Field_Notes – HYBRID MATTERs

Art&science field laboratory week at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

14. - 20. September 2015
Kilpisjärvi, Finland

Five groups work for one week in the sub-Arctic Lapland. Together with a team of five selected collaborators, they develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the notion of Hybrid Ecology.

Field_Notes – HYBRID MATTERs is in search of artistic and scientific responses to converging ecologies. The local sub-Arctic ecology and environment, as well as the scientific research and infrastructure of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station will act as fields and catalyst for the work carried out.

During one week five groups approach the HYBRID MATTERs theme from different angles. They organize themselves in work groups, teams, think tanks, and workshops. They carry out their work in their related fields, as well as have common activities of lectures,presentations and feedback sessions.


Hybrid Matter

Anything which has a physical and technological aspect can be considered as hybrid matter and as part of a Hybrid Ecology. Hybrid Ecology is a thought vehicle to think about converging ecologies. It is unfolded through the multiple interactions of its elements and actors in physical and digital spaces. Actors can include for example well established or new biological organisms, things, networks and machines as well as products of human activity like goods, trash, waste or landscapes and more. For example a genetically altered or synthetic organism is of technological origin but biological in matter. Hybrid Ecology permits to expand the traditional concepts of environment and ecology and allows us to rethink our relation to the world.


The groups


Seven Senses on the Land (SSOTL)

Hosted by Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman of the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) together with Leena Valkeapää

Participants: Netta Norro, Stephan Dudeck, Avner Peled, Judith van der Elst, Jose Marcos Perez Diaz, Alia Malley, Charli Clark

Complex ecological networked systems can be observed, read and navigated by employing Intuition and Technology. Artists, hunters and herders, tactical media workers and scientists will be joining forces to develop,  deploy, use and question enhanced sensing systems and methods. This could lead to new and surprising insights and construction of semantic  territories, in which the gaze and measurement become knowledges and are  projected back onto the land in order to structure completely new vectors of meaning, understanding and orientation.

Our senses guide us through the world. Combined with experience, knowledge and openness we can begin to develop new realtionships and understandings of Earth systems and our collective embedded positions within. We develop the ability to augment these senses through Technology and Intuition, engaging Local and Traditional knowledges, Art, Engineering and  Sciences. This group will explore the machinic in the ecologies and the  animals in the machines.

Read their report from Kilpisjärvi at Field_Notes blog.


SSOTL group

Photo: Netta Norro


PostNatural - Hybridization, Intention, and the Alteration of Living Things

Hosts: Richard Pell and Lauren Allen of the Center for PostNatural History

Participants: Laura Beloff, Åsa Ståhl, Andrea Roe, Cathrine Kramer, Zack Denfeld, Erik Sandelin

The PostNatural group focuses on the notion of intention when we consider hybrid and other human-manipulated species and habitats. We have defined PostNatural as the intentional alteration of an organism’s inherited traits – but cannot deny that  there are also many unintentional and semi-intentional consequences of human relationships with other life-forms and their habitats.

Using photography, specimen collection and other natural history methods, we document and collect evidence of organisms that have been altered by the intentional practices of domestication, breeding, and genetic engineering, and by the unintentional (or less intentional) consequences of habitat destruction, globalization, and climate change. We explore habitats that have been constructed, managed, or affected by human guidance, as well as habitats influenced unintentionally by human behaviors. We explore and imagine what makes these different organisms and their habitats visible and invisible to humans eg. why  some “feel wrong” or are unnaturally attractive.

Read their report from Kilpisjärvi at Field_Notes blog.


PostNatural group

Photo: Maia Iotzova




(sonic) Wild Code

Hosted by Antye Greie aka AGF

Participants: Till Bovermann, Dinah Bird, Anja Erdmann, Kristina Lindström, Vygandas Vegas Simbelis, Caspar Ström

As humans we inhabit a hybrid ecology and as such we are part of the biological and technological ends of our world. In recognizing this, one can state that it is our responsibility to connect both peripheries to develop ethical and respectful forms of co-existence and ideally beneficial interaction.

The (sonic) Wild Code Team investigates notions of coexistence, communication and potentials for interaction in a hybrid ecology. By immersing itself into the vast and raw landscape of Lapland around Kilpisjärvi, the group researches and tests possibilities to enable the landscape to speak for itself.

Methods include listening to the land, communicating to the land, analyzing the heard and the code and finding common and uncommon denominators and more. From this experience the group imagines sonic and other wild interfaces to enable communication, articulation and learning processes for actors in the landscape and the landscape itself.

Read their report from Kilpisjärvi at Field_Notes blog.


Sonic Wild Code

Photo: Till Bovermann


Encounters in a layered landscape - mapping Hybrid Ecology

Hosted by Antti Tenetz

Participants: Theun Karelse, Maia Iotzova, Lori Hepner, Anssi Laiho, Piibe Piirma, Peter Flemming

The  Hybrid Ecology mapping group puts the thought vehicle of Hybrid Ecology into practice. The group explores the Kilpisjärvi hybrid ecology in space and over time – from the first fragments of life to the latest technology. It views the landscape as a dynamic system consisting of interconnect elements of biological, geological and technological origin.

Geo location and field exploration tools are used to collect the many stories of the land: the tracks of people and other animals,  sites of human impact from hidden layers from Neolithic dwelling grounds to the Second World War and up to the contemporary, biological and technological ecologies, places of hybrid encounters, findings form the  other groups and more. This mapping attempt aims to find strategies to visualize a hybrid ecology. The groups research revolves around the notion that humans have always been a hybrid species. Without any technological means to cope with the environment we will die in arctic within the cycle of year. We need technologies in order to survive, the extreme is the limit and adaptation is key for our survival.

Read their report from Kilpisjärvi at Field_Notes blog.


Layered Landscape

Photo: Theun Karelse



Second Order

Host: Lea Schick

Participants: Hannah Rogers, Jens Hauser, Maren Richter, Anna-Katharina Laboissière, Miguel Santos, Tiina Prittinen

The  second order group has a different working model then the rest. It is composed of philosophers, theorists and other suitable  practitioners, who are being embedded into the other groups. Their work is twofold, on the one hand, they do research on the rest of the groups, and at the other hand, they act as subversive agents to introduce counter perspectives.

The aim is to critically look at the methods and practices of the field, and to see whether there are ethical or aesthetic questions specific to certain practices. The group uses the tools of philosophy of science and art, science and technology studies, art history, and more. In order to study and intervene in the other groups they employ various inventive methods.

Read their report from Kilpisjärvi at Field_Notes blog.


Second Order








Photo: Maren Richter


Read more:

Read more on previous editions of Field_Notes:
2011 / Field_Notes - Cultivating Ground
2013 / Field_Notes - Deep Time

BOOK: Field Notes From Landscape to laboratory

Read more about the organiser, Finnish Society of Bioart:


Looking back: Field_Notes HYBRID MATTERs














Hybrid landscapes, ecology and DIY in the wild, a report at by Netta Norro

Machine Wilderness, a blog post by Theun Karelse.



Reindeer crossing concert by Dinah Bird.

Layered Landscape recordings by Anssi Laiho, with the waves of Kilpisjärvi, the crash site of the German Juncker’s airplane crash site (92 sounds of aluminium) and some human sounds from tipi (kota).




Sonic Wild Code - Reindeer Fence, Färist & Helicopter near Čáhkáljávri, Sápmi [Samiland] from Antye Greie-Ripatti on Vimeo.



Mushroom Bumping from tai-studio on Vimeo.







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