In an evocative collision of installation, performance and computer-generated animations, I critique the creation of Boston Dynamic’s animatronic dog robot by cosplaying as an animatronic pink polka-dotted puppy toy. Enclosed in a puppy play pen and sitting on top of a bed of dog food, an iPad plays the three-minute video.
The dog is an involuntarily subject to the human disposition; on an emotional, physical and psychological level. Because of these various projections on our four-legged friends, Demi Lovato’s break-up anthem is sung as a kind of mediation of its inability to perform to our desires and its failed relationship. Sounds and images of dogs consuming flesh and bone, cellular diagrams of human bone marrow and the armatures of wiring and metal express the innerworking of disconnect and power relationships.
Directed, written, costume design, edited by Marissa Sean Cruz.
Audio mix and sound design by Marissa Sean Cruz.