Body All Eyes is a requiem for barren skies, in which archaic myths of flying through time and space collide with a technological and pragmatic world. It shows a stratosphere controlled by airplanes, drones and surveillance-satellites that are all-seeing and ever-present – a privilege that once belonged only to gods and their messengers, the birds.
By allowing symbols, observations and signs to associate, the split screen 8mm film becomes an avant-garde puzzle, in which the supernatural, mechanical, corporal and transcendental confront and embrace each other. Filmed during four years in various locations, such as airports, airplanes, aviation museums, control towers, natural history museums, collections and archives, the work challenges a technological world stripped of mystery and grieves over the lost connection between man and nature. Birds as mediators, casualties and observing oracles play a central role in the film. 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.
2018, 14:39, SINGLE CHANNEL 2K VIDEO, FILMED ON 8MM CINE FILM
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
SCREENINGS and EXHIBITIONS
2018 REX FEST, Cinema Rex, Helsinki, Finland