See a Dog, Hear a Dog
United States 2016, 18 minutes 30 seconds
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.