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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 www.capsulaexpeditions.com !

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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 http://www.capsula.org.es

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.

Back home 080808

On the magic date 080808 Agnes, MIreia and Ulla finished their Expedition to Siberia and landed in Cologne, Barcelona and Pori. The end of our journey coincided with two significant international news – the Olympic Games in Peking started and Russia attacked to Georgia and these two countries entered into war. The fourth member or the Expedition is still on his Journey to the Eclipse, -Tommi is starting his way back to Finland in the next days from Altai Mountains. Good luck for his trip!

The Expedition has been really succesful and after some days of reflections and resting, I will start sharing our impressions and experiences through this web blog. So, I have to ask for some patience and new posts with photos from the journey will be available very soon.

Our work in Novosibirsk could be carried out with the help of very reliable and hard-working local assistants. Our best thanks for all of you, we hope our collaboration has been for you as meaningful and rich that for us!

Thank you for our collaborators and supporters

The expedition of Mireia, Agnes and Ulla is about to begin from Helsinki railwaystation. Mireia did already fly from Barcelona to Helsinki, and Agnes and Ulla will join her tomorrow, Ulla by train from Pori and Agnes from Cologne. I have received several messages from Tommi from his way, that did start by bicycle and now continues hitch-hiking. He has passed by Vologoda, NIkolsky, Kotlas and River Ob and the last news was that he was heading towards the tundra…

It is a good moment to thank all the supporters who has made possible the good start for this first Curated Expedition. The Novosibirsk Zoo and it´s directors, Rostislaw and Olga Shilo that at first hand were ready for the collaboration and has invited us to stay in the Zoo for 10 days. Also special thanks for Mrs. Natalia and Mrs. Sveta that has helped us to get the visas and have answered to our questions about the Zoo activity.

Agnes´work and trip to Novosibirsk has received a special support from
General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Novosibirsk.

The postproduction of her Moon Goose Experiment will receive a very important support from HMKV Dortmund, a grant that enables working on the piece during six month´s time period. Also AirBerlin gives their support for her work.

The Institute of Russia and Eastern Europe in Helsinki and Mrs. Anneli Ojala reveives a special thanks from the whole expedition group. Her expertise in Russia and kind help in linguistic issues has been very valuable.

Clara and Andrea from A Minima magazine not only have encouraged me in the project, but they also have given me the possibility to publish in the magazine. The general explination of the project has been published in the last issue of A Minima and in the end of the year a larger and more exhaustive text with explorers pictures and comments will be published

Mrs. Tuuli Hakulinen from Kymi Travel in St.Petersburg very patiently helped me in making the reservations in the Russian trains that, during the summer and holiday season are really full. The mass movement that the total solar eclipse causes in Russia, was also one of the reasons for the fact that the tickets were quite difficult to be purchased. But she managed to do it!

In Moscow, 23rd of July we will have the chance to meet Mrs. Kerstin Kronvall from

Finnish Embassy in Moscow and in Ekaterinburg NCCA Ekaterinburg

will kindly offer us a place to sleep.

Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki and The Sabater Pi Collection in Barcelona and their directors Seppo Turunen and Jordi Sabater Pi had been very helpful and advised Mireia in her work, and University of Art and Design / Pori Department kindly printed the posters for the Zoolar Eclipse.

We also received support from: VR (Finnish Railways)  Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, SAS Royal Hotel (Helsinki), Sodexo Oy / Hostel Satakuntatalo (Helsinki), Antares Ltd (Barcelona) and Garcia de Pou ( Barcelona).

Carles Schnabel from Sabadell Astronomic Group from Barcelona, will let us the material that he and his collegues will record in Novosibirsk, as a part of IOTA (International Ocultation Timing Association) Research in Novosibirsk eclipse zone. Hope to meet these astronomers in Novosibirsk!

Beside the institutional support we would like to thank our families and nearest persons and the individuals in Russia, Germany, Spain and Finland, as Roman, Marina and Artem – we´ll see each others very soon!

Once the Expedition has finished, our work will continue, the works of the three artists will be postproduced and the exhibition and other formats of presentations will be prepared. I hope new institutions and companies will join the list of official supporters and also make new expeditions reality.

The “Zoolar Eclipse” by Mireia

The postcard by Mireia C. Saladrigues

The postcard by Mireia C. Saladrigues

Mireia is finalising the contents of Zoolar Kit in Barcelona and the postcards and posters are almost finished to be printed out before the actual journey, that is about to begin on 22nd July at 18.23 pm from Helsinkin Railway Station. The selection of the animals that she wants to pay special attention in the Novosibirsk Zoo during the eclipse consists of the following species:

White Handed Gibbon, Polar Bear, Indian Marten, Liger (the hybrid of the Bengalensis Tiger female and the African Lion male), Eurasian Eagle Owl and Great Bustard. The artist encourages the people not only write about their observations but also draw their experience about the animal behaviour when the light of the sun suddenly disappears. The selection is based to the artist´s own preferences and to the valuable information given by the director of Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Seppo Turunen and Dr. Jordi Sabater Pi, ethologist and anthropologist in Barcelona. Mireia did interview personally these specialists in Helsinki and Barcelona to define the selection that in Novosibirsk is going to be observed by one hundred visitors of the Zoo.

The study in wild animal behaviour during the total solar eclipse, made in Zimbabwe Mana Pools Natural Park in 21st June, 2001 has also been very useful for Mireia´s “test-animal” selection. Paul Murdin, English astronomer, author, broadcaster and astronomy consultant has written very interesting article about this study, put together of the notes of 250 volunteers that observed Park´s animals during the whole day of the eclipse. The cousin of Paul Murdin and former president of WEZ (Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe, Shirley Cormack, is the person behind this initiative, that was the first systematic study of its kind.