BIOTOOPIA - Art, Science and Technology Hybrid Conference in Estonia

Thu 26. August - Sat 28. August 2021

Viinistu Art Harbour · Viinistu küla, Kuusalu vald, Eesti

On 26-28 August a number of artists, natural scientists, philosophers and posthumanists will meet at the international hybrid conference BIOTOOPIA* which takes place in a small fishing village Viinistu in the Northern European republic of Estonia. You are welcome to join us! The programme is in English.

Biotoopia is captivated by the mutual influence and information exchange between living creatures, as well as the manifestations of intellect within natural associations, but it is also concerned about the human beings’ feeble response to protecting biodiversity on the whole planet. During the Anthropocene centuries, humans have interfered with nature’s self-regulation and set developments in motion that may prove fatal to the entire biosphere. Now, in the beginning of the 21st century, we are trying to halt bad scenarios and formulate new kinds of relationships between humans and nature. To give these changes a push, Biotoopia is searching for fresh forms of cooperation between the arts, sciences and biosphere, to prepare the ground for the germination of new thought patterns. Biotoopia is powered by the indoor gardener’s smart helper Click & Grow.

The main international speakers of Biotoopia 2021 are biologist Monica Gagliano, philosopher Timothy Morton, cultural theorist Ewa Domanska, artist Timur Si-Qin, biologist and writer Andreas Weber. In addition to talks and discussion panels, the conference also boasts an art, nature and music programme inspired by the topics of the conference; all participants are also welcome to attend different workshops. Curator of the Biotoopia programme is famous Estonian artist Peeter Laurits.

Biotoopia is a hybrid conference – its physical presence event takes place in the art museum in Viinistu, a coastal village in North Estonia, but on 26-27 August the main parts of the programme will also be accessible via online conference platform Worksup.

Main sponsor of the conference is Click & Grow, sponsor is Ecosh Life, supporter is Viinistu Art Harbour.

The ticket does not include accommodations. After you buy a ticket to the conference you will receive a discount coupon for purchasing a room in Viinistu Art Hotel by e-mail (prices at 20 EUR / night in a twin room)

In case Estonian Government's restrictions for organising physical events occur in August 2021 the conference will be held only in the online conference environment Worksup. The tickets sold for accessing the conference on the venue will be refunded after the conference excluding 25 euros which will be charged for participating in the conference online.

The conference programme is soon available on Biotoopia’s home page www.biotoopia.ee

* We borrowed the name from the 1995 exhibition curated by Sirje Helme, Eha Komissarov and Ando Keskküla, the thematic developments of which we will continue.

The conference will obey all the rules and regulations of the Estonian government for organising public events and will ensure every guest’s safety and wellbeing.

The organiser has rights to make changes in the programme.

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Organiser

Estonian Anthropocene Center NGO

E-mail: info@biotoopia.ee

Location

Viinistu Art Harbour · Viinistu küla, Kuusalu vald, Eesti

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