Etsivä (The Detective) is a short 360° 3D film on how Virtual Reality changes our perception of artworks and exhibitions.

VR promises the closest thing to “actually being there”. Taking this promise at face-value, the film sets out to create the best possible representation of an exhibition. But we know any kind of reproduction will kill the works’ aura. The Detective sets out to find out this murder mystery. 

The Detective is both a part of and a film on ARS17, Kiasma Museum’s quinquennial exhibition. As the show has ended, Etsivä remains as the most realistic documentation of what it was.

The film can be watched on a smartphone using a Cardboard viewer and headphones by downloading the app for Android or iOS.

More information on the film at ARS17+.


Voice: Pekka Strang
Sound: Karri Niinivaara / B-Sound
Camera: Iddo Soskolne
Graphic Design: Geraldine de San Bruno
Colour grading: Jussi Myllyniemi / Whitepoint
Post-production: Joukko Manninen / Whitepoint
Kiasma coordination: Milja Liimatainen
Constructions in Kiasma:
Topi Vähäsarja
Jari Rönkkö
Jari Kantanen
App Development: Quadion Technologies
Translator (FI): Markku Lehtinen
Walter Benjamin's essay "Taideteos mekaanisen uusinnettavuutensa aikakaudella" has appeared in Walter Benjamin, Messiaanisen sirpaleita. Toim. Markku Koski, Keijo Rahkonen & Esa Sironen. Helsinki: Tutkijaliitto 1989. Original Finnish translation by Markku Koski has been modified. 
Director: Axel Straschnoy
Commissioned by Kiasma for ARS17+ Online Art. The work is in the collections of Kiasma / Finnish National Gallery
Supported by: Oskar Oflunds Foundation, AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and Quadion Technologies
Produced by Kolme Perunaa