Bambi is a material study on original Disney classic with the same title. The 35mm experimental film is created by using high tech microscope (´Field emission scanning electron microscope, SEM) and by re-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.

The installation version includes also four glass plates covered with silver filtered from the fix bath. The silvery glasses are lightened by candles. There is no electric light in the exhibition. The projectionist is working in the gallery space, re-winding the screening copy and reloading the 35mm film projector.

Experimental film
screening format 35mm
Academy 1,33:1
Sound: CYAN SR
Duration: 10min

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

Bambi, hand processed 35mm (still image)


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