Ollie Dook
    1 MONKEY SELFIE

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    The Monkey Selfie references the viral selfie photographs taken by the Celebes crested macaque Naruto using British nature photographer David Slater's camera. The photograph's copyright has been disputed by Slater, Wikimedia Commons and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) whether the macaque should be assigned ownership of the copyright. The photo itself is the only recording this event yet its repercussion in the human world has been monolithic with prolific amounts of discourse, media and various reproductions of the original image. In this tale the Selfie Stick and iPhone are the new technology similar to the bones in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey's opening sequence. The birth of new potential in evolution can be a heard in the words of Slater describing the original event: “He stared at himself with a new found appreciation and made funny faces - in silence - just as you do when looking in mirror.”

    Ollie Dook's Animal Stories-series takes multiple strands of reoccurring and memetic ideas of the animal image that are primarily accessed and shared via the means of YouTube, and re-told in an episodic tale harking back to the traditions of Disney’s ‘Silly Symphony’ series.

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