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Curated Expeditions project continued after the Expedition to the Total Eclipse and the Expedition to the Baltic Sea was celebrated in 2009-11 as a part of programme of Cultural Capital Turku2011. Please enter to !

The Moon Goose Experiment in Transmediale 2010

Video screening of Agnes Meyer-Brandis experiments on the Siberian Moon Geese will be presented in the programme of Transmediale Festival from 2nd until 7th February 2010  in Berlin.  The artist herself will take part of the panel conversation “Destination Moon” on 6th February in between of Wang Yuyang and Pavel Medvedev. The panel is moderated by Arts Catalyst curator Rob La Frenais.

The recent discovery of water on the moon has refocused society’s imagination on our nearest celestial neighbour. The title of the panel refers to the seminal 1958 novel Destination Moon by Robert Heinlein, which helped develop the popular mythology of the Moon.

The Moon Goose Experiment

What I felt: euphoria. Waiting for a miracle.

On 1st August, 2008, Mireia C. Saladrigues invited 100 visitors to observe 5 species of animals – white-handed gibbon, icebear, marten, owl and liger  – in the Zoo of Novosibirsk. The moment was special – the moon was going to eclipse the sun during a hot Siperian summer day. Here are the 85 of the observations of the participants, written on Zoolar Eclipse postcards and returned after the eclipse.hypolates-lar_01.08.08_18

The drawnings and texts written by artist have been compilated into a binded book,  available here. The book and the drawnings were exhibited for the first time in Kiasma Mediatheque during the spring 2009.

Zoolar Eclipse, Kiasma Mediatheque

Mireia C. Saladrigues in Kiasma Mediatheque, Helsinki.

Zoolar Eclipse will be exhibited in EspaiDos, Sala Municunill in Terrassa, Spain, from 12th novembre until 13th december, 2009. It forms part of a series of exhibitions under the theme Kairós, Moments of clarity.

New destinies for Expedition to the Total Eclipse -show?

After nice finissage happening in Kiasma and URSA observatory, the summer has been quite silent for the Eclipse related expedition activities. The show in Kiasma Mediatheque closed after 3 months in the beginning of June and the works are now being stored for the new show. The estimation of the visitors for the show is 7000, and the eclipse happening had some 25 participants. Thank you for the public and for all the collaborators and supporters!

Capsula´s second expedition is being prepared during the summer months and will be announced as an open call in the next days. This time the expeditioners will be chosen through an open call for artists in Finland and Estonia, and will be part of Finnish Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011 -activities. More about the open call and the subject of the next expedition within the next days in

Parallely the second expedition preparations, the Eclipse show is looking for a new venues to be exhibited, if you / your institution are interested, please contact with Capsula! Also talks by curator and the artists about the experience and results can be organized within festivals, seminars and other events. Small portfolio about the exhibition.

Slow / fast biking?

The Guardian / Treehugger:

Just because the fixed gear rider gets to work first – does it count as the best commuting method if he or she is so sweaty and out of breath he needs a shower? If the slow cyclist comes in minutes later but doesn’t need to clean up, is that really the faster method? And what about if the fixie rider saves their morning shower until they get into work (keeping in mind they’ve got to get home too…)?

I for one have never really bought into the need for fancy bikes in an urban setting – after all, theft is usually rampant, and I’d rather keep my head up than sacrifice vision for streamlining. Better 5 minutes late, sweat-free and alive than on time, sweaty and, errm, dead. I’d love to hear from our bike commuters out there – what do you ride and why? And is slow cycling the new fast? ( by Sami Grover, USA)

TTommi Taipale, Siiri Anttila, Selja Eskonen and Heikki Tuorila cycling in Russia. Photo: Tommi Taipale

Tommi Taipale, Siiri Anttila, Selja Eskonen and Heikki Tuorila cycling in Russia. Photo: Tommi Taipale

The Moon Goose -video

The audiovisual compilation of the Moon Goose Experiment by Agnes Meyer-Brandis is now available online.

We don´t have any records of the Moon Geese after their Helsinki Observatory visit last June. The small video about the Eclipse Happening is being edited at the moment and will be published online later this summer/autumn.

Arrival to the Sacred Scarabeus Island

The longest eclipse of the millenium

With the maximum duration of 6 min 39 s, it is the longest solar eclipse in the 21st century. The Chinese mainland, along the Yangzi River, is the most convenient region for observing the eclipse. Since the weather conditions in this region on July 22 are very hard to forecast, the Chinese Astronomical Society, the host of IYA 2009 in China, is organising a large scale live broadcast program for the eclipse event.

Junta de Extremadura and Shelios expedition will offer a direct broadcast of the eclipse in:

Moon Geese have arrived to Helsinki

Agnes and the Moon Geese on their stop in Helsinki, URSA observatory

Agnes and the Moon Geese on their stop in Helsinki, URSA observatory

Finissage for the Expedition to the Total Eclipse: Eclipse Happening 4th June

Eclipse Happening

The first exhibition of the new artworks born in the Expedition to the Total Eclipse will finalize next week, 7th June. To celebrate that and also the end of Pixelache Season09 before the summer, Eclipse Happening will be performed on 4th June, 2009. To start with, Agnes Meyer-Brandis and professor of Observatory of Helsinki, Tapio Markkanen will give their presentations in Kiasma Theatre at 15 pm. The focus is in space traveling and in eclipses from art and science perspectives. After, the MoonWalk Workshop for Humans and Moon Geese will take place in the same stage of Kiasma Theatre. Dance teacher Milla Koistinen leads this playful session accompanied by remix collection of Michael Jackson´s Billie Jean, featured by French artist Jean-Baptiste Bayle.

From Kiasma we invite people to join us for an urban expedition to Kaivopuisto. The expedition will be done by feet and partially by tram. We will pass by the library of Rikhardinkatu, the Faculty of Astronomy of University of Helsinki and some other relevant places. Once in the URSA observatory in Kaivopuisto, we can enjoy of russian music played by guitar and sung by Punch, russian snacks and view how the famous Moon Geese by Agnes Meyer-Brandis fly to the Moon  in URSA portable planetarium. The relaxed astronomical evening continues around the observartory and hopefully the sky is clear so all can observe the Sun by the telescope.

The event is organised by Pixelache and Capsula.

Thank you for Finnish Ministry of Education, Goethe Institute, HIAP, URSA, Kiasma Theatre for their support.

Spaceship Earth -seminar in Pixelache-festival

Novosibirsk Zoo minitrain rail into the woodsPIXELACHE09 presents: Sat 4th April

– Spaceship Earth -Art, Science & Ecology -seminar- in Finland / Helsinki / Lasipalatsi


12:00-13:00 Ulla Taipale (FI/ES): Capsula / Expedition to the Total Eclipse

13:00-14:00 Terike Haapoja (FI): On art, environmental ethics and technology

14:00-15:00 Anu Osva (FI): Ars Bioarctica / 80+1 Kilpisjärvi Climate Change

15:00-16:00 Climate Hack / Pachube / Helsingin Energia: work in progress

16:00-17:00 Tapio Mäkelä (FI): Ecolocatedness: Art and Science Practice as Situated Information Design

The discussions are moderated by artist Terike Haapoja (FI) and Pixelache programme director Juha Huuskonen (FI).

Festival visitors are welcome to visit URSA astronomical observatory in Kaivopuisto Park to observe the starry sky or/and solar phenomena.


2-5 April, 21-23 pm Star viewing (depending on the weather conditions)

Sat 4 April 21-23 pm Star viewing (garantised, in any weather conditions)

Sun 5 April 13-15 pm Sun viewing (if the sky is clear)

If you want to confirm the session in advance, call to 09 653 505.