Shadow Codex

Saara Ekström

Shadow Codex is a study on the emergence of symbols in a monitored and closed environment. The black-and-white film of the abandoned facilities of Turku County Prison (1835–2007), documents the layers of messages drawn, scratched and burned on the cell walls. The markings are pathways to the shadow world, to the darkness of an individual’s psyche, and expose the disturbed underbelly of a society which it simultaneously both generates and hides. The film becomes the codex of a collapsed civilization and at the same time evidence of a forbidden zone in the centre of the city. The flow of images is punctuated by John Cage’s (1912–1992) six-part composition “Perilous Night” (1964), which has been called a journey to the nocturnal side of the soul.

Production Year
2021
Duration
00:12:30
Type
Tags
Original Title
Shadow Codex
English Title

Shadow Codex

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Saara Ekström (Author), Saara Ekström (Cinematographer), John Cage (Composer), Saara Ekström (Director), Eero Tammi (Editor), Saara Ekström (Producer), Saara Ekström (Script), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder)
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Saara Ekström works in film, photography, text and installation. Chronotopes where time and place densify, time that nurtures and erodes, the ambivalent desire to both remember and forget are at the core of her art. Ekström’s work has been shown extensively in various museums and festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She received the Finnish media art prize AVEK-award in 2018 and the prizes of SW Finland in 2017, Finnish Art Society in 1995 and the Aboa prize in 1994. She has been the Helsinki Festival Artist in 2005 and was nominated for both Ars Fennica and Carnegie Art Award prizes in 2010.