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Ars Bioarctica

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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.

22 Artists and Practitioners Selected...
The Bioart Society is happy to announce the selection of artists and practitioners for 2020–2021 residencies
26 November 2019
Listening Waters
During my Ars-Bioarctica residency at the Kilpisjärvi Biology Stationthe first weekI was taking part of Field Notes 2019 in a group Strange...
Guest post | Kati Roover | 25 October 2019
Microworlds Residency
The surrounding of Kilpisjärvi is host to many “microworlds” — relatively small places like rocks, small ponds, or streams that gather a relatively...
6 September 2019
ongoing tranmissions
images of ongoing correspondance
Guest post | George Ridgway | 12 June 2019
i's in the we's and we's in the i's
on-going thoughts (o)noticingand the I’s in the we’s and the we’s in the I’s. I first visited Kilpisjarvi where I now am staying on 21st December...
Guest post | George Ridgway | 15 May 2019
North AiR artist selected
Scotland-based artist George Ridgway and Finland-based artist Maija Annikki Savolainen have been selected through an open call to undertake a new...
14 March 2019
passing (almost unnoticed)
Almost unnoticed I spend a short time at the ARS BIOARCTICA RESIDENCY PROGRAM in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. One or the other observation, various notes...
Guest post | stefan riebel | 13 January 2019
portrait
portrait marker on oil on canvas, 2018 With a black permanent marker I paint myself into an oil painting that I found on display on one of the...
Guest post | stefan riebel | 5 January 2019
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Going out fora walk with a few special characters, exploring the landscape around the station and taking a break every now and then. %&_():;"...
Guest post | stefan riebel | 1 January 2019
Tarja Tella: SÁpmi, Enontekiö,...
SÁpmi, Enontekiö, Kilpisjärvi, Saana & Malla 1.-10. September 2018 My main aim for working in the Ars Bioartica Residency in the north-western...
29 November 2018
North AiR call open
“To be entangled is not simply to be intertwined with another, as in the joining of separate entities, but to lack an independent, self-contained...
15 November 2018
Concealed Landscape
In Search for the Lost Chord i.e. Unveiling the Properties of Parallel Landscape (-s) via Processes and Techniques of Dream Yoga and Lucid Dreaming...
Guest post | Jussi Saivo | 22 October 2018