Ollie Dook

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    There is currently a vast array of clips and compilations existing online that depict dogs standing upright at a piano with their paws hammering the keys in discordant and non-descript ways, whilst often howling up to the sky. The first example of this from YouTube has amassed 662,000 views in the 6 years its been uploaded. The dogs' widely recorded and disseminated howl is in evolutionary terms a means to communicate with others in moments of being alone, a solace cry full of pathos. In 1980, Carnegie Hall hosted the debut performance of Howl, a musical work for twenty voices and three canines. The piece was composed and conducted by Kirk Nurock, who is also a pianist and arranger, and would go on to compose Sonata for Piano and Dog (1983), which he performed with canine assistance on David Letterman. In each of these performances dogs howled to accompany his music, with occasional barks and yips as punctuation. In the re-telling of this now recognised phenomena, the roles are flipped and reversed. It is the dog in the glowing light of center stage, playing the same notes as Nurock in his Letterman performance 30 years prior.

    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.