Body All Eyes

 

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 a stratosphere dominated by airplanes, satellites and surveillance drones with an all-seeing eye observing the earth – a privilege that once belonged only to gods and their messengers, the birds.

In the 8 mm film associations are allowed to move freely, crisscrossing like in an avant-garde puzzle. The material that has been collected during four years in various locations, such as airports, aviation museums, control towers, natural history museums, collections and archives turns into a kaleidoscope, where the supernatural, mechanical and transcendental confront each other. The work grieves over the lost connection between man and nature and the suppression of the indigenous systems of knowledge and value, challenging a hegemony based on technological progress. Birds as mediators, casualties and observing oracles play a central role in the film. A masked acrobat, creating a performative exchange between human and bird, leads the viewer through a torrent of images into an enigmatic world, that undulates in a weightless state between past and future, heaven and earth.

 


 
 
2018, 14:39, SINGLE CHANNEL 2K VIDEO, FILMED ON 8MM CINE FILM 
 
CREDITS
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