every body is heavy
In every body is heavy, Aleks Stanek brings to digital life two distinct ambiguous entities. Targeted by an anti-virus scan within a surveillance system overlooking the cliffs of Calais and Dover, the entities converse about the power dynamics of bodies and environments across prosaic and global scales. They consider the personal and political experiences of spectatorship, implicating the viewer in hierarchies of visual and other consumptions. Filmed almost exclusively with drones, every body is heavy builds on a proposed reality conceptualised by the artist in previous works, where discarded technology merges with AI and the so-called god particle understood to grant objects mass — or, speculatively, sentience — or, fittingly, weight.
The filming and production of ‘every body is heavy’ were made possible with the support of EJ O’Reilly (production assistance), Gabriella Davies (music arrangement), Mike Wyeld (sound mixing), Roddy Cañas (sound suite) and Gill Dibben (special effects assistance).
every body is heavy exhibited during the Royal College of Art Degree Show