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The Figure of the Earth

Two historians of science reenact the French scientific expedition to Lapland in 1736. Based on the book by the expedition leader, an exaggerated account of the dangers faced during the expedition.

  • Axel Straschnoy
  • Axel Straschnoy
  • Dr. Osmo Pekonen
    Key Cast
  • Dr. johan Stén
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Elina Mustonen
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Figure de la Terre
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Historical, Scientific
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2015
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    Finnish, French, Swedish
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Director Biography - Axel Straschnoy

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 (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) 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). Other recent exhibitions and screenings include, 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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