Sea a Dog, Hear a Dog

Jesse McLean

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Jesse McLean, Sea a Dog, Hear a Dog (clip), 2016

e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films Sea a Dog, Hear a Dog
Jesse McLean

17 Minutes
Courtesy Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

February 23–March 8, 2021

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 Artists' Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake 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.

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

Technology, Posthumanism, Film
Animals, Human - Nonhuman Relations, Digital Humanities, Video Art
Return to Part Two | Virtually Yours

Jesse McLean is a media artist and educator whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and the ways intimacies and connections are formed in an age of mediated experience. A primary focus of her work is the power—and the failure—of the mediated experience to bring people together. Her recent projects explore the immersion into digital culture and the fraught relationships people have with technology we both rely on and resent, and in contrasting the finite capacities of the nonhuman with infinite human desires. McLean has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including Projections at New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Mumok Cinema in Vienna, CPH:DOX, Kassel Dokfest, and Impakt. She was the recipient of an International Critics Prize, (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and a Jury Prize in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival. She was a featured artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar and a MacDowell Fellow in 2016. In 2016 she was selected for a Mary L. Nohl Individual Artist Fellowship. She is based in Milwaukee, WI, where she is an Associate Professor of Film/Video/Animation/New Genres at Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee.

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