Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline (MAPA)
Architect, artist, public artist
Built Environment, Visual Arts
Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline work across architecture, installation, social process and situated public art. They make site-specific devices, discursive machines and social infrastructures. The form their work takes depends on its context, and has so far included: personalised vehicles, adaptable shelters, handmade maps, soluble animals, edible cities, a story-collecting tea cart and a galvanised-steel park shelter that can predict the weather. These lean devices actively engage people to question, understand and act upon the built and political structures which frame our lives. Axelsen and Moline are directors of Moline Axelsen: Public Art / Participatory Architecture (MAPA) and are members and co-founders of Sydney-based collaborative design collective The Lot. Together they have built and exhibited work in various locations across Asia and Australia.
Axelsen and Moline’s work has been exhibited at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2015 Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, 2013 Underbelly Arts Festival, 2012 Venice Architecture Biennial and 2011 Art & About festival. They have created work for exhibitions such ‘Owner Occupy’, SCAF (2015), as ‘Shelter Union’, UNSW Galleries (2015), Sydney, and ‘Crisis Complex’ (2012) and ‘The Right to the City’, (2011), both at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney. They have been artists-in-residence at Silpakorn University, Bangkok; Schumacher College, Totnes, United Kingdom; University of Tasmania, Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie; Australia House, Niigata JapanRecent permanent public works include Stores Unfolding, 2014, in Ermington, and The Observatory, 2012, in Cabarita. Recent awards for their work include The Sainsbury Sculpture Prize (2014), Asa Masakusa Award, Tokyo (2013) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant (2008).