See a Dog, Hear a Dog
17:40, Video, color, stereo, 2016

Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, this video probes the limits and possibilities of communication. Can we 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, can’t foreclose the possibility of connection and understanding, a great unknown sometimes called trust. (JM)

With YouTube dog videos, chatbot dialogue windows, and iTunes visualizer among other sources, See a Dog, Hear a Dog—McLean’s latest analytic tragicomedy of infinite human desire and finite technological capacity—considers the deficits and surpluses produced by attempts at communication among humans, animals, and machines; both directly and as mediated by one another. (Colin Beckett)

Haggerty Museum of Art, Nohl Fellowship Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI
Projections, New York Film Festival, NY, NY
Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY
Rooftop Summer Series, NY, NYtarn
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany
Crossroads, San Francisco, CA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Dallas Mediale, Dallas, TX
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WIal
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City, IAiff
Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN
San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland