The overall aim of Vita Myror revisited, KU-project at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, is to analyse the same film in two different mediums – text and video. With two different readings of Bo Bjelfvenstam’s 1969 television documentary from east Africa, Vita Myror (“White Ants”), I want to reflect on different ways to think film. The video, Vita Myror/Svarta Myror (“White Ants/Black Ants”), is a collaboration with Markus Öhrn where we set the Europeans in Kenya and Tanzania in the late 1960s against an African man’s journey in the northern part of Sweden today. The text is a close reading of Vita Myror, comparing it with two other television documentaries from the same time, Svart vecka i Nimba (“Black Week in Nimba”) by Roland Hjelte and Viktigt, viktigare, viktigast (“Important, more Important, most Important”) by Eric M Nilsson.

KU text as PDF: Erik Rosshagen_Vita myror-Svarta myror

KU text in publication:


Vita Myror revisited, KU (Artistic Research) project presented at Konstfack, Telefonplan, December 16 2010.

TEXT_Vita Myror-Svarta Myror


Vita Myror/Svarta myror, film screening at Tempo dokumentärfestival in Stockholm Mars 13 2010 and at Clandostinofestivalen in Gothenburg June 12 & 13 2010.