Body All Eyes

Experimental short film and installation, 2018

Body All Eyes is a requiem to the skies, in which archaic myths of flying through time and space collide with the technological world. A firmament that once belonged only to Gods and their messengers, the birds, is now dominated by flying machines and satellite surveillance.

Technological development has brought with it the airplane, satellites and drones with all-seeing eyes observing the earth. 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 8mm film associations are allowed to move freely, crisscrossing like in an avant-garde puzzle. The suggestive images consist of bird masks of the Pacific Northwest indigenous people from following tribes: Kwakwakaʼwakw, Makah, Haida, Tlingit and Gitxsan, details of airplanes, zoological collections, zoos, birds in the wild, control towers, flight simulators and aerial footage. A masked acrobat, creating a performative exchange between human, animal and machine, leads the viewer through a torrent of images into a mysterious world, that undulates in a weightless state between air and metal, 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  

2020   Amnion, Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland – exhibition
2020   Love & Anarchy IFF, Sight and Sound: screening with Heikki Kossi, Finland
2020   FLIGHT, Mostra Internationale Festival, Genoa, Italy
2020   Revolutions Per Minute Film Festival, Boston, USA
2020   Melbourne Short Film Festival, Australia
2019    33rd Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France
2019   The Non-Human Animal, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden – exhibition
2019   23. Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech
2019   Bogoshorts, Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia
2019   Edinburg IFF, Black Box, UK
2019   World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
2018   Gallery Sinne, Helsinki, Finland – exhibition