In the Octomom installation, octopus, human, and time intertwine with each other. The last common ancestor of octopuses and humans was probably a wormlike creature with eye spots that lived 750 million years ago. Since then, both species have evolved intelligence, but from a very different genetic foundation. The octopus is the only creature with three quarters of its brain located in its eight tentacles. It’s like it’s from another planet and at the same time, it’s so like us.
Maija Tammi’s installation combines video footage of the Graneledone boreopacifica octopus, which scientists nicknamed “Octomom”. It’s an audio story about the world’s longest brooding period known to science and the artist’s self-portrait.