John Russell

DOGGO 2018
Video, 50 Minutes

DOGGO (2018) a 50-minute fairy tale, set in a city like London, about a dog and an insect who search for someone who has gone missing from an ‘Age Centre’. The culture is recognizable in most respects, although moving towards a ‘resolved’ post-religious condition (maybe some kind of Communism). All the characters are joyful as consistent with these transformed social relations. It is not proposed that this ‘happiness’ is misguided, enforced, na├»ve or ironic. As well as this, it may be that people are now communicating telepathically and so use holograms to indicate when are ‘talking’ to differentiate from the jumble of other thoughts. To the right of the screen is the painting Woman, (Oil on canvas, 2018) which depicts a figure emerging from a brightly coloured mass of tentacles and branches. Further along on the same wall Blackberry (acrylic transfer on Fibreglass) presents the image of a mutated blackberry and possibly hybrid frogs spawn. This brings us into the area demarcated by the second large, back-lit print (Road, 2018). A vermillion and red flowerhead is left stranded and screaming on the motorway as cars move off. On the wall facing this image are two busts (Doggo and Insect, jesmonite and acrylic paint, 2018) depicting the main characters from the film. Insect’s head has fingers emerging from its mouth. Finally on the wall at right angles is ‘Fly’ (fibreglass and acrylic, 2018) depicting a double headed fly.

‘This truly is the best of all possible worlds’.

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PG RATED feelgood road movie about a dog and an insect who love each other. It seems like they are going to maybe save the world but in the end there isn’t a problem.

ACTORS: LAURA NICHOLSON, SARAH PRITCHARD & JOHN RUSSELL

VOICES (ORDER OF APPEARANCE): ROSANNA MCNAMARA, ANGUS WYATT, JOHN RUSSELL, MATT DOUGHTY, LAURA NICHOLSON & SONIA LATCHFORD

WRITTEN & DIRECTED: JOHN RUSSELL; ANIMATION: JOHN RUSSELL, MATT DOUGHTY (ASSISTANT); SOUND ENGINEER:
BOB GEAL; MUSIC: ROSANNA MCNAMARA & ALESSANDRO MORESCHI

FUNDED BY ZURICH KUNSTHALLE & UNIV OF READING