In the Service of Man. Archival Remix. Short Film about Animals.

by Daniel Cantagallo

In The Service of Man is an uncanny, provocative visual remix that uses literary and historical texts with archival footage to probe the history of the relationship between human animals and animals. In this video remix, I repurposed public domain, corporate and educational films that promoted this anthropocentric viewpoint and visited sites of animals in the service of man: the zoo, the laboratory, the processing plants. Juxtaposed with the images are readings from selected literary and historical fragments including Mark Twain to Frank Kafka that highlight this power dynamic in all its absurdity and tragedy.