Video 20.50 min, 2008.
Hierachy is filmed on the outskirts of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, where large packs of stray dogs have found their habitat. The video shows how we prepare the set for filming and lure a group of dogs to the camera by throwing large amounts of meat on the ground. What follows is an accurate study in hierarchical behaviour. The ‘alpha male’ pretty soon take over the scene, eating his fill, keeping the other dogs away until he, dizzy from all the food, stumbles out of camera. It is not until he has gone, that the other dogs dare approach the food. They move carefully, pinching small bits of meat in order to devour at a distance so as not to offend their leader.