Curated Expeditions

Curated Expeditions is dedicated to observing and experiencing fascinating earthly phenomena

Archive for May, 2008

1st Expedition to Zoo of Novosibirsk, Russia

There are hardly any unexplored areas of the Earth, but the Time of Discovery is not over yet. Instead of losing sleep trying to find undiscovered places or struggling to survive remote and inhospitable environments such as the Polar Regions or Outer Space, we can use our energies to observe intriguing phenomena and endeavour to experience new sensations elsewhere, far beyond the ideas of the commercial film or video game industry.

“Curated Expeditions” is dedicated to observing and experiencing fascinating earthly phenomena through artistic investigation. In parallel, Capsula wants to revive leisurely traveling experiences, which have been cast aside by the frantic pace of modern day life. Walking, bob-sleighing, swimming, hitchhiking, rowing, sailing, trains and submarines all personify the Capsula Philosophy of Voyage.

The 1st Expedition of Capsula will  take three artists to observe a total solar eclipse. In 2008, this will occur on August 1st over a vast area stretching from Canada, through to Russia, Mongolia and China. The observation location selected is the scientific Zoo in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. Eclipse starts in Novosibirsk at 15.45 pm.

The artists, German Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Catalan Mireia C. Saladrigues and Finnish Tommi Taipale will study this celestial phenomena and its impact on the animals and the visitors of the Zoo. Each of them will design their own personal case study in collaboration with the Zoo personnel and other professionals of zoology, etology, astronomy, etc.

The travel from Finland to Novosibirsk will combine trains and other leisurely means of transport. We plan to stay at the Zoo for eight days, from July 25th through to August 3rd. The one-way train journey takes approximately 2 days, 13 hours and 6 minutes and the eclipse will last a total of two minutes and twenty seconds (source: NASA).

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