Call for Participants!
Climate Whirl Workshop
Workshop 29-31st August, 2014
Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland
Tealemetree* Workshop by artist** Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE)
The workshop starts as an expedition into the forest and the SMEAR Research Station in Hyytiälä, in central Finland. It continues as a journey into the soil, into the trees, into the clouds and the hovering matter in between, finally leading the participants into the realm of smallness. We will investigate the experiments and data production archieved at the forest-research station of Hyytiälä. We will develop our own experiments and take samples of the invisible. On the way we will collect berries, data, aerosols and questions and try to trade and communicate them. As this communication ideally would be mutual between the harvesters and the harvested we might have to develop new languages. Beside that we are going to have a tea with a tree.
* Tea= a traditional beverage made from steeping the processed leaves, buds in water.
Telemetry=The word is derived from Greek roots: tele = remote, and metron = measure.
Tree=There is no universally recognised precise definition of what a tree is, neither botanically nor in common language.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 24th June, to register to the workshop. Title " Climate Whirl Workshop 2014" and your name. We would like to have max 100 words description of you and your motivations to take part to the workshop. Max 15 participants will be selected, University of Helsinki students and stuff are prioritised. The selected participants will be informed by 30th June 2014 and prepared with more detailed information of the workshop.
Accommodation during the workshop will be provided for the participants as well as the transportation to Hyytiälä Field Station from Orivesi train station. Active participation in the workshop awards a certificate proving that the participant has worked equivalent of 1 ECTS credit during the workshop.
The workshop is part of ongoing Climate Whirl project and has been supported by Kone Foundation, University of Helsinki, Aalto Biofilia and Institute of Art and Subjective Science. Climate Whirl is a collaborative project by Department of Forest Sciences and Department of Physics (University of Helsinki), Simosol Oy and Capsula. Climate Whirl is a dialogue between science, art, education and software design. It aims at introducing a holistic view on climate and ecosystem research and to increase public awareness on the interactions between climate and forests, as well as on the role of boreal forests in climate change.
Agnes Meyer-Brandis, born 1973 in Aachen, Germany, studied mineralogy for a year, then transfered to the Art Academy in Maastricht, the Düsseldorf Art Academy and the Cologne Media Art Academy. She comes from a background of both sculpture and new media art. Her work, exhibited worldwide and awarded, is at the experimental edge of art and science, exploring the zone between fact and fiction. Agnes Meyer-Brandis is the founder of the “Forschungsfloss FFUR / Research Raft for Subterranean Reefology“, a small institute whose chief aim is to explore and confirm subterranean phenomena and unknown lifeforms. Since 2007 her focus of investigation moved into higher altitude with their connected realities. She realized an artistic experiment in weightlessness in cooperation with the German Space Agency DLR. In 2011 she started to breed Moon Geese in Italy. For a more detailed description of her work, please go to her homepage: www.ffur.de