Dog, 2013, 11:00 mins
Dog explores the potential for mutual adaptation between species. Documentary footage of an older woman playing the role of the artist’s dog at a puppy training class, is interrupted by domestic performances to camera, including an anonymous male backside being licked, and the artist’s endured attempt to hold her mouth open, causing a gagging effect. Any identifiable protagonist is undermined by the conflating storylines that at once link and dismantle the various relationships throughout.
Marianna Simnett makes videos and drawings which explore the separation of species, and the relationship between technology and the environment. Recent screenings and exhibitions include: Marianna Simnett at Acme Project Space, London; Selected IV, various UK venues, What Will They See of Me?, Jerwood Space, London; Seminal Work, Temporary Art Project, Southend. She completed her MA at the Slade in 2013 and was a winner of the Adrian Carruthers Award 2013 and the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Award 2014.