A glass cube penetrates the wall of a skyscraper high up above an urban landscape. Inside the cube there are people viewing the distant horizon. One hears a slightly volatile, minimal sound, when the cube rises up along the axis of the image. The slow rising movement is emphasized with the sound that reaches a level of disturbance until the point it snaps to a complete silence at the very moment the cube reaches its highest point. For some time one can still hear the echo of the sound that suddenly was cut away. A free fall begins. The image scatters into multiple cubicles that float over the view. The images of the video show the lookout ledge of the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The material is partly filmed on the location and partly collected from the internet. The work explores the experience that the unique architectural structure proposes but cannot fulfill due to circumstances on the place: the queuing, the security control and the amount of visitors. An installation version also available.
air, architecture, architecture and urban space, clouds, landscape and nature, personal narrative, urban landscape
Sari Palosaari (Cinematographer), Sari Palosaari (Author), Sari Palosaari (Director), Sari Palosaari (Editor), Sari Palosaari (Script), Heidi Tikka / AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Ilkka Olander (Sound)
Sari Palosaari is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki. Her practice is largely focused on exploring material reality. She looks for ways to deconstruct stabilizing signifying systems relating to objects and to instead emphasize affections, relations, interactions, temporality and transience. Palosaari´s work consists of installation, sculpture, performative objects and moving image. She holds an MFA from the Finnish Fine Art Academy and the University of the Arts and Design Helsinki. She has participated in exhibitions, festivals and events widely in Finland and abroad. Her works have been acquired and commissioned to museum collections and to public spaces. Palosaari was awarded with William Thuring Prize 2016.