2009, video installation, 04:05
- in collaboration with Sugi
Screen Test: Sugi is one of a pair of videos of the artist's dogs, Tom and Sugi. The title quotes the series of works by Andy Warhol depicting close-up living portraits of his friends and acquaintances. As in Warhol's works, the portraits are shown as slow-motion studies detailing minute changes of expression and the subject's self-consciousness in front of the camera. Screen Test: Sugi provides a view of interspecies intimacy through the gaze of the animal looking back at the human. The viewer has an opportunity to witness the subtleties of an animal's highly developed perceptual sense, normally visible below the threshold of human perception. Sugi's extreme concentration and steadfast observation returns the viewer's similar attention. Depicting the animal in this way allows us to pay attention to the animal's state of being, contributing towards a development of human consciousness.
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