Vol.at.ilit.y dance performance explores the waters of the Baltic Sea

Vol.at.ilit.y dance performance explores water as connective element and its molecular shifts from vapor to liquid and ice. Using water in its different states, both as stage elements, source for musical composition and as a metaphor of human mental states and bonds towards each other, Vol.at.ilit.y combines art, science, technology and nature melting them into a poetic experience. The group of three dancers, audio designer Kirill Lorech, costume designer Merja Markkula and coregrapher Tomi Paasonen spend an intensive  working period  in the Kone Saari Residency.

Kimmo Alakunnas, Rea-Liina Brunou and Linda Sointu dancing in the Baltic Sea.

Vol.at.ilit.y will be shown in Barker -theatre, Virusmäentie 65, Turku, Finland in six performances. Read the rest of this entry »

Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea

Antti Laitinen sailing towards the Estonian coast on his bark boat Photo: Juuso Westerlund

The ‘Expedition to the Baltic Sea’ is a cross-disciplinary art project to observe and experience the natural phenomena of the Baltic Sea. Expedition works are realised through collaborations between artists, scientists and different cultural agencies and will be exhibited as part of the European Capital of Culture Turku2011 programme. The project began in autumn 2009 with an open call to Finnish and Estonian artists and creators to present proposals for new works that should include an expedition to the Baltic Sea. The call produced 70 proposals. Five projects were commissioned by a committee of art and science professionals.

The exhibition is open from 28th May to 31st August. The venues are in five different places in Turku area, starting from Aura River and ending to the Ruissalo Island.

Download a Tutkimusmatka_Itämerellä/ Curated Expedition to the baltic sea / Forskningsresa pâ Östersjön -brochure and map

Exhibition venues in Turku, Finland

The audience is encouraged to do their own expedition using leisurely methods of transport, such as walking, bicycles, canoes or a riverboat.

Four new artworks in exhibition

Finnish visual artist Antti Laitinen and Rescue Boat Baltic Herring crew managed in building two experimental boats, with the idea to explore the Baltic Sea  area by sailing.  In case of Antti, the principal objective was to  reach Estonia by sea by a gigant, selfmade Bark Boat. Antti gathered together so much bark of pine trees, fallen on the ground, that he managed to build a 3,7 meter-long boat out of them. The project culminated last August to the landing of artist in Estonian coast, after a 20 -hour long sail from Porkkalanniemi, crossin the Gulf of Finland. The model for the gigant Bark Boat comes from small boats, traditionally sculpt of bark by children. The Bark Boat is exhibited in Wäinö Aaltonen art museum in Turku.

The Rescue Boat Baltic Herring crew were busy in building of 8,5  -meter-long vessel made out “waste” materials, mostly donated by different supporters in Tampere and Turku region. The boat was taken to Hakkenpää port by Turku and  rebuilt there again. The August 2010 artists Teemu Takatalo and Tommi Taipale were sailing around the Archipelago Sea together with several guests participating the agenda of the vessel; artists, scientists and thinkers. Audiovisual documentation of the sea adventures are installed in two sea containers in front of Forum Marinum centre. Third container will exhibit reflections from Gulf of Finland by artist Richard Thompson Coon. See the video:

Mia Mäkelä, author of Green Matters project  spent a residence period first in Seili Island, Turku University Archipelago Investigation Centre and then in Ouraluoto, Merikarvia archipelago. Her work investigates new manners to rescue the eutrophicated Baltic Sea, encouraging citizens in foraging the excessive green algae and working  it to textile format.  In her video trailer she explains the project. Green Matters is shown in a greenhouse in Turku University Botanical Garden.

Hanna Haaslahti & Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski has been exploring the underwater sonic scenery of Turku surroundings using hydrophones. The public will be able to listen real-time audio compositions  from two Sonic Seascape Terraces, situated in Koroinen, nearby Halistenkoski rapid and in Ruissalo Island Park.

Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski listens sounds from hydrophone photo: Hanna Haaslahti

The dance performance Vol.atil.it.y in october 2011

Vol.atil.it.y dance performance related explorations by Tomi Paasonen and Tiago da Cruz started in January 2011, in the middle of icy Archipelago Sea. The artists were lucky to be able to experiment great variety of divergent winter phenomena related with different stages of water. After this white break of urban life Tomi and Tiago had a session in Turku University Department or Biomedicine and could peek to the microscopic scale of water icying and melting processes (photo).  To follow a blog written by Tiago da Cruz, enter here. In the beginning of June the artists will continue their expedition by the open sea – in Tvärminne Zoological Station of Helsinki University and Aranda research vessel by Syke. They are supported also by Kone Foundation that will offer the group facilities and residency for practicing the dance piece in August in Saaren Kartano. Vol.atil.it.y is a co-production of Paa, Capsula and Barker-theatre.

Tiago da Cruz and Tomi Paasonen microscoping in Turku University. Photo:Ulla Taipale

The exhibition will be opened in Turku on 28th May, 2011, presenting four different approaches to the sea by the expedition artists.   The dance performance Vol.at.ilit.y is a joint production with Barker Theatre and will be presented six times from 13th to 30th of October. The exhibition is free and dance performance tickets cost 13€ and 10€ (children, students).

The project is funded by

Turku2011 Foundation, AVEK, Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Art Council, Cultural Foundation of Varsinais-Suomi, Ministry of Environment and Frame.

Special thanks for

Turku University Archipelago Sea Research Centre and Botanical Garden, Forum Marinum Centre, Wäinö Aaltonen art museum, Lumo Centre in Koroinen, Centre for music&technology /Sibelius Academy and ProNatMat-project and BalticSeaNow.info-project by Turku Politechnic.

We thank also:

Langh Ship Oy, Genelec Oy, Porkkalan Meripelastajat, Triin Männik/Tallinn2011, Merikarvian kunta, Kivikangas Oy, Foiltek Oy, Ympäristötaiteen  Säätiö, Rautasoini Oy, Turun Lukko Oy, T:mi Turun Tynnyri ja Säkki, Tampereen Palolaitos, Esko Puusti, Nakolinnan Rauta Oy, Ruissalon Telakka, Koukkujärven jättenkäsittelylaitos, Hakkenpään lauttasatama, Turun Museokeskus, Hartela Oy, ssBore, Aurajokisäätiö, Ruissalon Kansanpuiston säätiö, Lightpress Oy, Turun Ympäristökeskus, Merireitit.fi, Vanhan Tammen Kahvila, Kahvila Promenade.

Vernissage drinks are offered by

Norex Oy and Nokian Panimo Oy.

During 2009-10 Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea -project main organizer was Finnish Bioart Society and since the year 2011 it is Capsula. Curating and coordination by Ulla Taipale and Merja Markkula.

Information of Curated Expeditions in Finnish (updated March 2011)

Call for audition / Vol.at.ilit.y

The open audition for the Vol.at.ilit.y -performance by Tomi Paasonen and Tiago Da Cruz will take place in the Barker-Theatre,  the Free Stage of Performing Arts in Turku, Saturday 16th of April 2011, 12 am. The audition is open for everybody. There is no need for registration in advance. The audition will be organised in Barker-theatre.

Vol.at.ilit.y is a dance performance combining science, art and technology. It explores the biological processes and the water of the Baltic Sea. Vol.at.ilit.y is a part of the Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea -project and Turku 2011 -programme. The production partners are PAA and Capsula.
Vol.at.ilit.y features freezing, melting and subliminating water, projecting macro- and microscopic  imaging and ice that melts during the performance. It means that the dancers are going to deal with ice, water and nudity. The performance combines contemporary dance,  media- and sound art and it´s choreography is also inspired by the movement of the Baltic Sea plankton.

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OPEN CALL -Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea

curated expedition to the baltic sea

english / suomeksi / på svenska / eesti keel


This cross-disciplinary Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea invites Finnish and Estonian artists to study and to marvel at  the Baltic Sea, its natural phenomena and their personal relationship to the changing environs. Project proposals will be accepted until 21 December 2009. The project will be part of Turku’s programme for the European Capital of Culture year in 2011.

The planning and realization of the project are in the hands of Capsula and Bioart Society Finland.

the full english text below!

OPEN the english press note


Poikkitaiteellinen Tutkimusmatka Itämerellä kutsuu Suomen ja Viron taiteen tekijöitä ihmettelemään ja tutkimaan Itämerta, siihen liittyviä luonnonilmiöitä ja omaa suhdettaan muuttuvaan mereen. Taidetta ja tiedettä  yhdistäviä projektiehdotuksia otetaan vastaan 21. joulukuuta saakka. Haun tuloksena valitut taideprojektit toteutetaan vuonna 2010 ja esitetään Turku2011-kulttuuripääkaupunkivuoden ohjelmassa.

Hankkeen suunnittelusta ja toteutuksesta vastaavat  Capsula ja Suomen biotaiteen seura ry.

AVAA lehdistötiedote (2.10.2009)

AVAA  avoin projektihaku-esite


Det tvärkonstnärliga projektet Forskningsresa på Östersjön bjuder in konstnärer från Finland och Estland för att förundras över och utforska Östersjön och dess naturfenomen samt sitt eget förhållande till ett hav i förändring. Projektförslag tas emot fram till den 21 december. Projektet är en del av programmet i Europas kulturhuvudstad Åbo år 2011.

Öppen projektutlysning på går


Erialadevaheline Uurimisreis Läänemerel kutsub Soome ja Eesti kunstiinimesi imetlema ja uurima Läänemerd, sellega seotud loodusnähtusi ja oma isiklikku suhet muutuva merega. Kunsti ja teadust ühendavate projektide taotlusi võetakse vastu kuni 21. detsembrini. Konkursi tulemusel välja valitud kunstiprojektid teostatakse 2010. aastal ning neid tutvustatakse Turu 2011. aasta kultuuripealinna programmi raames.

Projektide eest vastutavad Capsula ja Suomen biotaiteen seura ry.


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Finissage for Helsinki Expedition show

eclipse happening

Eclipse Happening 4th June, 2009, Helsinki The “Eclipse Happening” is the “finissage” event of the “Expedition to the Total Eclipse” exhibition on view at Kiasma Mediatheque until June 7th, and of the Pixelache season before the summer break. It consists of presentations focusing on eclipses and space traveling and a workshop in Kiasma Theatre, and of an urban expedition, culminating in the evening with an event in Kaivopuisto around the URSA observatory.

Keywords : Siberia, astronomy, eclipses, space traveling, geese, moon walk, weightlessness.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis by Ursa Observatory in Helsinki with a Moon Goose

Preliminary programme:

– 15.00 – 16.00: Presentations focusing on eclipses and space traveling by Professor Tapio Markkanen (Observatory of the University of Helsinki) & artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE) / Kiasma Theatre

– 16.00 – 17.00: Moon Walk workshop for humans and moon geese, with leading moon walker Milla Koistinen / Kiasma Theatre

– 17.00 – 18.30: Urban Expedition / from Kiasma to URSA observatory in Kaivopuisto

– 18.30 – 22.00: Happy Eclipse gathering with Russian snacks and music, moonwalking, telescope observations (only until 21.00), video projections in URSA’s portable planetarium / URSA observatory in Kaivopuisto

All the events of the Eclipse Happening are free of charge. The number of places for the moon walk workshop is limited. If you want to participate, please send an email tomoonwalk@pixelache.ac before June 2. The Eclipse Happening is organised by Capsula and Pixelache With kind support of : Opetusministeriö, Goethe Institut, HIAP, URSA, Kiasma Theatre.

The event forms part of the activities of the International Year of Astronomy.

Curated Expeditions -blog launched

The last project of Capsula, Curated Expeditions, has an own blog. The basic information about the first Expedition to the Zoo of Novosibirsk is now available – more information will be added during the next weeks.

Collaborators and funding needed!