e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films
Jesse McLean, Sea a Dog, Hear a Dog | Part Two – Virtually Yours
Tuesday, February 23—Monday, March 8, 2021
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Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Jesse McLean’s Sea a Dog, Hear a Dog (2016), on view from Tuesday, February 23 through Monday, March 8, 2021.

Sea A Dog, Hear A Dog takes its title from a sound-design maxim and uses it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection. The work probes the limits and possibilities of communication, asking: Can ever truly communicate with a machine, with a nonhuman animal, with each other? Our anthropomorphic tendencies, our fear of replacement by nonhuman forms, even our interpersonal limitations, cannot foreclose the possibility of connection and understanding, of a great unknown sometimes called trust. Reflecting on the infiniteness of human desires and finiteness of technological capacity, McLean’s video considers the deficits and surpluses produced by attempts at communication among humans, animals, and machines.

Sea a Dog, Hear a Dog is presented here as one of four films in Part Two | Virtually Yours, the second of five programs in the online film and video series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artist’s Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.  

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artist’s Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. The next parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

Jesse McLean is a media artist and educator whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. Interested both in the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring us together, McLean's work asks the viewer to walk the line between voyeur and participant. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide. She was the recipient of the Ghostly Award at the 2011 Images Festival, and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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