BIOTOOPIA - Art, Science and Technology Hybrid Conference in Estonia

Thu 26. August - Sat 28. August 2021

Viinistu Art Harbour · Viinistu küla, Kuusalu vald, Eesti, Estonia

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 first Biotoopia will focus on ecosystems and biodiversity – the interactions, communications and appearances of intellect within ecological communities.

The international speakers of Biotoopia 2021 are philosopher and plant intelligence investigator Paco Calvo (Spain), cultural theorist Ewa Domanska (Poland), artist Timur Si-Qin (US/Germany), biologist, writer Andreas Weber (Germany) and artistNathalie Beekman (Netherlands) who will be in dialog with local experts. 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.

The conference venue including Viinistu Art Hotel will be available to conference ticket holders only. The ticket covers all lectures, panels, art, workshops, music and nature programme, other conference activities and meals (also suitable for vegetarians, vegans, incl. gluten- and lactose-free options). The supplementary events pro- vided by the Viinistu Art Harbour or nearby organisations are not covered.

The ticket does not include accommodations. Once you’ve purchased a ticket to the conference you will receive a discount coupon for a room in the Viinistu Art Hotel by email. The price is €20 / night for a twin room for 1 person. There’s a limited number of rooms available. There’s also a campsite, the price is €7 / night for 1 tent of any size (guests have to bring their own tents).

If you are not staying in Viinistu Art Hotel or the campsite you may use the Biotoopia shuttle bus which is free for ticket holders and invited guests. The bus departs for Viinistu on 26 and 27 August at 9 a.m. and returns to Tallinn and Tartu at 9 p.m.

When buying your ticket on Fienta, please let us know if you would like to come by bus. The location of the bus stops in Tallinn and Tartu city centre will be sent to you by email shortly before the conference.

The main sponsor of the conference is Click & Grow, our sponsors are Ecosh Life, ePPC and Wizon. The supporters are The Republic of Estonia Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Enterprise Estonia via European Union Regional Development Fund and Viinistu Art Harbour.

The conference programme is available on Biotoopia’s home page The organiser has rights to make changes in the programme.

Safety and health at Biotoopia

Only people who have an EU digital COVID certification proving vaccination or recovery, a negative PCR test result or a rapid test with negative result done on location (free of charge) are allowed to enter the conference.

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

* 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.

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