Ars Bioarctica

The Bioart Society hosts currently two regular residency programmes: Ars Bioarctica residency programme and biannual Field_Notes field camp. All the open calls can be found on this page.

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Bioart Society is the motor behind Ars Bioarctica which is a long term art&science initiative with a focus on the sub-arctic environment. It was started in autumn 2008 together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. Ars Bioarctica fosters projects between artists and scientists to develop new kind of scientific and artistic thinking and through this participate and contribute to the discussion on the relation of humankind and nature. It is located in Kilpisjärvi, the most Northern part of Finland.

The activities of Ars Bioarctica encompass the Ars Bioarctica residency programme, the Field_Notes field laboratories, specific workshops and educational services for University programs.

Ars Bioarctica residency programme has an open call once a year. There are 4 residency periods length of 2 or 4 weeks in different seasons of the year. We welcome applications from artists of any dicipline and stages of professional career. 

Field_Notes is an art&science field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland, Finland. Five groups work for one week in the sub-Arctic Lapland to develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches on questions located above the ground.

Events
With Mountain Birches on the Tree...
Writing these notes at the summer solstice in Helsinki, a week after returning from a two-week residency at the biological station in Kilpisjärvi, involves a double nostalgia, for the continuous increase of light, which is now turning to the reverse, and for the magic light in the North...
Guest post | Annette Arlander | 23 June 2021
interactions
"There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure. About light and shadow and the drift of continents. This is what has been called the dialectic of moss on stone, an interface of immensity and minuteness, of past and present, softness and hardness, stillness and vibrancy, yin and yang. “
20 June 2021
listening - laboratory
As we were working in the laboratory at the station we read on one of the cupboard doors: "FUTILITY FACTOR: No experiment is ever a complete failure, it can always serve as a negative example." 
12 June 2021
hibernation - phases of waters
A strangely interdependent relationship. 
7 June 2021
composition of the landscape -...
Research and studies about organic pigments at the Biological Station in Kilpisjärvi. 
31 May 2021
Capture and Release
As I leave Kilpisjärvi, I think about what I’m taking and what I’m leaving behind.
Guest post | Taylor Smith | 30 April 2021
How to Capture Flow, Week 2: The...
The Upside-Down Landscapes: discovering a map of the holes in the Kilpisjärvi landscape
Guest post | Taylor Smith | 16 April 2021
Changes of rhythm, soundscape and...
The layers of myths, history and beliefs become palpable when being surrounded by peaks silenced with snow.
Guest post | Nina Luostarinen | 12 April 2021
Self-portraits
For my project Wild Matters, I investigate my relationship to nature through 360° video, and I explore the medium for artistic possibilities to communicate about this.
Guest post | Rozan van Klaveren | 12 April 2021
How to Capture Flow, Week 1
How to Capture Flow, Part II: The Light Journals. One week of attempts to capture the arctic light in a petri dish.
Guest post | Taylor Smith | 7 April 2021
A view upon wilderness
Nine years ago, I have been watching this same view from this same window...
Guest post | Rozan van Klaveren | 24 November 2020
24 Artists and Practitioners Selected...
The Bioart Society is happy to announce the selection of artists and practitioners for 2020–2021 residencies
26 November 2019