Stefan Laxness

Artist

Stefan Laxness (GB)
(IS)
Stefan Laxness is a London based architectural researcher, artist and former project leader at Forensic Architecture (FA). At FA he led numerous projects, including the Ayotzinapa: A Cartography of Violence and The Killing of Tahir Elçi. Stefan teaches at the Architectural Association in London and is the co-founder of ‘Pantopia.xyz’, an online educational platform for spatial thinkers.
Learning from The Commons: a keystone towards a rewildered Future (2020)
  • © Stefan Laxness
  • © Stefan Laxness
  • Identity and Aesthetics in a Re-wilded Europe
    Learning from The Commons: a keystone towards a rewildered Future
  • © Stefan Laxness
  • © Stefan Laxness

The artwork is a video atlas exploring the relation between environmental restoration and re-inhabitation in rural Europe. The atlas is composed of images, videos and interviews collected during field trips to rural Salamanca, Zamora and Galicia, Spain. It presents two separate conditions. First, rural areas of Spain suffering from depopulation and land abandonment, and second, an indigenous community restoring their common woodland through collective action.

The artist employed open-source environmental sensing techniques by creating cameras to capture the rate of photosynthesis in plants. Rigging them to a simple helium balloon, he undertook a series of ‘sensory walks’ to register different processes affecting the land. Slowly moving through the brush, navigating the spatial threshold of communal land, private property and abandoned parcels, these walks provide a low-tech near sensing of these conditions.

Video (password required): http://vimeo.com/452540391
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