The UN goes to the dogs

I have to admit that I am a sucker for anything involves dogs. Therefore when it came to my attention that there was an event at the Next Wave festival that involved a whole bunch of dachshunds I knew I had to go and see it. The event I am talking about is the Dachshund U.N. by Bennett Miller and is described as both a large scale architectural installation and a performance work that examines the role of the United Nations as a risk management organisation.

Located adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building it is a scale replica of the former U.N. office in Geneva, Switzerland where every Saturday afternoon during the festival it has played host to a meeting of the U.N.’s Commission on Human Rights with as the title suggests, dachshunds play the role of the delegates.

When I attended last Saturday there was quite a decent crowd in attendance with much anticipation of what would happen. But that is where the joy of this installation prevails because nothing really happens at all. The dogs, after being cajoled into their positions by their owners armed with treats didn’t do that much. A few barked, a number slept, some tried to climb out of their seats whilst most just sat there. This all said, it still had the crowd’s attention and mine as well.


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