Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Full Series
Disney's first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), remains one of the most iconic Walt Disney films and, for its time, the most innovative feature-length animation. The classic tale is the source of inspiration for Harris' work, which displays the beloved characters as impressive, technologically advanced, interactive art objects.Using a combination of technologies, including complex logic-based software systems, Harris has created an artwork comprising eight high-resolution flat video panels that offer the opportunity to interact with each separate character, removing them from their collective setting and allowing for engagement that reveals signature personality traits.
Choosing to reinterpret the character's original hand-drawn designs, Harris presents Snow White and the dwarfs in a reflective, metallic colour-block aesthetic. This affords the artwork a timeless and effortless style that creates a statuesque appearance anchored in a contemporary medium.
The reflective metallic design acts as a mirror to the viewers, while their physical presence triggers the facets of the various characters' personalities. The relationship between the viewer, Snow White and the dwarfs is formed through mirrored gestural interaction and complex inter-character narratives, whereby their singular traits act as catalysts to unique sequences of events between the characters themselves.Removed from the motion picture, the characters have been reimagined through distillations of their own distinctive personalities, forming a clever and engaging live representation.
"Collaboration came first [in the relationship with Disney]. They had seen the Ruffled artworks and I think they were amused, and impressed at how I made the birds come alive. The birds are playful, charming and silly but they also display their own unique, individual characteristics. So Disney said that every now and then they like to allow artists to work directly with Disney’s property and the reference they gave me was actually Hirst’s Mickey and Minnie spot painting. And, basically, was I interested. So it was an easy one to answer. I was absolutely delighted at the prospect of doing this. And by then I had created two pieces for them, using their characters, which are obviously the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Mickey and Minnie artworks. And in doing so, I have become the only digital artist exhibiting in museums and exhibitions who is allowed to use Disney’s classic characters. And it’s something I take very seriously; I’m actually delighted with it. I feel it is very important to treat the characters with the utmost fidelity and I believe that my role as the artist is to respect where the characters come from but then to redefine them in a new story, a new narrative: something that pays homage to the incredible talent of Walt Disney who created these characters almost a century ago, but which also portrays a new storyline.
If you take the Mickey and Minnie artwork, it is absolutely loaded with symbolism. And part of that was a response to the fact that Mickey and Minnie are unique characters within the Disney family because they are permitted to recognise the world around them. Mickey and Minnie can understand the difference between London and New York. In the way they’re depicted in the films that Disney produced Mickey can even role-play, he can put on a costume, so there’s something incredibly liberating about these characters." - Dominic Harris
Extract from interview with Dominic Harris by Simon Quintero.
Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs
Code, electronics, computer, display screen, 3D sensor, metal, acrylic
An interactive portraiture of the characters, re-invented to reflect our world. With the exclusive permission of the Walt Disney Company.
Dimensions in MM:
Snow White Dimensions:
745 (W) x 1150 (H) x 150 (D) mm
680 (W) x 680 (H) x 150 (D) mm
Dimensions in INCHES:
Snow White Dimensions:
29.3 (W) x 45.2 (H) x 5.9 (D) inches
26.8 (W) x 26.8 (H) x 5.9 (D) inches