Petteri – My Life as a Reindeer


2007
Video on DVD
Running Time: 20:00 min


By Tea Mäkipää and Petteri the reindeer

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Petteri – My Life as a Reindeer

Through the lens of a specially mounted video camera, the viewer can share the viewpoint of Petteri, a Finnish reindeer, in its daily activities in its own environment in Lapland. The artwork presents a document concerning the necessities, social life, and personal matters of interest of the animal, who runs free on the fells and forests.

After Petteri has shot his normal course of life during a couple of days, the filmed material has been edited by humans to minimize the amount of technical and dramaturgical flaws in order to create an artwork presentable for a human audience. Allowing nature to direct, the project aims both to enlarge and enrich the average city dweller’s understanding of the environment we share with other species.