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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.

Premiere in Kiasma, Helsinki

The first venue to exhibit the works resulting from the first expedition has been confirmed. The show “Expedition to the total eclipse” will be opened on the 6th March in Kiasma, Helsinki. Ulla will stay in Suomenlinna fortress island as HIAP resident during february to work close to the venue and Pixelache09 organisation. The exhibition is a part of the Pixelache09 Festival and will be open until 7th June, 2009.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis

Photo: Agnes Meyer-Brandis

Post Expedition practices

After these months  that has passed after the expedition Siberia, it is time to give some news about the expedition crew and our activities after the big adventure. It is obvious that the contacts with Novobirsk and Russians didn´t stop when we finalised the journey, we stay in contact with our collaborators and some of them are still helping us in different tasks related with the project.

The first venue for the new artworks has been confirmed! The exhibition “Expedition to the Eclipse” is going to be shown in Helsinki, in the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma`s Mediateekki, opening on 6th March, 2009. The three artworks will be shown in Kiasma for three months. The show will for part of Pixelache Festival 09 activities and some conferences and other parallel activities will be organised during the exhibition period.

As Ian McKeever says:

Scientists, like artists, seem to spend a lot of time just looking and thinking around things, engaged in refreshingly simple observation. There are other parallels, too. Both scientists and artists seem to divide their time between doing field-work and going back to base to do the actual donkey work itself. On the surface it looks like both are moving in the same direction, only on different trains, so to speak.

This text is part of the publication called Ikijää – Permafrost, edited by Marketta Seppälä and Yrjö Haila in Finland and it is a compilation of texts and works from their artistic expedition to Magadan of Siberia, in the year 1992.

Agnes, Mireia, Tommi and myself are now doing our “donkey” work each of us in our bases, in Cologne, Barcelona and Tampere. Tommi has spent the christmas holidays doing another leisurely trip in Russia and Agnes will go on January 09 to Ekaterinburg, where she has been invited as an artist-in- residence within NCCA Ural Branch.

Night of the Arts in Helsinki Festival

The first public presentation of the Expedition to Novosibirsk will take place in the Institute for Russia and Eastern Europe on Friday, 22nd August, 2008. Ulla Taipale will present very fresh impressions and experiences of the whole expedition crew, accompanied by some videos and digital photos. Tommi Taipale, who is about to start his Journey back to Finland from Altai, will open an exhibition with photographs of his earlier visits to Onega region in Russia. The exhibition will be open in the Institute 22.8. – 9.9.2008.

Tommi Taipale

Ääninen lake, photo: Tommi Taipale

The event starts at 16.00 pm and is a part of Helsinki Festival´s Night of the Arts celebrations.