Boxing Trax: a performance with my dog

Stellwerk Gallery in Kassel, Germany


I wished to discuss how the freedom of both master and dog are in the same time restricted and enhanced by each other. On one side, both are excluded from certain urban spaces together. On the other side, both bodies are tied by one rope. The master must care and feed, but they are asked to brainwash their dog in obedience, no matter what their opinions are on the topic. They vowed informally to care and to serve the needs of their animal every day, multiple times a day. The dog was born in a free-less society and raised to be dependent on a human being. 
Freedom arises when both run together and create a new dog-master relationship through new situations. When they "sync in" together.


Concretely, a series of actions is performed to challenge boundaries physically and mentally of both. A dance with multiple leashes shows the limitations of both in their movements. The audience calls the dog with treats to distract him. A powerpoint presentation illustrates a monologue about the philsophical reason of the existence of pets in our society. Redemption is taken by the master. A bath is then taken where the dog is washed in front of all. A doggy café setup offers food and drinks to all canine visitors.

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