Capsula´s work focuses on the meeting point between art, science and nature. Its main mission is to build bridges for dialogues between disciplines and to stimulate critical thinking through exchanges of knowledge about subjects of contemporary debate. It was launched as a curatorial research group in 2005 in Barcelona, Spain by two independent curators Mónica Bello Bugallo (ES), and Ulla Taipale (FI), whose principal interest lays in the relation between art and natural sciences and in environmental culture.
Bello and Taipale have developed together several long-term projects that engage artists, scientists, thinkers and cultural agents internationally. In 2006 and 2007 they curated and organised Days of Bioart (Dias de Bioarte) in collaboration with Centro de Arte Santa Mónica in Barcelona and Biology Faculty of University of Barcelona. These two events presented works by the leading bioartists in lectures, workshops, exhibition and round table discussions. SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art -workshop was organised in the laboratory of Biology in University of Barcelona.
Another project produced and curated by Capsula is Neurótica (2006-08). It is divided in three categories that study the fears and anxciousness related with the rapid development of technologies in contemporary society. The three main areas of study are “bio”, “habitat” and “the other”. Capsula organised two Neurótica sessions, Neurótica:bio and Neurótica: habitat under the programme NOW in CCCB and a second part of Neurótica:bio within Intermediae -programme in El Matadero of Madrid.
In the beginning of 2008 Curated Expeditions -project was lauched and started by Ulla Taipale. The first expedition, Expedition to the Total Eclipse happened in Siberia, Russia and was a collaboration with the Novosibirk Zoological Park. The art expedition resulted three new art works by Agnes Meyer-Brandis / The Moon Goose Experiment, Mireia C. Saladrigues / Zoolar Eclipse and Tommi Taipale / Journey to the Eclipse, that were shown in 2009 as an exhibition Kiasma Mediatheque, within Pixelache2009 Festival -programme. The second Curated Expedition is focused to the phenomena and ecosystems of the Baltic Sea, and was shown as a part of Turku2011, European Capital of Culture -programme as an exhibition and dance performance. Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea is documented and texts, pictures and videos of both expedition can be found here,
Other projects that Capsula took part are Biorama I-II (Digital Reseach Unit, Huddersfield, UK), Taxonomies ( Comafosca, Alella, Spain) Herbologies/Foraging Networks , ( Pixelache Festival / Kiasma / Helsinki Botanical Gardens / Serde in Finland and Latvia) and Halikonlahti Green Art Trilogy ( Salo Veturitalli Museum, Finland). Capsula was registered as a non-profit society in Finland in November 2010.
Currently Monica Bello works as artistic director of VIDA, Art and Artificial Life Award of Telefónica, and Ulla Taipale just finished a major project at Aalto University, Finland. The project consisted of establishing a biological laboratory for biological-artistic experimentation and research at Aalto Arts Otaniemi Campus, and is called Aalto Biofilia.
Biography of Ulla Taipale can be downloaded here:
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