Can we truly see animals without projecting ourselves onto their reflected gaze? Can the tools we use to observe the world, designed for human perception, capture a glimpse of a nonhuman substance? The works in this screening examine the realities of domestication, conditioning, and instrumentalization of non-human bodies, whose experience ever remains unbridgeable to us. While they may not be entirely free of anthropomorphism (and perhaps no man-made work can ever be), they utilize the moving image to observe and reflect these existing systems of human dominance, rather than reducing the non-human to a mere tool for human storytelling.
* Thank you to Marianne Hoffmeister Castro for her programming support.
Please be advised that one of the video works to be screened includes a deceased rabbit.