The Great Dog

Projects:
The Great Dog
Our Trip
SEE(ING)
It Must Be Beautiful

Together with LЁD collective:
Acquired Reflex

2017

The first evidence of the coexistence of man and dog – the footprint of the paw and the leg next to it – was found in the French cave of Shove, its age is about 26,000 years. The wolf became a dog when it learned to “communicate” with a man – began to understand his gestures, words and was able to react to them, receiving in return food and warmth. Since then, man and dog live in symbiosis, in emotional attachment, and sometimes even in devotion.

Someone gets a friend out of boredom, someone to protect themselves and housing. However, together with the puppy, we let in the house “foreign”, the object of another system that has been retreating rapidly from us in recent years. Our relationship with nature is always dual, we admire and love and on the other hand, we are afraid, because we can not fully control.

We try to set the rules, teach the dog to do what we need. Patiently wait for food, substitute the muzzle under the arm to pat the dog by the ear, or bark in time. Thus, a well-bred dog nearby, like no other, gives a person a sense of opportunity, the illusion that nature is manageable and, in turn, can understand us with all our needs.

However, the dog remains nevertheless a part of another self-willed system, with which a person does not intersect. To justify her animal, not suitable for culture behavior, the ancients gave the dog divine qualities. After that, the normality of behavior, as well as the necessity of its presence beside, could not be called into question.

Something similar is happening now, in the world of plastic and information. The dog toy does not crumble and does not spoil our sofa, and the ear of the dead cow does not smell and is bleached to the state of an unmarked Scandinavian skin. And although our pets are like us, we are still looking for ways to hide from ourselves the breakthrough knowledge that somewhere inside the DNA of redhead and eared there is the most cowardly, but still a wolf.

«God, the patron of the dead, necropolises and cemeteries, one of the judges of the realm of the dead, the keeper of poisons and medicines, the “guide of souls”.
Anubis puts the heart of the deceased on one scale, and the goddess of the truth Maat in the form of an ostrich feather is placed on the other. A soul that is heavier than a feather will immediately be devoured by a terrible monster.»
«Parenting begins from the moment when the puppy has become your family’s property. From now on you are going to be his adored master, you must obey without any objection, and carefully guard your flock and goods. In order to fully submit a dog and become a leader for it, it is required to show firmness and confidence. If you neglect this condition, a small pet will try to seize the power.»
Appearing in our house, the dog becomes simultaneously a friend and a disturber of our calmness, an interlocutor and someone who will never be able to understand you. Since the time of rock painting, the dog has always been the one who was simultaneously subjugated and worshiped. By accustoming the animal to react in a certain way to our actions (another we can not do, otherwise it will destroy our world), we denote the line between nature and culture, but how to determine its sufficiency? And is not this rupture a mirror in which a person is reflected.