Axel Straschnoy

Le rappel à l'ordre

Le rappel à l'ordre is a film about the packing, storage, and transportation of works of art. It shows works coming into boxes, out of boxes, boxes being placed on trucks, works being hanged, works being stored. It shows the same process done over and over again in different spaces, with different sorts of boxes.

Inside their crates, all works look alike. But each institution has a different tradition in terms of packing and therefore a packed work will reveal more about the institution doing the packing than about the packed work itself. The film focuses on actions (closing, dragging, moving, wrapping, screwing) and is edited in a style reminiscent of early Soviet avant-garde films.