TUMBLING WOLFSKIN IS A STORY OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DOGS FROM WOLF TO VIDEOGAME.
IN DEVELOPMENT / PRE-PRODUCTION
Tumbling Wolfskin is an original view on our transition to an increasingly digitised and technology-driven world. By focusing on our emotional relationship with dogs, the film shows how human sensation and sentiments are expressed in digital technologies, and how these inventions transform daily existence. Tumbling Wolfskin shows how humans engage with dogs, and in doing so exposes who we are as human animals.
Director: Demelza Kooij
Writer: Félix Dufour-Laperrière
DoP: Joris Cottin
Composer: Lars Koens
Producers: Anita Norfolk, Lucie Tremblay
Starting with wolves - the early ancestor of dogs, Tumbling Wolfskin presents an intimate journey to locations where technology is intersecting and shaping human-dog interaction. We see how television, films, Skype, and scientific studies transform our understanding of this animal and the anthropocentric sentiments we project unto this creature. We move from great outdoor vistas to increasingly confined spaces and culminate in a space without physical existence: a magnificent virtual world. In doing so, the film traces a path from wilderness to virtuality. What were once wild wolves are now pixels on a computer screen.
At the heart of the film lies a fascination for the birth of cold mechanic, digital bodies that stand in stark contrast to the warm touch of physical experience. Yet, Tumbling Wolfskin demonstrates that both human and dog are willing to accept virtual worlds as part of their reality. The film also expresses a deep love for the ‘old beauty’ of real-life interaction and experience. As such it reveals the double sidedness of technology: both a limitation of embodied perception, and a prosthetic limb that enables new sensation. Tumbling Wolfskin is a depiction of the mysterious gap between a dog’s experience of the world and human understanding. The complexity of human and dog emotion is revealed; mostly tender, but also bare and bold.
The dog walks with Man. Our histories are bounded and our bond echoes the evolving human condition.
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