Body All Eyes



Sinne Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 8.9. – 10.10.2018


Body All Eyes is a requiem to the skies, in which archaic myths of flying through time and space collide with an industrial world. It shows an atmosphere dominated by airplanes with an all-seeing eye observing the earth – a privilege that once belonged only to gods and their messengers, the birds.

Throughout the ages we have dreamt of flying and of exploring the future. In indigenous cultures mediators with exceptional capacities and knowledge have stood in deep dialogue with the Nature and parallel worlds, returning from journeys in time and space with information of past events and things to come. The bird, as a creature that moves effortlessly through various elements and in mythologies mediates over boundaries, has been a co-passenger and guide on these travels. Even in present times birds function as vital indicators for changes occurring in our environment. Technological development has brought with it the airplane, satellites and drones that give us an ever-present eye watching over the world. Previous definitions dissolve and what signified a supernatural communication and exchange between spiritual beings is now replaced with a commonplace flow of information.

Body All Eyes takes up this meeting between the mythic transcendental and the constructed mechanical. In the 8 mm film associations are allowed to move freely, crisscrossing like in an avant-garde puzzle. The image material consists of birds filmed in various surroundings, bird masks of the Pacific Northwest indigenous people from following tribes: Kwakwakaʼwakw, Makah, Haida, Tlingit and Gitxsan, details of airplanes, zoological collections, control towers, landscapes and the sky. A masked acrobat, creating a performative exchange between human and animal, leads the viewer through a torrent of images into a mysterious world, that undulates in a weightless state between heaven and earth.


Director and cinematographer: Saara Ekström, editor: Eero Tammi, sound design: Heikki Kossi, Pietu Korhonen / studio: H5 Film Sound Ltd, choreography and acrobatics: Oona Kivelä, foley artist: Heikki Kossi, camera operators (acrobatics): Teemu Lehmusruusu and Saara Ekström, lighting (acrobatics): Ville Tanttu.
Production support: Pro Artibus Foundation, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, AVEK / Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo