Curated Expeditions

Curated Expeditions is dedicated to observing and experiencing fascinating earthly phenomena

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.

Expedition to the Total Eclipse opens on 6th March in Kiasma, Finland

moon_travelCapsula’s cross-disciplinary expeditions, straddling the borderline between art and science, study and marvel at natural phenomena through personal experience.  The base of the expedition was set up at the Novosibirsk Zoo, from which it continued on to the Altai wilderness and all the way to the Moon.

The objective is to bring together artists and scientists to work at the intersection of different disciplines, but the results are art works and don’t have to contribute to scientific studies about natural phenomena. What we would like them to contribute is to the recognition of small and big miracles of nature and consciousness about its extraordinariness.

The Moon Goose Experiment -project by Agnes Meyer-Brandis launch a spaceship leadered by 13 moon geese towards to the Moon. The catalonian astronomer group, Agrupació Astrònomica de Sabadell, found this special moon expedition group in their video recordings navigating towards to the Moon at the moment of the total solar eclipse, at 10.46 (UT). During the eclipse these astronomers were in Novosibirsk region, to do a research for the European Section of IOTA, International Occultation Timing Association.  Using the measurements taken during the eclipse they are aiming at calculating the diameter of the sun.

We are very grateful for Carles Schnabel, Angel Massallé and Antoni Selva from Agrupació Astrònomica de Sabadell for the rights to  use their scientific video footage as a part of the work of Agnes, shown in Kiasma Mediatheque.

International Year of Astronomy 2009


The Expedition to the Total Eclipse has been taken as a part of the official programme of International Year of Astronomy 2009.    The Inter

national Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initia

ted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

Chair of National Working Group for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Finland, professor of astronomy, Tapio Markkanen, says that “the project brings new, fresh points of view about the experience of the universe and environment and observers the position of the human  within the nature. It meets the objective of the Year, that is to spread information about the universe and increase the common knowledge and understanding about the responsability of future of our planet – the spaceship Earth.”

Gustav Metzger in Nuclear Forum


There are restaurants where diners are placed next to glass tanks with sharks gliding along the glass walls. That is how we, thanks to Hubble, view or can view galaxies safely ensconced in our earthly habitat. We are told repeatedly that life on earth started as star fragments entering earth… Is it, then, that we are joined at the hips with the entire universe with galaxies engaged in that constant and endless creative destruction?

Life-long career with animals, Dr. Rostislaw Shilo

Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Mireia C. Saladrigues study notes from the year 1981«s annular eclipse animal behavior with the Zoo director Rostislaw Shilo.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Mireia C. Saladrigues study notes from the year 1981«s annular eclipse animal behavior with the Zoo director Rostislaw Shilo.

Our hosts  in Novosibirsk deserve some lines dedicated to their work in the biggest and one of the most popular Zoo Parks in Russia. The director of the Zoo, Rostislaw Shilo, has worked in the Zoo since 1960`s, first as a veterinarian and later, since 1968 as a director. His wife, Olga Shilo works as a scientific director of the Zoo. Rostislaw was born in Iman, Primorsky Krai to family of biologist and hunter and all the children have chosen their carreers somehow related with the nature. His brother Dmitry is cynologist, Vladimir the head of the biostation at the Institute of Taxonomy and Ecology of Animals of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and his sister Svetlana worked as well in the Zoo as a zootechnician.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Alexandra Deribas organising the Moon Goose transport in the Novosibirsk Zoo

Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Alexandra Deribas organising the Moon Goose transport in the Novosibirsk Zoo with Rostislaw Shilo.

Shilo holds numerous medals of honour from his achievements in military forces and in area of culture. In 1999 he was titled as a “Man of the Year” and in 2003 he was awarded with a Medal “For Contribution to Heritage of the People of Russia”. Among his other multiple activities he also has acted as a protagonist in documentaries about the life of wild and zoo animals, such as “Restless Job” (1978), and movies like “In the tundra” and “They Must Live”.  He is also an active and colorful politician in Siberia Parliament, influencing in environmental issues in that role, too.

He managed to relocate the Zoo from the tiny and old installations, occupying just 0,84 hectareas and  situtated in the centre of industrial Novosibirsk, to the outskirts of the town. In 1993  the Zoo was moved to  a vast pine forrest occupying an area of 53 hectareas and has now 11000 specimens of 634 species. Over 120 of the species are considered to be rare and endangered and are listed in the international Red Book, and the staff participates in 47 international European Endangered Species Programmes, specialising in cats and weasels.  As a consequence of correspondency, trips within the country and abroad and animal exchanges the Zoo has managed to collect of the richest and unique collections of Russia. The Zoo has gained its actual features little by little. The symbol of the Zoo, featured in it´s logo, is the snow leopard.
Behind the publicly open Zoo installations the organisation carries out educational and scientific activities, related with preservation and reproduction of rare and endangered animals in captivity.

Novosibirsk Zoo

Novosibirsk Zoo