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. 

Bambi, Layers of Invisible

35mm, academy ratio,  7 min loop. Installation for 35mm film projector.  Shot with Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, S8 and S16  film, blowed up and hand-processed on 35mm color. 

Bambi is a visual and playful study into the layers of analog film. The material research is made on Disney classic Bambi (1942) which is well known for its humanistic point of view to the animal rights.

Funding: Kone foundation

Thanks to: Academy of Fine Arts, Saastamoinen foundation, LIFT Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.

Special Thanks to: Suomen Materiaalitutkimus Oy, Research Manager (DI, IWE, IWI-C) Oskari Ryti, forensic chemist Veera Zetterberg, laboratory research engineer Anja Hagman, Kymi Environment Laboratory Ltd, Novalab, University of Oulu, University of Helsinki