See a Dog, Hear a Dog

See a Dog, Hear a Dog

Production country: 
us
Year: 
2016
Duration: 
18'
Festival edition: 
2017
Format: 
film/video

Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, See A Dog, Hear A Dog probes the limits and possibilities of communication. The fear of conscious machines is matched with a desire to connect with nonhuman entities. Algorithms collaborate and improvise. Dogs obey and disobey human commands. Technology—from domesticated animals to algorithmic music to chat rooms—reflects human desires but has its own inventiveness. Can we ever truly communicate with a machine, with an animal, with each other? Our anthropomorphic tendencies, our fear of replacement by nonhuman forms, even our interpersonal limitations, can’t foreclose the possibility of connection and understanding, a great unknown sometimes called trust.

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