art-science-nature since 2006
Capsula was founded in Barcelona by two independent curators, Mónica Bello and Ulla Taipale, who developed together (2006-2008) several long-term projects that engaged artists, scientists, thinkers and cultural agents internationally.The first projects introduced the Biological Arts in Spanish art scene, through events like Days of Bioart 2006-7 (Centro de Arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona), three editions of Neurótica 2006-8 (Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona) and El Matadero Art Center in Madrid, 2007 and Taxonomies, 2008 at Centro de Arte y Pensamiento Comafosca.
The second period of Capsula trajectory, 2008-11, focused in traveling and investigating natural phenomena in the spirit of great explorers. Curated Expeditions invited and resourced likeminded artists to join cross-disciplinary ventures, the first one to Siberia, at the zone of the total solar eclipse in 2008, and the second one, to the ecosystem of Baltic Sea. The results of these intensive projects combining artistic and natural-scientific research, were exhibited in Kiasma, Museum for Contemprary Art in Helsinki, and in the program of Turku2011, European Capital of Culture, and were curated by Ulla Taipale.
Between 2009-11 Capsula also took part to the Herbologies/Foraging Networks, and several events and encounters were celebrated in Pixelache Festival, Kiasma, Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden and Serde in Finland and Latvia.
In 2011 Taipale was invited to develop a laboratory for biological arts at Aalto University, together with Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, pioneers in biological arts and leaders of Symbiotica in Australia. Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts was opened in 2013.
From 2013 Capsula collaborates with climate researchers of University of Helsinki, in a long-term project called Climate Whirl, with an artist-in-residency at Hyytiälä forestry research station and related art&science program.
Capsula continues combining arts, natural sciences, nature and technology; creating cultural contents in multiple formats. It is a non-profit organisation registered in Finland, working internationally and trying to keep a light, organic model while collaborating with all kinds of professionals, from independent makers to great institutions. The projects are of collaborative and organic nature; many times organised out of official art venues, always looking for new audiences that have one thing in common – eternal curiosity and search for knowledge.
Other current collaborations include Melliferopolis -Honeybees in Urban Nature, Pixelache network, Aalto University and Master of Landscape Architecture (MBLandArch-ETSAB-UPC).
Biography and CV of Ulla Taipale can be downloaded here:
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