The animal that therefore I am / L' animale que donc je suis
What does the animal see when she looks at me? Thinking perhaps begins here, knowing that in the gaze of an animal is an existence that refuses to be conceptualized.
Cinemascoop 2.35, 10 minutes
Dialogue: English and French spoken version L' animal que donc je suis (Eng. subt.)
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What does an animal see when she looks back at us? Three animals and a woman are in a closed situation in which they have to deal with each other. The woman in the film operates as a lonely species in this universe in which the animals view, estimate, greet and enter a covenant with her for their own interest. The rules are determined, the story starts here.
The story is told from the individual Point of View of each character, perhaps even more from the Point of Feel of all animals. We do not just look through the eyes of the characters; instead the viewer moves through multiple possible mental lanscapes to experience different perceptions when species meet.
The world will become a better place if we are able to give up the priority position of man and look around us as a human animal that is capable of meeting other species on foot of equivalence.
"If you are lucky you will meet an animal that wants to talk to you. If you are even more lucky, you will meet an animal that takes the time and effort to get to know you."
What does the animal see when she looks at me? The film The animal that therefore I am imagines and adapts the question posed in Jacques Derrida’s lecture by the same title L’ animal que donc je suis.
(Bea de Visser)
Erin Hill, performance together with Hertog, Alexandra, Onida
Adri Schrover, camera
Diego van Uden, sound
Hedwig Vervoort, Charles Antoine Chappuis, design costume and additional installation
Bea de Visser, director, editor, producer
This film is financially supported a.o. by Dordrechts Museum, Dienst Kunsten Rotterdam, FondsKwadraat, Anotherfilm