Bambi (2022)

Bambi, excerpt

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BAMBI (2022)
Hand processed 35mm colour film
Aspect ratio: Academy 1.37:1
Sound: Optical Dolby SR
Duration: 10min (loop)

Bambi is a study on the surface of original Disney classic with the same title. The film is created by using high tech microscope (´Field emission scanning electron microscope, SEM) and by shooting the original Bambi again with Oxberry 1700 Optical printer. What is discovered is the “skin” of the film itself, the focus is on one scratch on the surface of the gelatin emulsion. Bambi is projected with an old 35mm East German made projector Dresden, which was the most common projector in Finland after the WWII.

The installation includes also four glass plates covered with silver filtered from the fix bath. The silvery glasses are lightened by candles. There´´´s no electric light in the exhibition.

Produced with the assistance of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
Thanks to: Pyhäsalmi Volunteer Fire Department’s cinema, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation, University of Arts Helsinki, Saastamoinen Foundation

Building off of her recent film, Animal Bridge U-3033, which used night vision technology to film deer crossing a motor highway via a green bridge, Viita is exploring deeper into the crossroads of art, technology and our animal neighbours. Using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), she is examining the surface of Disney’s classic Bambi. What we discover, is the skin of the film, the gelatin which originally once was sentient animal. 

LIFT announcement, 2019