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Axel Straschnoy’s film Etsivä (The Detective) premieres on May 26 at Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

Etsivä (The Detective)
Axel Straschnoy
360° 3D Film
Commissioned by Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art
For ARS17+ Online Art
Premiere on 26 May at 14:00 at
Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki

Commissioned by Kiasma for ARS17, Etsivä is both a part of and a film on ARS17. Taking at face value Virtual Reality’s promise to reproduce the world, the film plays with the tension between the experience of the exhibition and its representation in virtual reality. The soundtrack, inspired in Sigfried Kracauer’s Der Detektiv-Roman, highlights virtual reality’s positivist roots. The film will be available as part of ARS17+—the exhibition’s online section—creating a distance between the experience of the show at the museum and its experience on the film. Once the show has ended, Etsivä will remain as the most realistic documentation of what it was.

Milja Liimatainen writes in the ARS17 catalogue: “Straschnoy considers what happens when our physical contact with material objects decreases or ceases altogether. What happens to the work’s aura if the viewer only ever encounters its representation(s)?”

Etsivä will be available for preview between 24 and 27 May at arteBA, Buenos Aires at Del Infinito (Booth C4). It will premiere on May 26 at 14:00 at the Art & Virtual Reality seminar in Kiasma, Helsinki, after which it will be available to be downloaded from its website or to be watched at the Museum’s library. Between 30 May and 2 June, it will be presented at Inter Arts Center, Malmö . In October,  it will be part of Immersive Worlds, Straschnoy’s first solo exhibition in Italy, at ECCENTRIC Art & Research, Milan.

Axel Straschnoy (born 1978) is a visual artist from Buenos Aires, 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, 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, the lecture-performance series Notes on the Double Agent (ongoing), and Le rappel àl’ordre (2016), a film on the packing and shipping of artworks. 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. Straschnoy has participated in Le Pavillon residency at Palais de Tokyo (2008-09) and trained in Art History at University of Buenos Aires.

Etsivä is narrated by Pekka Strang and its soundtrack was designed by Karri Niinivaara. The camera operator was Iddo Soskolne and the graphic design was by Geraldine de San Bruno. A mobile application was built by Quadion Technologies to make the film available worldwide.

Etsivä is produced by Kolme Perunaa with support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse, AVEK, Quadion Technologies and the Arts Promotion Center, Finland. It has been commissioned by Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki and it is in the collection of Kiasma / Finnish National Gallery.

For more information on Axel Straschnoy please click here.

Baptiste Debombourg’s solo exhibition “RAGING DREAMS over the horizon” opens on May 19th at S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery, Bergen.

RAGING DREAMS over the horizon
Baptiste Debombourg 19.05-16.07.17
Vernissage 19.05.17 at 7 p.m.

S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the opening of the exhibition RAGING DREAMS over the horizon by the French artist Baptiste Debombourg.

Debombourg has received international acclaim for his monumental installations. Waves of broken glass are breaking into and flooding rooms and structures, taking over and transforming buildings and areas. The work can be experienced as both threatening and beautiful as the artist both destroys and rebuilds. The broken and reconstructed material conveys many stories and is often interpreted as a critique of the world we live in – of consumerism or a world in the process of falling apart.

In S12’s Gallery Baptiste Debombourg has made a new installation– Raging Dreams where the energy and power of dreams is a central theme, and where the main material is laminated glass. Debombourg does work with a variety of materials and techniques, but prefers to use materials we are surrounded with in our daily life. In this installation, the remodeled sheets of broken laminated glass, remind us of the destructive abilities of natural forces, as they take over the the gallery, parallel with the silhouette horizon in the background. Through his unique and eye catching artwork he makes the viewer experience his/hers surroundings in a new and unexpected way.

Baptiste Debombourg is an innovative artist who pushes boundaries, explores various media and collaborates with artists from other fields, be it artists, architects or fashion designers. He lives and works in Paris. Debombourg has studied sculpture at Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and did his post-graduate work at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In France he is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation
with numerous public presentations at home and abroad to his merit. He has built installations in cities such as Paris, Strasbourgh, Miami, Québec and Sarajevo, and will in May ´17 present a new public installation in Le Havre on the occasion of the city’s 500th anniversary.

For more information on Baptiste Debombourg please click here.

To download an interview on the project with Bergljót Jónsdóttir, Director of S12, Bergen, please follow this link:  NG 2 2017, S12 Baptiste Debombourg, S, 28 – 31.

Carlo Gamibirasio partecipa a EXI SHAPES presso Morel, Lugano.

EXI SHAPES è una mostra di arte contemporanea che riflette sul concetto di “demolizione”. Ospitata nell’edificio Morel (Lugano) che presto verrà smantellato, apre le porte del suo “hangar” per la prima volta a sei giovani artisti e al duo curatoriale 3/12.

Artisti presenti in mostra: Carmine Agosto, Byron Gago , Carlo Gambirasio, Edoardo Manzoni , Tomas Øvrelid, Flavia Sciré.

A cura di 3/12.

Vernissage: Giovedì 11 maggio 2017, ore 18:00.

MOREL, Via Antonio Adamini 4, 6900 Lugano Ticino, Svizzera.

Per maggiori informazioni sulla mostra si prega di cliccare qui.

Per maggiori informazioni su Carlo Gambirasio si prega di cliccare qui.

The volume Renewable Futures. Art, Science and Society in Post-Media Age is out

The volume “Renewable Futures. Art, Science and Society in Post-Media Age” is out, edited by Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and Armin Medosch with contributions by Domenico Quaranta, Martha Buskirk, Miško Šuvaković, Dieter Daniels, Andreas Broeckmann, Geoff Cox, Jacob Lund, Ieva Astahovska, Karla Brunet, Oksana Chepelyk, Edith Doove, Gabriela Galati, Julian Hanna, Lisa Jevbratt, Normunds Kozlovs, AnneMarie Maes, Conor McGarrigle, Armin Medosch, Jennifer no.e Parker, Daniela de Paulis, Helena Sederholm, Ilva Skulte, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Vygandas “Vegas” Šimbelis, Isidora Todorović, Polona Tratnik and Fields exhibition artists.

RIXC comes out with the newest book in Acoustic Space edition – Renewable Futures. Art, Science and Society in Post-Media Age. With this Renewable Futures volume, RIXC begins a new series of Acoustic Space, that will focus on exploring the transformative potential of art in the post-media age.

Book will be presented on April 28, in Eindhoven, during second Renewable Future conference and on May 3 in Riga, during the opening of the new RIXC gallery, in Lencu iela 2.

Acoustic Space comes out as an international peer-reviewed journal for transdisciplinary research on art, science, technology and society.

Acoustic Space Nr. 16. Renewable Futures. Art, Science and Society in Post-Media Age.

With this Renewable Futures volume, we begin a new series of Acoustic Space, that will focus on exploring the transformative potential of art in the post-media age. Our book presents the research and practices that aim to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. The papers from the 1st Renewable Futures Conference selected in this volume are aimed at shaping new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.

The first chapter highlights the role of technology, considering “technopolitics” as a very profound perspective for the contextualisation of an art practice in the current phase of society. The second chapter introduces the notion of “contemporary conditions” and discusses theories and practices of “post-media”, “post-internet” and other “posts”. The third chapter looks at artistic engagement with different fields of science, ecological issues and interspecies relations, while the fourth chapter discusses yet another role which artists have been active in – partaking in collecting and coding, manipulating and retransmitting processes. The closing section includes an overview of the Fields exhibition (Riga 2014), a large-scale post-media manifestation, jointly curated by Armin Medosch, Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits.

For more information on the book, please click here.


Axel Straschnoy has been selected by m-cult for its spring Collaborative Media Arts Projects

Axel Straschnoy‘s project Recovered Utopias has been selected by m-cult for its spring Collaborative Media Arts Projects.

Straschnoy describes the work as follows: “Recovered Utopias connects some of the youngest with some of the oldest residents of Maunula in a collaborative project that provides the younger generations with a new way of looking at the future.
For Recovered Utopias I will take advantage of the high proportion of senior inhabitants in Maunula as well as the presence of a high school specialised in science—and with an interest in art—to bring two very different age groups together. High school students from Helsingin Matematiikkalukio will interview retired people (possibly but not necessarily from the Helander Foundation’s old people home) about the perceptions and ideas they had of Martian colonisation as children. During the project, they will work to create images that answer to the descriptions they have heard. These images could be produced, for example, as films (animated or shot) or as 3D printed models. The working process is not linear but implies the active collaboration of the interviewed people in a context of constant discussion.
In the process of transmitting their vision of Martian travel, the older participants will transfer some of their sense of wonder and expectation, some of the ideas of the future as a brighter place that we all need to build together.”

Recovered Utopias is part of Destination Mars, a long-term research project on the ideological world surrounding current plans for the colonisation of Mars. The project allows us to rethink Earth ecology, our understanding of urbanism and housing (including the social constructs they presuppose), the rise of a technocratic mindset, and the encounter with radical otherness in a way akin to Columbus’s discovery of America in 1492.


For more information on m-cult please click here.

For more information on Axel Straschnoy please click here.

Minority Report: The selected artist is Camilla Alberti.

Camilla Alberti, Landscape 7 (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.

ECCENTRIC Art & Research is pleased to announce that the second artist selected for Minority Report is Camilla Alberti.

After receiving her high school diploma, she attended the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Milan for one year, at the same time that she started to get interested in contemporary art. In 2014 she leaves the studies in philosophy to enroll in NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano), where she is about to obtain her BA. She also collaborates with an art critic since then.

Minority Report, is a section dedicated to showcasing young, talented and promising artists. Artists who despite of being at the very beginning of their careers already evidence great potential: A glimpse of, and a bet on the future.

For more information on Minority Report and Camilla Alberti please click here.

Carlo Gambirasio has joined ECCENTRIC Art & Research.

Macchina della pioggia (2016). Projector, stainless steel, hydraulic pump, refrigeration system, light bulbs, software, basins, iron tripod; 200 x 70 x 70 cm.

We are delighted to announce that ECCENTRIC Art & Research now represents Carlo Gambirasio.

Carlo Gambirasio has obtained a BA in Visual Arts from NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano, and is now pursuing an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at the same institution.
He has performed at the Theatre of Learning, curated by Marco Scotini (2015), and his work has been showcased at MACAO, Spazio Current, Milano and La Triennale di Milano (2016).
He was the first artist chosen for the Minority Report section, and his works were featured in Naturalia et artificialia in October 2016.

Gambirasio’s research is focused on technology in a very broad sense, and the use one makes of it for creating alternative realities. His works often consist in devices imagined and built by the artist with the aim of reflecting on a specific concept, and on the rules and logics of artificial worlds.

For more information on the artist please click here.

Sarah Ciracì partecipa alla mostra EFFIMERA che inaugura il 18 marzo presso il MATA Modena.

EFFIMERA Suoni, luci, visioni

Carlo Bernardini, Sarah Ciracì, Roberto Pugliese

a cura di Fulvio Chimento e Luca Panaro

18 marzo 7 maggio 2017
MATA | Manufattura Tabacchi Modena


 Comunicato stampa:

Inaugura sabato 18 marzo alle ore 18.00 al MATA di Modena una nuova edizione di Effimera – Suoni, luci, visioni, a cura di Fulvio Chimento Luca Panaro e in collaborazione con la Galleria Civica di Modena, che quest’anno propone opere di Carlo Bernardini, Sarah Ciracì e Roberto Pugliese. La mostra è realizzata con il supporto di Coptip e del Gruppo Fotografico Grandangolo BFI.

Effimera giunge dunque alla sua seconda edizione, coerente con l’intento dichiarato dai suoi curatori già nel 2016: individuare e valorizzare artisti, preferibilmente italiani e con esperienza all’estero, che fanno dell’utilizzo avanzato della tecnologia la cifra stilistica del proprio lavoro. Un evento espositivo che si propone quale indagine critica in relazione alle ultime tendenze artistiche caratterizzate dai “Nuovi Media”, momento di crescita e di aggregazione a livello nazionale intorno a parole chiave quali arte, tecnologia e comunicazione.

Nel 2016 Effimera aveva individuato il suo punto focale nel web, inteso come strumento di conoscenza artistica e relazionale grazie alla presenza degli artisti Eva e Franco Mattes, Carlo Zanni e Diego Zuelli. La nuova edizione si concentra sull’analisi della componente immateriale che è caratteristica della ricerca artistica dei nostri giorni, che trova trasposizione (e sintesi) all’interno di un percorso espositivo che prevede la creazione di un viaggio sensoriale interno alle tendenze artistiche recenti.

Nel 2017 i curatori hanno dunque strutturato i 500 mq del MATA in tre ambienti distinti. Punto di partenza di questo “attraversamento” è costituito dalla ricerca sonora del sound artist Roberto Pugliese, mentre l’approdo si identifica nelle installazioni luminose in fibra ottica di Carlo Bernardini, dipanando il percorso fra le immagini fluttuanti degli affreschi digitali di Sarah Ciracì.

Effimera – Suoni, luci, visioni è costruita intorno a un percorso spiccatamente immersivo, ideato e strutturato appositamente sul MATA: tre imponenti installazioni ambientali, separate ma contigue, marcano una distinzione linguistica e temporale, e al tempo stesso suggeriscono una linea di continuità all’interno del percorso evolutivo dell’arte. Arte intesa come esperienza totale e totalizzante, in grado di stimolare l’intelletto, ma anche di innescare un corto circuito a livello sensoriale.

Per rimarcare le distinte peculiarità d’approccio i curatori hanno coinvolto artisti appartenenti a tre generazioni differenti, nati rispettivamente negli anni Sessanta, Settanta e Ottanta, che riflettono altrettanti modi di intendere l’interazione tra arte e tecnologia. Il fil rouge che contraddistingue Effimera è sempre rappresentato dall’intento di indagare l’arte attraverso le sue componenti immateriali, al fine di far luce sullo statuto attuale dell’opera. I lavori degli artisti di ultima generazione, infatti, si caratterizzano per la spiccata componente effimera legata al procedimento artistico che rispecchia l’epoca nella quale viviamo. Non a caso il nome della rassegna si ispira anche a quello della specie animale che ha vita più breve sulla terra, l’Ephemera, un piccolo insetto acquatico (simile a una libellula) la cui esistenza dura all’incirca un’ora e mezza. Altro assioma fondante di Effimera è il constatare come l’unicità dell’opera non sia più un assunto dell’uomo contemporaneo: grazie alle tecnologie di cui disponiamo, ogni copia è riproducibile con la medesima qualità, e quindi è sempre potenzialmente identica all’originale.

Fa da corredo a Effimera un ricco calendario di incontri collaterali che prevede la presenza degli artisti coinvolti, ma anche di filosofi ed di esperti del settore “arte e tecnologia”.

Per maggiori informazioni sulla mostra si prega di cliccare qui.

Per maggiori informazioni su Sarah Ciracì si prega di cliccare qui.


Axel Straschnoy’s VR film The Detective trailer is now online, please check it out!

The Detective will be featured at ARS17 in Helsinki; and in Straschnoy’s solo exhibition Immersive Worlds at ECCENTRIC Art & Research in Milan in October 2017.

Also, Kiasma has recently announced the new acquisition of artworks for its collection.  Axel Straschnoy’s virtual reality film The Detective  is now part of the collection of the Finnish National Gallery.

To see the trailer on ARS17 website along with the other selected artists please click here.

For more information on Kiasma’s acquisitions please click here.

For more information on Axel Straschnoy please click here.

Jamie Allen will be participating of the CAA Annual Conference in New York on February 15.

Jamie Allen, #rocks (2014). Multi-channel sound installation. Installation view at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.


This panel will discuss and reflect upon the new technological tools for intervention in the flows of capital and the different aesthetic strategies that are used to raise awareness of the question of economic fairness. The recent disclosures of tax evasion and corruption in the Panama Papers and the collusion of politician and high finance exacerbate further tension between the public perceptions of fairness and the practices of the banking industry, a tension that has been rising ever since the financial meltdown of September 2008. In response to the opacity of the flows of money and the concentration of the control of the monetary system in the hands of a few banks and government, activists and hackers have developed a mixture of strategies of uncovering through leaks, hacks, and by building alterative structures of circulation like the block chain and the wiki.

Chair: Stacy Miller, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Jamie Allen, Artist/Researcher
Matthia Tarasiewiez, Curator, Researcher, and Technology Theorist
Georgios Papadopoulos, Economist

Time: 02/15/2017: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: Gibson Suite, 2nd Floor (Media Lounge)

This Media Lounge program is free and open thanks to the support of the NEA and SAC.

For more information on the conference please click here.

For more information on Jamie Allen please click here.