CLICK TO CHAT AND WATCH THEM FLAP!

Playfully subversive, fun and thought provoking, Dogs’ Ears is a visually arresting online installation that explores the beauty and language of the dog ear by award-winning artist Julie Freeman.

Presented as a video chat website, where visitors can log in, browse dogs and instant message with them online, Dogs’ Ears spotlights both the human attraction to dogs and the future of arts patronage in the digital era.

Dogs’ Ears is free to browse. If users want to ‘live chat’ with a dog, then they will need to make a small donation – either to the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – or direct to the artist to fund the next stage of the project.

Once the ‘conversation’ has started, each dog responds in its own language, whether it is an English ‘woof woof’, a Chinese ‘wang wang’, the Russian ‘gav gav’ or the universal twitch and flap.

If the online micro-financing scheme is successful, Freeman will develop the work further; mapping the movement of the dogs’ ears and using the coordinates to compose music.

http://www.ica.org.uk/dogsears. Dogs’ Ears will be live on 23 May 2008.

Dogs Ears press release

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