Dominic Harris, ‘Sneezy | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 2015, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Dominic Harris, ‘Sneezy | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 2015, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Dominic Harris, ‘Sneezy | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 2015, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design

Sneezy’s kerchoos shake walls, rattle windows and send his fellow Dwarfs diving for cover. Luckily, he gives plenty of warning by working up to the final explosions with very funny false starts.

His sneezes are powerful and of gale force capacity, which can blow away anything in its path. As a result, other dwarfs are quick to react individually, they often brace themselves to stay still and not get blown over. These narrative interactions are a playful addition to the user interactivity.

Series: Disney’s first full-length animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remains one of the most iconic Walt Disney films, and for its time, the most innovative feature length animation. It has been brought back to life as the inspiration behind Dominic Harris’ new artwork. This new work displays these characters in an impressive technologically advanced interactive art object that can be enjoyed by all. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are featured in a set of high-resolution flat video panels, comparative in scale with single/multiple user interactions. These eight pieces offer a unique opportunity to interact with each distinct character, removing them their collective setting and allowing for engagement with signature personality traits. Using a combination of technologies, including complex logic based software systems, Harris has created an artwork that allows the viewer to directly effect and engage with each of the characters. Harris has chosen a unique reflective metallic colour block style to animate the characters, choosing to reinterpret their original hand drawn designs. This has afforded the artwork a timeless and effortless style that creates a statuesque appearance anchored in a design that is tangible today. The reflective metallic design acts a mirror to the viewer, whilst their presence in turn triggers the facets of their emblematic personalities. The relationship between the viewer, Snow White and the Dwarfs is formed through mirrored gestural interaction and complex inter-character narratives, where their singular traits act as a catalyst to unique sequences of events between the characters themselves. Removed from the motion picture the characters have been re-imagined through unique distillations of their own personalities, which form a clever and engaging live representation. Produced with the support of the Walt Disney Company

Signature: Signed certificate by artist

Image rights: Priveekollektie & Dominic Harris

Solo Exhibition "Celebrating 5 year anniversary of Dominic Harris' works by Priveekollektie" October-November 2016; Art Miami 2015; The Salon Art + Design New York 2015; Art Monte-Carlo 2016; The Salon Art + Design New York 2016

About Dominic Harris

Since establishing Cinimod Studio, a multi-disciplinary, London-based practice in 2007, artist and designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his digitally-driven works of interactive art. Harris has devoted recent years to seamlessly blending natural phenomena with complex code through integrated electronics and innovative fabrication techniques. Inspired by the architectural interventions of James Turrell and Dan Flavin, Dominic offers viewers a sublime experience of their surrounding environment in his surreal installations that wryly illuminate the effect of digital culture on human perception in the information age. One of the artist’s most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.

British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom