If you are interested in sci-fi stories, you don't have to look for alien creatures from other space in order to find parallel worlds - aliens are much closer than you think. Almost all animals see the world in an other way than humans. Our planet looks very different to different animals.

Flies have big eyes (in relation to their body).
If humans also would have compond eyes they would be about this big.

This is a model of a fly's eye, made with bamboo and black thread.
Scale 1:300.


SOME FASCINATING FACTS: Eyes have developed several times, therefore there are so many different visions amongst animals. One of the first eyes to have been developed is the insects compound eyes.

The compound eye is built up of many small 'pixels', which are very light sensitive. The eye have no pupils so insects can not adjust the amount of light entering the eye.

The eye have no lenses, so the insect can not focus or see sharp details.

The fly can perceive light flickering up to four times faster than we can, you can imagine seeing everything in slow motion.

The houseflies can not see red or orange, but they see polarized light, which is very useful in orientation.

The flies have almost a 360 degree panoramic view.

The video, also shown at the exhibition, shows the cherry blossom with an insects view.

The Fly Eye Mystery was done at Shiro Oni Studio,
during an artist-in-residency, March 21th - April 24th, 2018.

The work was presented during the exhibition lasting for two days, 21-22 of April, 2018.

More information:

Poster, map and a review in the local newspaper!

The best residency group ever!
From left Miriam Salamander, Kjell Hahn, Ryota Makino, me, Meir Rakocz,
Motoe Kawashima and Mieko Kondo.

The exhibition venue, an old brewery.