentional transformation of our planet through human...
#HYBRID_MATTERs
HYBRID MATTERs exhibition Nikolaj Kunsthal
19 May — 31 Jul 2016

Denmark

The exhibition investigates current hybrids of biology, technology and art. The exhibition looks at today's brave new world in which genetically modifed plants and animals, artifcial organisms and...
#HYBRID_MATTERs
HYBRID_MATTERs exhibition Kunsthal Grenland
19 Mar — 8 May 2016

Porsgrun, Norway

The detritus from human activity has reached such proportions, both in extent and amount, that there is scarcely a single place Earth that is pure and untouched by human alluvia. Describing some...
#HYBRID_MATTERs
Field_Notes – HYBRID MATTERs
14 — 20 Sep 2015

Kilpisjärvi, Biologocal Station of the University of Helsinki


Field_Notes – HYBRID MATTERs is an art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjarvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland.
Five groups, hosted by...
#MAKING_LIFE
Making_Life – Seminar
23 May 2015

Urban Workshop, Lasipalatsi, Helsinki

In the seminar, Making_Life participants gave an introduction to synthetic biology and why and how they are interested in engaging with it. Discussed have been key technologies, promises, the hype...
#MAKING_LIFE
Making-Life III – exhibition
22 — 31 May 2015

Lasipalatsi Näyttely, Helsinki

An exhibtion with artistic responses to synthetic biology The exhibtion Making_Life was the presentation of the artistic prototyping workshop Making_Life III.
Four diferent groups composed from the...
Making-Life III – a research platform for art and synthetic biology
17 — 22 May 2015

Bioflia, base for biological arts, Aalto University, Helsinki

Making_Life I (May 2014) introduced the molecular biological foundations of synthetic biology. Making_Life II (November 2014) looked into proto- life, xeno and exobiology. Making_Life III was an...
#MAKING_LIFE
Martin Hanczyc, Public Lecture
27 Nov 2014

The House of Science and Letters, Helsinki, Finland

The lecture was part of Making_Life, a project by the Finnish Society of Bioart in collaboration with Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts – Aalto University Finland and Bio:Fiction Vienna Austria...
#MAKING_LIFE
Bio-Commons Workshop
7 — 8 Jun 2014

Vartiosaari, Helsinki, Finland

The Commons consist of any common resource that is available to all, narrowing basically to two: physical resources or man-made. A plenitude of licensing modes has been developed in the past and...
Bio-Commons, keynote by Markus Schmidt
6 Jun 2014

Helsinki University, Finland

Dr. Markus Schmidt, founder and team leader of Biofaction in Vienna Austria, gave a keynote lecture on the Bio-Commons as a kick-off for the Pixelache Bio-Commons workshop. He opened the theme of...
Curie’s Children [glow boys radons daughter]
2 — 5 Jun 2014

Kaupunkiverstas, Helsinki, Finland

The Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop allowed the uninitiated to easily enter into a physical and intuitive relation to nuclear and atomic processes, following simple hands-on...
Artist Presentation Paul Vanouse
21 May 2014

House of Science and Letters Helsinki, Finland

Vanouse, Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, NY, presented works from over two decades of experience working with emerging media forms, which have been exhibited in over 20...
Yeastogram workshop
13 — 15 Dec 2013

Helsinki, Finland

The yeast printing workshop introduced 12 participants to a novel experimental imaging process for creating animations. Living yeast cultures were prepared and exposed to produce images. The...
#ArsBioarctica
Natural Cryptography for Postcards
6 Dec 2013

Helsinki, Finland

Led by Markus Decker and Peter Wagenhofer Produced in collaboration with Pixelache In his Ars Bioarctica residency Markus Decker investigated natural random phenomena like natural radioactivity or...
#Field_Notes-CultivatingGrounds
Deep Time – Deep Futures Symposium
24 October, 2013

Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

Deep Time / Deep Futures was a symposium on artistic responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and time in biological, environmental, and geological processes, within which we are...
#Field_Notes-CultivatingGrounds
Field_Notes Publication
23 Oct 2013

Publication

“Field_Notes – From Landscape to Laboratory – Maisemasta Laboratorioon” Edited by Laura Beloff, Erich Berger and Terike Haapoja This publication is the result of “Field_Notes – Cultivating Grounds”...
#Field_Notes-DeepTime
Field Notes – Deep Time
16 — 22 Sep 2013

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Kilpisjärvi, Finland

Hosted by Oron Catts, Antero Kare, Leena Valkeapaa, Tere Vaden, Elisabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse “Field_Notes – Deep Time” was a week-long art&science field laboratory organized by the...
#Field_Notes-DeepTime
Field_Notes residencies
1 — 15 Sep 2013

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Kilpisjärvi, Finland

The Field_Notes residencies have been research and preparation residencies prior to the “Field_Notes Deep Time” field laboratory. Oron Catts, Antero Kare, Tere Vaden, Leena Valkeapää and Erich...
Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence
1 — 11 Aug 2013

Pyhäjoki, Finland


This trans-disciplinary expedition and production workshop took place in Pyhäjoki, Northern Finland, where the sixth nuclear power plant (NPP) in the country was planned to be built. Participants...
Prima Materia
22 Nov — 13 Dec 2012

Helsinki, Finland

PRIMA MATERIA – 4 artistic positions on ecology Exhibition at Helsinki University Think Corner Participating artists: Laura Beloff (FI), Ursula Damm (DE), Mari Keski-Korsu (FI) and Tuula Närhinen...
#ArsBioarctica
Arctic Perspective
17 Nov — 3 Dec 2012

Kilpisjärvi and Helsinki, Finland

This activity, enabled through a grant by the Canadian Arts Council, had six researchers from the art collective Arctic Perspective visiting Kilpisjärvi Biological Station for a research residency,...
Ursula Damm public lecture
27 May, 2012

Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

German artist Ursula Damm presented her recent artistic work and research into synthetic biology. She has become known for her installations dealing with geometry and its social impact on public...
The Art of Gathering Environmental Data
12 May, 2012

Helsinki, Finland

Under the umbrella “The Art of Gathering Environmental Data” the Finnish Society of Bioart organised a series of events concerned with collecting, publishing and using environmental data in...
DoItYourself microscopy and urban micro ecology workshop
18 April, 2012

Helsinki, Finland

This workshop was held by the Finnish Society of Bioart together with Helsinki University Centre for Environment – HENVI, in the context of the HENVI Science Days. Leading a group of 15...
#ArsBioarctica
Stripped Berry Rug
1 Jan — 1 Feb 2012

Kilpisjärvi

This work combines the approaches of environmental art and scientific experiment. Planted cuttings of cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum) form two sectors in the shape...
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Field_Notes – Cultivating Grounds
26 Sep — 2 Oct 2011

Kilpsijärvi Biological Station, Finland

Hosted by Oron Catts, Marta de Menezes, Anu Osva, Tapio Makela and Terike Haapoja “Field_Notes – Cultivating Grounds” was a week-long field laboratory for the theory and practise of art&science...
EPAC - CityBeat
26 Aug — 12 Dec 2011

Lasipalatsi square, Helsinki, Finland / Riga, Latvia

EPAC is the European Public Art Centre. It is a collaborative engagement between organisations across eight European countries, with the aim to exhibit art&science artworks in urban outdoor...
#ArsBioarctica
Weather Tunnel - project
1 Jul — 1 Aug 2011

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Helsinki and Beijing, China

Ars Bioarctica participated in the project "Weather Tunnel". It was a translocal project envisioned as a participatory, interventionist component of the international media art exhibition titled...
#Field_Notes-CultivatingGrounds
Arctic Waters Workshop
28 Jun — 3 Jul 2011

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Finland

Held by Anu Osva (FI) and Laura Forsström (FI) Arctic Waters was a workshop on nature, research and art, directed by an artist and a scientist. From a scientific perspective it investigated...
Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea
28 May — 31 Aug 2011

Baltic sea

Until the end of 2010 the Finnish Society of Bioart was the producer of the project Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea, by Capsula for European Capital of Culture Turku2011. It was a...
Jens Hauser: Staging Authenticity: Transhistorical Approaches to Biotechnological Art
27 May 2011

Helsinki, Finland

The use of biomedia in art can be characterized by an oscillation between an immediate presence, and a complex hyper-mediated construction of underlying meaning. Biological objects, subjects or...
Hackteria Workshop
8 — 12 Mar 2011

Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Led by Marc R. Dusseiller (CH) & Andy Gracie (UK) In collaboration with Pixelache Festival This was an experimental maker-workshop with multi layered outcomes, intended for people interested in...
#Art&HENVI
Art and HENVI
01 January, 2011

Helsinki, Finland

Art&HENVI was organised by the Finnish Society of Bioart in collaboration with the Helsinki University Centre for Environmental Research (HENVI) in the context of World Design Capital (WDC)...
#ArsBioarctica
Bio-science and art - student workshop
19 — 26 May 2010

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Finland

Together with the former Environmental Art Programme at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Prof. Markku Hakuri and Ars Bioarctica organized a bio-science and art workshop for...
Art and Technoscience Conference
24 — 25 Mar 2010

Kuvataideacademia, Helsinki, Finland

ART AND TECHNOSCIENCE - Practices in transformation, was a two day conference in collaboration with the University of the Arts, Academy of Fine Arts. The conference contextualized the practices of...
Havahdus seminar
03 October, 2009

House of Sciences, Helsinki

A seminar focusing on the interaction between arts and biology has been one of the important goals for Ars Bioarctica from the beginning. The Finnish Society of Biology, Vanamo (Suomen Biologian...
Arctic journey - student workshop
5 — 12 Sep 2009

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Kilpisjärvi, Finland

Teachers in collaboration: Leena Valkeapää (Aalto University), Anu Osva (Finnish Bioart Society), Tuula Häyrynen (Finnish Bioart Society), Maria Tuomi (research assistant Kilpisjärvi Biological...
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80+1 Kilpisjärvi project
18 Jun — 31 Jul 2009

Kilpisjärvi, Finland / Linz, Austria

During spring 2009 Ars Bioarctica took part in the international project 80+1 - A Journey Around the World organized by the Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, Austria. The venture posed 20 crucial...