Joomla! powered Site Joomla! site syndication 2011-09-23T22:51:48+01:00 Powered by Joomla! text/html 2010-12-01T12:56:37+01:00 The adventures of Nuage Vert continue... This is the archive of Nuage Vert project which was realised in Helsinki in February 2008. HeHe (Helen Evans Heiko Hansen) are developing the project further, more information can be found at ( text/html 2009-02-12T12:55:57+01:00 Environmental Art Award + Helsingin Energia releases more real-time data Ympäristötaiteen säätiö (Environmental Art Foundation) has chosen Nuage Vert and Maailman onnellisin puu (The World's Happiest Tree) by Kaija Papu and Aino Louhi as the environmental artworks of the year 2008. The annual award has been given out since year 1994 with the purpose to highlight new methods and concepts in environmental art, to increase general knowledge about environmental art and to support and thank the people and organisations who are developing the field. In connection with the award ceremony, Helsingin Energia announced that they will release more real-time data about energy consumption in Helsinki area. Since Friday 6 February 2009, the hourly updated information about electricity consumption, heating and cooling has been available online. Inspired by the success of Nuage Vert project, Helsingin Energia is the first energy company in Finland to release this amount of detailed real-time information. This level of information transparency about energy consumption is also rare amongst energy companies in the world today. Helsingin Energia sees this as one method to spread awareness about the need to decrease energy use in near future. This is necessary for reaching the goal of providing a larger share of the total energy use by using renevable energy sources. The energy policies of the City of Helsinki aim to increase the share of renewable energy to 20% by 2020. The next edition of Pixelache festival (2-5 April 2009) will bring this topic into discussion. The goal is to find artists and designers that could propose ideas of how energy consumption data could be utilized in artworks in the public space of Helsinki or in online applications. Beyond mere information illustrations, the purpose is to try to find non-conventional ways to use this information and to explore how we could go futher from the current 'energy talk' to concrete action. Pixelache festival will also gather ideas and proposals from general audience. At this point the Nuage Vert team would like to thank Martti Hyvönen, the environmental director of Helsingin Energia, for giving the Nuage Vert project a strong voice of support within the Helsingin Energia organisation. We would also like to thank the company directors for taking an open minded attitude towards the realisation of this unusual artwork, and the many engineers that had to work hard in order to provide the real-time data from the complex information systems. Ympäristötaiteen säätiö (Environmental Art Foundation, website in Finnish): ( Draft version of real-time information about Helsinki area energy consumption: ( Energianeuvoja (advice about energy consumption, in Finnish) : ( Pixelache 2009 festival: ( (2-5 April 2009) text/html 2008-06-23T13:01:11+01:00 Nuage Vert wins Ars Electronica Golden Nica and 01SJ Green Prix for Environmental Art Nuage Vert has been awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the 'Hybrid Art' category!! Ars Electronica jury gave the statement about the work: Pollstream – Nuage Vert transforms clouds into projection surfaces. As such, these indefinable, constantly and chaotically changing products of the condensation of water vapor become media bearing political ideas and messages. Or aestheticized symbols of environmental pollution caused by carbon emissions. Pollstream – Nuage Vert was developed in collaboration with experts in laser technology, computer science, electrical engineering, energy generation and air quality monitoring. Development commenced in 2002 and concluded in February 2008 with a performance in Helsinki that impressively demonstrated how art is capable of encompassing an entire city—its public sphere, its industry and its inhabitants—and unfolding sociopolitical relevance. Pollstream – Nuage Vert is the recipient of the 2008 Golden Nica in the Hybrid Art category. More information: ( * * * In May 2008, Nuage Vert was also awarded the 01SJ Green Prix for Environmental Art ( at the second edition of 01SJ Festival ( in San Jose, US text/html 2008-04-09T14:01:56+01:00 Green cloud in images At last, we have looked at all the pictures that have been tagged on flickr. Here is a selection of photos from Antti Ahonen aka Anttia ( w=18233588%40N00) (images 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9), Niklas Sjoblom aka Taivasalla ( (image 7) Mika Yrjölä aka Explo ( (image 10) text/html 2008-03-04T09:21:48+01:00 The UNPLUG effect! Photo by delta_avi_delta ( Researcher Jussi Palola from Helsinki Energy has sent us the following information: The load of Salmisaari substation decreased 2 MVA on 29 February 2008 between 7-8 pm. The normal value for decrease during this time is 1,2 MVA, so the effect of the UNPLUG event is approximately 800 kVA. This is the effect of 4,000 residents and 5 large scale companies in Ruoholahti participating the Unplug event. Since Salmisaari substation also measures energy consumed also by those living in Lauttasaari, which includes over 30,000 residents, this is avery sucessful result!