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Axel Straschnoy

Born: 1978
Nationality: Finnish
Based in: Finland
Media: Multimedia / Video, Cross Discipline, Photography, Sculpture / Installation
Content: Conceptual, Immaterial, Knowledge Production / Discursive

Website: http://axel.straschnoy.com
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Axel Straschnoy (born 1978, Buenos Aires) is a visual artist based in Helsinki. His long-term and research focused projects include Kilpisjärvellä (2011-12) a planetarium film on exploration in northern Lapland under the Northern Lights (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam), La Figure de la Terre (2014) a short film based on the book The Figure of the Earth by 18th century French mathematician and explorer Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (Galería del Infinito, Buenos Aires; Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires) and the lecture-performance series, Notes on the Double Agent (2013-ongoing). For Neomylodon Listai Ameghino (2015), he has followed the Neomylodon’s trail back to its cave in Last Hope Sound, Southern Chilean Patagonia, and is in the midst of a multi-part, traveling exhibition to bring the Neomylodon's remains back together one hundred and twenty years since its discovery (Galleria Augusta, Helsinki; Evolutionsmuseet, Uppsala; Inter Arts Center, Malmö). He is currently working on Etsivä, a film on the effects of Virtual Reality on our experience of art commissioned by Kiasma for ARS17. Other recent exhibitions and screenings include The Great Morning / Winds of long ago / blow through the pine-trees, Del Infinito, Buenos Aires (2016), Le rappel à l’ordre, Forum Box, Helsinki (2016), Emerging Media Artists 2014, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, Opening Archive, Ateneum Museum Library, Helsinki (2013), Fulldome Festival, Zeiss Planetarium, Jena, Flaherty Seminar, Colgate University, Hamilton and Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne. Straschnoy has participated in Le Pavillon residency at Palais de Tokyo (2008-09) and trained in Art History at University of Buenos Aires.

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Le rappel à l'ordre (2016) is a film in the packing, shipping, and unpacking of artworks. While being one of the most transportable artworks ever (as a single channel film it can be watched anywhere instantly) it depicts the complex network that underpins what can and what can't be shown in art exhibitions. Whole film at https://vimeo.com/169728647/4c956447a1

Neomylodon Listai Ameghino at Inter Arts Center, Malmö (2016). The Neomylodon was supposed to be a 3-meter long, one-ton ground sloth that was alive in Patagoina. While it never existed— it was a figment of the imagination of Argentina's greatest paleontologist—6 museums of natural history in Europe and South America hold its remains. Neomylodon Listai Ameghino is a traveling exhibition through these museums. After touring through Helsinki, Uppsala, and Malmö, the exhibition is due next in Berlin, from where it will continue onwards to London. For more info: http://neomylodonlistaiameghino.info

Neomylodon Listai Ameghino at Galleria Augusta, Helsinki (2015).The Neomylodon was supposed to be a 3-meter long, one-ton ground sloth that was alive in Patagoina. While it never existed— it was a figment of the imagination of Argentina's greatest paleontologist—6 museums of natural history in Europe and South America hold its remains. Neomylodon Listai Ameghino is a traveling exhibition through these museums. After touring through Helsinki, Uppsala, and Malmö, the exhibition is due next in Berlin, from where it will continue onwards to London. For more info: http://neomylodonlistaiameghino.info

La Figure de la Terre (2014) is a film installation on the book by the same name. In the book, Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis narrates his scientific expedition to Lapland in 1736/37. The film is stared by Osmo Pekonen, the world's foremost authority on the expedition and Maupertuis's alter ego. Whole film available at https://vimeo.com/114000301 password Tornio

Notes on the Double Agent (2013) is an archive of officially true double agent stories from WWII and the cold war. The difference between a secret agent and an actor is that the latter marks the difference between his/her real self and the role s/he plays. The double agent goes one step further in this play between reality and representation. The lines between them beome blurred. The archive is presented in a series of performance lectures dealing with representation and its limits

Notes on the Double Agent (2013) is an archive of officially true double agent stories from WWII and the cold war. The difference between a secret agent and an actor is that the latter marks the difference between his/her real self and the role s/he plays. The double agent goes one step further in this play between reality and representation. The lines between them beome blurred. The archive is presented in a series of performance lectures dealing with representation and its limits Image from New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, 2014.

Kilpisjärvellä (2012) is a planetarium film on a exploration in northern lapland under the northern lights. It deals with the planetarium as an architectural typology, as a technical device and as a content framework. Whole film available at https://vimeo.com/47581668/bf767d0822