Biotoopia’22 Art Science and Biosphere International Hybrid Conference

Biotoopia’22 Art Science and Biosphere International Hybrid Conference

You are welcome to join BIOTOOPIA* international hybrid conference and forum that connects art, science and biosphere and takes place for the second time on 17-19 August 2022 in Viinistu Art Harbour (www.viinistu.ee) in the North coast of Estonia and online on the event platform Worksup. The limited number of early bird tickets are on sale in our webpage www.biotoopia.ee.

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 in order to save and restore biodiversity. 

The second Biotoopia conference focuses on ECOAESTHETICS and CRYPTOECOLOGY . One orbits around aesthetics and ethics, beauty and significance of ancient natural habitats, beauty from the perspective of evolution and harmony of metamorphoses. The other deals with technological and economic issues, possible uses for biospheric big data, crypto markets of CO emissions, biotechnologies and changes in climate policies and economics. 

During 3 days the programme will provide 20 international high level speakers, musicians and artists. In addition to talks and discussion panels, the conference also boasts an art, nature and music programme inspired by the topics of the conference. Ticket holders in Viinistu are also welcome to attend different workshops and have access to the catering area (suitable for vegetarians, vegans incl. G, L free options) for three days and could use Biotoopia shuttle bus which goes out every conference day (Tallinn-Viinistu-Tallinn). 

The conference committee comprises director of the Art Museum of Estonia Sirje Helme, biosemiotician and natural scientist Kalevi Kull (University of Tartu), the president of ICOMOS Estonia and cultural heritage specialist in Republic of Estonian Environmental Board Ave Paulus and cultural historian Marek Tamm (Tallinn University). Curator of the Biotoopia programme is Estonian artist Peeter Laurits, co-curator is Herkko Labi.  The first speakers and artists are announced on Biotoopia home page www.biotoopia.ee

The limited number of early bird (until 30.04.22) and discounted tickets for teachers and students available on Biotoopia’s home page www.biotoopia.eeThe on site ticket covers all lectures, panels, art, music and nature programme, other conference activities and meals (suitable for vegetarians, vegans incl. G, L free options) for three days and pass to online venue.

Biotoopia is a citizen establishment and non profit organisation. Our prices are subsidized to make the experience available for people from all walks of life. When buying a ticket you will be supporting and helping to continue activities of the Biotoopia community.

The physical presence event takes place in the Art Museum in Viinistu (Ranna 1, Viinistu village, Kuusalu parish, Harju County. Google maps coordinates: 59.64613162198688, 25.754003606472082), but on 17-18 August the main parts of the programme will also be accessible via online conference platform Worksup. 

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 prices start at €40 / night for a twin room for 2 persons. 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).To book your stay in the Viinistu Art Hotel or in the campsite, please email hotell@viinistu.ee, using the discount code you received by email. 

Biotoopia shuttle bus
If you are not staying in the 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 at 9 a.m. and returns to Tallinn (Mere pst 5) at 9 p.m on every conference day (the return time on the last day will be detailed).

Participation at Viinistu and online
The conference doors open at 10 a.m. (UTC +03) at Viinistu Art Museum every conference day. Please be on time for registration, and to receive your wristband which is needed to access the conference facilities and catering area. The official conference programme will start at 11 a.m. (UTC +03) each conference day at Viinistu. The online platform Worksup will be accessible 30 minutes prior to that, but please join at least 10 minutes before the programme starts, to set up your profile. Please add your full name, country and the organisation you represent on your Worksup profile. Detailed instructions for entering the Worksup platform will be sent to you by email after you purchase a ticket.

Safety and health at Biotoopia!
Please do keep in mind that the COVID-19 virus is still spreading around. If you feel ill or you have been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay at home and visit 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. 
When buying a ticket for participating at Viinistu please be aware that all Covid-19 related restrictions or regulations ruled by the government now or in the future will be implemented. No refund for tickets unless the physical event will be canceled by the organiser. 

Thank you supporters!
The main sponsor of the conference is the indoor gardener’s smart helper Click & Grow, sponsors are Ecosh Life, Wizon and Eppc. The volunteers are dressed by sustainable clothing enterprise Muulin. Our side events are supported by Tallinn City Culture and Sports Department. The art programme is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia. The conference is supported by Enterprise Estonia via the European Union Regional Development Fund and with the help of Civil Society Foundation we are developing Biotoopia community. Our location partners is Viinistu Art Harbour and Von Krahl Theatre.

Biotoopia is organised by the NPO Estonian Anthropocene Center
* 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.

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/670645467268148